11 People Arrested at “Tuesdays With Toomey” Protest

Protesters outside Sen. Toomey's office

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Updated with a statement from Sen. Toomey’s office.

Eleven people — four men, seven women — were arrested after a sit-in at Sen. Pat Toomey’s Philadelphia offices on Tuesday afternoon. It was part of the weekly “Tuesdays With Toomey” protest.

Protesters said they’d sit in the lobby of Toomey’s offices at 8 Penn Center (17th and JFK) until he scheduled a town hall–style meeting with constituents. He has yet to schedule one, so they said they wouldn’t leave. Cops said protesters would be arrested unless they left. They didn’t, and so their hands were zip-tied. Protesters were taken into the back of a police cruiser. Read more »

Sorry, Philly: Toomey Would Rather Meet Protesters in Pittsburgh and Harrisburg

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Yeah, you might be among the protesters who clear their schedule once a week to make their voices heard outside U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey’s Philadelphia office, and you might call him incessantly or even send him faxes (he gets a lot, by the way) – but if you’re from Philly, chances are you won’t get through to Toomey anytime soon.

Maybe if you lived in Pittsburgh or Harrisburg, you’d have more luck.  Read more »

Pat Toomey Is Moving His Philly Office to Old City

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A protest outside of Pat Toomey’s office at 17th and JFK earlier this month. | Photo: Dan McQuade

Pat Toomey announced today that he’s moving his office to the U.S. Custom House in Old City.

Typically, the relocation of a regional Senate office one-and-a-half miles would not make the news. But ever since the election of Donald Trump, a group known as Tuesdays with Toomey has been protesting outside his offices in 8 Penn Center (17th and JFK) every Tuesday.

That hasn’t been the only group protesting outside the normally sleepy office, which also has a state liquor store on the ground floor. Earlier this month, a group of med students from various universities in Philly gathered outside to protest. Read more »

Toomey Just Held a Last-Minute Telephone Town Hall

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Senator Pat Toomey held a telephone town hall today – less than two hours after he posted about it on Facebook.

Toomey spoke for about an hour, using half the time to take about five or six questions from constituents and half the time to speak at length about a number of issues, including President Donald Trump‘s recent executive orders and cabinet picks as well as complaints from constituents that Toomey has been nearly impossible to reach.  Read more »

Sanctuary Cities Bill That Could Defund Philly Clears Pa. Senate

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A bill that could drastically restrict state funding to so-called sanctuary cities like Philadelphia has cleared the Pennsylvania Senate.

State lawmakers yesterday pushed the controversial bill onto the House in a 37-12 vote. Senate Bill 10, known as the Municipal Sanctuary and Federal Enforcement Act, or SAFE Act, would bar municipalities from adopting so-called “sanctuary” policies that refer to the refusal to comply with federal detention orders issued by Immigrations and Custom Enforcement.  Read more »

Despite Opposition, Pat Toomey Votes to Confirm Betsy DeVos

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Despite determined constituent opposition, Pat Toomey voted on Tuesday to confirm Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education, as he repeatedly said he would. The vote to confirm DeVos tied at 50; Vice President Mike Pence cast the tie-breaker — the first time a V.P. has had to break a tie over a cabinet nominee.

“I am pleased to vote to confirm Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education,” Toomey said in a release earlier this month. “Betsy DeVos has spent nearly three decades of her life, tens of millions of dollars, and considerable personal energy toward one noble goal: ensuring that poor children trapped in failing schools have the same opportunities that wealthy and middle class kids already have.” Read more »

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