Congressman Keith Rothfus

Representing the 12th District of Pennsylvania

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Tribune-Democrat: GOP-led Congress pledges to ‘get to work’

Jan 27, 2017
In The News
The area’s two congressmen, along with Pennsylvania’s junior senator, will soon be in a position where their Republican Party will control the federal government’s legislative agenda. On Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Keith Rothfus, R-Sewickley, from the 12th district, and U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Everett, from the 9th district, were sworn into the U.S. House of Representatives – where the GOP holds a 241-194 edge over the Democratic Party. U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey also took the oath, to begin his second term in the upper chamber, which has 52 Republicans, 46 Democrats, and two independents. They will be joined by President-elect Donald Trump, a Republican, who is scheduled to be inaugurated on Jan. 20. “Our united Republican government has a major opportunity to reverse the damage done to our economy and our national security over the past eight years,” Rothfus said in a comment directed toward President Barack Obama. “We will also restore respect and protection for life and religious freedom, which have been under attack by this administration, forcing even the Little Sisters of the Poor to take their fight for religious freedom all the way to the Supreme Court.” Shuster talked about the unity between the two branches, saying, “The American people made it clear that they wanted a Congress and White House that will work together to advance ideas that will strengthen our economy and restore our powerful standing around the world. “Today is just the beginning of what is going to be an important step forward for this nation.” Toomey mentioned several issues he would like to see the federal government address, including the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a wide-ranging health care reform law championed by Obama that became a constant point of criticism for the GOP. Toomey also mentioned reforming the tax code, repealing most of the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, and national security. “With so many issues facing the 115th Congress, I anticipate that it will be a very busy one right out of the gates,” Toomey said. “So let’s get to work.”