Toomey hails proposed budget as responsible lawmaking

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA)
U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) | Contributed photo
U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) threw his support last week behind a budget resolution, greeting the real possibility of achieving a balanced budget within a decade, compliance with bipartisan spending maximums and no tax increases.

Toomey told his constituents that he is proud to support this budget.

"Under Democratic leadership in recent years, the Senate rarely passed a budget -- an outrageous abdication of responsibility that helped fuel dysfunction on Capitol Hill. I am pleased that, during our first year in control of the Senate, my Republican colleagues and I have now passed a common-sense budget proposal. This accomplishment shows that we can roll up our sleeves, have open debate, take the tough votes and get important things done for our constituents."

The senator praised several items in the budget resolution that would facilitate a repeal of the medical-device tax, a measure giving veterans who live in rural areas a choice when seeking medical care, passage of the bipartisan Protecting Students From Sexual and Violent Predators Act, a measure preventing budget tricks that divert money in the Crime Victims Fund away from actual crime victims, and a measure preparing sanctions against Iran, should they violate any nuclear agreement.