Pat Toomey in the News

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

In his opening months on the job, Sen. Pat Toomey has cast himself as a serious voice on budget reform, and Republican leaders are taking notice.

Pennsylvania’s newest senator is scheduled to lead his first U.S. Capitol news conference today, flanked by GOP brass, to introduce a bill he authored to create a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

Mr. Toomey melded two GOP proposals to produce a single bill designed to gain the backing of the entire 47-member Republican caucus — from tea party rabble-rouser Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., to the perpetual swing-vote Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine. A spokesman for Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., wouldn’t confirm whether the entire caucus had signed on, but Mr. Toomey said he believed that was the case and the bill was held back for two weeks in order to get a unanimous GOP front for its debut.

“I think it speaks volumes about the fact that Republicans are united under the idea that we’ve got to get spending under control,” Mr. Toomey said in an interview Wednesday.

“It took a while but eventually we were able to get everyone together on the same page.”

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Huh? Why did it take a while? Which Republican Senators aren’t interested in a balanced budget?  We need to know so that we can vote them out next time.

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