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Toomey Statement Regarding PA Supreme Court Decision on Congressional Map

January 23, 2018
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Washington, D.C.- U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) issued the following statement regarding the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's decision on the state's congressional map:

"In a power grab of breathtaking audacity and overreach, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court today ruled that it will arrogate to itself the authority to re-draw the Commonwealth's congressional districts, if the Pennsylvania General Assembly does not develop and Governor Wolf does not approve a new statewide congressional map in a matter of weeks.

"As Chief Justice Saylor states in his dissent to the court's ruling, the ‘crafting of congressional district boundaries is quintessentially a political endeavor assigned to state legislatures by the United States Constitution.' Pennsylvania's current congressional map was written and approved by majorities in the Pennsylvania House and Senate, and signed by Pennsylvania's governor. The proper role of judges is to enforce the law, not to legislate their political beliefs from the bench, which is clearly what is happening in this case. It is my hope that the defendants will appeal this terrible decision to the U.S. Supreme Court."