House Democrats advance budget resolution, overcoming standoff on timing of infrastructure vote

Comments from Pa. lawmakers reflected the sharp partisan divisions over the spending blueprint

By: and - August 24, 2021 5:32 pm

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In a statement, U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, R-16th District, also criticized the bill, asking, “What are doing? Funded and unfunded debt right now exceeds $130 trillion. We have become so out of touch with the people that supply every penny and cosign every debt that we do. My question is when do we in Washington start to surely represent the people who had faith and trust and sent us here.

“Why do we think that spending ourselves into oblivion somehow is going to win the next election for us? It’s not a matter of who wins the election, it’s who puts this country in the right direction,” Kelly continued.

U.S. Rep. Fred Keller, R-12th District, dismissed the budget framework as a “disaster for millions of working families and paves the way for more Washington control over their lives.

“This budget resolution fast-tracks $3.5 trillion in spending and adds $17 trillion in new debt that our children and grandchildren will have to pay back, grants amnesty for illegal aliens, eliminates right-to-work protections, and expands government-controlled health care,” Keller continued. “I voted no on this budget because I made a promise to the people of Pennsylvania’s 12th District that I would work to rein in wasteful spending. That’s a promise I intend to keep.”

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Laura Olson
Laura Olson

Laura Olson covers the nation's capital as a senior reporter for States Newsroom, a network of nonprofit outlets that includes Pennsylvania Capital-Star. Her areas of coverage include politics and policy, lobbying, elections, and campaign finance.

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John L. Micek

A 3-decade veteran of the news business, John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Editor-in-Chief. An award-winning political reporter, Micek’s career has taken him from small town meetings and Chicago City Hall to Congress and the Pennsylvania Capitol. His weekly column on U.S. politics is syndicated to 800 newspapers nationwide by Cagle Syndicate. He also contributes commentary and analysis to broadcast outlets in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Micek’s first novel, “Ordinary Angels,” was released in 2019 by Sunbury Press.

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