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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is asking President Obama in a letter to make good on his campaign pledge to avert automatic cuts to federal spending that would disproportionately damage the state, reports the Associated Press.
McDonnell says the threat of cuts from the 2011 Budget Control Act is already harming Virginia. But unless the President and Congress agree on their own cuts before March 1, federal cuts would drain $85 billion from the government's budget over the coming seven months.
Virginia would feel the proportionately heaviest burden of any state, with its heavy concentration of military assets, including the Pentagon and the world's largest U.S. Navy base at Norfolk, as well as defense and civilian government contractors.