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NC lawmakers react to sequestration

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -

9 On Your Side talked with some of our state lawmakers about what's happening on Capitol Hill and what they've done to prevent sequestration.

They tell us they don't like what's happening but cannot do any more to reach across the aisle.

"I really believe that the American people deserve better than what the republican's in this building believe is the right thing," said Sen. Harry Reid, (D) Senate Majority Leader.

"We've done our work. They've not done theirs," said Rep. John Boehner, (R) House Speaker.

There continues to be no end to the blame game on Capitol Hill as lawmakers make little effort to compromise before the sequestration cuts take place Friday.

Both parties are offering up alternative, less drastic senate bills that would replace 85 billion dollars in cuts but democrats want tax hikes on the wealthy, republicans don't, and neither bill is expected to pass.

House Republican Representative Walter B. Jones released a statement saying, in part, sequestration cuts disproportionately focused on the military was not the way to go.

He said: "I have cosponsored several bills and offered up many suggestions for achieving alternative spending reductions that would save much more money than sequestration."

Those ideas include eliminating foreign aid and stopping the $235 million a day that America is spending in Afghanistan.

We also talked with Democratic Representative G.K. Butterfield via phone.

"Well, I supported President Obama from the beginning. The president told us a year-and-a-half ago that we needed to cut the federal deficit by four trillion dollars over the next 10 years," said Butterfield, "there is pain with deficit reduction but I still see that the pain needs to be shared by not only the middle class families but rich people as well."

Democratic Senator Kay Hagan also issued the following statement, in part:

"Even though gridlock has gotten in the way of solutions far too frequently, the answer isn't to just throw up our hands and forget our responsibilities. The answer is to get Republicans and Democrats to come to the table and talk about how we can meet in the middle," said Hagan.

Republican Senator Richard Burr also released a statement saying, in part:

"I would prefer more prioritized cuts that would address real  waste, fraud, and abuse in federal spending, but this plan was crafted by the President and rather than indicating he will work with Congress to avoid sequestration, he is moving the goal posts by now asking for a tax-hike as well. "

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