2 local Congress members discuss political deadlocks, economic uncertainties facing lame duck Congress

The current U.S. Congress returns to work next week for a lame duck session. The days set to vote on legislation run through Dec. 10 for the House and Dec. 18 for the Senate.There’s budget work left undone which is needed to avoid a government shutdown soon.”It’s terribly frustrating. We go back to Washington on Monday. I cannot imagine that we would dare leave Washington DC until we pass the budget,” Democratic US Rep. Mike Doyle of the 18th Congressional District, told Pittsburgh’s Action News 4.Republican U.S. Rep. Guy Reschenthaler said he’d like to see that work completed but doesn’t believe a budget will be passed.”My speculation is though, my prediction, is that we have a continuing resolution that gets us through the New Year, then we move from there. But I would always prefer to pass a budget forward instead of these continuing resolutions,” Reschenthaler told Pittsburgh’s Action News 4.Pandemic-related economic rescue legislation is also still unresolved. “Along with passing that budget, a COVID relief package that gets stimulus checks out to people that beefs up our unemployment compensation,” Doyle said.”There’s real people that need real help,” Reschenthaler said, “And we need to get together to get possibly direct stimulus payments to individuals, more PPP funding and, of course, more money in the idle loans and grants program,'” Reschenthaler said.That would require resolving differences between the Republican controlled Senate and the Democratic controlled House.”This is something that we have to do. This is something that we dare not leave Washington without doing it,” Doyle said. “And I would hope that Mitch McConnell and the president would sit down and talk to us.”The Senate has not passed the House approved versions of COVID-19 relief.”A so called Heroes Act, and that was a bill brought forward by Nancy Pelosi and the far-left Democrats,” Reschenthaler said. “It’s a complete non starter.”The new Congress — with any newly elected members — begins its session at noon on Jan. 3.

The current U.S. Congress returns to work next week for a lame duck session. The days set to vote on legislation run through Dec. 10 for the House and Dec. 18 for the Senate.

There’s budget work left undone which is needed to avoid a government shutdown soon.

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“It’s terribly frustrating. We go back to Washington on Monday. I cannot imagine that we would dare leave Washington DC until we pass the budget,” Democratic US Rep. Mike Doyle of the 18th Congressional District, told Pittsburgh’s Action News 4.

Republican U.S. Rep. Guy Reschenthaler said he’d like to see that work completed but doesn’t believe a budget will be passed.

“My speculation is though, my prediction, is that we have a continuing resolution that gets us through the New Year, then we move from there. But I would always prefer to pass a budget forward instead of these continuing resolutions,” Reschenthaler told Pittsburgh’s Action News 4.

Pandemic-related economic rescue legislation is also still unresolved.

“Along with passing that budget, a COVID relief package that gets stimulus checks out to people that beefs up our unemployment compensation,” Doyle said.

“There’s real people that need real help,” Reschenthaler said, “And we need to get together to get possibly direct stimulus payments to individuals, more PPP funding and, of course, more money in the idle loans and grants program,'” Reschenthaler said.

That would require resolving differences between the Republican controlled Senate and the Democratic controlled House.

“This is something that we have to do. This is something that we dare not leave Washington without doing it,” Doyle said. “And I would hope that Mitch McConnell and the president would sit down and talk to us.”

The Senate has not passed the House approved versions of COVID-19 relief.

“A so called Heroes Act, and that was a bill brought forward by Nancy Pelosi and the far-left Democrats,” Reschenthaler said. “It’s a complete non starter.”

The new Congress — with any newly elected members — begins its session at noon on Jan. 3.