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Local lawmakers weigh in on sequester

With deep, federal spending cuts looming, members of Illinois’ Congressional delegation are weighing in on the budget battle that’s polarizing Capitol Hill.

$85 billion worth in spending cuts will automatically kick into effect sometime before midnight on Friday.

Democrats Tammy Duckworth, Bill Foster, and Jan Schakowsky attended an event for seniors at the Frisbie Center in Des Plaines on Friday morning.

The so-called “sequester” may have a bad impact on the Center, since it receives funding for its food and nutritional programs.

Congresswoman Schakowsky blames the Republican-controlled House for refusing to raise taxes as part of a budget deal.

“It’s hard to see the way out. They have got to give up this protection of every penny of wealth for individual and wealthy corporations,” said Schakowsky.

But, Republican Peter Roskam is laying the blame on President Obama.

“The president proposed the sequester, he made commitments to veto any attempts to undo the sequester, and now he thinks sequester is a bad idea,” said Roskam.

WGN News Writer C. Hayes published this report.

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5 Comments to “Local lawmakers weigh in on sequester”

    kid1339 said:
    March 1, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    Tammy Bill & Jan 3 more dumb asses to add to the pile,You can't even take care of the tax coming in now !!

      Anonymous said:
      March 1, 2013 at 3:55 PM

      Kid, before you blame just three, take a long look at the entire Congress. It has always been, and probably always will be that the Democrats refuse to cut spending and the Republicans refuse to raise revenue. We need both to be done in order to get out of the recession.

        Wrong Story Guy said:
        March 1, 2013 at 4:27 PM

        Yeah, that's the only way the price of our smokes will lower down!

    Joseph erickson said:
    March 1, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    How can a lousy 2 percent cut be "deep cuts"? Are all the media so stupid?

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