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Many Not Happy As Officials Come Home, Despite Looming Sequester


LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Some people aren't happy as the sequester cuts kick-in because many of their elected officials left Washington and came home Friday without a deal.

6 News wanted to know why are they not in D.C. the day these cuts kick-in, trying to reach some sort of compromise.

"It could happen overnight if the president would show some leadership. Go to Harry Reid and say, 'there are two bills that the House has already sent to you.' They're mechanisms to use that would deal with the sequester--that would be an alternative to the sequester," said Representative Tim Walberg. "We've done our job. I could head back, but why be there just sitting around. We saw what happened this morning."

He was referring to another failed compromise meeting Friday morning between the president and party leaders

In a statement to WLNS, Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow said, "Congress must continue to work together to stop these irresponsible cuts. Congress needs to find common sense ways to reduce the deficit rather than slash jobs, education and other top priorities."

6 News spoke other congressmen on both sides of the aisle and the one thing they all said is that it's going to take bipartisanship to curb the effects of the sequester. They all told said they're willing to work with each other.

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