President Barack Obama offers up a toast as he welcomes the governors of the National Governors Association to the 2013 Governors’ Dinner at the White House in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. AP Photo/Susan Walsh
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will be meeting with the nation's governors as they push Congress to avert deep federal spending cuts that begin to take effect Friday.
The state leaders were in Washington for the annual meeting of the National Governors Association. The president, first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, will address them at the White House.
Obama administration officials warned of significant airport delays, deep cuts to education and furloughs for hundreds of thousands of government workers if the budget cuts go through, as widely expected.
The president did not mention the budget stalemate during a White House dinner with most of the governors Sunday night. But Obama told them, "We've got more work to do."