Washington DC - U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, made the following statement after a meeting with President Obama at the White House this afternoon. The meeting lasted approximately an hour and a half.
“Following the meeting with the President as well as other developments, I am encouraged that we can move forward with a reasonable approach to our budget challenges, reopen the government and end the threat of default,” said Senator Casey. “It is time to put an end to this shutdown which is causing real harm to Pennsylvanians.”
Today at the Senate Finance hearing with Treasury Secretary Lew, Senator Casey shared an excerpt of a letter from one of his constituents. He also handed the letter to the Vice President at the White House. It reads “Besides our personal difficulties due to the budget impasse, my elderly parents live with the worry of when and if they will receive their Social Security checks. At 85 and 83, they should not have this uncertainty. These should be their golden years. It breaks my heart to hear my mother saying she can't sleep and has a stomach ache from the worry about where our country is heading. Middle and low income family cannot afford another economic downturn, we are just barely recovering from the last one.”