Written by Andrew Forgotch
Last updated on March 11, 2013 @ 12:15PM
Created on March 08, 2013 @ 6:45PM
It's been one week since $85-billion in automatic spending cuts, better known as the sequester, took effect.
On Friday 5 News talked to Republican and Democratic lawmakers who said they're optimistic a deal will get done relatively soon.
5 News has reported on the ways your life could be impacted if Congress and the President fai to strike a deal to avoid the sequestration.
One week ago that deadline came and went without a deal being struck.
Most political experts have said that we wont feel the changes brought forth by the sequester until April.
Republican Congressman David McKinley said he's frustrated because we weren't supposed to be in this predicament in the first place.
McKinley said that the sequestration was only supposed to be used as a backup. He mentioned that he feels like it's is being misused by the President.
McKinley said that 4-thousand jobs are on the line in the Mountain state if no deal is reached. He said it's the president's fault that we're in this situation.
McKinley said the President Obama wants to raise taxes at a time when Congress raised them by $660-billion in January.
"What we're looking for now is spending reductions," McKinley said. "This is where the fight is going to come down. I think at the end of the day the House, the Senate get together, (on a deal) and I hope the President will sign the bill."
On Friday Democratic U.S. Senator Joe Manchin told 5 News that he's confident a deal will get done.
Manchin in order for that to happen everyone needs to get on the same page. He said he feels like everyone in Washington needs to stop playing politics.
"It's just insane that we have got to play this chicken little game and scare people to death before we do the right thing," Manchin said. "I'm sick and tired of it."
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