JOHNSTOWN — A split existed among the area’s two congressmen concerning legislation to end the government’s partial shutdown and raise the debt ceiling.
U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Hollidaysburg, supported the plan. U.S. Rep. Keith Rothfus, R-Sewickley, opposed it. The measure passed the House by a vote of 285-144 late Wednesday night. President Barack Obama later signed the bill that got through the Senate by a vote of 81-18.
It funded the government through Jan. 15 and extended borrowing authority through Feb. 7.
“It’s a temporary action to be able to get the government open and to make sure we don’t default,” said Shuster.
Rothfus discussed how the government can move forward after the shutdown that started on Oct. 1.
“The lesson that should be learned is that elected officials in Washington, D.C. must come together and negotiate before the 11th hour,” said Rothfus. “My hope is that my colleagues on both sides of the aisle are now ready to sit down and do the important work of the American people: address the deficit, find a better way on health care reform, and get the economy booming again.”
Pennsylvania’s two members of the Senate split, too, with Sen. Bob Casey, a Democrat, supporting the plan and Sen. Pat Toomey, a Republican, opposing it.
Look for more details about this developing story in Friday’s editions of The Tribune-Democrat.