“We’re already broke,” he wrote.
Feinberg also accused Murphy of ignoring his constituents.
“The people of Western Pennsylvania deserve better than a congressman who simply counts up online
poll results and votes whichever way the winds of political
expediency are blowing,” he wrote.
Voted Against Debt Ceiling Increase
In January 2012, Murphy voted in favor of a
resolution to reject President Obama’s request for an
additional $1.2 trillion to the debt ceiling.Murphy said one way to decrease debt is to investigate how federal regulations affect job growth.
“If we want to grow revenues for the federal government
to take care of the things it needs to do, it comes
on growing jobs, it comes on using American energy, and that’s where we have to continue to work this,”
Backed Loans Supporting Overseas Business
In October 2011, Murphy backed loans to Westinghouse, a company in his district that does business
overseas, despite his previous criticism of the Department of Energy for loans to electric car companiesmanufacturing vehicles overseas.Westinghouse Electric owns facilities in many European locations and Murphy in May introducedlegislation in May that would provide loan guarantees of up to $450 million to Westinghouse for the
construction of two nuclear power plants in the United States. Murphy said, “I stand by my position that
protection of U.S. tax dollars is not a bad policy. Never should taxpayers foot the bill so private investorscan make a buck
in foreign lands.”
Murphy has received over $40,000 in contributions from Westinghouse employees and the company’s
Considered Signing Discharge Petition by Critz
In October 2011, Murphy considered signing a discharge petition put out by Rep. Critz in order to force a
vote on his “Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act.”
In signing the petition, Murphy would have to cross his party leadership, causing potential embarrassmentfor Boehner. Murphy did not vote for the motion to recommit on the House floor.
Strong Proponent of China Currency Bill
In October 2011, Murphy came out as a strong proponent of the China currency bill but said that he doesnot plan to sign the discharge position.