S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley said she's still angry that leaders in Washington, D.C., haven't found a solution to looming sequestration budget cuts she says could "cripple" her state.
Haley made the comments while in Chester County for the groundbreaking at a plant expansion.
Asked about her frustration level, Haley said on a scale of one to 10, she's at "a 12."
"It's unbelievable to me that we have people on both sides pointing fingers and playing the blame game," Haley said.
White House estimates suggest South Carolina could face across-the-board cuts to military and defense spending that would top $140 million, which could impact military bases and cause the furloughs of 11,000 civilian defense workers across the state.
Haley said she's continuing to urge President Barack Obama to meet face to face with Congressional leaders.
"Get in a room and not leave until they solve the problem," Haley said.
In the meantime, she said she's already working with her staff to come up with ways to mitigate the impact of federal funding cuts.
"It is my job to get ready to make sure that South Carolina is taken care of regardless of what DC does," Haley said.