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Blame game continues in government budget battle

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What's made at Core Composites in Bristol goes up to Natick, Mass., where it's put into shelters that serve troops in Afghanistan.

"We've been learning so much through this military program that we're able apply to the commercial world that it's been a great program," said Richard O'Meara of Core Composites.

But O'Meara is looking at a real rollback in the program, about 35 percent.

So who's to blame? Both political parties.

"I hope they all just sit down. They're actually not very far apart when you really look at it. I think people are a lot more close together than they make themselves out to be when they're politically positioned," O'Meara said.

U.S. Rep. David Cicilline told NBC 10 on Monday he agrees that there's been no compromise in Washington but that he's got a solution, although it involves forcing some rich people to pay more taxes under the so-called Buffett rule.

"Bring to the floor real alternatives, allow a debate on these bills and move forward with a replacement for the sequester that will protect this very fragile economic recovery," Cicilline said.

Cicilline said Republican House leadership has made it clear that they, so far, are unwilling to approach this in a balanced way.

"We need to figure out how to solve this. This finger-pointing that has been going on is unproductive," he said.

Cicilline and Democrats say when Republicans get an earful in their home districts, they'll be more willing to negotiate.

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