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Durbin frustrated with federal budget troubles

Published: Friday, March 1, 2013 9:00 a.m. CDT

CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says he's as frustrated as most Americans with the repeated "doomsday scenarios" involving the federal budget.

Durbin spoke in Chicago on Friday. He says the troubles in Washington are "no way to run a government and no way to run a great nation." Durbin says cuts to National Institute of Health funding will cost Illinois jobs. He prefers an approach that closes tax loopholes. Durbin is a Democrat and is assistant majority leader in the Senate.

Durbin spoke with researchers from several Chicago medical centers. He says Illinois could lose $38 million in NIH funding because of sequestration.

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