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Corker calls impending cuts 'wake-up call'

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - 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.

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