PA Lawmakers in Washington React To Deal to End Federal Shutdown
After 16 days, potentially billions of dollars in lost economic activity and a string of unfavorable polls, the government shutdown came to an anticlimactic close on Wednesday night with most Pennsylvania lawmakers supporting a Senate compromise to reopen federal agencies and avert a default.
Democratic U.S. Senator Bob Casey voted yes and says Pennsylvanians deserve better than the irresponsible brinksmanship they saw over the last few weeks. He also says he hopes this experience will help change the tone in Washington and that members on both sides of the aisle will refocus their efforts on creating jobs and strengthening the economy.
Republican U.S. Senator Pat Toomey voted against increasing America’s debt burden because he says the legislation does nothing whatsoever to address the overspending problem that has caused our debt to mount.
Toomey says he’s glad this bill will end the shutdown but he can’t support piling hundreds of billions of dollars of debt on current and future generations of Americans without a sliver of reform to start putting the nation’s fiscal house in order.
9th Diatrict Congressman Bill Shuster voted for the deal.
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