A week from debt ceiling deadline, Pa. congressmen trade rhetoric

    The updates on legislative plans put forth by one party or the other are moving quickly. Lawmakers have lined up to take their shots at members across the aisle.Democratic Congressman Tim Holden of the 17th district Says the House Republicans have delayed an agreement longer than is wise.”To play chicken with the economy and with the capital markets is something that is unacceptable,” he said. “So, I’m hopeful.”Republican Congressman G. T. Thompson, of Pennsylvania’s 5th district, says the GOP  wants to change the conversation around the debt ceiling.”At least two times since President Obama has been elected, the debt ceiling was just blindly increased without any regards to this fiscal health of the nation,” said Thompson. The Treasury Department has said it will run out of the cash it needs to pay the government’s bills if the debt ceiling is not increased by August 2.

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