Toomey’s VA votes

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Recently, the Post-Gazette featured a letter that falsely depicted Sen. Pat Toomey’s voting record on veterans’ issues.

First, Sen. Toomey has never voted against any legislation which strictly provides funding to the VA. In recent months, Sens. Bernie Sanders and Harry Reid have been vocal in blaming Republicans for voting to send a flawed veterans measure back to committee due to the fact that it violates federal law by exceeding discretionary spending limits.

What largely went unreported is that Republicans offered an amendment that included much of what the aforementioned measure provided for while also paying for it. Unfortunately, Sens. Sanders and Reid blocked the amendment because they care more about laying blame ahead of midterm elections and less about finding a real solution.

Second, as Washington finds itself in gridlock, Sen. Toomey has found a way to reach across the aisle and get meaningful legislation enacted that provides tangible assistance to veterans.

The author of the Clothe a Homeless Hero Act, Mr. Toomey worked to ensure that garments left at airport checkpoints are donated to entities that assist homeless veterans. Additionally, Mr. Toomey spearheaded legislation which strengthened sexual assault safeguards at VA facilities for both patients and staff.

Most recently, Sen. Toomey, who is a member of the Veterans Jobs Caucus, worked with the Department of Labor to revamp its website to assist veterans in finding jobs that match their military skills.

Pat Toomey has made common-sense decisions while standing up for veterans. Sen. Toomey should be praised for his great work.

DAVE MAJERNIK
Plum


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