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They Work for You. How to Reach Your Elected Representatives in Washington.

The President tells the nation to contact their members of Congress. Here's how to reach them-and the President.

Democrats and Republicans in Washington are deeply divided over how to move forward on the debt ceiling and deficit. The President, a Democrat, and the Speaker of the House, a Republican, went on television Monday night with competing points of view.

President Obama urged americans to contact their members of Congress on the issue. Here is how to reach them, and the President.

President Barack Obama (D):

The White House:

You can go here to fill out an on line form. 

You can also call or write to the President:

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Comments: 202-456-1111
Switchboard: 202-456-1414

 

Congressman Jim Gerlach (R-PA6)

-Email: You can contact Rep. Gerlach by clicking here for his website 
-Washington Office:(202) 224-3121

-Chester County District Office:610.594.1415

On the issue: Gerlach issued a press release on July 19 backing a Republican "Cut, Cap, and Balance" proposal. In the press release Gerlach said: "I supported the Cut, Cap and Balance legislation because constituents in my District and across the country are demanding that Washington live within its means and stop the spending-driven debt crisis forcing us to borrow 40 cents of every dollar the federal government spends. The legislation charts a responsible course for restoring much-needed fiscal sanity and making everyone in Washington more accountable to families, seniors, small business owners and all taxpayers. 

Congressman Patrick Meehand (R-PA7)

-You can send Rep. Meehan an email via his website by clicking here.

-Washington Office:(202) 225-2011

-District Office:(610) 690-7323

On the issue: Congressman Meehan supports a balanced budget ammendment. In an Op-Ed published last week, Meehan said:

"A Balanced Budget Amendment would legally force Congress to spend only what it takes in, and it protects taxpayers and small businesses from the threat of higher taxes to cover Washington’s spending habits. In addition to finally getting our nation’s fiscal house in order, a balanced budget creates certainty among small business owners and will subsequently lead to a better environment for job creation."


Republican Pat Toomey is a member of the Senate Budget Committee:

- Washington office: 202-224-4254
- Philadelphia office: 215-241-1090
- Send him an email here by filling out a form.

On the issue: "I am extremely disappointed that President Obama and the Democrat leadership have chosen to engage in demagoguery and political scare tactics instead of engaging Congress in a solution that will actually solve our increasingly dangerous debt problem. Over the course of the next week, I urge the president to work with Congress to find a solution that puts our federal government on a path to a balanced budget and helps drive economic growth."

Toomey on Tuesday held a news conference on Capitol Hill to promote a bill that would set short-term spending priorities in the event the debt ceiling issue is not resolved by August 2.

Democrat Robert Casey Jr. is Pennsylvania's senior U.S. Senator:

- Washington office: 202-224-6324
- Local office: 215-405-9660
- Send him an email here by filling out a form.

On The Issue:

Tuesday evening Casey's office released an open letter from Casey on the debt ceiling that reads:

Dear Friends,

With a week until the United States government defaults for the first time in history it is way past time that an agreement is reached to cut spending and avoid catastrophic consequences for the economy and job creation.

At this point, a plan is needed that can beat the deadline and that will make significant spending cuts to put the country on a path to fiscal responsibility and avoid a credit rating downgrade that will further hurt the economy and increase costs to taxpayers.

The proposal by Senator Reid takes steps toward compromise and is the most viable plan to make a down payment on debt reduction and avoid default before the August 2 deadline. It includes significant spending cuts of $2.7 trillion, including $1.2 trillion in discretionary spending cuts.

This has been a frustrating process marked by partisan politics and posturing. It is time for Washington to put politics aside and reach an agreement.

 

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