Pat Toomey

Toomey Wades Into Fight Over $100M Private Schools Bill

Jun 17, 2019
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 U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey waded into a budget fight in Pennsylvania on Monday over substantially expanding state taxpayer support for private and religious schools that is stoking pushback from public school advocates. 

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President Donald Trump announced a $16 billion bailout for farmers impacted by the country’s ongoing trade dispute with China this past Thursday. Farmers who grow soybeans, and other farm products China has tariffed, have been negatively affected by the tit-for-tat trade negotiations, after the tariffs led to a drop in market prices.

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U.S. Senator Pat Toomey wants the full weight of the law to come down on criminals who kill or target police officers.

The Republican from Pennsylvania recently reintroduced the Thin Blue Line Act, an attempt to increase the likelihood that those convicted of killing law enforcement officers receive the death penalty in federal cases.

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U.S. Senator Pat Toomey wants state and local law enforcement to know when someone buying a gun doesn’t pass a criminal background check.

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U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey joined a 59-41 majority in the Senate to overturn President Trump’s emergency declaration at the southern border on Thursday.

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There’s plenty of political division and polarization in Washington, DC., but not when it comes to the opioid crisis, according to Sen. Pat Toomey.

PA Senator Pat Toomey Calls On Trump To Alter Trade Approach

Feb 7, 2019
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Pennsylvania’s junior U.S. Senator is calling on President Donald Trump to reverse his approach to trade.

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President Trump is set to deliver his State of the Union address to Congress Tuesday evening, serving as an opportunity for the President to make the case for his agenda in the coming year.

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Siobhan Vivian and Rachael Lippincott started as teacher and student, one shepherding two courses of "Writing Youth Literature," and the other still on track to one day practice medicine. When they met, Lippincott says her world began to change. 

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As the partial government shutdown continues, Congress remains at an impasse. The House of Representatives has passed bipartisan bills that would reopen the government, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has yet to bring any of those bills to the floor. The Senate may vote on spending bills later this week, but at this point there’s no end to the shutdown in sight. To talk more about what’s happening in Washington, 90.5 WESA’s Lucy Perkins spoke with Republican Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey.

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Americans who tuned in to hear President Donald Trump’s Tuesday evening primetime speech addressing border security, and the Democratic rebuttal, didn’t hear a lot of new information.

Sen. Toomey Raises Alarms About Trump's New Ethanol Policy

Oct 31, 2018
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Philadelphia area refineries are raising alarms about the costs of a recent move by President Donald Trump to boost corn-based ethanol.

In Philadelphia, 200 Voice Fury At Kavanaugh Vote

Sep 28, 2018
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About 200 people angry at Senate Republicans’ willingness to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh gathered to protest outside the Philadelphia office of U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey Friday.

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About 100 people gathered in front of the City County Building in downtown Pittsburgh Monday afternoon in support of Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who said Judge Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were both teenagers. The rally was part of a national walkout organized by women's rights groups including Time's Up and NARAL Pro-Choice America.

Toomey Lauds Senate’s Passage Of Sweeping Opioid Crisis Legislation

Sep 18, 2018
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The U. S. Senate passed sweeping legislation intended to combat the nation’s opioid crisis in a 99-1 vote on Monday evening.

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A spokesman for U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey says Google alerted the Pennsylvania Republican's office that hackers with ties to a "nation-state" had sent phishing emails to old campaign email accounts.

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Pennsylvania’s junior U.S. senator is going toe to toe with President Donald Trump on tariffs.

Republican Pat Toomey, a staunch free trade advocate, held a roundtable discussion in Harrisburg on Tuesday to hear a range of business owners and advocates speak on how the President’s recent spate of tariffs and ensuing trade wars have impacted them.

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U.S. Senator Pat Toomey answered questions and listened to comments from Pennsylvanians in a tele town hall event on Tuesday, the second he's held in as many weeks.

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After meeting with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh Thursday morning, U.S. Senator Pat Toomey said Kavanaugh has the “character, intellect, and experience to be a great Supreme Court Justice."

Speaking with reporters after what he called "a delightful conversation," with Kavanaugh, Toomey said he will enthusiastically support Donald Trump's pick for the court.

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In a 45-minute "tele-town hall" with Pennsylvanians Wednesday morning, Pat Toomey made clear -- again -- that he thought the Russians should pay a steep price for trying to shape the outcome of the 2016 election.

At the same time, however, he pushed back on suggestions that there be a cost for the man who won that election, President Donald Trump.  

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During his Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday, Pittsburgh attorney and judicial nominee David Porter faced intense scrutiny from Democrats. They expressed concern about Porter’s reported ties to conservative groups as well as his past criticisms of the Affordable Care Act and Roe v. Wade.

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A controversial judicial nominee from Pittsburgh is set to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee for his confirmation hearing Wednesday. David Porter was nominated to the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals by President Trump in April.

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A bipartisan group of U.S. senators want state law enforcement to be alerted when someone who isn't allowed to buy a gun tries to purchase one.

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The school shooting in Parkland, Fla., that left 17 dead catalyzed a series of actions this week as Dick's Sporting Goods, WalMart, L.L. Bean, REI and Kroger joined the growing chorus of companies restricting weapon sales or rescinding NRA member perks and discounts.

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In the wake of the Florida school shooting that killed 17 people, Pennsylvania US Senator Pat Toomey was among a number of lawmakers who met with President Trump Wednesday to discuss new gun control measures.

The second-term Republican's main proposal is a measure that would expand background checks for firearm purchases to include sales online and at gun shows.

The bipartisan bill is cosponsored by West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin; a version was first introduced after 2012's Sandy Hook shooting, and narrowly defeated.

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In a rare visit to Harrisburg, Republican US Senator Pat Toomey made clear his strong opposition to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision to redraw the state’s congressional maps.

Toomey Visits Pennsylvania Factory To Tout GOP Tax Overhaul

Feb 21, 2018
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New Hudson Facades in Linwood, Pennsylvania, makes the glass and aluminum skins that cover skyscrapers. On Tuesday, it was also the most recent stop in a string of appearances by Republicans to highlight the GOP-championed tax law, which passed in December.

The events are part victory lap — and part pep rally — and they coincide with rising approval ratings for the law.

After a tour of New Hudson Facades’ high-tech manufacturing facility, Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey credited the tax bill, which he helped author, with strengthening the company.

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In the aftermath of this week’s high school shooting in Florida, Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) is calling for improved federal background checks for firearms sales.

In a Facebook post Thursday, Toomey said he and his staff will “continue to reach out to senators on both sides of the aisle to see where progress can be made” on the issue.

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Pittsburgh macroeconomist Marvin Goodfriend is still awaiting official Senate confirmation this week to help lead the nation's central banking system.

CMU Economics Prof Grilled By Democrats During Fed Confirmation Hearing

Jan 23, 2018
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Federal Reserve board nominee Marvin Goodfriend said Tuesday he supports the Fed's political independence and its dual goals of achieving stable prices and low unemployment. But those assurances did not seem to satisfy Democrats who say Goodfriend's past policy positions are at odds with his current views.

Goodfriend, an economics professor at Carnegie Mellon University, faced tough questioning from Democrats on the Senate Banking Committee during his confirmation hearing. He won the backing of Republicans who spoke favorably of his conservative views.

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