Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, left, speaks to reporters during a break at the opening session of the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 23, 201

 

              Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, left, speaks to reporters during a break at the opening session of the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 23, 201
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, left, speaks to reporters during a break at the opening session of the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. Exasperated governors who are trying to gauge the fallout from impending federal spending cuts say Washington's protracted budget stalemate could seriously undermine the economy and stall gains made since the recession. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)