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Posts tagged ‘Glenn Thompson’
Posted: February 12th, 2014
U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly/File photo

U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly/File photo

U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson/ETN file photo

U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson/ETN file photo

Wondering how Erie County’s two U.S. representatives voted on extending the nation’s debt ceiling without concessions and their reasons for it?

Both Congressmen Mike Kelly, of Butler, R-3rd Dist., and Glenn Thompson, of Howard Township, Centre County, R-5th Dist., voted against it, though the measure gained enough GOP support to pass the House, 221-201.

Thompson’s spokesman, Braden Parish, said that “given the federal government each year spends hundreds of billions of dollars more than it takes in, the congressman believes allowing further federal borrowing without taking some action to reduce spending would be irresponsible.”

Here is Kelly’s full statement on the issue:

My constituents in Western Pennsylvania sent me to Washington because government spending has reached a crisis level, and I gave them my word that I would to do everything in my power to reverse course. While it’s true that my House colleagues and I have succeeded in cutting federal spending over the past two years for the first time since the Korean War, our national debt still totals more than $17 trillion — higher than any other point in American history.

“Our historic debt and deficits are merely the symptom; over-spending of the American people’s money is the disease. Responsible leadership demands that elected leaders stop our nation’s decent toward bankruptcy, and treat our spending crisis as the threat to our economy, our security, and our future that it truly is. This especially holds true for those of us charged with bearing the power of the purse in the ‘People’s House.’

“When it comes to the solemn task of preserving the American dream for the next generation, I cannot in good conscience support adding more debt to the backs of our children and grandchildren without a meaningful solution to Washington’s spending addiction in sight.”

– John Guerriero

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted: January 28th, 2014
U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson/ETN file photo

U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson/ETN file photo

James Franklin/AP file photo

James Franklin/AP file photo

Congressman Glenn Thompson has broken the huddle and announced his guest for tonight’s State of the Union address.

It’s new Pennsylvania State University Football Coach James Franklin.

“With the beginning of a new year, we are filled with a sense of optimism and possibility. The State of the Union offers us the chance to reflect upon the previous year and provides us with a preview of the challenges and opportunities that we face together,” Thompson, of Howard Township, Centre County, R-5th  Dist., said in a statement.

“Given these sentiments, it’s an honor to have Coach Franklin as my guest for this occasion,” he said.

Franklin, named Penn State’s new coach on Jan. 11, said in a statement: “I am grateful and very appreciative of Rep. Glenn Thompson’s invitation to attend the President’s State of the Union Address. I look forward to hearing the president’s vision for 2014 and beyond and what we, as citizens of the greatest union in the world, can do to help move our nation forward.”

Thompson, whose district includes eastern and southern Erie County, is a Penn State graduate.

– John Guerriero

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Posted: January 22nd, 2014
U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson/ETN file photo

U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson/ETN file photo

U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson’s congressional district is so large that his re-election announcement tour this week covers more than 800 miles in 24 stops over 16 counties.

Thompson, of Howard Township, Centre County, will bring his four-day bus tour to Erie on Thursday, where he will appear at a legislative luncheon at the Manufacturer & Business Association, 2171 W. 38th St. He also will campaign in Warren, Corry, Waterford and North East on Thursday.

Thompson, 54, seeking a fourth, two-year term, was first elected to Congress in 2008. His sprawling district now includes eastern and southern parts of Erie County under redistricting.

Democrat Thomas Tarantella, 54, of Renovo, Clinton County, earlier announced he is seeking the Democratic nomination in the 5th District.

– John Guerriero

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Posted: October 25th, 2013

How is this for a potentially interesting congressional race in 2014?

The online version of the Harrisburg Patriot-News reports that there are “fresh indications” that Jay Paterno, son of the late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, could enter the congressional race in the 5th District against U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, of Howard Township, Centre County.

Here is their story.

The article also quotes Michael Federici, Mercyhurst University political-science professor.

Thompson’s sprawling district includes two thirds of Erie County’s land mass.

– John  Guerriero

 

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Posted: October 18th, 2013

The dust has settled, for now, after a 16-day partial federal government shutdown.

Some of you have wondered whether the two congressmen who divide their representation of Erie County accepted their congressional pay during the shutdown.

U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson/ETN file photo

U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson/ETN file photo

Both U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, of  Butler, R-3rd  Dist., and U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, of Howard Township, Centre County, R-5th Dist., did not get paid during the impasse. However, they will get paid retroactively now that the government is open for business again.

Congressional pay is $174,000 per year.

“I have always believed that you lead by example, so I sent a letter to the administrator of the House saying that I would not accept my paycheck until we get this done,”  Thompson said before he and Kelly voted to reopen the government through Jan. 15 and extend the nation’s borrowing capacity until Feb. 7.

U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly/File photo

U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly/File photo

In the meantime, the deal includes a plan for deficit negotiations that could avoid a repeat of the shutdown.

Before the vote, Kelly said he didn’t want to make a big deal out of not accepting his pay because he and others in Congress would get it back retroactively.

– John Guerriero and Kevin Flowers

 

 

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Posted: October 17th, 2013

The Erie area is represented by four members of Congress, only one of whom voted against the bill to reopen the government and extend the nation’s borrowing authority until Feb. 7.

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., joined 17 of his Senate colleagues in voting against the bill. The vote was 81-18 in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey/ File photo.

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey/ File photo.

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., was among the majority who voted for the bill.

On the House side, U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, of Butler,  R-3rd Dist., and U.S. Rep.  Glenn Thompson, of Howard Township, Centre County,  R-5th Dist., also voted for the bill, where it passed in the GOP-controlled chamber, 285-144.

Toomey said he voted against increasing the nation’s debt burden because the law does nothing to address overspending that has caused the debt to mount.

“The one major redeeming aspect of this bill is that it reopens the government,”  Toomey said in a statement.

“I disagreed with the plan to make funding the government contingent on defunding Obamacare and I am glad this bill will get the shutdown behind us.  But I cannot support piling hundreds of billions of dollars of debt on current and future generations of Americans without even a sliver of reform to start putting our fiscal house in order,” he said.

The law includes a bipartisan plan for deficit negotiations, though similar past efforts have failed.

Democrats wasted no time in attacking Toomey’s vote.

“Tea Party Pat Toomey has once again shown his true colors by leading the most extreme wing against a policy to reopen the government and help hundreds of thousand of middle class Americans,”  Pennsylvania Democratic Party spokesman Marc Eisenstein said in a statement.

“Tea Party Pat Toomey wants to continue to hold the nation’s economy hostage while he fights for Tea Party policies that his constituents simply do not support. There has been no clearer indication that Tea Party Pat Toomey is completely out-of-touch with Pennsylvania,” he said.

What do you think about our lawmakers’ votes?

– John Guerriero

 

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Posted: September 19th, 2013

The Pennsylvania Republican Party’s fall dinner in Harrisburg will include prominent roles for Erie County’s two congressmen.

U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson/ETN file photo

U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson/ETN file photo

U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, of Howard Township, Centre County, R-5th Dist., and U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, of Butler, R-3rd Dist., will be among the seven speakers for the dinner Friday night at the Harrisburg Hilton.

The keynote speakers is John Bolton, who served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under President George W. Bush.

The party will hold its fall meeting on Saturday at 9:30 a.m., when it will hear from state party members, elected officials and party Chairman Rob Gleason. 

U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly/File photo

U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly/File photo

– John Guerriero

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Posted: August 20th, 2013

Here’s a reminder about the office hours today for U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, who represents two-thirds of Erie County’s land mass.

U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson/ETN file photo

U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson/ETN file photo

His district staff will hold constituent hours in North East from 9 to 11 a.m.

Thompson’s staff will assist area residents and business owners with a wide variety of federal issues including, but not limited to, economic and workforce development opportunities, Social Security, Medicare and Veterans’ benefits.

The staff will meet at the North East Township Municipal Building, 10300 West Main Road, North East.

Thompson, of Howard Township, Centre County, will not be there for the office hours.

Click here to see details about Thompson’s regularly scheduled office hours for Harborcreek Township and Edinboro Borough.

– John Guerriero

 

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Posted: August 14th, 2013

If you’re a political junkie, I can recommend Mark Liebovich’s book about the incestuous nature of Washington, D.C. politics.

The book has a long title, “This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral – plus plenty of valet parking!” But the book doesn’t read long.

I found myself zipping through the 371-page critique – often humorous – of the connections among politicians, ex-politicians, the media, consultants and PR firms that make Washington spin.

Liebovich, chief national correspondent for the New York Times Magazine, drops plenty of names throughout. But he deliberately left out an index so that people couldn’t just skim it to see if they were included.

As the jacket says: “Those players wishing to know how they came out will need to read the book.”

I’ll give you this much of a heads up. There’s no mention of the two congressmen representing Erie County: U.S. Reps. Mike Kelly and Glenn Thompson, nor of the two U.S. senators from Pennsylvania: Bob Casey and Pat Toomey.

Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, of Pennsylvania, is covered as part of the 2012 presidential campaign.

– John Guerriero

 

 

 

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Posted: May 16th, 2013

U.S. Rep.  Glenn Thompson, R-5th Dist., represents one seriously large district, in terms of land mass.

Congressman Glenn Thompson/File photo

Congressman Glenn Thompson/File photo

I reported on that, and more, in my recent in-depth report on Thompson and U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly.

But now comes some more information about the size of Thompson’s district, courtesy of his office.

Thompson’s district stretches from his hometown of Howard Township in Centre County to Erie County, of which he represents two thirds.

The district’s total land mass is 10,711 square miles, or 23.3 percent of the state’s total land mass.

U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, R-10th  Dist., has the second biggest district, with 8,378 square miles. That sprawling district is in north-central and northeastern Pennsylvania.

It appears that Thompson’s 5th District is larger than the land mass of nine states: New Jersey, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Maryland, Rhode Island, Delaware, Hawaii and nearly twice the size of  Connecticut, which is 5,543 square miles.

The source of the information is an update to the 2010 Census Congressional District summary.

– John Guerriero

 

 

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