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On the Hot Seat

US spending cuts could hobble social services

As president of Action for Boston Community Development, or ABCD, John J. Drew oversees more than 100 different community and social service programs — from food pantries to fuel assistance programs to two high schools for students who might otherwise drop out. The $135 million anti­poverty operation relies almost entirely on federal funding. As Congress considers sequestration — across-the-board spending cuts taking effect in March unless lawmakers modify them — Drew spoke with Globe reporter Megan Woolhouse about what the reductions would mean for social services in Boston.

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