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Gov. Walker, others meet with Pres. Obama to talk fiscal cliff

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President Barack Obama sat down with six governors from across the country, including Governor Scott Walker.

The goal was to hear what they have to say about avoiding the fiscal cliff.

Three Republican governors, including Walker, and three Democratic governors talked with the president about the looming fiscal cliff. Walker told reporters everybody has to work together.

With the clock ticking, Republicans and Democrats are trying to find a solution for the so-called fiscal cliff.

If one isn’t reached, billions of dollars in spending cuts and tax increases will automatically go into effect.

Governor Scott Walker joined the discussion, meeting with the president and other governors at the White House.

“Our focus today was not to endorse a specific plan, nor to dismiss a specific plan, but rather to point out, as governors, we think it’s important that we have a seat at the table, that we’re part of these discussions, both on the impact it has in terms of our finances and our economies in each of our respected states,” Walker told reporters after the closed door meeting at the White House.

Before the meeting, the White House press secretary said involving governors is important.

“I think that governors have a lot at stake in this process. They have an interest in seeing Washington get its fiscal house in order. They have an interest in seeing Washington take action to ensure that the economy continues to grow,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said.

The group of governors wanted some answers at the meeting—pushing for assurances that the burden of any spending cuts wouldn’t shift onto the states. They also urged a resolution to the gridlock.

After the meeting, Governor Walker told reporters it’s important for both sides to work together.

“We didn’t get off on the fringes; we didn’t get off in the pet project. But instead said we hope there’s going to be something done in Washington and in the end, we hope it’s something positive for our states—both for our finances, but also for our state’s economies,” Walker told reporters.

If both sides cannot reach a deal by the end of the year, the fiscal cliff will go into effect. But both sides have said they certainly want to try to avoid it.

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