Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) today released the following statement on the election of the Catholic Church’s new Pope Francis I:
“The Catholic Church is the largest charitable, healthcare and educational institution in the world, and the spiritual home to 1.2 billion Catholics around the globe. The new Holy Father Francis I has an immense task ahead of him and I pray that God will uphold him with strength, wisdom and courage to take on the challenges and beauty of his new role.”
Bishop Joseph P. McFadden held a press confernece on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 in reaction to the election of the new Bishop of Rome, Pope Francis. He read his statement and then took quesions from local media.
Senator Pat Toomey discusses an alternative to the sequester’s across the board cuts.
“When you have to cut spending it makes sense to cut in the least painful way rather than an arbitrary across the board way.” -Toomey
Sen. Pat Toomey On The KD/PG Sunday Edition
Last Thursday Senator Pat Toomey introduced an amendment to an underlying debt ceiling bill that was intended to resolve the devastating impacts felt by our country if Congress is not able to come to an agreement on raising the debt limit within the next three months. The original bill already gave Congress an extension for the three month period. However, Senator Toomey contested from the Senate Floor, “[My amendment is] an attempt to absolutely minimize the disruption, the danger and the drama, it’s an attempt to get away from ‘government by cliff’ and to have a sensible approach to bringing our spending under control.”
The Toomey Amendment proposed that if Congress was unable to raise the debt limit then the federal government would be able to prioritize what was paid first, focusing on debt obligations such as paying Social Security and salary for active duty military personnel. The amendment was voted down in a strict party line vote seeing every Democrat voting to table the amendment and every Republican in favor of it.
Below is video from the floor speech Senator Toomey gave.
Recently Senator Pat Toomey introduced a bill proposing a constitutional amendment creating term limits for Congress. His proposal would restrict members of the House to 6, years and members of the Senate to 12 years. Toomey stated, “Congress should not be a body of career politicians who have forgotten why they were sent to Washington in the first place. We are here to do the people’s work, to solve the problems we face, and to leave to our children a stronger, safer, more prosperous nation. I am pleased to cosponsor a Constitutional amendment to enact term limits for both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, and I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to see this through.”
Toomey has long been a proponent of term limits, holding to the pledge he made himself back in 1998 when he choose to contest then Senator Arlen Specter in a Republican primary in 2004 rather than seeking another term in the house.
In recent months, I have read various stories in Lancaster newspapers with great interest pertaining to the state of our economy. I recognize that our economic issues are complex with many contributing factors, and we did not get into this position overnight. With recent issues such as the fiscal cliff debate, the role of the federal government and how it can impact our economy’s improvement has come into focus. I am encouraged to see the actions of fiscally responsible members of Congress like those of Senator Pat Toomey.
Sen. Toomey, taking a proactive approach in providing guidance on fiscal issues, introduced a bipartisan amendment with Senator Claire McCaskill called The Earmark Elimination Act. This amendment would have expanded the temporary moratorium on earmarks and made it permanent creating a point of order on any piece of legislation introduced with earmarked spending that would require a two thirds majority to override.
While earmarks are not the sole factor contributing to overspending, they have had a corrosive impact. Senator Toomey explained, “For years, earmarks played a significant role in fueling the overspending in Washington, currying favor with lobbyists and special interests, and undermining the integrity of our legislative process. My colleagues in Congress cannot credibly talk about cleaning up Washington if we do not get rid of earmarking for good. We cannot afford to allow Congress to resume this practice and play pork-barrel politics with taxpayer dollars.”
Unfortunately, the bill received strong opposition from congressional members reluctant to end the wasteful earmarking process. As fiscal policy is shaped in the coming months and years, Senator Toomey will continue to be a strong conservative voice that is willing to work in a bipartisan manner in order to do what is right for Pennsylvania and for the entire country. I support his continued leadership bringing transparency, accountability, and fiscal responsibility to the process.
*This post was originally a Letter to the Editor sent into Lancaster Online
National School Choice Week brings an unprecedented level of public awareness to school choice, demonstrating to the nation that the school choice movement is large and diverse. With thousands of positive, upbeat events during National School Choice Week – and countless opportunities for positive media attention for independent event organizers – the celebration allows millions of Americans to learn more about the benefits of school choice. By truly engaging the grassroots, National School Choice Week helps build a broad, bipartisan, and unique coalition for educational change – one person and one community at a time.
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