I was struck that there was only one example given by the recent letter writer who tried to make a case for U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey reaching for "common ground" with the Democratic Party ("Sen. Toomey Deserves Praise for Trying to Find Common Ground," Aug. 8) -- background checks for guns, a measure fully 86 percent of Pennsylvanians support. The writer then admitted Sen. Toomey voted against the bipartisan immigration bill, but left out that Mr. Toomey also voted against the bipartisan Veterans Job Corps Act and the bipartisan disaster relief bill for the victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Or that Mr. Toomey personally blocked the Democratic-led Senate budget from going to conference with the House of Representatives this year, or that of 22 presidential nominations for the executive branch filibustered by the Republican Party -- more than the previous 60 years -- Sen. Toomey voted to lift the filibuster on only two.
He voted against the bipartisan Paycheck Fairness Act for equal pay for women. And he recently said at a Tea Party-sponsored event, "I told you we'd kill it, and we did," referring to the successful filibuster he led to stop the bipartisan transportation bill -- despite more than 4,000 of Pennsylvania's bridges being structurally deficient.
That is the reason Sen. Toomey's obstructionist voting is so wrong: It harms Pennsylvania, whether veterans benefits, women's rights or our deteriorating highways. And it is why the American Conservative Union rated Sen. Toomey at 100 percent, tied with Michele Bachmann and others as the most one-sided in Washington -- indicative of his record as an obstructionist, rather than a representative of the people.
The writer is chairwoman of the Butler County Democratic Committee.