PA Congressman Chaka Fattah introduces bill giving the President the authority to raise the debt ceiling as necessary: The “Ending Fiscal Cliffs” act would allow President Obama to raise the debt ceiling unilaterally, a move that has been talked about all week as a move to further avoid fiscal stress. Fattah is the first to take initiative and actually make an official proposal.
Fattah is not the only member of the PA Delegation to make some noise in the fiscal cliff talks. Senator Bob Casey recently called for an extension of the payroll tax cut for middle income families, which is set to expire at the end of the year. Rep. Allyson Schwartz has also made some public appearances stressing the need to protect medicare during the fiscal cliff negotiations.