By Bill Devlin, The Intelligencer
Two area Republican congressmen believe that the agreement reached by House and Senate leaders Sunday to stave off a possible federal government default will win approval today in both the House and Senate.
“I just had the opportunity to review the details and I’m cautiously optimistic,” Bucks County Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick said Sunday night. “This appears to be a framework that can finally get this issue resolved.”
Congressman Charlie Dent, whose 15th District covers portions of the Indian Valley area of Montgomery County, said he believes Sunday’s agreement that will raise the federal debt ceiling as well as cut government spending “will be supported in both chambers” today.
“Default was never an option,” Dent said about Tuesday’s deadline for reaching an agreement that will enable the federal government to borrow money or face default.
Dent said that many of the provisions that are part of the compromise reached Sunday are similar to the plan put forth by House Speaker John Boehner last week.
Dent said there are many people to blame for the failure to reach a debt bill earlier. He pointed fingers at members of his own party for not saying what they would do but “saying what they would never do.”
He also blamed the White House and Democratic Senate leader Harry Reid.
“The president should have been more engaged,” said Dent. “The Senate majority was too inactive.”
Fitzpatrick said that people he has spoken to were not happy about the wrangling in Washington over raising the debt ceiling and cutting government spending.
“I have been speaking with constituents on the telephone all weekend, and they want the matter resolved and, at the same time, they want to put an end to out-of-control government spending,” said Fitzpatrick. “This is a framework that appears to put us on that path.”
Dent said his constituents “were angry and frustrated over the brinksmanship” in Washington.
“They want us to do what’s best for the country,” he said was the common theme of the calls he received from residents of his district.
Attempts to reach Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz for a comment were not successful Sunday night.