Rick Scott writes President Obama about sequestration

Florida governor: 'If your administration fails to do its job to responsibly manage the budget, thousands of Floridians will lose their jobs'

Published On: Feb 27 2013 01:20:35 PM EST   Updated On: Feb 27 2013 05:02:20 PM EST
MIAMI -

"If your administration fails to do its job to responsibly manage the budget, thousands of Floridians will lose their jobs," Florida Gov. Rick Scott told President Barack Obama in a letter regarding the automatic budget cuts taking place March 1.

Scott released his letter to the president on Wednesday.

READ: Scott's letter to President Obama

In it, Scott wrote how the budget cuts would hurt Florida, one of the country's most defense-centric states.

"The impacts on Florida’s military installations and defense industries will be severe under sequestration," wrote Scott. "Our immediate concerns include dramatic reductions to our National Guard, which threatens our ability to respond to wildfires this spring and hurricanes this summer."

If Congress fails to come up with an alternative plan by Friday's deadline, the federal government will be forced to slash its budget by $1.2 trillion over the next decade with $85 billion being cut in the next seven months alone.

Cuts would affect elderly care, health care, and education throughout Florida.

READ: Where you'll feel forced spending cuts

Spending cuts Americans will feel the most

Published On: Feb 21 2013 01:18:02 PM EST   Updated On: Mar 01 2013 02:46:17 PM EST

With no deal in place in Congress, $85 billion in sweeping federal spending cuts will take effect today, targeting everything from defense to education. Here's where Americans will really feel the impact of the cuts.

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Americans are bracing for the forced budget cuts that could kick in on March 1. Some of the hardest hit would be 2.1 million federal workers who could be spending up to 22 business days at home without pay on a furlough.

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