Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Forest Hills, said today that he will vote against the last-minute budget deal struck late Friday night by President Barack Obama, House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. The deal has been criticized from the left and the right, and Doyle's southpaw broadsides included its cuts to programs that help Pittsburgh's less privileged -- from the WIC program that provides nutrition and health care for pregnant women and young children to Community Development Block Grants, which we wrote about today. Doyle questioned the wisdom of cutting the safety net and other key priorities while increasing funding for the military.
"I don’t like this whole approach where we are cutting programs that are making investments," he said. "This is a stupid idea to be cutting energy efficiency and programs like that, keys to the future of the country."
The House is scheduled to vote on the six-month "continuing resolution" deal tomorrow. Look for more reaction from the local delegation in Thursday's paper -- in the dead tree or Interwebs version.