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Governors join White House to fight automatic cuts

  • Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, left, speaks to reporters during a break at the opening session of the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. Exasperated governors who are trying to gauge the fallout from impending federal spending cuts say Washington's protracted budget stalemate could seriously undermine the economy and stall gains made since the recession.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, left, speaks to reporters during a break at the opening session of the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. Exasperated governors who are trying to gauge the fallout from impending federal spending cuts say Washington's protracted budget stalemate could seriously undermine the economy and stall gains made since the recession. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

  • Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, left, speaks to reporters during a break at the opening session of the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. Exasperated governors who are trying to gauge the fallout from impending federal spending cuts say Washington's protracted budget stalemate could seriously undermine the economy and stall gains made since the recession.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, left, speaks to reporters during a break at the opening session of the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. Exasperated governors who are trying to gauge the fallout from impending federal spending cuts say Washington's protracted budget stalemate could seriously undermine the economy and stall gains made since the recession. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

  • Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, left, gestures asIshe speaks to a reporter before the start of a Health and Homeland Security Committee meeting on “Protecting Our Nation: States and Cybersecurity” during the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. Standing at the back right, is Governor of Puerto Rico Alejandro García Padilla. Washington's protracted budget stalemate could seriously undermine the economy and stall gains made since the recession, exasperated governors said Saturday as they try to gauge the fallout from impending federal spending cuts. And both Democrat and Republican CEOs expressed pessimism that both sides could find a way to avoid the massive, automatic spending cuts set to begin March 1.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, left, gestures asIshe speaks to a reporter before the start of a Health and Homeland Security Committee meeting on “Protecting Our Nation: States and Cybersecurity” during the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. Standing at the back right, is Governor of Puerto Rico Alejandro García Padilla. Washington's protracted budget stalemate could seriously undermine the economy and stall gains made since the recession, exasperated governors said Saturday as they try to gauge the fallout from impending federal spending cuts. And both Democrat and Republican CEOs expressed pessimism that both sides could find a way to avoid the massive, automatic spending cuts set to begin March 1. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

  • Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, left, gestures asIshe speaks to a reporter before the start of a Health and Homeland Security Committee meeting on “Protecting Our Nation: States and Cybersecurity” during the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. Standing at the back right, is Governor of Puerto Rico Alejandro García Padilla. Washington's protracted budget stalemate could seriously undermine the economy and stall gains made since the recession, exasperated governors said Saturday as they try to gauge the fallout from impending federal spending cuts. And both Democrat and Republican CEOs expressed pessimism that both sides could find a way to avoid the massive, automatic spending cuts set to begin March 1.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, left, gestures asIshe speaks to a reporter before the start of a Health and Homeland Security Committee meeting on “Protecting Our Nation: States and Cybersecurity” during the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. Standing at the back right, is Governor of Puerto Rico Alejandro García Padilla. Washington's protracted budget stalemate could seriously undermine the economy and stall gains made since the recession, exasperated governors said Saturday as they try to gauge the fallout from impending federal spending cuts. And both Democrat and Republican CEOs expressed pessimism that both sides could find a way to avoid the massive, automatic spending cuts set to begin March 1. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

  • Health and Homeland Security Committee Chairman Gov. Martin O’Malley of Maryland, right, and Vice Chairman Gov. Brian Sandoval of Nevada, talk at the start of the committee’s meeting on “Protecting Our Nation: States and Cybersecurity” during the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. Washington's protracted budget stalemate could seriously undermine the economy and stall gains made since the recession, exasperated governors said Saturday as they try to gauge the fallout from impending federal spending cuts. And both Democrat and Republican CEOs expressed pessimism that both sides could find a way to avoid the massive, automatic spending cuts set to begin March 1. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    Health and Homeland Security Committee Chairman Gov. Martin O’Malley of Maryland, right, and Vice Chairman Gov. Brian Sandoval of Nevada, talk at the start of the committee’s meeting on “Protecting Our Nation: States and Cybersecurity” during the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. Washington's protracted budget stalemate could seriously undermine the economy and stall gains made since the recession, exasperated governors said Saturday as they try to gauge the fallout from impending federal spending cuts. And both Democrat and Republican CEOs expressed pessimism that both sides could find a way to avoid the massive, automatic spending cuts set to begin March 1. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

  • Health and Homeland Security Committee Chairman Gov. Martin O’Malley of Maryland, right, and Vice Chairman Gov. Brian Sandoval of Nevada, talk at the start of the committee’s meeting on “Protecting Our Nation: States and Cybersecurity” during the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. Washington's protracted budget stalemate could seriously undermine the economy and stall gains made since the recession, exasperated governors said Saturday as they try to gauge the fallout from impending federal spending cuts. And both Democrat and Republican CEOs expressed pessimism that both sides could find a way to avoid the massive, automatic spending cuts set to begin March 1. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    Health and Homeland Security Committee Chairman Gov. Martin O’Malley of Maryland, right, and Vice Chairman Gov. Brian Sandoval of Nevada, talk at the start of the committee’s meeting on “Protecting Our Nation: States and Cybersecurity” during the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. Washington's protracted budget stalemate could seriously undermine the economy and stall gains made since the recession, exasperated governors said Saturday as they try to gauge the fallout from impending federal spending cuts. And both Democrat and Republican CEOs expressed pessimism that both sides could find a way to avoid the massive, automatic spending cuts set to begin March 1. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

  • Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, left, shakes hands with Walgreens CEO and President Gregory Wasson, right, during a break at the opening session of the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, left, shakes hands with Walgreens CEO and President Gregory Wasson, right, during a break at the opening session of the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

  • Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, left, shakes hands with Walgreens CEO and President Gregory Wasson, right, during a break at the opening session of the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, left, shakes hands with Walgreens CEO and President Gregory Wasson, right, during a break at the opening session of the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

  • Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie, center, seen with National Governors Association Chairman Gov. Jack Markell of Delaware, left, and Vice Chairman Gov. Mary Fallin of Oklahoma, speaks during the opening news conference of the NGA Winter Meeting in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. The nation's governors say their states are threatened if the automatic, across-the-board budget cuts, known as the sequester, take effect March 1.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie, center, seen with National Governors Association Chairman Gov. Jack Markell of Delaware, left, and Vice Chairman Gov. Mary Fallin of Oklahoma, speaks during the opening news conference of the NGA Winter Meeting in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. The nation's governors say their states are threatened if the automatic, across-the-board budget cuts, known as the sequester, take effect March 1. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

  • Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy reads documents before a Health and Homeland Security Committee meeting titled "Protecting Our Nation: States and Cybersecurity" during the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy reads documents before a Health and Homeland Security Committee meeting titled "Protecting Our Nation: States and Cybersecurity" during the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

  • Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy reads documents before a Health and Homeland Security Committee meeting titled "Protecting Our Nation: States and Cybersecurity" during the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy reads documents before a Health and Homeland Security Committee meeting titled "Protecting Our Nation: States and Cybersecurity" during the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

  • Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, right, puts on his Harley Davidson jacket over his Brewers jersey during the opening session of the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, while NGA Vice Chairman Gov. Mary Fallin of Oklahoma, left, watches.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, right, puts on his Harley Davidson jacket over his Brewers jersey during the opening session of the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, while NGA Vice Chairman Gov. Mary Fallin of Oklahoma, left, watches. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

  • Governor of Puerto Rico Alejandro García Padilla, from left, seen with National Governors Association Chairman Gov. Jack Markell of Delaware and Vice Chairman Gov. Mary Fallin of Oklahoma, right, speaks during a news conference at the NGA Winter Meeting in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013.  The nation's governors say their states are threatened if the automatic, across-the-board budget cuts, known as the sequester, take effect March 1.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    Governor of Puerto Rico Alejandro García Padilla, from left, seen with National Governors Association Chairman Gov. Jack Markell of Delaware and Vice Chairman Gov. Mary Fallin of Oklahoma, right, speaks during a news conference at the NGA Winter Meeting in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. The nation's governors say their states are threatened if the automatic, across-the-board budget cuts, known as the sequester, take effect March 1. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

  • National Governors Association Vice Chariman Gov. Mary Fallin of Oklahoma, left, with Chairman Gov. Jack Markell of Delaware, speaks during a news conference at the NGA Winter Meeting in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. U.S. governors urged Washington to avoid spending cuts that would affect states' defense and federal agencies, called the "sequester," and expressed concerns that a looming end to a stopgap spending measure and another deadline to raise the federal debt ceiling would hamper their economic recovery.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    National Governors Association Vice Chariman Gov. Mary Fallin of Oklahoma, left, with Chairman Gov. Jack Markell of Delaware, speaks during a news conference at the NGA Winter Meeting in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. U.S. governors urged Washington to avoid spending cuts that would affect states' defense and federal agencies, called the "sequester," and expressed concerns that a looming end to a stopgap spending measure and another deadline to raise the federal debt ceiling would hamper their economic recovery. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

  • Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy speaks during a special session of the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. Governors Sunday roundly condemned the automatic budget cuts set to take hold this week, and hoped for a deal to stave off the $85 billion reduction in government services. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy speaks during a special session of the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. Governors Sunday roundly condemned the automatic budget cuts set to take hold this week, and hoped for a deal to stave off the $85 billion reduction in government services. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

  • Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy speaks during a special session of the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. Governors Sunday roundly condemned the automatic budget cuts set to take hold this week, and hoped for a deal to stave off the $85 billion reduction in government services. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy speaks during a special session of the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. Governors Sunday roundly condemned the automatic budget cuts set to take hold this week, and hoped for a deal to stave off the $85 billion reduction in government services. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

  • Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, right, speaks during a special session of the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. Governors Sunday roundly condemned the automatic budget cuts set to take hold this week, and hoped for a deal to stave off the $85 billion reduction in government services. At left is Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, right, speaks during a special session of the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. Governors Sunday roundly condemned the automatic budget cuts set to take hold this week, and hoped for a deal to stave off the $85 billion reduction in government services. At left is Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

  • Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, right, speaks during a special session of the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. Governors Sunday roundly condemned the automatic budget cuts set to take hold this week, and hoped for a deal to stave off the $85 billion reduction in government services. At left is Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, right, speaks during a special session of the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. Governors Sunday roundly condemned the automatic budget cuts set to take hold this week, and hoped for a deal to stave off the $85 billion reduction in government services. At left is Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

  • Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett,From left, panelist Neill Christopher, National Governors Association Vice Chairman Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, NGA Chairman Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, and panelist Joan McGovern of JPMorgan Chase participate in a special session of the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett,From left, panelist Neill Christopher, National Governors Association Vice Chairman Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, NGA Chairman Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, and panelist Joan McGovern of JPMorgan Chase participate in a special session of the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

  • Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett,From left, panelist Neill Christopher, National Governors Association Vice Chairman Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, NGA Chairman Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, and panelist Joan McGovern of JPMorgan Chase participate in a special session of the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett,From left, panelist Neill Christopher, National Governors Association Vice Chairman Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, NGA Chairman Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, and panelist Joan McGovern of JPMorgan Chase participate in a special session of the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

  • Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead speaks during a panel discussion on “education and workforce: growing school leaders and teachers” at the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead speaks during a panel discussion on “education and workforce: growing school leaders and teachers” at the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

  • New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan, listens to panel discussion on “education and workforce: growing school leaders and teachers” at the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan, listens to panel discussion on “education and workforce: growing school leaders and teachers” at the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

  • New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan, listens to panel discussion on “education and workforce: growing school leaders and teachers” at the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan, listens to panel discussion on “education and workforce: growing school leaders and teachers” at the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

  • Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead speaks during a panel discussion on “education and workforce: growing school leaders and teachers” at the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead speaks during a panel discussion on “education and workforce: growing school leaders and teachers” at the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

  • Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell speaks during a panel discussion on “education and workforce: growing school leaders and teachers” at the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell speaks during a panel discussion on “education and workforce: growing school leaders and teachers” at the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

  • New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan listens to panel discussion on “education and workforce: growing school leaders and teachers” at the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan listens to panel discussion on “education and workforce: growing school leaders and teachers” at the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

  • New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan listens to panel discussion on “education and workforce: growing school leaders and teachers” at the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan listens to panel discussion on “education and workforce: growing school leaders and teachers” at the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

  • Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell speaks during a panel discussion on “education and workforce: growing school leaders and teachers” at the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell speaks during a panel discussion on “education and workforce: growing school leaders and teachers” at the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

  • California Gov. Jerry Brown, center, listens to a Natural Resources Committee’s panel discussion on extreme weather and the army corps of engineers: preparing states for the future” at the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. Visible from left are Deputy Commanding General for Civil and Emergency Operation of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers  Maj. Gen. Michael Walsh, Brown and South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    California Gov. Jerry Brown, center, listens to a Natural Resources Committee’s panel discussion on extreme weather and the army corps of engineers: preparing states for the future” at the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. Visible from left are Deputy Commanding General for Civil and Emergency Operation of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Maj. Gen. Michael Walsh, Brown and South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

  • California Gov. Jerry Brown, center, listens to a Natural Resources Committee’s panel discussion on extreme weather and the army corps of engineers: preparing states for the future” at the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. Visible from left are Deputy Commanding General for Civil and Emergency Operation of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers  Maj. Gen. Michael Walsh, Brown and South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    California Gov. Jerry Brown, center, listens to a Natural Resources Committee’s panel discussion on extreme weather and the army corps of engineers: preparing states for the future” at the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. Visible from left are Deputy Commanding General for Civil and Emergency Operation of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Maj. Gen. Michael Walsh, Brown and South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

  • Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe speaks during a Natural Resources Committee’s panel discussion on extreme weather and the army corps of engineers: preparing states for the future” at the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe speaks during a Natural Resources Committee’s panel discussion on extreme weather and the army corps of engineers: preparing states for the future” at the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

  • Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe speaks during a Natural Resources Committee’s panel discussion on extreme weather and the army corps of engineers: preparing states for the future” at the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe speaks during a Natural Resources Committee’s panel discussion on extreme weather and the army corps of engineers: preparing states for the future” at the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

  • Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, left, and Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin confer during a panel discussion on “education and workforce: growing school leaders and teachers” at the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, left, and Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin confer during a panel discussion on “education and workforce: growing school leaders and teachers” at the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

  • Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, left, and Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin confer during a panel discussion on “education and workforce: growing school leaders and teachers” at the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, left, and Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin confer during a panel discussion on “education and workforce: growing school leaders and teachers” at the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

  • Natural Resources Committee Chairman, South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard, third from left, listens to Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, right, during the committee’s panel discussion on extreme weather and the army corps of engineers: preparing states for the future” at the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. Others are, from left, Deputy Commanding General for Civil and Emergency Operation of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Maj. Gen. Michael Walsh and California Gov. Jerry Brown. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    Natural Resources Committee Chairman, South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard, third from left, listens to Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, right, during the committee’s panel discussion on extreme weather and the army corps of engineers: preparing states for the future” at the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. Others are, from left, Deputy Commanding General for Civil and Emergency Operation of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Maj. Gen. Michael Walsh and California Gov. Jerry Brown. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

  • Natural Resources Committee Chairman, South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard, third from left, listens to Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, right, during the committee’s panel discussion on extreme weather and the army corps of engineers: preparing states for the future” at the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. Others are, from left, Deputy Commanding General for Civil and Emergency Operation of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Maj. Gen. Michael Walsh and California Gov. Jerry Brown. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    Natural Resources Committee Chairman, South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard, third from left, listens to Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, right, during the committee’s panel discussion on extreme weather and the army corps of engineers: preparing states for the future” at the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. Others are, from left, Deputy Commanding General for Civil and Emergency Operation of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Maj. Gen. Michael Walsh and California Gov. Jerry Brown. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

  • Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, left, speaks to reporters during a break at the opening session of the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. Exasperated governors who are trying to gauge the fallout from impending federal spending cuts say Washington's protracted budget stalemate could seriously undermine the economy and stall gains made since the recession.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
  • Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, left, speaks to reporters during a break at the opening session of the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. Exasperated governors who are trying to gauge the fallout from impending federal spending cuts say Washington's protracted budget stalemate could seriously undermine the economy and stall gains made since the recession.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
  • Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, left, gestures asIshe speaks to a reporter before the start of a Health and Homeland Security Committee meeting on “Protecting Our Nation: States and Cybersecurity” during the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. Standing at the back right, is Governor of Puerto Rico Alejandro García Padilla. Washington's protracted budget stalemate could seriously undermine the economy and stall gains made since the recession, exasperated governors said Saturday as they try to gauge the fallout from impending federal spending cuts. And both Democrat and Republican CEOs expressed pessimism that both sides could find a way to avoid the massive, automatic spending cuts set to begin March 1.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
  • Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, left, gestures asIshe speaks to a reporter before the start of a Health and Homeland Security Committee meeting on “Protecting Our Nation: States and Cybersecurity” during the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. Standing at the back right, is Governor of Puerto Rico Alejandro García Padilla. Washington's protracted budget stalemate could seriously undermine the economy and stall gains made since the recession, exasperated governors said Saturday as they try to gauge the fallout from impending federal spending cuts. And both Democrat and Republican CEOs expressed pessimism that both sides could find a way to avoid the massive, automatic spending cuts set to begin March 1.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
  • Health and Homeland Security Committee Chairman Gov. Martin O’Malley of Maryland, right, and Vice Chairman Gov. Brian Sandoval of Nevada, talk at the start of the committee’s meeting on “Protecting Our Nation: States and Cybersecurity” during the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. Washington's protracted budget stalemate could seriously undermine the economy and stall gains made since the recession, exasperated governors said Saturday as they try to gauge the fallout from impending federal spending cuts. And both Democrat and Republican CEOs expressed pessimism that both sides could find a way to avoid the massive, automatic spending cuts set to begin March 1. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
  • Health and Homeland Security Committee Chairman Gov. Martin O’Malley of Maryland, right, and Vice Chairman Gov. Brian Sandoval of Nevada, talk at the start of the committee’s meeting on “Protecting Our Nation: States and Cybersecurity” during the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. Washington's protracted budget stalemate could seriously undermine the economy and stall gains made since the recession, exasperated governors said Saturday as they try to gauge the fallout from impending federal spending cuts. And both Democrat and Republican CEOs expressed pessimism that both sides could find a way to avoid the massive, automatic spending cuts set to begin March 1. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
  • Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, left, shakes hands with Walgreens CEO and President Gregory Wasson, right, during a break at the opening session of the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
  • Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, left, shakes hands with Walgreens CEO and President Gregory Wasson, right, during a break at the opening session of the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
  • Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie, center, seen with National Governors Association Chairman Gov. Jack Markell of Delaware, left, and Vice Chairman Gov. Mary Fallin of Oklahoma, speaks during the opening news conference of the NGA Winter Meeting in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. The nation's governors say their states are threatened if the automatic, across-the-board budget cuts, known as the sequester, take effect March 1.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
  • Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy reads documents before a Health and Homeland Security Committee meeting titled "Protecting Our Nation: States and Cybersecurity" during the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
  • Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy reads documents before a Health and Homeland Security Committee meeting titled "Protecting Our Nation: States and Cybersecurity" during the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
  • Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, right, puts on his Harley Davidson jacket over his Brewers jersey during the opening session of the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, while NGA Vice Chairman Gov. Mary Fallin of Oklahoma, left, watches.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
  • Governor of Puerto Rico Alejandro García Padilla, from left, seen with National Governors Association Chairman Gov. Jack Markell of Delaware and Vice Chairman Gov. Mary Fallin of Oklahoma, right, speaks during a news conference at the NGA Winter Meeting in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013.  The nation's governors say their states are threatened if the automatic, across-the-board budget cuts, known as the sequester, take effect March 1.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
  • National Governors Association Vice Chariman Gov. Mary Fallin of Oklahoma, left, with Chairman Gov. Jack Markell of Delaware, speaks during a news conference at the NGA Winter Meeting in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. U.S. governors urged Washington to avoid spending cuts that would affect states' defense and federal agencies, called the "sequester," and expressed concerns that a looming end to a stopgap spending measure and another deadline to raise the federal debt ceiling would hamper their economic recovery.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
  • Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy speaks during a special session of the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. Governors Sunday roundly condemned the automatic budget cuts set to take hold this week, and hoped for a deal to stave off the $85 billion reduction in government services. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
  • Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy speaks during a special session of the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. Governors Sunday roundly condemned the automatic budget cuts set to take hold this week, and hoped for a deal to stave off the $85 billion reduction in government services. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
  • Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, right, speaks during a special session of the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. Governors Sunday roundly condemned the automatic budget cuts set to take hold this week, and hoped for a deal to stave off the $85 billion reduction in government services. At left is Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
  • Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, right, speaks during a special session of the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. Governors Sunday roundly condemned the automatic budget cuts set to take hold this week, and hoped for a deal to stave off the $85 billion reduction in government services. At left is Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
  • Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett,From left, panelist Neill Christopher, National Governors Association Vice Chairman Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, NGA Chairman Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, and panelist Joan McGovern of JPMorgan Chase participate in a special session of the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
  • Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett,From left, panelist Neill Christopher, National Governors Association Vice Chairman Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, NGA Chairman Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, and panelist Joan McGovern of JPMorgan Chase participate in a special session of the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
  • Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead speaks during a panel discussion on “education and workforce: growing school leaders and teachers” at the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
  • New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan, listens to panel discussion on “education and workforce: growing school leaders and teachers” at the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
  • New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan, listens to panel discussion on “education and workforce: growing school leaders and teachers” at the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
  • Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead speaks during a panel discussion on “education and workforce: growing school leaders and teachers” at the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
  • Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell speaks during a panel discussion on “education and workforce: growing school leaders and teachers” at the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
  • New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan listens to panel discussion on “education and workforce: growing school leaders and teachers” at the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
  • New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan listens to panel discussion on “education and workforce: growing school leaders and teachers” at the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
  • Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell speaks during a panel discussion on “education and workforce: growing school leaders and teachers” at the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
  • California Gov. Jerry Brown, center, listens to a Natural Resources Committee’s panel discussion on extreme weather and the army corps of engineers: preparing states for the future” at the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. Visible from left are Deputy Commanding General for Civil and Emergency Operation of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers  Maj. Gen. Michael Walsh, Brown and South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
  • California Gov. Jerry Brown, center, listens to a Natural Resources Committee’s panel discussion on extreme weather and the army corps of engineers: preparing states for the future” at the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. Visible from left are Deputy Commanding General for Civil and Emergency Operation of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers  Maj. Gen. Michael Walsh, Brown and South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
  • Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe speaks during a Natural Resources Committee’s panel discussion on extreme weather and the army corps of engineers: preparing states for the future” at the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
  • Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe speaks during a Natural Resources Committee’s panel discussion on extreme weather and the army corps of engineers: preparing states for the future” at the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
  • Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, left, and Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin confer during a panel discussion on “education and workforce: growing school leaders and teachers” at the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
  • Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, left, and Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin confer during a panel discussion on “education and workforce: growing school leaders and teachers” at the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
  • Natural Resources Committee Chairman, South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard, third from left, listens to Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, right, during the committee’s panel discussion on extreme weather and the army corps of engineers: preparing states for the future” at the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. Others are, from left, Deputy Commanding General for Civil and Emergency Operation of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Maj. Gen. Michael Walsh and California Gov. Jerry Brown. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
  • Natural Resources Committee Chairman, South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard, third from left, listens to Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, right, during the committee’s panel discussion on extreme weather and the army corps of engineers: preparing states for the future” at the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. Others are, from left, Deputy Commanding General for Civil and Emergency Operation of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Maj. Gen. Michael Walsh and California Gov. Jerry Brown. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Governors from both parties are warning of the damaging economic impact if the White House and Congress fail to reach a deal to stave off across-the-board spending cuts set to take effect Friday.

“It’s senseless, and it doesn’t need to happen,” said Gov. Martin O’Malley, a Democrat from Maryland, during the annual meeting of the National Governors Association this weekend.

“And it’s a damn shame, because we’ve actually had the fastest rate of jobs recovery of any state in our region. And this really threatens to hurt a lot of families in our state and kind of flat line our job growth for the next several months.”

Some governors were pessimistic about the prospects for a compromise. They said the budget impasse was just the latest crisis in Washington that is keeping business from hiring and undermining the ability of governors to develop state spending plans.

“I’ve not given up hope, but we’re going to be prepared for whatever comes,” said Gov. Brian Sandoval, a Republican from Nevada. “There will be consequences for our state.”

The White House booked several Cabinet secretaries on the Sunday talk shows to detail the potential impact of the spending cuts on the public, from airports to classrooms.

The administration is bracing the country for widespread flight delays, shuttered airports, off-limit seashores and hundreds of thousands of furloughed employees.

There are fewer signs of urgency among congressional leaders, who have recently indicated their willingness to let the cuts take effect and stay in place for weeks, if not much longer.

The cuts would trim $85 billion in domestic and defense spending, leading to furloughs for hundreds of thousands of workers at the Transportation Department, Defense Department and elsewhere.

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