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Voters frustrated with lawmakers over looming sequestration

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There's a little more than 24 hours left for federal lawmakers to work out a deal, before the so called "Cinderella" hour. That's when $85 billion in federal budget cuts are set to kick in. Tennessee is set to lose nearly $15 million.

A number of voters in the Mid-State say they are frustrated lawmakers have not worked out a deal. Others says they can see the possible benefit.

For Mark Feger and Bill Johnson eating out is no longer a luxury, rather it's become a planned expense.

"We have to live within our means and I think the government should do the same," Johnson said.

Feger agrees and says the looming sequestration may not be a bad thing.

"The government needs to cut back and I think again, they're kind of showing us what's going to affect us immediately and what seems really simplistic," Feger said. "That would be scary cuts."

The across-the-board cuts would reduce the federal deficit by $1.2 trillion in the next decade. If Congress takes no action, the cuts will start at the stroke of midnight Friday.

Marin Herz says she's frustrated lawmakers can't reach a comprise on the ongoing budget debate.

"I'm really angry that our congressman and our senators can't get their act together and do what's right for the country," Herz said. "I really hope they get it done, because it's really going to hurt our economy."

In the Nashville area, Metro Nashville Public Schools stand to lose some $4 million for teachers, aides and staff. Nutrition assistance programs for seniors could be slashed by $1 million. Job search assistance and placement programs for the unemployed could lose nearly $700,000.

At Fort Campbell, 1,200 support staff jobs would be eliminated and remaining employees would see a reduction in pay.

But as the clock ticks on, Johnson says lawmakers should be in Washington still hard at work.

"Do the job and run this country," Johnson said. "That's what we hired you for, do it."

The president and congressional leaders plan to meet on Friday to discuss how to minimize the impact.

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