Local lawmakers weigh in on sequester

March 1, 2013

WGN News

March 1, 2013

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.