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Local Democrats Urging Republicans For Sequestration Deal

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Sequestration is now the law of the land and experts say this region is being hit hardest because it's so dependent on government spending. That's why lawmakers in the region say it's time to do away with those indiscriminate budget cuts and lay out a more precise budget blueprint.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md. is the top Democrat on the House Budget Committee, and he's calling on House Speaker John Boehner to appoint conferees so the two chambers can start budget negotiations.

"Unfortunately right now, despite complaining for years the Senate didn't have a budget, the House speaker refuses to go to conference on the budget to begin those budget negotiations, to finalize a budget.

"That would be the right forum for doing both dealing with the issue of sequestration and dealing with the issue tax reform."

Republican leaders say setting up a budget conference committee doesn't make any sense unless the two parties lay a framework for negotiations first, which means sequestration is likely to remain in place for the near future.

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