In the ongoing Wall Street Reform Conference Committee meeting Wednesday to merge the House and Senate versions of the recently-passed finance bills, Rep. Paul Kanjorski (D-Penn.) bemoaned the impact of the recession on his constituents.
"We’re giving relief to people that I deal with in my office every day now unfortunately. But because of the longevity of this recession, these are people — and they’re not minorities and they’re not defective and they’re not all the things you’d like to insinuate that these programs are about — these are average, good American people,” Kanjorski states.
Kanjorski, Chairman of the Financial Subcommittee on Capital Markets, is in a tough re-election race, seeking his 14th term from the 11th Congressional District of Pennsylvania.
His Republican opponent, Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta, last week accused Kanjorski of hiding from his constituents scheduling only controlled teleconferences this summer instead of holding town hall meetings.
“Mr. Kanjorski is hiding from the people of the 11th Congressional District because he knows he has made many unpopular decisions, like taking millions in campaign cash from his Wall Street buddies then handing out billions of taxpayer dollars to them in the form of bailouts,” Barletta said. “He would have to answer for the rising unemployment rate, especially since he called this economy the best ‘in the history of mankind.’ He would have to explain why he ignored the will of his constituents and voted for the government takeover of our healthcare system.”