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Obama Turns To Governors For Help On Sequestration

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 25: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to the National Governors Association in the State Dining room of the White House on February 25, 2013 in Washington, DC. Obama is to discuss the impact of the $85 billion in budget cuts that begin Friday unless the White House and Congress agree on a new debt reduction agreement. (Photo by Dennis Brack-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 25: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to the National Governors Association in the State Dining room of the White House on February 25, 2013 in Washington, DC. Obama is to discuss the impact of the $85 billion in budget cuts that begin Friday unless the White House and Congress agree on a new debt reduction agreement. (Photo by Dennis Brack-Pool/Getty Images)

Speaking before the National Governors Association this morning at the White House, President Barack Obama sought help from state governors on the issue of sequestration. In his speech, Mr. Obama urged governors to lobby their congressional delegations in order to avoid spending cuts his administration believes could cripple the U.S. economy and have a devastating impact on individual states.

“These impacts will not be all felt on day one, but rest assured the uncertainty is already having an effect,” Obama told the governors gathered at the White House as part of their annual meeting. “While you are in town I hope that you speak with your congressional delegation and remind them in no uncertain terms exactly what is at stake.”

His appeal was geared mostly at Republican governors, many of who were not convinced and continue to insist that the president could offset the expected $85 billion in cuts by trimming around 3% of the federal budget.

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