CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP/WVLT) -- Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker says he doesn't think Congress will act to stop federal spending cuts slated to go into effect on Friday and that the situation is a "wake-up call" to the nation's spending ills.
The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports Corker made the comments Friday while speaking to a business group and others.
The automatic budget cuts of $1.2 trillion, which will go into effect unless lawmakers take action, would affect a myriad of government services including national defense, airline traffic and national parks.
Corker called the automatic cuts "a ham-handed" way to tighten spending, but said it is better than the alternative.
He says the president should be given flexibility to manage the cuts through August.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.