Sequestration Kicks In Friday; Sign the Petition To Furlough Congress

7:53 PM, Mar 1, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Furlough notices will soon go out to federal workers so we decided to bring furlough notices to Capitol Hill. These are the letters you sent us, using our online petition. 

Ninety-seven percent of, out of, the nearly 3,000 signatures say yes, Congress should share the pain.

So we printed out some of your comments and brought them to Congress.

Our first stop was to the Longworth building -- and the personal office of Democratic Whip, Steny Hoyer from Maryland.

We got kicked out of his office, because they said they didn't allow cameras. Before we left, we dropped off over 500 letters.

When we dropped off letters at the office of Republican Congressman Frank Wolf, he invited us into his office to discuss his support of the Simpson Bowles budget plan to prevent furloughs.

"We've got to sit down and break bread and figure this thing out," Wolf said. 

Representative Wolf became visibly upset when we referenced some of his constituents, who contacted us with petition signatures and letters.

"Now look, I'm not got to talk about that. I've looked at everything. Look at my record," Rep. Wolf said.

Lawmakers working today, like Congressman Wolf, didn't have as much company after Members of Congress got out of town Thursday afternoon.

It could be Tuesday before both sides can sit down together, with any hope of preventing furloughs for government workers.


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