December 17, 2011
Representatives from the Philadelphia area who voted for the spending measure were Robert E. Andrews (D., N.J.), Robert A. Brady (D., Pa.), John Carney (D., Del.), Charles W. Dent (R., Pa.), Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.), Michael Fitzpatrick (R., Pa.), Jim Gerlach (R., Pa.), Frank A. LoBiondo (R., N.J.), Pat Meehan (R., Pa.), Joseph R. Pitts (R., Pa.), Jon Runyan (R., N.J.), Allyson Y. Schwartz (D., Pa.), and Christopher H. Smith (R., N.J.). Voting against the bill was Tim Holden (D., Pa.)
January 22, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Here is how Philadelphia-area House members voted on major issues last week. (The Senate is to begin its legislative year Monday.) House Debt limit revisited. Voting 239-176, the House on Wednesday disapproved of a $1.2 trillion rise in Treasury borrowing authority that will be needed Friday to keep the United States from shirking debts already incurred. On that date, the current statutory debt limit of $15.2 trillion will have to be raised to a ceiling of $16.4 trillion to avert default.
January 22, 2002 |
Chester County Republican state Sen. James Gerlach has set out to claim the congressional district that political observers say was created just for him. Yesterday, Gerlach, 46, announced that he was running for the Republican Party nomination in the newly configured Sixth District, which stretches from Kutztown in Berks County to Lower Merion in Montgomery County. "It is a great opportunity to serve the people in another capacity," he said. A 12-year veteran of the state legislature, Gerlach, now in his second term as state senator, said he was ready to move on to the next level.
August 1, 2004 |
My son, Ryan, was a lance corporal in the Marines and had returned from the war in Iraq. All through those early months of the war, I was filled with anxiety and fear about his safe return. In letters to him, I told him that when he returned, we would go on a "Roots Tour" to the town in the coal regions of Pennsylvania where our family, the Holdens, came from. It is called St. Clair, once the heart of the bustling anthracite mining industry. We would visit an old miner's taproom (not far from St. Mary's Church, where my grandfather always took me)