Mike Doyle http://wesa.fm en Amendment Aims to Fund Water Infrastructure Projects http://wesa.fm/post/amendment-aims-fund-water-infrastructure-projects <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. House has passed an amendment by Representatives Mike Doyle (D - PA - 14) and Tim Murphy (R - PA - 18) that could mean funding to remedy sewer overflows in Allegheny County.</span></p><p>The amendment - the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) - aims to finance the creation or renovation of water and wastewater infrastructure through low interest rate federal loans, loan guarantees and possibly grants.</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 19:57:43 +0000 Jessica Nath 29627 at http://wesa.fm Doyle, Shuster Win 2014 Congressional Primaries http://wesa.fm/post/doyle-shuster-win-2014-congressional-primaries <p>The Congressional primary election has come to a close, resulting in some familiar faces running in November.</p><p>District 9 Republican incumbent Bill Shuster took 53 percent of the vote, beating out Travis Schooley with 13 percent and Arthur Halvorson with 34 percent.</p><p>Shuster has represented the 9<sup>th</sup> district since 2001. He will run against unopposed to Democratic candidate Alanna Hartzok in November.</p><p>District 14 Democratic incumbent Mike Doyle defeated Janis Brooks 84 percent to 16 percent. This victory marks his 11<sup>th</sup> term in Congress.</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 03:14:14 +0000 Jessica Nath 29573 at http://wesa.fm Steelworkers Rally Against Alleged Illegal 'Dumping' Of South Korean Steel Pipes http://wesa.fm/post/steelworkers-rally-against-alleged-illegal-dumping-south-korean-steel-pipes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Hundreds of steelworkers and their supporters rallied outside the U.S. Steel Research and Technology Center in </span>Munhall<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Monday morning to bring attention to what they say is illegal dumping of South Korean steel pipe into United States markets.</span></p><p>Dumping refers to the act of charging a lower price for a product on the international market than on the domestic market. It can also refer to the practice of selling a product for less than it costs to produce.</p> Mon, 19 May 2014 22:20:56 +0000 Liz Reid 29482 at http://wesa.fm Steelworkers Rally Against Alleged Illegal 'Dumping' Of South Korean Steel Pipes Net Neutrality 101 and What's at Stake With the FCC Ruling http://wesa.fm/post/net-neutrality-101-and-whats-stake-fcc-ruling <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Net neutrality, the concept used when we talk about the importance of a free and open internet has an uncertain future. Recent rule changes from the Federal Communications Commission may alter the way internet service providers offer access to consumers.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p><a href="http://threatlevelpittsburgh.com/">Orion Czarnecki is an internet security consultant</a> who breaks down the concept of net neutrality.</p><p>"When a consumer would increaser or request any type of traffic over the internet, whether its video, a website, email, that traffic is treated by their internet provider as equal. No traffic is favored over another type of traffic. So a video from Netflix is not favored over a video from YouTube. A webpage request at CNN is not favored over a webpage request from MSNBC."&nbsp;</p><p>But this concept has changed with a <a href="http://www.cnet.com/news/appeals-court-strikes-down-fccs-net-neutrality-rules/">new ruling from January</a> of this year.</p><p> Mon, 05 May 2014 21:32:15 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 28702 at http://wesa.fm Net Neutrality 101 and What's at Stake With the FCC Ruling As Deadline Nears, Allegheny County Makes 'One Last Push' For Health Care Enrollment http://wesa.fm/post/deadline-nears-allegheny-county-makes-one-last-push-health-care-enrollment <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With just two weeks left to sign up for health insurance through state and federal online exchanges, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald has declared March 17-23, 2014 to be Affordable Care Act Week in Allegheny County.</span></p><p>Fitzgerald said county officials are working with nearly three dozen partner organizations on “one last push to encourage residents to get all the information and be able to enroll in the marketplace.”</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 11:51:17 +0000 Liz Reid 26017 at http://wesa.fm As Deadline Nears, Allegheny County Makes 'One Last Push' For Health Care Enrollment Congressman Doyle is Optimistic About Renewal of Unemployment Benefits http://wesa.fm/post/congressman-doyle-optimistic-about-renewal-unemployment-benefits <p>Senate negotiators have struck a bipartisan deal that could renew federal unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless. But the question becomes, what will happen when this legislation makes its way to the House?</p><p>US Congressman Mike Doyle has been in the House of Representatives since 1995, he's witnessed the emergence of an increasingly partisan congress and explained why he's hopeful for this legislation.</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 21:19:17 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 25983 at http://wesa.fm Congressman Doyle is Optimistic About Renewal of Unemployment Benefits Rep. Doyle: Bill to Restore Military Pensions Pits Veterans Against Seniors http://wesa.fm/post/rep-doyle-bill-restore-military-pensions-pits-veterans-against-seniors <p>United States Congressman Mike Doyle (D-Allegheny) said in a statement Wednesday that he is disappointed with the passage of a bill to restore cuts in early military retirees’ cost of living adjustments.</p><p>Doyle said he is in favor of restoring the $6 billion in cuts, which were the result of a bipartisan budget deal reached in December, but that it shouldn’t have been achieved by extending the Medicare sequester for an additional two years, beginning in 2024.</p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 12:50:23 +0000 Liz Reid 24346 at http://wesa.fm Rep. Mike Doyle Joins Workers Rallying Against UPMC http://wesa.fm/post/rep-mike-doyle-joins-workers-rallying-against-upmc <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">U.S. Congressman Mike Doyle joined </span>UPMC<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> workers and community activists for a rally outside the federal building in downtown Pittsburgh Monday.</span></p><p>Doyle told the assembled crowd of about 75 people that he recently had the honor of accompanying President Barack Obama on his trip to Pittsburgh last week, and that the two discussed the president’s comments during his State of the Union address.</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 21:02:16 +0000 Liz Reid 23815 at http://wesa.fm Rep. Mike Doyle Joins Workers Rallying Against UPMC Local Reaction to State of the Union Mixed http://wesa.fm/post/local-reaction-state-union-mixed <p>Reaction from southwestern Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address has unsurprisingly been mixed.</p><p>Congressman Tim Murphy (R-PA 18) was pleased to hear the president say that he wanted to work with Congress but was a bit concerned with his willingness to “go it alone.” The president spoke of using executive orders to make progress on pet projects as diverse as encouraging the increase of minimum wage to creating a new retirement savings option for working Americans.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 16:25:17 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 23544 at http://wesa.fm Former Congressman Bill Coyne dies http://wesa.fm/post/former-congressman-bill-coyne-dies <p>Former longtime Pittsburgh Democratic Congressman William Coyne has died at the age of 77.</p><p>Coyne's executive assistant, Jamie Rooney, said Coyne died Sunday at UPMC Mercy hospital following complications from a fall two months ago.</p><p>Coyne was a state representative from 1971 to 1973 then spent six years on Pittsburgh City Council before he became a Congressman in 1981. He served in that post until retiring in 2003.</p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 12:41:49 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 19230 at http://wesa.fm Three Days Before Default: Things Get Messy http://wesa.fm/post/three-days-default-things-get-messy <p>Congress is working through Columbus Day in hope of reaching a deal on the debt ceiling before the Treasury runs out of money on Thursday.</p><p>Over the weekend, Senate Democrats dismissed a compromise proposal by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va) that would have funded the government through March at current levels, raised the debt limit through Jan. 31, delayed a tax on medical device manufacturers and established income verification for people receiving subsidies to buy health insurance.</p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 19:16:36 +0000 Tim Camerato 18123 at http://wesa.fm Democratic Congressional Delegation: Don't Mess With PA's Electoral College http://wesa.fm/post/democratic-congressional-delegation-dont-mess-pas-electoral-college <p>Democratic Congressman Mike Doyle wants it on record that he and the rest of his fellow Democrats in the Pennsylvania delegation are opposed to changing the Electoral College.</p><p>They have sent a letter to Gov. Tom Corbett warning him that passage of PA Senate Bill 538 would have consequences. The bill was introduced in February by Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R-Delaware) and hasn't shown much movement since. But Doyle said that does not mean the bill is dead.</p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Larkin Page-Jacobs 13669 at http://wesa.fm New Bill Replicates Pittsburgh's Manchester-Bidwell Program http://wesa.fm/post/new-bill-replicates-pittsburghs-manchester-bidwell-program <p>Imitation is the highest form of flattery, and if it’s up to two Pennsylvania politicians, the rest of the nation will flatter Pittsburgh’s Manchester-Bidwell Corporation.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sen. Robert Casey (D-PA) and Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA-14) have introduced legislation modeled after the local program.</span></p><p>The National Program for Arts and Technology Act would help communities create centers to teach unemployed and underemployed adults and at-risk-youth the skills needed to be competitive in the marketplace.</p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 19:42:47 +0000 Jessica Nath 10758 at http://wesa.fm PA Reps. Murphy, Doyle Optimistic about Future of 911th Airlift Wing http://wesa.fm/post/pa-reps-murphy-doyle-optimistic-about-future-911th-airlift-wing <p>Less than one week after the Air Force announced it would not be closing the 911<sup>th</sup> Airlift Wing in Moon Township, elected officials met to look toward the future.</p><p>Pennsylvania Representatives Tim Murphy (R-PA-18) and Mike Doyle (D-PA-14) were active in the fight to keep the base open because of its cost saving for the military, among other things.</p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 20:05:18 +0000 Deanna Garcia 3520 at http://wesa.fm PA Reps. Murphy, Doyle Optimistic about Future of 911th Airlift Wing Doyle Predicts Sequester "Will Happen on Friday" http://wesa.fm/post/doyle-predicts-sequester-will-happen-friday <p>By the end of the week, the nation's spending plan could take a $85 billion dip.&nbsp; The cuts, which have been dubbed "the sequester," could harm sectors including education and small business, according to U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (D-PA-14)&nbsp; He said that's one reason why he voted against the measure last year.</p><p><br></p> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 19:17:29 +0000 Emily Farah 1542 at http://wesa.fm Doyle Predicts Sequester "Will Happen on Friday"