CAPITOL HILL, D.C. (WUSA) - President Obama and Congressional leaders are slated to sit down Friday to start negotiating a deal to back the country away from a fiscal cliff, a chasm of tax increases and spending cuts that could through the economy back into recession.
The cuts are likely to hit our region disproportionately hard.
And some of the people who think they'll be hurt protested on Capitol Hill.
More than 100 demonstrators organized by the group Our DC crowded the hallway outside one of the House Speaker John Boehner's office, hoping to put a human face on the people they say would be hit hardest by the so called sequester across the board government cuts.
April Thomas says she was homeless up until two years ago, when federal help finally put her young family in an apartment in Southeast. "Now I'm being told my house might be cut and I might end up back where I came from."
Protest organizers say the cuts would cost the city hundreds of jobs and hit education and Head Start particularly hard.
The Speaker's staff locked the door, but a spokeswoman says he has proposed a "responsible and balanced framework to avert the fiscal cliff with tax reform and responsible spending cuts."
The protesters left behind photos of the people they say will be hurt.
The Speaker's staff did pick up all the photos and letters and they promised to review them.
Written and Reported by Bruce Leshan
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