The National Governors Association have sent two similar letters to President Obama and congressional leaders urging them to put their partisan bickering aside and come together to avoid the automatic, across-the-board budget cuts set to begin Friday.

"Indiscriminate cuts to federal programs create uncertainties that undermine state and local budgets, discourage private sector investment and slow our economy just as it is beginning to recover," said the letter to Congress, which was signed by Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, NGA's chair, and Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, the group's vice chair.

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