WASHINGTON (AP) -- Governors are pleading for the divided federal government to avoid doing anything that would hamper the tenuous economic recovery back home.
That's their message to Washington with their states on the brink of financial catastrophe.
At their annual winter meeting in the nation's capital, the nation's governors are asking lawmakers to prevent a government shutdown, abstain from spending cuts that dramatically will affect states and end even preliminary discussions about allowing states to declare bankruptcy.
As Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire (GREG'-wahr), head of the National Governors Association, puts it "Anything that Congress does that will undermine our recovery is quite troublesome to us." She says "We don't need a hiccup now in our recovery," adding "We are fragile."
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