Pat Toomey en PA Lawmakers Want Accountability for Preventable Deaths at Pittsburgh VA <p>It has been a little more than a week since the United States Justice Department <a href="">completed its investigation</a> of a rash of preventable deaths at the Pittsburgh Veteran’s Affairs Healthcare System.</p><p>Five veterans died of Legionnaires’ disease at the Pittsburgh VA in 2011 and 2012, while more than 20 other patients were sickened. The Justice Department has concluded that no VA employees are criminally liable for the deaths.</p> Thu, 28 Nov 2013 08:30:00 +0000 Liz Reid 20512 at Sen. Toomey Works for Tax Code Changes, but He's Not Optimistic <p>U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pennsylvania) has long been a supporter of changing what he calls the “burdensome” U.S. tax code, and he says although he will continue that fight from his seat on the Senate Finance Committee, he does not want to artificially inflate the hopes of his constituents that change will happen any time soon.</p><p>“The fact is it takes strong presidential leadership to get this done, and I don’t think it is a very high priority for the president,” Toomey said.</p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 20:36:49 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 15291 at Pat Toomey Talks Taxes, Immigration <p>Even though congress is currently in recess, that doesn’t mean U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey isn’t busy grappling with the numerous issues the legislature faces upon its return.</p><p>Toomey has focused on a number of efforts including tax code reform and retooling the nation’s immigration policy. Thu, 22 Aug 2013 18:37:24 +0000 John Lavanga 15288 at Pat Toomey Talks Taxes, Immigration PA Senators Wait for Answers from IRS <p>Members of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee will put their questions to the IRS acting commissioner Tuesday, and Republican Sen. Pat Toomey says he wants to know who first authorized extra scrutiny of conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status.<br><br>The ranking Republican and Democrat on the committee sent a letter last week to acting IRS commissioner Steven Miller asking 41 questions.<br><br>The letter refers to an inspector general's report that found improper screening of groups began in 2010, stopped in 2011, and then began again early in 2012.<br> Tue, 21 May 2013 11:09:02 +0000 Mary Wilson 9913 at Sestak Says No Gov Run, Mulls Senate <p>Former U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he won't run for governor next year but is strongly considering a rematch against Republican Sen. Pat Toomey in 2016.<br><br>The Democrat told the AP in an interview that the U.S. Senate is racked by a lack of trust and "careening from crisis to crisis." The retired Navy vice admiral said he believes his skills would be more useful in the Senate instead of the governor's office.<br> Tue, 14 May 2013 15:30:46 +0000 The Associated Press 9516 at Poll Shows Toomey's More Popular Than Ever <p>If anyone is still asking whether Republican Pat Toomey did any damage to his reputation, a new survey puts the question to bed: Nope.<br><br>The <a href="">Quinnipiac University poll</a> shows the state’s junior U.S. senator has emerged from his foray into the gun control debate with his highest ever approval rating.<br><br>Toomey’s score jumped to 48 percent – up by five points in the past month. Thirty percent of voters surveyed said they disapprove of the job he’s doing.<br> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 19:10:10 +0000 Mary Wilson 8559 at Toomey Strikes Conciliatory, Final Note on Gun Debate <p>For Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, speaking to the annual conservative confab known as the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference days after the end of his brief foray into the gun debate was like heading into the belly of the beast.<br><br>The senator worked the crowd, shaking hands with people who politely told him they disagreed with his support for expanding background checks on firearm purchases. Introductory remarks that touched on Toomey’s failed amendment elicited sounds of dissent from the seated audience.<br> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 23:46:59 +0000 Mary Wilson 8173 at Senator Toomey on Gun Reform: Where Do We Go From Here? <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Last week Senators Pat Toomey and Joe Manchin took a bipartisan approach to gun reform that would have extended the existing background check system to gun shows and online sales.&nbsp; This week, their legislation was blocked in the Senate. We'll talk to <a href=""><strong>Senator Toomey</strong></a> about where gun reform can go from here. Fri, 19 Apr 2013 01:00:00 +0000 Heather McClain 8114 at Senator Toomey on Gun Reform: Where Do We Go From Here? Sen. Toomey Part of Effort to Expand Gun Background Checks <p>Republican Sen. Pat Toomey is part of a bipartisan effort to apply existing background checks to more kinds of firearm purchases.<br><br>The legislation was hammered out by Toomey, Pennsylvania's junior U.S. senator, and West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, both of whom have strong ties with the National Rifle Association.<br><br>"Common ground is found I think based on the proposition that criminals and mentally ill people shouldn’t have guns," he said. "And I don’t think that should be a controversial idea."<br> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 19:40:32 +0000 Mary Wilson 7627 at