Lentz And Philadelphia Inquirer Reject Republican Pledge
Meehan, House Republicans Support Economic Agenda That Adds Trillions To Debt
Springfield, PA – Bryan Lentz, the Democratic nominee in Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District, called on his Republican opponent Pat Meehan to join him in rejecting the Republican Party’s “Pledge for America” after the Philadelphia Inquirer editorial board today ripped the proposal as “sending the country deeper into debt” and “a formula for extra borrowing from foreign governments, to be paid by generations of future taxpayers”.
Since the Republican proposal was released last week, it has drawn criticism from commentators on both the right and the left as a proposal that would not move the country forward. Today’s Inquirer editorial also lashed out at the plan for proposing $4 trillion worth of tax breaks over the next decade without offering ways to offset the cuts and called it “a campaign document that offers no real plan for governing.”
Lentz called on his Republican opponent to reject the plan for blowing a hole in the nation’s deficit and contradicting his own calls to introduce a balanced budget amendment. Lentz also called on Meehan to fill in the blanks with the cuts in spending that he would pursue in order to balance the budget if he supported the proposal.
“The Republicans aren’t fooling anybody with their “Pledge”, it’s a blueprint for driving up the nation’s debt that the middle class will be paying off for decades as the editors at the Inquirer correctly pointed out,” said Kevin McTigue, Lentz’s campaign manager. “Pat Meehan should be the first one standing up and rejecting the proposal because it contradicts his own stated policies.”
Lentz has made saving and creating jobs the cornerstone of his campaign for Congress. He is the only candidate with a published plan to get our economy moving again and the only candidate who supports Wall Street reform and the creation of a consumer financial protection agency to ensure another collapse does not happen. Lentz has also pledged to end tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas while his opponent Pat Meehan has signed a pledge that has bound him to oppose legislation that has been introduced to end those tax breaks.
A former Airborne Ranger, criminal prosecutor and Iraq War veteran, Bryan Lentz currently serves in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from Delaware County. He was awarded both the Bronze Star for Service and the War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal for his military service. He lives in Swarthmore with his wife Jennifer and their son Thomas.