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Citizens Group’s Tuesday Protest Targets State’s Republican Congressmen

October 16, 2013

A liberal political activists group crisscrossed the state Tuesday, calling on Pennsylvania’s Republican Congressmen to help put an end to the partial federal government shutdown.

The group’s visits included a stop at Congressman Glenn Thompson’s office in Titusville.

Members of the organization Keystone Progress handed the lawmakers’ representatives what they called “cease-and-desist” orders, demanding action on the two week-long shutdown.  They were joined by representatives of AFSCME and AFL-CIO unions.

Thirteen Republican House Representatives and Republican U-S Senator Pat Toomey were targeted by the group’s protest.  Thursday marks the day that the U.S. Treasury would technically begin defaulting on the nation’s debts.  On Tuesday, a late attempt at a settlement by House Republicans fell through, and Senate leaders vowed to take charge.  The biggest optimists are looking, at least, for a plan to temporarily reopen the federal government, possibly by authorizing the Treasury to borrow more money.

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