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      Blame game continues in government budget battle

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

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

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

      So who's to blame? Both political parties.

      "I hope they all just sit down. They're actually notvery far apart when you really look at it. I think people are a lot more closetogether than they make themselves out to be when they're politicallypositioned," O'Meara said.

      U.S. Rep. David Cicilline told NBC 10 on Monday he agrees that there's beenno compromise in Washington but that he's got a solution, although it involvesforcing some rich people to pay more taxes under the so-called Buffett rule.

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

      Cicilline said Republican Houseleadership has made it clear that they, so far, are unwilling to approach thisin a balanced way.

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