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As the countdown to the sequester continues, the nation's governors, worried about Federal aid money that is a key part of their budgets, are making their voices heard.

FOX News Radio's Rich Johnson reports from Washington:

A lot of people who depend on state money that starts out as Federal money will feel the pain.

(Gov. Markell) "From everything from workforce training, to Headstart, to substance abuse."

Delaware Governor Democrat Jack Markell expects those cuts to hurt almost immediately.  Wisconsin Republican Scott Walker argues in favor of more power for the President to fix this.

(Gov. Walker) "There's always a better way.  There's certainly enough waste to be cut in this town, why not give the President and his Cabinet, his Administration the authority to do that?"

Much in the same way, says Walker, that governors have authority in deciding their states' budget priorities.

In Washington, Rich Johnson, FOX News Radio.

Barack Obama

With the governors gathered in Washington, President Obama took his message directly to the state leaders, hoping to get them on board with his sequestration plans.

FOX News Radio's Mike Majchrowitz reports from the White House:

Chris Christie, Gary Herbert

Having made no headway with Republicans on the sequester, President Obama urged the nation's governors to help.

(President Obama) "I hope that you speak with your Congressional delegation and remind them, in no uncertain terms, exactly what is at stake."

Sunday, the Administration put out a state-by-state report on the impacts of the sequester.  Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker says the President needs to keep the focus on spending cuts.

(Gov. Walker) "They have to make the cuts because we still have to balance the budget and get back to deficit reduction, which was what the sequester was about in the first place."

The President has been insisting on more tax increases as part of any sequester agreement.

At the White House, Mike Majchrowitz, FOX News Radio.

CLICK HERE to see the state-by-state sequestration impacts released by the White House.

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