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.