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Disappointed by Toomey, Rothfus

| Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, 8:57 p.m.

It is disheartening to see that U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey and Rep. Keith Rothfus voted against raising the national debt level and reopening federal agencies. Both apparently did not have the welfare of the citizens of Pennsylvania in mind when they voted.

If the Republicans' flawed strategy to not raise the debt limit would have won, we would've faced a scenario in which Social Security payments would have stopped in November, many federal government services would have ceased and unthinkable harm would have been done to the American financial markets.

I guess Toomey and Rothfus were being led by the nose by that astute Harvard grad Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. I'll be interested to see the rationalization for their vote — if they answer a citizen's letter protesting their vote this week.

We need people in Congress who are problem solvers, not obstructionists.

Howard Baybrook

New Kensington

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