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Durbin, other leaders frustrated with federal budget troubles

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U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, a Springfield Democrat, speaks about the impact of the government sequestration budget cuts on the state's leading research universities and hospitals during a news conference Friday in Chicago.

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U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said Friday he's as frustrated as most Americans with the repeated "doomsday scenario" involving the federal budget. Appearing with hospital researchers in Chicago on the day that $85 billion in automatic spending cuts were to take effect, the Senate's No. 2 Democratic leader joined an effort by both political parties to blame each other for the problem.
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