CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., called Congress' inability to work in a bipartisan manner to stop "reckless spending cuts" discouraging and shameful, while Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., said sequestration would cause severe disruptions in government services that all state residents would feel.
Meanwhile, Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., called the sequester a "sloppy, across-the-board spending cut" that is bad for West Virginia and the country.
Across-the-board cuts in federal spending, called "sequestration," are scheduled to go into effect Friday if Congress fails to pass legislation -- temporary or long-term -- to deal with the crisis.
But two West Virginia Republicans in Congress blamed President Obama for first proposing sequestration and now failing to offer a realistic plan to replace it.
Manchin released a report on Tuesday detailing 20 types of budget cuts that would effect law enforcement officers, firefighters, mine safety programs, businesses, veterans, seniors, children and families in West Virginia.
"It is discouraging and shameful that Congress cannot work in a bipartisan manner to come together and reach a long-term compromise to get our fiscal house in order and stop these reckless spending cuts from going into effect," Manchin said.
Still, Rahall expressed optimism that Congress will take some action when he spoke to the County Commissioners' Association of West Virginia in Charleston Monday.
"If across-the-board cuts in spending are allowed to take full effect, there should be no doubt that it would cause severe disruptions in essential government services and funding that would be felt by every West Virginian," Rahall said.
"The potential closing of airport towers across West Virginia is only one of several nightmare scenarios that could occur unless Congress acts."
Air-traffic control facilities could close at airports in Bridgeport, Wheeling, Huntington, Lewisburg and Williamstown by the Federal Aviation Administration.