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“President Obama has put a number of ideas on the table tonight. I agree with some, I disagree with others and I have ideas of my own that I will continue to push. “I have proposed a job creation tax cut to help small businesses hire new employees, a bipartisan lifesciences tax credit to create jobs in one of the leading sectors in the Pennsylvania economy and I have repeatedly called for the Administration to crack down on China’s currency manipulation that puts Pennsylvania workers at a disadvantage and is stifling Pennsylvania manufacturing. “Our focus on trade should be on leveling the playing field for US workers, not on shipping Pennsylvania manufacturing jobs overseas. Instead of pushing new NAFTA-

style trade deals, the Administration should enforce existing trade laws and protect Pennsylvania workers. “I look forward to working with both Republicans and Democrats toward bipartisan consensus on common-sense solutions that will move our economy and the nation forward together.” Casey’s Republican counterpart, Sen. Pat Toomey, had terser thoughts after the speech. “As a member of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, charged with finding at least $1.2 trillion in deficits reduction, I was disappointed with President Obama’s speech,” Toomey said. “Right now, we need to be focused

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on the joint goals of reducing our deficits and creating jobs, but tonight I heard the President call for hundreds of billions of dollars in increased spending. President Obama has tried massive stimulus spending and it hasn’t worked; most of tonight’s speech appears to be more of the same.” “Furthermore, the President claimed that everything in his bill is paid for, but instead of specifying how he intends to pay for his proposals, he attempted to pass the buck to the Select Committee. The Select Committee has a short period of time to tackle our overspending and deficit problems, and the bulk of the President’s proposals tonight would move us in the wrong direction.”

Fattah Vows FEMA Will Get Disaster Resources Congressman Chaka Fattah (DPhila.), a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, issued this statement after meeting yesterday with W. Craig Fugate, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, on Capitol Hill: “I met this morning with FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, along with Congressman Meehan and about 40 other House colleagues from Pennsylvania and five other affected states, for a briefing on FEMA’s response – and its urgent needs – following Hurricane Irene and additional storms. I spoke with the Administrator about the severe flooding and infrastructure damage

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THE PHILADELPHIA DAILY RECORD

9 SEPTEMBER, 2011

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