Dent frustrated by border bill
Divisions over a bill to address the crisis of unaccompanied children arriving at the U.S. border delayed the House from leaving for its August recess — and left Lehigh Valley Congressman Charlie Dent frustrated with his colleagues.
The House on Thursday debated a measure that would have provided $659 million in emergency funding and sped up the deportation process for tens of thousands of children coming to the United States from Central America.
But as debate wrapped up, the chamber moved on to its next item of business instead of voting on the border bill.
Republican leaders were short of the votes needed to pass the measure. But their decision to nix the vote upset some lawmakers, including Dent.
In an interview Thursday before a closed-door Republican meeting on the issue, Dent said it was "terribly disappointing and infuriating" that Congress might leave for a five-week break without attempting to deal with the more than 57,000 unaccompanied children apprehended at the country's southern border .
"Why not allow the bill to come before the full membership ... and if it fails, let those who voted against it go home and explain themselves?" Dent asked. "Doing nothing is the worst of all possible worlds."
Dent described the bill as "carefully crafted." However, he said some in his party support the policy changes but oppose authorizing additional money to address the border crisis. Many Democrats, meanwhile, have supported more funding but disagree with the proposed policy changes, he added.
Without some sort of action, Dent said, children will keep coming and will continue to be placed with family members "who, in almost all cases, are also here unlawfully."
After revamping its bill, the House did approve the border measure Friday evening. But with the Senate unable to pass its version before leaving town, President Barack Obama said his administration will act alone to address the crisis.
Meet the stars of attack ads
The television ad wars between incumbent Gov. Tom Corbett and his Democratic opponent have started early and often this summer in the run up to the Nov. 4 election.
As evidenced by two commercials, it's clear both candidates have their sights set on the female vote.
In one of the Corbett campaign's anti-Wolf ads, "Hyper Tour," a woman walks through her kitchen and around a suburban neighborhood while ridiculing Wolf's record as Gov. Ed Rendell's revenue secretary and questions whether his company is paying its full share of Pennsylvania taxes.
A woman, sitting in the chair and blasting Corbett's education record, is the star of an anti-Corbett ad, funded by PA Families First, a special-interest group tied to the Democratic Governors Association and unions.
So ever ask yourself who they are?
The star of "Hyper Tour" is actress Jeanne Marshall, who is represented by the Talent Group, an agency serving Pittsburgh and Cleveland. According to her Talent Group profile, she is 5-foot-8, wears a size 9 shoe and has auburn red hair and hazel eyes.
The woman who stars in the PA Families First ad is Chris Durante Visco, owner of PJ's & Coffee, a Montgomery County marketing firm that specializes in social-media services, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. Her clients include Art Haywood, the Democratic nominee for the 4th District state Senate seat, the Daily News has reported.
Needless to say, both candidates refute the claims in the ads..