Pat Toomey

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November 2016: Senator Toomey is a cosponsor of legislation that would repeal the medical device tax created by Obamacare. This tax is hurting companies that produce life-saving medical equipment and is increasing health care costs for the American people.
Senator Toomey is a cosponsor of a bill to repeal a provision of Obamacare that penalizes employers for hiring their 50th worker. With millions of Americans out of work, there is no reason why we should punish businesses for expanding.
Senator Toomey is a cosponsor of the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act. This legislation would allow the construction of a pipeline that would create jobs and boost our access to oil. Unfortunately, President Obama vetoed this legislation after it passed Congress with bipartisan support.
Senator Toomey supports bills that would end the administration's War on Coal. One such bill, the Coal Miner Employment and Domestic Energy Infrastructure Act (S. 831), would stop the Secretary of the Interior from creating new regulations that hurt coal mine employment. Senator Toomey also supports resolution S. J. Res. 30 that would stop the EPA from creating new regulations that would prevent the construction of new coal power plants.
Senator Toomey supports efforts to end a mandate that forces the U.S. to waste 40 percent of the nation's corn crop for fuel. This regulation is endangering refineries in the Philadelphia area and could cost the state of Pennsylvania hundreds of jobs while raising fuel and food costs for consumers.
Senator Toomey is a cosponsor of the REINS Act, which seeks to end the stream of job-killing rules and regulations from the federal government. The REINS Act would require Congress to approve any major rule that raises costs for consumers or impacts the economy by $100 million or more.
Senator Toomey supported the bipartisan Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act, which modernizes and streamlines federal job training programs to ensure Pennsylvanians have the skills they need to find high-paying jobs in today's economy. The Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act was passed with overwhelming bipartisan majorities in the House and Senate and was signed into law by President Obama on June 22, 2014.
Senator Toomey is a cosponsor of the bipartisan COMPETE Act, which encourages investment in scientific research by permanently extending and expanding the Research Tax Credit
February 2017: Our country's future rests with our children and grandchildren. For our country to grow and thrive, they deserve a high-quality education in a safe environment so they can live up to their fullest potential.
This is why Senator Toomey has worked across the aisle to advance policies that will help improve our elementary and secondary schools, keep our children safe, make higher education more affordable, and provide high quality vocational and technical training for those students who choose not to attend college.
Empowering Parents to Obtain an Outstanding K-12 Education for Their Children: Every child in our country deserves a high-quality education, regardless of zip code or income level. Unfortunately, many children are still trapped in failing schools and are suffering the consequences: 62% of high school seniors are not proficient in reading and 74% are not proficient in math. These disappointing figures are even worse among children from low-income families. We need to take action.
First, Senator Toomey believes in more parental and local control over elementary and secondary schools. He is working to end years of Washington bureaucrats dictating local schools' policies. He has voted for the bipartisan Every Child Achieves Act, which provides that the federal government will no longer be able to coerce states into adopting Common Core-or any other standards, curriculum, or testing requirements. The bill also takes decisions regarding school accountability, school improvement, and teacher evaluations away from Washington and returns them to parents and the states.
Second, Senator Toomey supports school choice and believes that parents should have the power to decide what is best for their children's education. Pennsylvania is currently home to 162 charter schools, public schools that provide choices for parents seeking the best education for their kids. Senator Toomey voted for the bipartisan Every Child Achieves Act, which authorizes grants to open new charter schools, gives existing charter schools more flexibility in how they use federal funds, and authorizes grants to replicate and expand those charter schools with a record of success. These reforms will enable more Pennsylvania children to attend innovative, successful charter schools.
Senator Toomey has worked to protect state school-choice programs from federal obstruction. When the Department of Justice sought to block 570 needy children in Louisiana from attending the school of their parents' choice, Senator Toomey led a group of 30 Senators in protesting the Department's actions. The Department backed down and allowed those 570 children to escape their failing schools. And when the Administration sought to end the highly successful D.C. school voucher program, Senator Toomey fought back, co-sponsoring the bipartisan Scholarships for Opportunity and Results Act of 2011 (S. 206), to preserve the program. The legislation was included in the Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2011, which President Obama signed into law in April 2011.
Third, Senator Toomey has also fought to protect federal funding for Pennsylvania schools. Senator Toomey pushed back against an amendment to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act that would have reduced Pennsylvania's education funding by over $120 million each year. Senator Toomey successfully worked across the aisle with his colleagues in the Senate and with Pennsylvania educators, including the Superintendent of the Philadelphia School District, William R. Hite, Jr., and the Superintendent of the Pittsburgh School District, Linda A. Lane, to stop this significant spending cut for our Commonwealth's schools. Due to Senator Toomey's efforts, Pennsylvania will not lose any of its federal funding.
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February 2017: Senator Toomey is a cosponsor of the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act. This legislation would allow the construction of a pipeline that would create jobs and boost our access to oil. Unfortunately, President Obama vetoed this legislation after it passed Congress with bipartisan support.
Senator Toomey supports bills that would end the administration's War on Coal. One such bill, the Coal Miner Employment and Domestic Energy Infrastructure Act (S. 831), would stop the Secretary of the Interior from creating new regulations that hurt coal mine employment. Senator Toomey also supports resolution S. J. Res. 30 that would stop the EPA from creating new regulations that would prevent the construction of new coal power plants.
Senator Toomey supports efforts to end a mandate that forces the U.S. to waste 40 percent of the nation's corn crop for fuel. This regulation is endangering refineries in the Philadelphia area and could cost the state of Pennsylvania hundreds of jobs while raising fuel and food costs for consumers.
Senator Toomey is a cosponsor of the REINS Act, which seeks to end the stream of job-killing rules and regulations from the federal government. The REINS Act would require Congress to approve any major rule that raises costs for consumers or impacts the economy by $100 million or more.
Senator Toomey believes that a clean environment is important and supports common sense pollution controls designed to protect public health and our natural resources. He believes that state agencies have the knowledge, experience, and accountability to properly safeguard these important assets. During his first term, Senator Toomey successfully worked on bipartisan legislation to preserve historic battlefields, combat the spread of invasive Asian carp in the Ohio River, and increase contributions to the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund. Senator Toomey has also worked with Senator Casey to remediate waste coal piles across Pennsylvania.
Mindful of environmental concerns, Senator Toomey is committed to sensibly unlocking our nation's energy resources and reforming regulations so the American people can have access to safe, affordable energy. Over the past decade, domestic energy production-including natural gas from the Marcellus Shale-has proven to be a bright spot in America's economic recovery. Cheaper energy prices not only help Americans fuel their cars and heat their homes, but also help make American manufacturers more competitive in the global marketplace and create good-paying jobs. Senator Toomey believes we should take action to make America less dependent on oil from unfriendly nations. As such, he supports allowing more oil exploration in Alaska, the Outer Continental Shelf, and the vast oil shale reserves in America's western states. Senator Toomey is a supporter of the Keystone Pipeline, and helped to pass bipartisan legislation out of the Senate to approve the pipeline in 2015. Senator Toomey also recognizes the unique potential of the Marcellus Shale - one of the largest natural gas reserves in the world - to increase job creation, boost economic growth and provide more affordable energy for Pennsylvanians.
Senator Toomey opposes wasteful government handouts for special energy interests and he believes all sources of energy should compete on a level playing field. Senator Toomey has introduced bipartisan legislation to repeal the federal corn ethanol mandate, an outrageous crony-capitalist program that lines the pockets of large agribusinesses while driving up food and fuel prices for middle-class Americans. Senator Toomey also has co-sponsored legislation to repeal a variety of subsidies and credits for traditional as well as alternative sources of energy.
Senator Toomey believes that coal is an essential part of America's energy future, not to mention an important part of Pennsylvania's economy. Unfortunately, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been especially aggressive in pursuing regulations that specifically target coal power plants. These regulations have already put hundreds of Pennsylvanians out of work and will continue to cause economic distress while yielding negligible benefits for our environment. Senator Toomey strongly opposes these unreasonable regulations and he will continue to fight for commonsense polices that allow Pennsylvanians to thrive in today's economy.
As work continues in Washington to promote a pro-growth, environmentally responsible energy agenda, Senator Toomey will advocate for improved access to our energy resources, common sense regulatory reform, and the repeal of the wasteful corn ethanol mandate.
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May 19, 2016: Zika Virus Emergency Supplemental Appropriations. This bill would provide $1.1 billion in funding to combat the Zika virus for the remainder of the fiscal year 2016 and for fiscal year 2017. The bill addressed a grave health concern affecting people with Zika virus and tried to prevent it from spreading. The bill passed 68 to 30. Toomey voted against.
January 29, 2017: Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey weighed in Monday on President Donald Trump's immigration order, saying he supports the decision to temporarily suspend entry to the U.S. but viewed the initial order as "too broad and poorly explained. He states, "I look forward to learning more about how the administration intends to enforce this executive order, to determine whether it indeed strikes the appropriate balance between defending our nation and maintaining our ability to provide a safe haven for persecuted individuals"
Sen. Toomey [on the issue of the Trump Executive Order on Immigration] was "Silent."
July 6, 2016: Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act Vote # 119 (S. 3100) This bill would make states and cities ineligible for certain federal grants if they place restrictions on sharing information about immigration status of individuals with federal government. This bill was an attempt to punish cities that decided to protect immigrants and their communities by prohibiting funds the bill was rejected 53 to 44. Toomey voted for the bill.
August 10, 2015: Mark Lafer Op-Ed: Toomey “Filibustered And Voted Against Legislation To Raise The Federal Minimum Wage.” In an op-ed for the Centre Daily Times, Mark Lafer wrote, “He has filibustered and voted against legislation to raise the federal minimum wage. He opposed the 2009 Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, from his position at the Club for Growth.” [Op-Ed – Centre Daily Times, 8/10/15]
March 26, 2015: Toomey Voted Against Raising The Federal Minimum Wage By An Unspecified Amount. In March 2015, Toomey voted against an amendment that, according to Congressional Quarterly, “would [have] create[d] a deficit neutral reserve fund to allow for legislation that would increase the federal minimum wage.” The Senate rejected the proposed amendment to its version of the FY 2016 budget resolution by a vote of 48 to 52. [Senate Vote 93, 3/26/15; Congressional Quarterly, 3/26/15; Congressional Actions, S. Con. Res. 11]
April 30, 2014: Toomey Effectively Voted Against Raising The Federal Minimum Wage By Nearly Three Dollars, To $10.10, By 2016. In April 2014, Toomey effectively voted against a bill that, according to Congressional Quarterly, “would [have] increase[d] the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 by 2016. It would gradually increase the minimum cash wage for workers who receive tips until it equals 70 percent of the federal minimum wage for other workers. It also would amend the tax code to extend through 2016 the $500,000 cap for small business expensing of investments eligible for deductions, including allowances for computer software and qualified real property.” The vote was on a motion to end debate on the motion to proceed to consider the legislation, which required 60 votes to succeed. The Senate rejected the motion by a vote 54 to 42. [Senate Vote 117, 4/30/14; Congressional Quarterly, 4/30/14]
Toomey Tried To Deflect Blame As To Why He Did Not Vote To Raise The Federal Minimum Wage, Casted Blame On The Assertion That It Would Eliminate Jobs. According to a press release from the Office of Senator Pat Toomey, “U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) issued the below statement following today’s vote on raising the minimum wage. ‘The last thing the American people need is a bill coming out of Washington that would wipe out hundreds of thousands of their jobs. Yet this is precisely what the Senate voted on today. According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, the Senate Democrats’ minimum wage bill will eliminate 500,000 jobs nationwide. And according to other studies, as many as 118,000 Pennsylvanians could lose a paycheck under this measure. Even worse, this bill will hit people who have fewer skills and younger workers the hardest — the very people who most need an opportunity to get into the workforce, get their first job, and start their way up the economic ladder. I do not support government policy that puts hundreds of thousands of people out of work. We need to stop this bad legislation in its tracks and move ahead on proposals that would actually spur hiring and economic growth — such as approving the Keystone XL pipeline, fixing our broken tax code, and improving our federal worker training programs.’” [Office Of Senator Pat Toomey,4/30/14]
February 11, 2017: Voted YES on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. Marriage Protection Amendment - Declares that marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman. Prohibits the Constitution or any State constitution from being construed to require that marital status or its legal incidents be conferred upon any union other than that of a man and a woman. Reference: Constitutional Amendment sponsored by Rep Musgrave [R, CO-4]; Bill H.J.RES.106
Voted YES on banning gay adoptions in DC. Vote on an amendment banning adoptions in District of Columbia by gays or other individuals who are not related by blood or marriage. Reference: Amendment introduced by Largent, R-OK; Bill HR 2587
Supports Amendment to prevent same sex marriage. Toomey supports the CC survey question on banning same-sex marriage The Christian Coalition voter guide [is] one of the most powerful tools Christians have ever had to impact our society during elections. This simple tool has helped educate tens of millions of citizens across this nation as to where candidates for public office stand on key faith and family issues. The CC survey summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: "Federal Marriage Amendment to prevent same sex marriage" Source: Christian Coalition Survey 10-CC-q3
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February 20, 2017: The Rundown: Casey, Toomey have enthusiasm gap on Supreme Court nominee Both of the Keystone State's senators met with U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch last week, and there was definitely an enthusiasm gap between the lawmakers. U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, a Lehigh County Republican, raved about President Donald Trump's nominee to the high court. "Judge Gorsuch's record indicates that he has the character, intellect and experience to make an excellent addition to the U.S. Supreme Court," Toomey said in a statement. Toomey said that he thinks Gorsuch can rise to the challenge of succeeding the late Justice Antonin Scalia. And he added that Gorsuch wouldn't apply the law based on partisan preferences.
"Our discussion indicates to me he will neutrally apply the law, even when doing so leads to a policy outcome he personally opposes," Toomey said.
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