(CBS) — Some local members of Congress are raising the alarm about proposed job and funding cuts at the Fermi Accelerator Laboratory and Argonne National Lab — and there’s some political jabbing going on, too.

WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports from the western suburbs.

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Democratic Congressman Bill Foster, the physicist, has Argonne Lab in his district. He says Democrats in Illinois’ Congressional delegation sent Energy Secretary Rick Perry a letter seeking details of the proposed lab cuts, but couldn’t get Republican colleagues to sign on.

A source says the labs themselves gave congress members the information, so there was no need to ask for it.

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How does Foster think the budget cuts can be stopped? Only if, he says, Republicans join Democrats in opposing them.

Republican Congressman Randy Hultgren, co-chair of the House Science and National Labs Caucus, was already in that column. In a statement, he says that portion of the president’s budget request is a non-starter.

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Hultgren says he’ll be fighting had to ensure Illinois’ labs will have the proper staff and resources.