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Letter: Lawmakers should stand with people, not parties


Democracy is at a crossroads in the United States. In a democracy, the people hold the political power and rule through their elected officials.

Many politicians are elected by the people and then go to Washington and vote the way leadership tells them to. Our Berks County representatives are examples of this. A recent USA Today poll showed 61% approval and the Harris poll showed 66% approval of the infrastructure bill. Yet Republican Rep. Dan Meuser, who stated this year that he would support such a bill, voted against it.

I encourage Meuser to drive along Route 422 in the evening and count the many overhead lights that are not working, or on Route 61 when we have the next water line break this winter.

Berks Democratic representatives don’t get a pass either. Reps. Chrissy Houlahan and Madeleine Dean will be voting shortly on the $1.85 trillion Build Back Better plan. There is only 47% support in the USA Today poll and 42% in the Harris poll for this plan. Will they poll their constituents and vote accordingly or vote in lockstep with the Washington leadership?

Our Berks representatives should look to Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick as an example. The Bucks County Republican has one of the top bipartisan voting records in Congress and was one of 13 Republicans who had the intestinal fortitude to vote for the infrastructure bill. Houlahan and Dean should be focused on constituents’ inflation costs of today, and not future spending.

David Haughney
Spring Township

Source: Berkshire mont

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