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Gov. Bentley to meet with President over budget cuts

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He leaves for Washington Saturday, along with other governors. He leaves for Washington Saturday, along with other governors.
MONTGOMERY, AL (WAFF) -

The federal government has just seven days to act and avoid automatic budget cuts known as sequestration.

Federal agencies like NASA and the Department of Defense could have to determine how to get by with less, and so could our schools.

Governor Robert Bentley plans to go to Washington to talk to lawmakers and urge them to act before that March 1 deadline.

He leaves for Washington Saturday, along with other governors.

Sunday evening, they will have a meeting with the President, followed by another meeting Monday.

During those meetings, the Governor hopes to make some headway.

He believes this situation is one the President and Congress put into place not thinking it would actually happen.

If it does, Bentley said sequestration could be damaging to Alabama's economy, especially in the Tennessee Valley.

The cuts would have a major impact on the military and our aerospace and defense industries.

The Governor estimates as many as $25,000 jobs would be lost statewide.

He said sequestration is the worst-case scenario.

"I am hopeful something can be done. Am I hopeful a resolution will take place? Not really. Not right now. We will just have to wait and see," he said.

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