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Pat Toomey | U.S. Senator For Pennsylvania
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2013
Standing With Pennsylvanians Against The President’s Health Care Law
This week, I took additional steps in my continuing effort to defund, delay, and ultimately repeal the president’s health care law. In the Senate, I co-sponsored two bills to delay for one year either a portion or all of the law’s onerous mandates and taxes. Both bills delay the individual and employer mandates that go into effect Jan. 1, 2014.
Obamacare is fundamentally wrong in its approach to improving our nation’s health care system. It should be repealed in its entirety.
Since taking office in 2011, I have repeatedly advocated forrepealing Obamacare. I have worked with Senate colleagues on both sides of the aisle on a broad array of strategies to dismantle it, such as repealing the medical device tax, which stands to cost Pennsylvania’s economy $100 million annually. I have also co-sponsored legislation that eliminates the health insurance tax and the Independent Payment Advisory Board.

I continue to work to overturn this law. Lacking that, Congress should at least delay the implementation of its heavy-handed mandates to prevent imminent harm to Pennsylvanians’ pocketbooks, jobs, and economic wellbeing.

Fighting Corporate Welfare And Harmful Ethanol Mandates

Watch my floor speech

Working to improve energy legislation pending before the Senate, I made my case in a floor speech to repeal a law that drives up the cost of gasoline and groceries and harms the environment and the economy.
My amendment is identical to bipartisan legislation I introduced earlier this year to repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The RFS requires fuel suppliers to blend millions of gallons of biofuels – most often corn ethanol – into the nation’s gasoline supplies.
This requirement drives up the price of corn, livestock that feed on corn, and many food products on grocers’ shelves across the country. It also raises gas prices, increases food costs, damages car engines, harms our environment, and hurts job creation. Under government mandates, refiners – such as our Trainer, Pa. facility – are forced to make a choice: increase the ethanol content in their fuel blends or pay a penalty by purchasing credits from energy traders.
Once again, this is the government using corporate welfare to shower favors on a privileged industry and then send the bill to the general public. Labor leaders, businesses, and environmental groups have lined up to push back against this indefensible regulatory regime.

We must stop forcing Americans to burn massive amounts of corn in their car engines. We must repeal the RFS before more harm is done.

Announcing DOJ Grant For Erie’s “Little Italy” Neighborhood

With Rep. Mike Kelly, I shared the good news that the city of Erie has been awarded a Department of Justice grant of almost $600,000 to revitalize its “Little Italy” neighborhood.
This grant will fund improvements for safer streets for families while also creating a more favorable environment for economic growth and increased tourism. The city of Erie will also partner with local non-profits, neighbors, and community partners to stem crime and urban blight in the neighborhood. (Read The Erie Times-News article here.)

I am excited at this opportunity for Erie’s community leaders to work together to enhance neighborhood safety and foster greater community ownership and involvement.  Congratulations!

Serving Pennsylvanians: County Casework Days

Across Pennsylvania, members of my staff regularly hold casework events to help you and your family cut through red tape and navigate issues with the federal government. Please find a list of upcoming casework events below.
Be sure to bring with you copies of any documents relating to your issue. You can also check your local newspaper for updates on casework events near you. Thank you, and as always, it is an honor to serve as your senator.

Crawford County: Veterans Casework Day

Date: Sept. 24, 2013 Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Where: VFW Post 2006 1045 S. Morgan Street, Meadville, Pa. 16335 ‎
Venango County: Senior Expo with State Rep. Lee James
Date: Sept. 24, 2013 Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Where: Seneca Volunteer Fire Department (VFD) 3494 State Rt. 257 Seneca, Pa. 16346
Susquehanna County: Senior Health Fair with Rep. Tom Marino
Date: Sept. 24, 2013 Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Where: Montrose Bible Conference Center, 218 Locust Street, Montrose, Pa. 18801
Lehigh County: Senior Health Fair with State Rep. Ryan MacKenzie & St. Luke’s Hospital
Date: Sept. 27, 2013 Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Where: Luther Crest Retirement Community 800 Hausman Road, Allentown, Pa. 18104
Lancaster County: County Casework Day with Rep. Steven Mentzer
Date: Oct. 2, 2013 Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Where: 1555 Highlands Drive, Suite 110 Lititz, Pa. 17543
Clearfield County: Senior Expo with State Rep. Tom Sankey
Date: Oct. 18, 2013 Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Where: 601 Good Street, Houtzdale, Pa. 16651
Demanding Answers On Butler’s VA Facility
To help ensure veterans in Western Pennsylvania get the health care they need, I’m demanding answers regarding the termination of a contract to build a new veterans’ health care facility in Butler.
In 2010, Congress appropriated $75 million to open a VA health care center in Butler.  Upon receiving these funds, the VA entered a lease agreement with Westar Development Company and broke ground this past April.
In August, the VA informed Congress that the contract for the project had been terminated because of concerns from the VA Office of Inspector General (OIG).  The OIG stated that Westar offered “false and misleading representations in its proposal during the Butler lease procurement.”
I was disturbed to learn about this development and have written a letter to Veterans’ Affairs (VA) Secretary Eric Shinseki requesting more information about these “misleading representations” and why the VA only learned of them through an OIG investigation. (Read The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review article here.)

You can see my letter here.

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