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Updated: 2/25/2013 3:58 pm
Lawmakers returned to Washington Monday with no new budget deal and no talks underway aimed at avoiding Friday's looming "sequestration" spending cuts.

President Obama pressured Republicans.

"These cuts do not have to happen. Congress can turn them off anytime with just little bit of compromise," he said.

But Republicans won't compromise on taxes.

"We're not willing to put revenue on the table in this case," said Oklahoma's Representative Tom Cole. "The cuts are going to occur."

The White House sent out 50 reports detailing how the $83 billion in cuts would impact each state.

In Alabama, for example, 27,000 defense department employees would be furloughed.

500 at risk kids would lose child care and 2,100 kids would not get needed vaccines.

Still, governors visiting the White House Monday were split about what lawmakers should do.

"They need to get our of that box that sits under the dome and understand that this has real implications in peoples' lives," warned Connecticut's Governor Dannel Malloy.

Louisiana's Governor Bobby Jindal says the sequester is okay.

"Enough's enough. Now is the time to cut spending, it can be done without jeopardizing the economy. It can be done without jeopardizing critical services," Jindal said. "The president needs to stop campaigning, stop trying to scare the American people."

Republicans are charging President Obama is maximizing the effect of the sequestration to make them look bad.

-- Steve Handelsman reports

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