HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Five of Pennsylvania's 14 Republican members of Congress voted against raising the nation's borrowing limit to avoid a potentially calamitous default and ending the federal government's partial shutdown after 16 days.
The votes Wednesday night by Sen. Pat Toomey and Reps. Keith Rothfus, Scott Perry, Tom Marino and Joe Pitts put them in the majority of 277 Republicans in Congress who voted "no."
Meanwhile, nine Republican members of Congress voted to raise the nation's borrowing limit and end the shutdown. All of six of Pennsylvania's Democrats in Congress voted for the legislation.
Democratic Sen. Bob Casey says Pennsylvanians deserve better than the irresponsible brinksmanship they saw over the last few weeks. However, Toomey says he opposed raising the borrowing limit without making changes to rein in spending.