With a visit to The Holcombe Group in Sullivan County Aug. 14, I've officially visited all 67 Pennsylvania counties since being sworn into office in January 2011.
Since joining the Senate, I have traveled to every corner of the state listening to Pennsylvanians, and I've heard the same concerns again and again. You're worried about our economy and paying your bills. You're concerned about your jobs being threatened by excessive regulations and rising taxes.
I'll continue to travel across the commonwealth to hear what Pennsylvanians have to say and to inform my decisions in Washington. I held two town halls in August -- one at Mansfield University (Tioga County, pictured above) and one at Susquehanna University (Snyder County).
Have an opinion to share with me? Click here to email me, or click here for a list of my offices in Pennsylvania. I'm also active on Facebook; click here to visit my official Facebook page and join in on the conversation.
I visited the borough of Media in Delaware County Aug. 22, holding an event with Media Mayor Bob McMahon and state Representative Nick Miccarelli to highlight two of my bipartisan veterans bills.
One bill (S. 3316) would create a one-year pilot program to help veterans find jobs based on their military experience. The pilot job search program, which would be conducted at the Labor Department's One-Stop Centers, would provide new tools for veterans to find jobs online. The new tools would match veterans with available jobs based on the skills they've gained in the military, and employers would be able to post vacancies.
A June 2011 Government Accountability Office report found serious inadequacies in measures to prevent sexual assault in VA facilities, due to underreporting, poor oversight and lack of adequate security. In response, I introduced the Veterans Sexual Assault Prevention Act (S. 1689) to protect VA facility patients from sexual assault. My legislation, which has since been signed into law, mandates a new standard of care and protection for patients at VA facilities, including new reporting procedures, an oversight system and enhanced physical security measures.
Please click the photo above to watch a slideshow of my veterans event. The slideshow also includes my visit with U.S. Representative Jim Gerlach (R-Pa.) to GK Elite in Reading, which manufactured the leotards worn by the gold medal-winning U.S. women's gymnastics team at the Olympics.
I've asked IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman to explain how the department is addressing a form of tax fraud found across Pennsylvania.
In an Aug. 24 letter, I told the commissioner that Pennsylvania law enforcement officials have contacted me about a new trend in tax fraud.
"They have noticed a disturbing trend whereby fraudulent tax returns are being filed using legitimate Social Security numbers in order to generate improper tax refunds. Clearly, any kind of tax fraud is a waste of taxpayer dollars and therefore must be stopped," I wrote.
I asked the commissioner to explain what actions the IRS is taking to address this fraud and expressed hope that existing technology could be used to verify forms quickly and accurately.
Please click here to read my letter to Commissioner Shulman.
I appeared on ABC's "This Week With George Stephanopolous" Aug. 19 to debate the fiscal cliff, taxes, and our nation's fiscal future.
Jake Tapper guest hosted the panel debate, which also featured U.S. Representative and fellow supercommittee member Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), former Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP) Inspector General Neil Barofsky, former Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Austan Goolsbee, Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist, and Wall Street Journal editorial board member Kimberley Strassel.
Please click the picture above to watch our debate.