Pat Toomey’s Town Hall Sold Out in Six Minutes

If you haven’t heard by now, Sen. Pat Toomey will hold a town hall on Thursday – with 54 people.

PBS39 WLVT will host the event, which it calls a “community town hall,” at the PPL Public Media Center in Bethlehem.

Of the 54 seats in the audience, 24 will be split between Democratic and Republican committees in the Lehigh Valley. The remaining 30 became available to the public at 9 a.m. this past Saturday – and according to DaWayne Cleckley, vice president of marketing at PBS39, they ran out at 9:06 a.m. Read more »

Toomey Praises Sessions Despite Trump’s Criticism


L: Sen. Pat Toomey (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) | R: AG Jeff Sessions (Jeff Roberson/AP)

In a statement issued Tuesday, Sen. Pat Toomey praised Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has recently come under fire from President Donald Trump.

Despite Sessions’s early support of the president, Trump on Tuesday said he was “disappointed in the attorney general” for recusing himself from overseeing the Russia probe, a move that some see as crippling to the president’s political control over the Department of Justice.

Toomey is one of several Congressional Republicans who have expressed support for Sessions despite Trump’s attacks. His statement:

“Attorney General Jeff Sessions is a credit to the Department of Justice. He has worked tirelessly to protect our neighborhoods from violent crime, end dangerous sanctuary cities, defend the rule of law, provide for victims of crime, and ensure every American is treated fairly. I continue to support him as Attorney General of the United States.”

In a tweet Tuesday, the president said Sessions had a “VERY weak” position on “Hillary Clinton crimes” and “Intel leakers.” Asked if he wants Sessions out of office, Trump said “we will see what happens. Time will tell.”

Just last week, Sessions condemned so-called sanctuary cities in Philly, which he has repeatedly threatened to cut off from federal funding for its immigration policies.

Toomey expressed support for Sessions’s Philly speech last week.

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Toomey Wants to Repeal the Affordable Care Act With or Without a Replacement

Disability activists protested outside Sen. Pat Toomey’s Philadelphia office yesterday, some covered in fake blood, to speak out against his push to repeal the Affordable Care Act and cut back on Medicaid spending.

Several hours later, Toomey released a statement calling for a “full Obamacare repeal bill that would take effect in two years so that Congress can use this time to craft a legislative replacement and move toward a consumer-driven health care system.”  Read more »

Toomey Led the Push for the Senate Bill’s Deep Medicaid Cuts

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Senate Republicans unveiled their version of a bill that would repeal the Affordable Care Act today—and behind that legislation is Pennsylvania’s own Sen. Pat Toomey.

The bill includes cuts to Medicaid that are more severe than the health care legislation passed by House Republicans last month. Compared to the ACA, the House bill would leave 5 million more people who rely on Medicaid uninsured next year, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Read more »

Wolf Urges Toomey Against Medicaid Cuts

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R: (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Like a lot of people, Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf wants to get in touch with Sen. Pat Toomey.

Wolf sent Toomey a letter expressing concern for the senator’s recent call for a Medicaid “overhaul,” which Wolf believes would be “extremely devastating” to the state’s residents.  Read more »

Philly Groups Plan Toomey Town Hall – “With or Without” Toomey

Several activist groups in Philadelphia are planning to hold a town hall for Sen. Pat Toomey – with or without the senator himself.

Indivisible Philadelphia – the city’s chapter of the national nonprofit looking to “hold members of Congress accountable” – has planned the town hall for 6:30 to 8 p.m. on June 1st at the Church of the Holy Trinity, located at 1904 Walnut St. in Rittenhouse Square.  Read more »

What’s Pat Toomey Hiding From?

Illustration by Jesse Lenz

It’s early April, and Pat Toomey is hosting a town hall.

Well, that’s not quite true. It’s a telephone town hall — a glorified conference call. “Thank you very much for taking the time to join,” the Republican senator says to the nearly 10,000 people on the other end of the line. “It’s a great way for me to stay in touch with many, many constituents when I have to be here in Washington.” Then Toomey gets meta and makes a rousing defense of his record on, of all things, holding town halls. “We’ve done over 60 town halls” — during his six years in office — “14 in person, and this is now our 49th telephone town hall.” Read more »

It Took Toomey 19 Hours to Comment on Comey’s Firing

UPDATE [1:20 p.m.]: Toomey has released the following statement:

ORIGINAL: It’s been more than 17 hours since news broke that President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, who was, of course, investigating whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia in its alleged attempts to influence the election.

Congressional members across the country jumped to weigh in on the news. Here in Pennsylvania, Sen. Pat Toomey did not. His Twitter feed, Facebook profile and website don’t say anything about the firing. We asked Toomey’s spokesman, Steve Kelly, for comment, but haven’t heard back since we reached out this morning.  Read more »

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