Governors: Looming Cuts Threaten Economic Gains 2/23/13
February 23, 2013
WASHINGTON - Both Democratic and Republican governors are warning that Washington's latest budget stalemate is causing fresh uncertainty for the nation's economy.
Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin says the nation "cannot afford to put at risk jobs and the recovery." Shumlin adds that the only thing he sees "standing in the way of prosperity right now is the games being played by the Republicans in Congress."
But Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin's criticism extends more broadly. The Republican says the partisan gridlock between Congress and the president will have "real repercussions" for families and the states.
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad says he sees no leadership and just politics as usual in Washington.
The state leaders are in Washington for the annual meeting of the National Governors Association.
In his weekly media address, President Barack Obama agrees, saying a little compromise is needed.