by Randy Shannon
PA 4th C.D. Congressman Jason Altmire voted with the Republican majority in the US House of Representatives to hold hostage emergency aid to flood victims in PA and other states.
Altmire supported the austerity agenda of the far right which says that emergency aid cannot be funded without cutting the funds of programs already in place.
Neighboring Democratic Congressmen Mark Critz and Mike Doyle voted against the bill that ultimately failed due to overwhelming Democratic opposition and the opposition of a handful of Republicans.