Mike Doyle

WIFIA
3:57 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Amendment Aims to Fund Water Infrastructure Projects

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.

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.

Doyle said he has been working for years to secure federal monies to bring outdated local sewer systems into compliance with modern water quality laws.

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Election 2014
11:14 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Doyle, Shuster Win 2014 Congressional Primaries

The Congressional primary election has come to a close, resulting in some familiar faces running in November.

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.

Shuster has represented the 9th district since 2001. He will run against unopposed to Democratic candidate Alanna Hartzok in November.

District 14 Democratic incumbent Mike Doyle defeated Janis Brooks 84 percent to 16 percent. This victory marks his 11th term in Congress.

Economy & Business
6:20 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Steelworkers Rally Against Alleged Illegal 'Dumping' Of South Korean Steel Pipes

Hundreds of steelworkers rallied Monday against what they say is illegal dumping of South Korean steel pipes into U.S. markets.
Credit Liz Reid / 90.5 WESA

 Hundreds of steelworkers and their supporters rallied outside the U.S. Steel Research and Technology Center in Munhall Monday morning to bring attention to what they say is illegal dumping of South Korean steel pipe into United States markets.

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.

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Essential Pittsburgh
5:32 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Net Neutrality 101 and What's at Stake With the FCC Ruling

Earlier this year a federal appeals court struck down key provisions of the FCC’s net neutrality rule causing concern over internet users' accessibility.
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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. 

Orion Czarnecki is an internet security consultant who breaks down the concept of net neutrality.

"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." 

But this concept has changed with a new ruling from January of this year.

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Health
7:51 am
Tue March 18, 2014

As Deadline Nears, Allegheny County Makes 'One Last Push' For Health Care Enrollment

Ronald Pederson (left) of North Versailles gets help signing up for health insurance from Christian Fattore, a certified application counselor with the Consumer Health Coalition.
Credit Liz Reid / 90.5 WESA

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.

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.”

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Essential Pittsburgh
5:19 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Congressman Doyle is Optimistic About Renewal of Unemployment Benefits

How much longer will people who need an unemployment insurance extension have to wait?
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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?

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.

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Government & Politics
7:50 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Rep. Doyle: Bill to Restore Military Pensions Pits Veterans Against Seniors

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.

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.

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Labor
4:02 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Rep. Mike Doyle Joins Workers Rallying Against UPMC

On Monday, U.S. Representative Mike Doyle condemned UPMC for alleged labor violations.
Liz Reid 90.5 WESA

U.S. Congressman Mike Doyle joined UPMC workers and community activists for a rally outside the federal building in downtown Pittsburgh Monday.

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.

“One of the things he said that really stuck with me is … 'No one in this country should be working full time and living in poverty,’” said Doyle.

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State of the Union
11:25 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Local Reaction to State of the Union Mixed

Reaction from southwestern Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address has unsurprisingly been mixed.

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.

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Government & Politics
7:41 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Former Congressman Bill Coyne dies

Former longtime Pittsburgh Democratic Congressman William Coyne has died at the age of 77.

Coyne's executive assistant, Jamie Rooney, said Coyne died Sunday at UPMC Mercy hospital following complications from a fall two months ago.

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.

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Debt Ceiling Debate
3:16 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Three Days Before Default: Things Get Messy

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.

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.

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Government & Politics
3:30 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Democratic Congressional Delegation: Don't Mess With PA's Electoral College

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.

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.

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Education
3:42 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

New Bill Replicates Pittsburgh's Manchester-Bidwell Program

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.

Sen. Robert Casey (D-PA) and Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA-14) have introduced legislation modeled after the local program.

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.

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Military
4:05 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

PA Reps. Murphy, Doyle Optimistic about Future of 911th Airlift Wing

Representatives Tim Murphy (front) and Mike Doyle said they are optimistic the 911th Airlift Wing will remain open beyond 2014.
Credit Deanna Garcia/90.5 WESA News

Less than one week after the Air Force announced it would not be closing the 911th Airlift Wing in Moon Township, elected officials met to look toward the future.

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.

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Doyle on Sequestration
2:17 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Doyle Predicts Sequester "Will Happen on Friday"

Pittsburgh area Congressman says sequester can harm Western PA in the long-term.
Credit US House of Representatives

By the end of the week, the nation's spending plan could take a $85 billion dip.  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)  He said that's one reason why he voted against the measure last year.


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