TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida Gov. Rick Scott is wading into the fray over looming federal budget cuts.
Scott on Thursday asked leaders of Congress to stop potential defense cuts he called devastating for the state's economy.
Scott said that as many as 39,000 jobs could be lost if automatic spending cuts take effect in January. The cuts are part of a deficit-reduction plan approved by Congress last year.
Scott has previously criticized federal spending and rejected billions awarded to Florida for a high-speed rail project. He has defended cutting public jobs in state and local government as a way to help the economy.
The cuts have become a political flashpoint. GOP senators last month visited presidential election battleground states to warn about the cuts even though Congress previously endorsed the reductions.