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Governors join White House to fight automatic cuts

WASHINGTON – Exasperated governors are joining a White House push to intensify pressure on Congress to prevent a looming budget crisis.

Facing a March 1 deadline, both Democrat and Republican chief executives warned on Saturday of widespread economic fallout should Washington lawmakers fail to reach a compromise. Governors from across the nation gathered this weekend in Washington for the National Governors Association annual meeting.

On Sunday morning, several governors are scheduled to speak on national television. They’ll join at least two members of President Obama’s Cabinet, who’ve already warned of severe consequences. Hundreds of thousands of employees from the Department of Defense and the Department of Transportation may be furloughed.

There are few signs of urgency among congressional leaders, who have indicated a willingness to let the cuts take effect.

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