Durbin discusses sequestor effects with concerned Illiniosians

By WEEK Producer

February 27, 2013 Updated Feb 27, 2013 at 11:33 PM CDT

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- It's two days or less 'til sequestration slashes $85 billion from federal spending, forcing cutbacks and furloughs...

But, in Washington, the two sides don't even have a negotiation scheduled until Friday.

That's when President Obama will sit down with bipartisan congressional leaders to try and hammer out a way to avoid those massive automatic spending cuts.

The meeting comes right at the deadline for the 85 billion dollars in cuts. unlike say the fiscal cliff, there's little urgency in Washington right now.

But, nervous constituants -- like these quad cities residents meeting with Senator Dick Durbin Wednesday -- are expressing their concern at a lack of action.

"And we talked about the fact that we are in an economic recovery, but a slow one that is taking place, but slowly, and we need to take care that nothing we do doesn't jeopardize the economic recovery," Sen. Dick Durbin, (D) Illinois.

But, a new NBC News / Wall Street Journal Poll shows a majority surveyed - 53% - favor cutting government spending: the sequester, or a plan with even more cuts ... just 37% want fewer cuts.

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