Local officials stick to party lines on debt ceiling vote

In one of many mock swearings-in Thursday on Capitol Hill, U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah glad-hands it with House Speaker John Boehner. (Associated Press)

WASHINGTON -- Philadelphia-area members of the House stuck to their party lines today on a Republican plan to temporarily lift the nation's debt ceiling and avoid, for now, the threat of a government default.

Republicans from the Philadelphia suburbs and South Jersey all joined the majority of their GOP colleagues in voting for the measure, which passed 285-144. Republicans proposed the measure to avoid a potential confrontation on the issue, and attached a plan that would prevent members of Congress from getting paid unless they pass a federal budget.

Democrats from the area all voted against the plan, as did most Democrats in the House. They worried that a short extension -- close to four months -- would still leave uncertainty hanging over the economy.

The plan to allow more borrowing, and allow the federal government to keep paying its bills, is expected to pass in the Senate as well.

Other fiscal confrontations still loom: over automatic spending cuts pushed back to March 1, and the end of a stopgap appropriations measure later that month.


Mike Fitzpatrick (R, PA)
Pat Meehan (R, PA)
Jim Gerlach (R, PA)
Charlie Dent (R, PA)
Frank LoBiondo (R, NJ)
Jon Runyan (R, NJ)
Chris Smith (R, NJ)

Bob Brady (D, PA)
Chaka Fattah (D, PA)
Allyson Schwartz (D, PA)
Rob Andrews (D, NJ)