The two votes in question are the final vote on the Dodd-Frank legislation and an amendment vote to the 2011 Ryan budget.
On the Dodd-Frank final passage, Altmire voted yes, Critz voted no. On the amendment to the budget, Altmire voted no and Critz voted ‘present’.
Congressman Critz said he voted against the Wall Street Reform bill because he thought it would hurt small banks and credit unions in his district. On the RSC amendment, Critz voted ‘present’ with the majority of the Democratic caucus, not because he did not want to take a stand on the amendment but because Democrats were pulling a procedural move to force the more conservative version of the budget to pass.
According to Critz’s statement, “Jason Altmire cites HCR 34 #275, 4/15/11, a vote in which nearly every Democrat voted “present” in an attempt to kill the Ryan Budget, a far-right plan that would end Medicare as we know it.
The entire Democratic leadership, every Democratic member of the Pennsylvania Delegation except Jason Altmire, and all but 16 Democrats voted present – the same as Mark Critz. [HCR 34, Vote #275, 4/15/11]”
Congressman Altmire voted in favor of Dodd-Frank because he thought the reforms proposed were necessary to prevent a future financial crisis. Congressman Altmire voted against the RSC budget because he thought the policy implications of the budget would not be good for the constituents in his district.
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