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O'Malley, McDonnell, Oppose Automatic Federal Cuts

4:37 PM, Feb 24, 2013   |    comments
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The governors of Maryland and Virginia say they agree that huge, automatic federal budget cuts set to begin this week need to be avoided.

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Democrat, and his Virginia counterpart, Republican Bob McDonnell appeared Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation."

The $85 billion in cuts that are scheduled to begin taking effect Friday would have a big impact on Maryland and Virginia due to proximity to the nation's capital.

O'Malley says they are job-killing cuts, and the country can't cut its way to prosperity.

McDonnell says cuts indeed are needed, but not with such a heavy burden placed on defense under the plan.

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