Governors Press White House, Congress to Avoid Sequester Cuts

February 24, 2013

The governors of Maryland and Virginia urged Washington policymakers on Sunday to come together to avoid sequestration.
 
Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia, a Republican, and Gov. Martin O’Malley of Maryland, a Democrat, said the $85 billion in automatic spending cuts would roll back economic gains the two states have made in recent years.
 
Because of their proximity to Washington, both states have thousands of residents who work for the federal government.
 
McDonnell also noted that Virginia has many defense installations, just days before President Obama is set to visit one to talk up the negative effects of sequestration.
 
“We sit in the middle of a corridor of science and security,” O’Malley said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
 
“For whatever our differences might be,” O’Malley added, we understand that this is an economic threat. This is going to hurt a lot of moms and dads in our region.”

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