Bracing for cuts at Florida military facilities, Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday sent a letter to the White House urging President Obama to "lead America in averting the fiscal crisis" that would stem from across-the-board spending reductions expected to take effect Friday. The reductions, part of a process known as sequestration, are required by a 2011 law aimed at reducing the federal budget deficit.
Obama and congressional Republicans have been unable to agree on changes to ease the impact of the cuts. In the letter Wednesday, Scott appeared to be trying to pin blame for sequestration on Obama.
"If your administration fails to do its job to responsibly manage the budget, thousands of Floridians will lose their jobs under sequestration,” Scott wrote. "There is no doubt that budget cuts must be made at the national level, just as we do here at the state level. But, it is the responsibility of the administration to administer spending reductions responsibly."
The White House released information this week showing that the cuts particularly would affect military and education spending in Florida. In releasing that information, the Obama administration blamed congressional Republicans for blocking potential tax hikes that could help offset cuts.
"By not asking the wealthy to pay a little more, Republicans are forcing our children, seniors, troops, military families and the entire middle class to bear the burden of deficit reduction," the administration said.