Lawmakers say sequestration fix is unlikely

01/30/2013 | Washington Post, The

With the March 1 deadline for across-the-board federal spending cuts approaching, lawmakers are now expressing pessimism that a deal will be reached to avoid them. "I think it's more likely to happen. And I'm ashamed of the Congress, I'm ashamed of the president, and I'm ashamed of being in this body, quite frankly," said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., said he thought there was a 50-50 chance that sequestration would occur. Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO Marion Blakey says the battle is not over. "A lot of people on the Hill see the oncoming train. We're going to keep fighting this," she said.

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