Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-Philadelphia) is the latest PA politico to step into the ‘fiscal cliff’ spotlight, introducing a bill that would mainstream how the debt ceiling would be raised.
The “Ending Fiscal Cliffs” act would allow President Obama to raise the debt ceiling unilaterally, a move that has been talked about all week as a move to further avoid fiscal stress. Fattah is the first to take initiative and actually make an official proposal.
“When Congress orders from the menu of spending, they shouldn’t then expect a second debate over whether or not to pay the bill,” said Fattah in a release. “Whether you pay cash or put in on a credit card, you ordered the food and you’re the one who agreed to pay.”
“This bill clarifies what’s at stake in the current budget-spending-revenue debate that has been labeled ‘the fiscal cliff.’ How much money the federal government should raise and spend is an important, fundamental debate for Congress. But the current impasse inevitably arises from the short-term, short-sighted resolution to a previous ‘fiscal cliff,’ which traces directly to the 2011 debt ceiling crisis.”
This move does not come without GOP scorn. They argue that debt-ceiling negotiations are the only time they ever squeeze out agreements to reduce federal spending. So expect little traction for Fattah’s bill in the GOP controlled house, as the move is considered all but a show of support for Obama.
Fattah is not the only member of the PA Delegation to make some noise in the fiscal cliff talks. Senator Bob Casey recently called for an extension of the payroll tax cut for middle income families, which is set to expire at the end of the year. Rep. Allyson Schwartz has also made some public appearances stressing the need to protect medicare during the fiscal cliff negotiations.