|STEVE PEOPLES and KEN THOMAS, Associated Press|
"It is not helpful when
"The only thing that's standing in the way of prosperity right now is the games being played by the Republicans in
The governors are scheduled to meet through the weekend, with the discussion expected to turn to jobs and the economy, gun control and the implementation of the president's health care overhaul.
Some Republican governors have blocked the use of
But no issue carries the same level of urgency as the budget stalemate.
From their nearby offices on
Obama in recent days has intensified efforts to warn the public of the negative effects, while applying pressure on congressional Republicans who oppose his blend of targeted savings and tax increases to tackle federal deficits.
"Spending is the problem, spending must be the focus," said House Speaker
But governors aren't yet resigned to the worst-case scenario.
"I think there should be limited government, but I don't like random changes. If you look at my budget, I didn't do across the board cuts," said
Indeed, the package of domestic and military cuts now approaching was never supposed to happen. It was designed as a fallback, to take effect only in case a congressional "supercommittee" failed to come up with
There was little Obama-bashing from Republican governors on Friday. But there was plenty of frustration.