The White House unleashed Democratic governors on Republicans Friday, escalating its blame game over the looming sequester.

Democratic governors blasted Republicans over the $85 billion in automatic spending cuts set for March 1 after a White House meeting with President Obama.

The cuts look increasingly likely to happen, with the White House and Republicans at an impasse over how to prevent them.

“Our message to our Republican colleagues is ‘Speak up, stand up. Or be part of the problem. Let’s not stand in the way of progress,’ ” Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin said Friday.

“After the longest recession, we are finally coming out of this mess, thanks to the president’s leadership,” he added.