Toomey, Casey get key committee posts

   January 22, 2015 2:44 pm

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., today announced that he will chair the Finance Committee’s subcommittee on health care. As chairman of the panel, Toomey plans to conduct oversight of the Affordable Care Act and advance policies that help address the needs of Pennsylvania families. Toomey supports repeal of the health care law. During the last two years…

Toomey, Casey support repeal of medical device tax

   January 14, 2015 9:49 am

During a recent meeting with the Erie Times-News Editorial Board, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey said that repealing the medical device tax is one of several actions that should gain bipartisan support in a new GOP-majority Senate. That might turn out to be one of the first actions of the new Senate. Toomey, R-Pa., and U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa.,…

Kelly says Obama immigration stand is political

   November 21, 2014 3:27 pm

U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, of Butler, R-3rd Dist., didn’t much care for President Barack Obama’s announcement on immigration Thursday night. Among other things, Kelly suggested  it was kingly — and not in a good way. Here is the full test of Kelly’s statement: “Last night’s announcement by the president was 100 percent about politics, not…

Report: McCord not running for Senate seat

   November 17, 2014 10:56 am

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey will get a Democratic competitor in his bid for re-election in 2016. But one potential opponent has taken himself out of consideration. State Treasurer Rob McCord won’t run against Toomey, R-Pa., according to PoliticsPA, the online political site. McCord, however, believes Democrats have “a great shot” at winning the seat, and hopes to help achieve that…

Corbett, others to campaign in Erie

   November 3, 2014 9:32 am

Led by Gov. Tom Corbett, a Who’s Who of Pennsylvania Republican elected officials and other party leaders will be in Erie tonight on the eve of Tuesday’s election. Corbett, Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley, U.S. Reps. Mike Kelly and Glenn Thompson, both of whom represents parts of Erie County, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, and retiring state Sen….

AG Kane: 2016 election ‘a long way off’

   July 17, 2014 9:38 am

Will Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane run for U.S. Senate in 2016? That’s the question I asked when she stopped at the Times Publishing Co. this week. Not surprisingly, she didn’t say yes, or no, for that matter. U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., is expected to seek a second six-year term, but likely would face a Democratic opponent,…

Farm bill vote wasn’t a S.N.A.P. for Pa.’s two senators

   February 6, 2014 1:43 pm

President Barack Obama is scheduled to sign a controversial farm bill into law on Friday. It’s a bill that both of Pennsylvania U.S. senators voted against, but for different reasons. U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., said that while the bill includes “some very good policies,” the bill also includes significant cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program,…

Toomey endorses Corbett

   December 20, 2013 4:40 pm

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey has endorsed Gov. Tom Corbett and Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley for a second term. The  Corbett-Cawley team announced the endorsement today. All three are Republicans. In a statement about his endorsement, Toomey, R-Pa., said they “recognize the importance of preserving the fiscal health of our commonwealth for future generations. “Under the leadership of…

Toomey stands alone among those representing Erie

   October 17, 2013 8:33 am

The Erie area is represented by four members of Congress, only one of whom voted against the bill to reopen the government and extend the nation’s borrowing authority until Feb. 7. U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., joined 17 of his Senate colleagues in voting against the bill. The vote was 81-18 in the Democratic-controlled Senate. U.S. Sen….

Toomey to hold veterans’ roundtable

   September 3, 2013 1:35 pm

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey will be in Meadville on Thursday. Toomey, R-Pa., will host a roundtable with veterans at 9:45 a.m. at V.F.W. Post 2006. Toomey is expected to provide an update on policy matters in Washington,  D.C., and talk about issues specific to veterans. Here’s guessing that Syria will be one of the topics. — John Guerriero