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Gov. Walker calls out President Obama over sequestration


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker says President Obama should put his money where his mouth is about the automatic federal spending cuts which are due to take effect Friday.

The Republican Walker and other governors met with the Democratic president at the White House.

Walker said that if Obama is so concerned about the across the board cuts on the table, he should give Congress, “reliable, more responsible alternatives.”

The White House has been telling Americans what the so-called “sequestration” cuts would do to them.

The administration has said 3,000 civilian defense employees could be furloughed in the Badger State. Up to 240 teachers could be affected, plus a loss of millions of federal dollars for things ranging from fish protections to child care. And the FAA says air traffic control towers could be closed at eight mid-sized airports in Wisconsin from Eau Claire to Kenosha.

Democrats are also worried. The state’s newest congressman, Madison House Democrat Mark Pocan, calls the across the board cuts “a budget tornado” that’s “irresponsible and unacceptable."