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Rep. Doyle the Lone PA Dissenter as U.S. House Approves Controversial Debt Deal

“I believe the federal government’s skyrocketing national debt is a problem the United States must fix – and that it will require substantial sacrifice for us to do so – but I strongly oppose the approach taken in this bill, which I believe to be both counterproductive and unjust,” Doyle said in a statement released by his office.

August 2nd, 2011 | Posted in Congress, Front Page Stories | 4 Comments

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8/2 Morning Buzz

Veteran Democratic Congressman Mike Doyle was the lone member of the Pennsylvania delegation to vote against the high-profile, controversial debt ceiling deal reached by President Obama and congressional leaders late Sunday night. The Forest Hills representative was also at the center of a controversial caucus huddle in which he reportedly likened Tea Party Republicans to “terrorists [who] have made it impossible to spend any money.”

August 2nd, 2011 | Posted in Features, Front Page Stories, Harrisburg, Playbook | No Comments

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UPDATED (11:10am): With Casey Out in Front, PA Congressional Delegation Begins Commenting on Tentative Debt Ceiling Deal

Though Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) had just finished endorsing the newly minted, yet-to-be-finalized budget deal, U.S. Senator Bob Casey released a statement Sunday night in which he declared his intention to support the pact in order “to avoid default, cut government spending and provide some economic certainty.”

August 1st, 2011 | Posted in Front Page Stories | 1 Comment

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8/1 Morning Buzz

The big Monday morning news: President Obama and Congressional leaders pounded out the framework for a budget deal late Sunday night, with a vote very likely taking place on Monday. Even before their respective caucus leaders had a chance to present the specifics of the plan to rank-and-file members, Pennsylvania’s public officials were already offering preliminary thoughts.

August 1st, 2011 | Posted in Features, Front Page Stories, Harrisburg, Playbook | No Comments

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