Letter to the editor | Sticking to tea party ideals

April 9, 2014 

Sen. Pat Toomey doesn’t seem to care about working families in Pennsylvania.

As if I needed more reminding of that, he attempted to block an unemployment compensation package in the Senate. He had a chance to break party lines and help more than 2.3 million Americans, including 134,000 Pennsylvanians, get access to critical unemployment compensation benefits and he turned his back on them.

Luckily, the bill passed without Toomey’s help.

This was the third time Toomey voted against a bill that would restore these crucial benefits to Americans. The number of Pennsylvanians who are affected by this has increased by almost 70 percent since January.

Toomey repeatedly sides with the tea party extremists in the Senate. He has voted against health care insurance for thousands of children who have pre-existing conditions. He filibustered the Paycheck Fairness Act for equal pay for equal work for women.

Toomey, the former president of the ultraconservative lobbying organization Club for Growth, is a senator for Wall Street — not the common people.

Gillian Kratzer, Altoona

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