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  • Highmark pulls out of ACA marketplace in 27 Pennsylvania counties for 2017

    11/06/2016 8:24:52 PM PST · by kvanbrunt2 · 10 replies ^ | Friday, Nov. 4, 2016, 12:33 a.m. | By Wes Venteicher
    Highmark Inc. is canceling individual health plans in more than half of the Pennsylvania counties in which it has sold the plans on the Affordable Care Act's marketplace, reducing the competition that some experts say is necessary to make the market sustainable. The Pittsburgh-based insurer is no longer selling the plans in 27 of the 49 counties in which it sold them for 2016, according to a Tribune-Review analysis of federal marketplace data. About 70 percent of the insurer's individual marketplace members in Pennsylvania will lose their plans, according to a Highmark spokesman. The plans expire at the end of...
  • Sen. Toomey's neighbors' homes hit with anti-GOP graffiti

    10/25/2016 9:56:13 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 25, 2016 9:44 AM EDT
    Police are investigating anti-Republican graffiti spray-painted on the homes of neighbors of GOP U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania. The graffiti sprayed late Saturday or early Sunday says, “Nazi, Slavers, Rapists, Cross-Worshippers == GOP.” Another message says, “Look Out Toomey and Your Neo Nazi Republicans,” and a third says hashtag “Americans Against the Republican Party.” …
  • Rubio, Toomey Dispute Trump 'Rigged' Election Claims in Debates

    10/18/2016 1:10:43 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 68 replies
    Republican Sens. Marco Rubio and Pat Toomey became the latest Republicans to speak out against Donald Trump's warnings of a rigged election Monday night. In separate high-stakes debates, the two incumbent U.S. senators each refuted Trump's claim that the results of the 2016 election could be tainted, and both men called for confidence in next month's vote. "Our elections may not always be completely perfect, but they are legitimate, they have integrity and everyone needs to respect the outcome," Toomey said during his debate with challenger Katie McGinty when asked about the Republican presidential nominee's allegations, which he's been repeating...
  • Toomey up by 8 in New Quinnipeac

    10/05/2016 12:28:47 PM PDT · by wireman · 59 replies ^ | 10/05/2016 | Jonathan Tamari
    A Quinnipiac University survey released Wednesday found Republican Sen. Pat Toomey leading Democrat Katie McGinty by 8 percentage points
  • Toomey Crosses Gun-Rights Divide In Pennsylvania Senate Race

    08/27/2016 12:54:16 PM PDT · by Abby4116 · 47 replies
    CBS Local ^ | August 27, 2016
    CARLISLE, Pa. (AP) — Freshman U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey is the rare conservative Republican who is running for re-election with the support of leading gun-control groups, but it may not be enough to save him in Democratic-leaning Pennsylvania in this unusual election year....His stance so angered one gun-rights group that it is backing his Democratic opponent, Katie McGinty, just to send a message to Toomey and any other Republican who might deviate from orthodoxy on guns.
  • Sen. Toomey and Bloomberg discussing gun-control measure to close the terror gap

    06/15/2016 10:31:08 AM PDT · by TroutStalker · 30 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 15, 2016 | Karoun Demirjian
    Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) is working with former New York mayor and vocal gun-control advocate Michael Bloomberg’s organization to attempt to come up with a measure to keep terrorists from acquiring guns. A spokeswoman from Bloomberg’s organization, Everytown for Gun Safety, said Wednesday that the group was “working with Toomey’s office on the terror gap,” referring to a quirk in the laws that makes it legal for people on the government’s terrorist watch lists to purchase firearms. Toomey’s office would not comment Wednesday. It’s unclear if the effort will result in the actual drafting of a bill or is a...
  • Toomey ads push expanded background checks on gun sales

    03/30/2016 3:45:26 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 28 replies
    Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey is returning to Pennsylvania's airwaves for the first time since last summer, advancing a pro-law enforcement and pro-gun control message as Democrats step up attacks on him. The ads, starting Tuesday, tout Toomey's support for undoing Obama administration restrictions on police access to U.S. military gear and Toomey's push to expand background checks on firearms purchases. Toomey's re-election bid is expected to be expensive and hotly contested, and the seat in closely divided Pennsylvania is viewed as crucial to control of the Senate.
  • Rubio endorsements: Another senator, Pat Toomey, signs on

    02/03/2016 9:03:31 PM PST · by entropy12 · 67 replies
    Hot Air ^ | FEBRUARY 3, 2016 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Not as important as Tim Scott’s support since Toomey’s not from an early state, but still significant big-picture. This isn’t just a case of Cruz losing out to Rubio on another endorsement among his Senate colleagues, it’s a litmus test of electability — or perceived electability. Why might a Republican from a purple state, whose seat is up this year by the way, prefer Rubio to Cruz or Trump? Hmmm:
  • Sen. Cruz: We Must Send the Message That Defiance of Our Laws Will No Longer Be Tolerated (Video&T)

    10/20/2015 11:35:57 AM PDT · by Isara · 57 replies ^ | October 20, 2015
    Demands accountability of the Obama Administration through legislation cracking down on sanctuary cities, criminal illegal aliens Watch the video WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today delivered a speech on the Senate floor citing the Obama Administration’s persistent negligence of immigration law enforcement and bolstering the Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act (S. 2146), of which he is a lead cosponsor, as a small step in the right direction. In addition to stripping certain federal funds from sanctuary jurisdictions, the legislation also incorporates critical elements of Kate’s Law, which Sen. Cruz introduced earlier this year, by imposing...
  • Dems ready sweeping new guns bill

    10/07/2015 5:49:27 PM PDT · by TroutStalker · 55 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/07/15 | Burgess Everett and Seung Min Kim
    Senate Democrats will begin a campaign to combat gun violence on Thursday as party leaders prepare to unveil a sweeping package of legislation that builds on their failed 2013 attempt to require universal background checks for gun purchases, according to senators and aides. The goal is to have the entire caucus, minus perhaps one centrist Democrat, backing a legislative package aimed at preventing guns from ending up in the hands of the wrong people. In addition to background checks, Democrats are aiming to add new money for the Justice Department’s existing background checks system that has recently faltered and include...
  • Manchin: ‘I need Republican help’ to fix gun sale checks

    07/26/2015 5:58:17 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 44 replies
    One of the Senate’s biggest supporters of firearm background checks is renewing calls for Congress to fix the system in the light of a deadly theater shooting in Lafayette, La. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said Sunday that Congress should “shut down the loophole” that allows some mentally ill people, like the Louisiana movie theater shooter, to slip through the government’s system for vetting gun sales. “Right now, I need Republican help,” said Manchin, a moderate Democrat has led the push to reform background checks. “I need my friends on the Republican side of the aisle to help us with a...
  • Marco Rubio Provides The Final Vote To Give Away More American Jobs

    06/24/2015 7:00:33 AM PDT · by xzins · 73 replies
    CHQ ^ | 6/23/2015 | George Rasley
    Yesterday’s procedural vote in the Republican-controlled Senate to give Obama Trade Promotion Authority, or “fast track” as it used to be called, passed by just one vote – that of Florida’s Republican Senator and presidential aspirant Marco Rubio. Why would Rubio vote to give Obama more power? No one knows for certain, but Senator Jeff Sessions, in a statement released after the vote gave us some insight into the dynamics of what went on on Capitol Hill prior to the vote. “Americans increasingly believe that their country isn’t serving its own citizens. They need look no further than a bipartisan...
  • Joe Manchin ponders gubernatorial run

    05/08/2014 4:25:52 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 19 replies
    West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin said Sunday he’s keeping “all options open” on whether to seek the governor’s office in 2016 or remain in the Senate, where he has expressed frustration with partisanship and gridlock. Manchin, a Democrat, said his time as governor was the most productive period in his life but he hasn’t felt the same way since his election to the Senate in 2010 to finish the term of the late Democratic Sen. Robert Byrd. Manchin, who served as West Virginia governor for six years, was elected to a full term in 2012.
  • Working With Both Sides To Solve Our Budget Crisis (Toomey-PA)

    11/02/2013 2:30:23 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 17 replies
    Office of Senator Pat Toomey ^ | November 1, 2013 | Senator Pat Toomey
    If you followed the recent goings-on in Washington this past month, you are aggravated. I understand. This has been a frustrating time for me, and for anybody who wants to see our country on a sustainable fiscal path. After almost three weeks in shutdown mode, Congress extended government funding and raised the debt ceiling by several hundred billion dollars with nothing to show for it - no reforms that rein in our country's deficits and debt, no spending constraints, no changes whatsoever. While this result is disappointing, I hope we will see a more fruitful outcome in December as members...
  • Senators Casey, Toomey Frustrated By Stalemate

    10/15/2013 8:04:05 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 40 replies ^ | October 15, 2013
    WASHINGTON DC (KDKA) — Frustration seems to be more common in Washington than the ability to reach a bipartisan deal across party lines. Pennsylvania’s senior senator, a Democrat, knows who he blames. “The Tea Party caused this shutdown, and if we allow it to continue, we’re going to have a Tea Party default and that’s not good for anyone,” says Sen. Bob Casey. Sen. Casey says ultraconservatives in the House are so fixated on repealing or changing Obamacare that they are willing to risk the nation’s economic health. “If they keep throwing out the ideas they’ve been talking about that...
  • Toomey prepared to vote against government funding bill

    09/26/2013 6:06:40 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 13 replies
    The Harrisburg Patriot-News, via PennLive ^ | September 25, 2013 | Robert J. Vickers
    U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey pledged Wednesday to vote against a Senate procedure that would lead to continued funding of the federal government if Obamacare remains fully funded or other measures delaying its implementation are not allowed to be offered up. Toomey, R-Lehigh Valley, said Senate leaders had yet to decide what rules they'll apply to the vote, but added that if they try to block any attempt at defunding, altering, or delaying implementation of Obamacare, they'd be responsible for the consequential government shutdown.(snip) Toomey also shied away from criticizing Sen. Ted Cruz's marathon 21-hour speech on the Senate floor that...
  • Call Toomey's office today and ask if he has seen the CO recall election results (Vanity)

    09/11/2013 5:46:25 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 16 replies
    A great day to call Toomey's office to see if he has seen the recall results in Colorado. FWIW, you do not need to be from PA to get through. 202-224-4254
  • Why Should I Vote GOP ?

    08/07/2013 5:06:25 AM PDT · by Absolutely Nobama · 78 replies
    8/7/13 | Alan Levy, Gun Owner
    As a Conservative, I hold these truths to be self evident: (in no particular order) * Life begins at the moment of conception. Abortion, for any reason, real or imagined, is murder. * The Right to Bear Arms is an unalienable right that the government cannot infringe on in any way. Background checks, "assault weapon" bans, magazine capacity rules, and the like are completely unconstitutional. *Global warming is as much of a fraud as the "Next Ice Age" scare was in the 1970's. *Illegal aliens are criminals and should be treated as such. There should be no amnesty for illegal...
  • Top Pa. Dem: 'Need more Pat Toomeys'

    07/02/2013 10:52:39 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 17 replies ^ | July 2, 2013 | Thomas Fitzgerald
    Alan Kessler has shaken the money trees for President Bill Clinton, Senator and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, former Vice President Al Gore, and countless other Democrats, notably former Gov. Ed Rendell. Now the Democratic powerbroker and Center City lawyer is co-sponsoring a $5,200-a-ticket fundraiser July 9 for Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania. And the Democrats’ 2010 nominee, who wants a rematch with Toomey in three years, is not too happy about it. “We need more Pat Toomeys,” Kessler said. “Time and time again he has reached across the aisle to work with Democrats and do what people are...
  • How To Win Elections

    06/30/2013 8:35:36 AM PDT · by Absolutely Nobama · 78 replies
    Alan Levy, Gun Owner | 06/30/13 | Alan Levy
    In the days after the whimpering defeat of Mitt Trotsky, the RINO National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus (whoever the hell he is) did an "autopsy" on the Republican Party. In this "autopsy", it was determined that the Republican Party needed a "bigger tent". The gist of the report was this: The party was too white, too Christian, and too male. The only way to get out of the loser's bracket was to pander to as many minorities as possible. What a load of crap. You see ladies and gentlemen, regardless of what the hapless Bill Kristol will tell you, regardless...
  • NRA tactics: Take no prisoners

    05/19/2013 7:11:54 AM PDT · by T-Bird45 · 80 replies
    WaPo ^ | 5/19/13 | Scott Higham & Sari Horowitz
    As a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association with an “A+” rating for her voting record in the Tennessee House of Representatives, Debra Maggart never imagined that her political career would end this way. Maggart, who chaired the Republican caucus, killed an NRA-backed bill that would have permitted Tennesseans to keep firearms in their parked vehicles wherever they went — work, school or the neighborhood bar. Months later, Maggart was stunned to see NRA-sponsored ads on billboards in her district. Her face was next to a picture of President Obama. The ads proclaimed: “Sure, Rep. Debra Maggart Says She...
  • Senators may resurrect defeated gun control after making cosmetic changes (GOA letter)

    05/09/2013 3:42:05 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 14 replies
    Gun Owners of America ^ | 5-9-2013 | Gun Owners of America
    "Superficial" "A source close to the Senate negotiations [says] that two senators who voted against the background check bill would vote for it after minor, superficial changes." - Lawrence O’Donnell on MSNBC, May 6, 2013ACTION: Senators who voted pro-gun last month are under intense pressure - by Senate Democrats and Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s hit ads - to switch their votes.  We need to keep applying the heat and let them know that gun owners are ready to help in any Senate campaign, no matter which state, to defeat ANY SENATOR who votes for gun control.LEGISLATIVE UPDATE FROM WASHINGTON, DC. It’s...
  • Pat Toomey's Response to My Email Re: Manchin-Toomey

    04/30/2013 6:09:45 AM PDT · by Castigar · 40 replies
    Senator Pat Toomey
    I sent an email to Senator Toomey urging him to oppose the Senate gun control efforts even in the face of his Manchin-Toomey legislation. Here is his response - I'm sure it's canned: Dear (Castigar), Thank you for contacting me about national firearms policy. I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue. Like many Pennsylvanians, I have long been a supporter of the Second Amendment. Americans have an individual right to bear arms for self-protection, hunting and recreation. In fact, during my tenure in the House of Representatives (1999-2005), my record of supporting gun owners' rights earned me an...
  • Toomey says he won't take new shot at gun bill

    04/29/2013 10:00:02 AM PDT · by neverdem · 23 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | April 28, 2013 | Jonathan Tamari and Craig R. McCoy
    WASHINGTON - Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) dismissed talk Friday that he might take a second run at passing new gun laws, even as a new poll found voters in the state giving him high marks for backing a bipartisan plan to expand background checks. "My own view is very simple: The Senate has had its vote. We've seen the outcome of that vote. I am not aware of any reason to believe that if we had the vote again that we'd have a different outcome," Toomey said on a conference call. He was responding to a question about a...
  • Why Did The Democrats Pour Everything In Toomey’s Amendment?

    04/27/2013 6:10:13 PM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies ^ | 27 April, 2013 | Stranger
    Someone from Pipestone, Minnesota, asked “why did the toomey amendment have all the democrats bills.” Essentially, because the Democrats could. A persistent pattern of misspellings seen in bills introduced by long time anti-gun activist Chucky Schumer is also present in the “background check” part of S.AMDT.715. So the amendment was written by Schumer or his staff, and handed to Manchin to be filed. A hard line “false flag” Democrat, Manchin probably never looked at the Amendment – and would have approved it if he had. And of course Toomey had already been suckered signed on so he had no reason...
  • Toomey: 'I gave this my best shot'

    04/20/2013 6:52:14 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 42 replies
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | April 19, 2013 | Jonathan Tamari
    After two weeks in the national spotlight, Sen. Pat Toomey was ready to move on. Toomey, seeming refreshed Thursday after the deflating defeat of his background-check plan the day before, greeted reporters with a smile as he rode an escalator up from the Capitol's subway platform. But the Pennsylvania Republican did not want to talk much about the fight that had put him at the center of the political and cultural maelstrom on gun laws. "The Senate has spoken on this," Toomey said. "It's not obvious to me what alternative path forward there is. I gave this my best shot."
  • Press release just emailed by Sen. Lindsey Graham

    04/19/2013 9:15:57 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 17 replies
    Dear Friends, President Obama wanted three things on gun control -- to ban assault weapons, limit magazine sizes, and expand background checks. Fortunately, he lost on all three. I’ve always been confident if the Senate debated the Second Amendment, the Second Amendment would win. Yesterday, the Senate took up, debated, and voted on gun violence legislation. I am very pleased we had this debate, and was always ready and willing to vote in support of what I believe. Here’s how I voted yesterday: Voted Against the Manchin-Toomey Background Check Amendment (Failed 54-46, required 60 votes) No matter how well-intentioned, the...
  • Gov. Tom Ridge: Pat Toomey had 'a lot of courage' on gun bill

    04/19/2013 12:40:43 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Patriot-News ^ | April 18, 2013 | John L. Micek
    Former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary and ex-Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge believes the Obama White House can draw some useful lessons from Wednesday's defeat of a bill extending background checks on most firearms purchases. Ridge took a few minutes to chat Thursday about the lessons of Monday's Boston Marathon bombing, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey's rising national profile and where gun-control advocates go next after Wednesday's vote. Here's the transcript of the interview: Q: In the hours after the Boston Marathon attacks, there was a rush to judgment, both in the press and in social media, about the identity of the alleged...
  • Manchin: I’m not done with universal background checks (Toomey: "I'm done")

    04/18/2013 10:09:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/18/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    In the wake of perhaps the worst political failure of Barack Obama’s term short of his 2010 midterm loss, the President vowed to continue to push forward on gun-control measures, especially background checks. One of the lead Senators on that effort appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe to insist that the fight isn’t over. Joe Manchin insisted that he could convince enough of his colleagues to flip on the background checks, at least: The public face of a failed amendment to expand background checks for gun purchases promised to continue pushing his legislation Thursday, saying he’ll work with skittish Democrats who...
  • President Obama Delivers Remarks on Gun Control (5:30 PM ET, Live Thread)

    04/17/2013 2:27:29 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 341 replies
    cspan ^ | April 17, 2013 | Obama
    Following a series of amendment votes in the Senate, including the Manchin-Toomey Amendment expanding background checks that failed to pass, the President makes a statement to reporters on what the White House calls "common-sense" gun control.
  • Manchin, Toomey Float Gun Checks Exemption for Undecided Senators' States

    04/17/2013 8:59:01 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 30 replies
    Breibart - Big Government ^ | 4-16-2013 | AWR Hawkins
    With Senate support for the Manchin-Toomey "compromise" continuing to slide, Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) appear willing to revert to gimmicks to try to squeak the bill through. (snip) To stop the momentum shift before it is too late, Manchin and Toomey are "considering the possibility of adding language to the bill that would exempt select far-flung communities in Alaska and North Dakota from some background check requirements." They hope this would win the votes of Sens. Mark Begich (D-AK) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), as well Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND). If being exempted from the bill is what...
  • Even Though Manchin Says His Expanded Background Checks Bill Will Fail, Keep Calling Your Senators

    04/17/2013 6:51:10 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 11 replies
    4/17/2013 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Despite what Manchin has said, keep calling your Senators. A tactic to get people (who will call their senators to tell them they do not support Manchin's bill) to ease up on calling their senators??? Hmmm....
  • Sen. Manchin Tells Reporters His Expanded Background Checks Amendment Will Fail In The Senate Today

    04/17/2013 6:04:51 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 81 replies
    Mediaite ^ | April 17, 2013 | Noah Rothman
    Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) told reporters on Wednesday that the compromise legislation he crafted with Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) to expand background checks for gun purchasers does not have enough votes to pass the Senate when it comes up for a vote. [Snip] Chuck Todd, NBCs Chief White House Correspondent, speculated that, because the Manchin/Toomey compromise could not pass the House, there is no incentive for legislators who may be vulnerable on the issue of guns in 2014 to pass stricter legislation.
  • Obama Works the Phones -- For Gun Control

    04/16/2013 12:30:59 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 12 replies ^ | 4-16-2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Senator Elizabeth Warren wanted to get in on the big press conference in Boston this morning that happened about 10:30. The first words out of her mouth were praise for Obama and government. "The president of the United States has pledged his full support in all efforts, both to keep the city safe, and to find the person who did this. We did not have to reach out to the president; the president reached out to us," Warren said. He called the governor. He called the mayor. He called the members of congressional delegation because the president is actively...
  • Who’s voting for the Manchin-Toomey amendment? (UPDATED)

    04/16/2013 8:35:16 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 17 replies
    WaPo ^ | (Updated) 4-16-2013 | Ed O'Keefe
    (snip) The amendment will require at least 60 votes to be added to the underlying gun bill. Based on analysis by The Washington Post, only 22 of the 100 Senate votes are in play: The 16 Republican senators who voted last week to proceed with debate and six moderate Democrats who face difficult reelections in 2014 or represent rural states with strong gun cultures and would face strong political pressure at home for supporting new gun-control legislation. ** The 16 Republicans who voted with Democrats to proceed: Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), Tom...
  • The problems of gun checks

    04/16/2013 5:25:07 AM PDT · by marktwain · 21 replies ^ | 16 April, 2013 | John Lott
    Everyone wants to keep criminals from getting guns. However, expanded background checks are not the simple answer that Sens. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) and Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.) think they are. Unfortunately, as the Senate considers the Manchin-Toomey amendment, Toomey is simply wrong to assert: "It's the people who fail a criminal or mental-health background check who we don't want having guns." Toomey apparently does not understand how the background-check system works. Take his claim on Sunday: "Since checks began in 1998, more than 100,000 people who are ineligible to own guns have been denied them each year." Just because...
  • Background checks amount to ‘new tax on guns,’ Coburn insists

    04/16/2013 4:44:40 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 15 April, 2013 | David Sherfinski
    The deal senators have struck to expand firearm background checks to all Internet and gun show sales will drive up prices for consumers, weapons retailers say. Manufacturers say the deal, which is the crux of the gun bill that senators will begin debating this week, also includes language that gives background checks for sales at gun shows priority over in-store purchases — something their top trade group says is unfair. -------------cut------------------- But Sen. Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican who was part of the negotiations with Mr. Toomey before dropping out of the talks, said the record-keeping provisions in the deal...
  • Durbin: We Don't Yet Have the Votes for Gun Control

    04/14/2013 11:50:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | April 14, 2013 | Joel B. Pollak
    Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) told host Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday that supporters of new gun control legislation do not yet have the votes to pass it, despite defeating a Republican-led filibuster attempt last week. Durbin is the Senate Majority Whip, responsible for counting his party's votes on key legislative proposals. The specific bill facing the Senate is the Manchin-Toomey compromise on background checks, which would expand such requirements to gun shows, among other provisions. Currently, private sales between individuals at gun shows do not require background checks--just as private sales anywhere do not require them. The following is...
  • "God help us" if we don't act on gun violence, Manchin says

    04/14/2013 9:59:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    CBS News' Face The Nation ^ | April 14, 2013 | Lindsey Boerma
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Penn., is "confident," he said Sunday on "Face the Nation," that he and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., will be able to muster enough Republican support in the Senate to pass an amendment that would expand background checks for gun purchases. "We're close," said Toomey said, appearing with Manchin. "We're discussing with colleagues on both sides. We've got bipartisan support, but there is bipartisan opposition." Toomey and Manchin, along with Sens. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., and Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., announced last week they had struck the deal, which would expand background checks for gun purchases to all commercial...
  • 'DC Intervention': Tea Party group to pressure Rubio on immigration, Toomey on guns

    04/14/2013 6:31:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | April 14, 2013 | Matthew Boyle
    The Tea Party Patriots organization is planning protests on Tuesday at the home state offices of several Senators that the group argues are in need of an “intervention” for being sucked up into inside-the-Beltway politics, including Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA). The group is targeting Rubio on immigration reform and Toomey on gun control. “Two Senators in particular are facing Tea Party pressure, as they should--Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Pat Toomey (R-PA),” Tea Party Patriots said in a release. “Both of these men were elected thanks to Tea Party support, yet Senator Rubio is the...
  • Sen. Manchin defends gun deal co-authored with Sen. Toomey (Video)

    04/14/2013 5:14:06 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 18 replies ^ | 4-14-2013 |
    Senator Joe Manchin was on FOX News today to discuss his proposed gun control legislation. He admitted his bill will not prevent another Newtown massacre, “This is not a universal background check. This is a criminal and mental background check at gun shows and internet sales. It does not infringe on your right as a family… It protects the rights of our veterans… They (families of Newtown shooting victims) even recognized that this legislation we’re working on, which is the background checks on criminal and mental illness would not have saved their little babies."
  • Gun-Rights Group Endorses Manchin-Toomey Compromise

    04/14/2013 3:06:21 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 112 replies ^ | 14 April 2013 | Kasie Hunt
    The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms had opposed previous iterations of a Democratic proposal for univesal background checks. "It's huge," Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., told Fox News on Sunday afternoon as he announced the CCRKBA endorsement.
  • Here's The Democrats' Plan To Pass Gun Control In The Senate

    04/14/2013 9:23:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | April 12, 2013 | Benny Johnson
    It has been almost 20 years since Congress has taken up the topic of gun control legislation. As the new debate over gun control heats up, senior Senate aides on both sides of the issue laid out advocates’ plan to get their bill through the Senate. The strategy advocated by gun control supporters in the Senate was described to BuzzFeed by two senior Republican Senate aides working to oppose the effort, and confirmed by a Democratic Senate leadership aide working to get it passed. Prospects for the gun control legislation weren't looking good until the recent Toomey/Manchin proposal. The legislation...
  • Gun Control, Compromised

    04/13/2013 10:32:11 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 12 replies
    Gun Control, Compromised The Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013, as proposed by Republican senators Pat Toomey and Mark Kirk and Democrats Joe Manchin and Charles Schumer, deals partly in symbolism. It “reaffirms,” for instance, an existing ban on government firearms registries, and establishes Washington’s umpteenth blue-ribbon panel — the National Commission on Mass Violence — to “study the availability and nature of firearms, including the means of acquiring firearms, issues relating to mental health, and all positive and negative impacts of the availability and nature of firearms on incidents of mass violence.” It also does...
  • House GOP shows little appetite for Senate gun control measure

    04/13/2013 4:36:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 12, 2013 | Russell Berman
    Growing momentum in the Senate for new gun control legislation has failed to flow down to the House, where just a handful of House Republicans have embraced a deal to expand background checks for firearm purchases. Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) and multiple Republican members of the Pennsylvania delegation are backing a compromise brokered by the Keystone State’s Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) that advanced in the Senate on Thursday. Yet in interviews, those lawmakers said they have had no discussions with the House GOP leadership and don’t know what the prospects for the legislation would be in a chamber dominated by...
  • The AWB Bill, Complete, with Manchin-Toomey Amendments

    04/12/2013 6:56:13 AM PDT · by DBrow · 67 replies
    Congressional Record ^ | 4/12/2013 | Sen. Joe Manchin, III
    Here is the whole, long AWB including Manchin-Toomey amendments, the "compromise", which is on pages 2613-2618, toward the end. has a "search link" which will expire so I posted the whole thing.   TEXT OF AMENDMENTS -- (Senate - April 11, 2013) [Page: S2598] ---        SA 711. Mrs. FEINSTEIN (for herself, Mr. SCHUMER, Mr. DURBIN, Mr. WHITEHOUSE, Ms. KLOBUCHAR, Mr. FRANKEN, Mr. BLUMENTHAL, Mr. LEVIN, Mr. HARKIN, Mr. ROCKEFELLER, Ms. MIKULSKI, Mrs. BOXER, Mr. REED, Mr. CARPER, Mr. LAUTENBERG, Mr. MENENDEZ, Mr. CARDIN, Mrs. GILLIBRAND, Mr. SCHATZ, Mr. MURPHY, Ms. HIRONO, Ms. WARREN, and Mr. COWAN) submitted an...
  • Peter King promises House version of Manchin-Toomey by Tuesday

    04/12/2013 10:44:17 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 106 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 4-12-2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Most people assumed that anything truly problematic in new gun-control legislation that comes out of the Senate would have little chance of getting through the House. Looks like we’ll get a chance to test that hypothesis sooner rather than later. Rep. Peter King (R-NY) told Politico today that he and Mike Thompson (D-CA) will introduce the House version of Manchin-Toomey by Tuesday at the latest: "Reps. Peter King and Mike Thompson are planning to introduce a House version of the compromise on background checks for gun buyers on Monday or Tuesday, King told POLITICO exclusively on Friday. “I will be...
  • New GOA email alert. Scroll down, put in your info and it will send the email to your Senators!

    04/12/2013 6:47:04 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 7 replies
    GOA ^ | 4-12-2013 | GOA
    The Honorable* (Your Senator) (Address) "I was disappointed to see that 68 Senators did not support the Paul-Cruz-Lee filibuster. Now that the Senate has moved to proceed to S. 649, several gun control issues will be coming up - including the universal registry bill, the Feinstein gun ban, and the magazine ban. As for the Toomey-Manchin-Schumer universal registry bill, don't believe the press' efforts to sugar-coat it. If you have ever had an "Internet ... posting" on (or related to) your gun, you can sell it only by going to a dealer and filling out a 4473 and getting the...
  • The Battle Will Take Longer than We’d Hoped (Toomey-Manchin-Schumer universal registry bill)

    04/11/2013 11:27:11 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 43 replies
    Gun Owners of America ^ | Arpil 13, 2013 | Gun Owners of America
    Friday, 12 April 2013 00:25 Written by Gun Owners of America But there’s still a very good chance we can win! “Gun Owners of America [has] been pressing lawmakers who may have wavered on this emotional issue of background checks.” - CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, April 10, 2013 We've been fighting these gun control battles for almost 40 years now. And we almost always win. But it's almost always a nail-biter. And so it is on Obama's gun control agenda. We'd hoped that we could stop the gun control bribe-o-thon early (and risk-free) by blocking the motion to proceed to the...
  • Why Toomey May Become Another Specter, Lindsey Graham, McCain

    04/11/2013 8:51:45 PM PDT · by publius321 · 21 replies