Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy of Connecticut concurred.
"They need to get out of that box that sits under the dome and understand that this has real implications in people's lives," he said. "Work with the president, find a way to get it done — or if you want, just turn it over to us governors, and we'll negotiate."
The governors, emerging from a closed-door meeting with Obama Monday, said the president had assured them the administration is pursuing solutions, but offered no assurances that officials would find a way ahead out ahead of the deadline.
Associated Press writers Ken Thomas, Steve Peoples and Josh Lederman contributed to this report.
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