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  • October 05, 2018

    This Week In Washington

    Statement on Judge Brett Kavanaugh I will be voting to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States. His sterling academic credentials and outstanding legal record, which includes 12 years of exemplary service as a judge on the second highest court in the nation, make him exceptionally well qualified to serve as the Supreme Court's next Associate... Read More
  • September 28, 2018

    This Week In Washington

    Bipartisan Solutions to Curb the Opioid Epidemic In June, Philadelphia law enforcement discovered 110 pounds of imported illicit fentanyl in shipping barrels -- enough to kill every Pennsylvanian two times over.   Congress has taken significant action in recent years to fight the scourge of opioid and fentanyl abuse. Unfortunately, our efforts are often undermined by... Read More
  • September 21, 2018

    This Week In Washington

    Working Across the Aisle to Respond to the Opioid Crisis Far too many Pennsylvania families have directly felt the wrath of the opioid and heroin epidemic. To help tackle the issue, the Senate this week overwhelmingly passed the landmark bipartisan Opioid Crisis Response Act. This measure includes legislation I authored to prevent repeat overdoses amongst seniors and the... Read More
  • September 14, 2018

    This Week In Washington

    Remembering 9/11 Every September 11, we honor those who lost their lives in New York, Washington D.C., and Shanksville. Of course, the somber story of 9/11 begins with the brutal and depraved murder of 2,977 innocent lives by al-Qaeda terrorists. Yet the story of 9/11 is also a story about the best of humanity, when first responders and everyday Americans performed... Read More
  • September 07, 2018

    This Week In Washington

    Confirming Federal Judges This week, the United States Senate confirmed Judge Marilyn Horan to serve as a federal judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Judge Horan has the intellect, experience, and character needed to excel in this role. I am confident she will serve the people of Pennsylvania well. Since 1996, Judge Horan has served as a Judge on the Butler... Read More
  • August 31, 2018

    This Week In Washington

    Remembering Senator John McCain Senator John McCain was a hero and one of our nation's greatest patriots. But most of all, Senator McCain was a fighter. He fought for his country in Vietnam. He fought for his brothers in arms while being held as prisoners of war. And for more than thirty years, Senator McCain fought for Arizonans in the Senate. Importantly, Senator McCain... Read More
  • August 24, 2018

    This Week In Washington

    Honoring Tech. Sgt. John Chapman I was humbled to attend the Medal of Honor ceremony at the White House for Tech. Sgt. John Chapman, who gave his life in 2002 while serving our country in Afghanistan. Knowing that al-Qaeda fighters were closing in, Tech. Sgt. Chapman and his fellow Navy SEALs returned to a militant stronghold to rescue a teammate who had fallen from a... Read More
  • August 17, 2018

    This Week In Washington

    Working to Expand Prosperity for All Pennsylvanians This week, the Washington Examiner profiled my work over the past two years to expand prosperity for all Pennsylvanians and my role in the biggest legislative issues of this session of Congress. The piece is below, in its entirety, and I hope you will take a few minutes to check it out. Pat Toomey, the supply-siders'... Read More
  • August 10, 2018

    This Week In Washington

          Traveling the State to Hear From You   This week, I hosted a number of roundtables across the state to listen to local leaders about the issues facing their communities. Given Pennsylvania's diverse nature, the topics discussed varied from the opioid epidemic to ensuring rural communities have reliable broadband. In Harrisburg, a number of... Read More
  • August 03, 2018

    This Week In Washington

    Continued Benefits of Tax Reform This week, I visited Omnicell, a health care automation company in Butler County, where I had the opportunity to speak with business leaders about how tax reform is helping Pennsylvania employers grow and stay globally competitive. Because of tax reform, Omnicell is reinvesting in the company, buying new equipment, and hiring more... Read More
  • July 27, 2018

    This Week In Washington

    Statement on Meeting with Judge Brett Kavanaugh I was very pleased to meet with Judge Brett Kavanaugh this week. Based on my review of his record and our conversation, it is clear to me that Judge Kavanaugh has the character, intellect, experience, and judicial philosophy to be an outstanding Supreme Court Justice. Judge Kavanaugh understands that the proper role of a... Read More
  • July 20, 2018

    This Week In Washington

    Response to Helsinki Press Conference American intelligence agencies have confirmed, unequivocally, that Russian actors, almost certainly at the direction of the Russian government and Vladimir Putin, meddled in our 2016 presidential election. Whether it's protecting the hackers responsible for this crime, committing numerous human rights violations, invading Ukraine,... Read More
  • July 13, 2018

    This Week In Washington

    Statement on Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Nomination to the Supreme Court I was pleased to see President Trump nominate Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Based on his reputation and resume, Judge Kavanaugh appears to have the intellect and experience necessary to serve on our nation's highest court. He has sterling... Read More
  • Thanking Vietnam Veterans For too long, Vietnam veterans did not receive the recognition they deserved. To right this wrong, I am working to honor these soldiers for their service, sacrifice, and valor. For instance, my bill to officially designate March 29th as Vietnam Veterans Day was signed into law last year by the President. This past week, I was privileged to meet a... Read More
  • June 29, 2018

    This Week In Washington

    Statement on Justice Kennedy's Retirement Justice Anthony Kennedy has admirably served our nation for the past 30 years as a Supreme Court Justice. He will be remembered as a thoughtful and fair jurist. I thank Justice Kennedy for his service and wish him nothing but the best in the future. In the coming weeks, President Trump will announce a nominee to fill this vacancy... Read More
  • June 22, 2018

    This Week In Washington

    Certainty for Those Who Serve This week, the Senate approved the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), an annual bill directing the budget and expenditures of the U.S. Department of Defense. While not perfect, the NDAA authorizes measures to improve troop readiness and to modernize the military vehicles and aircraft that soldiers use when protecting our nation from... Read More
  • June 15, 2018

    This Week In Washington

    Finding Solutions to the Opioid Crisis The opioid epidemic has touched every community in Pennsylvania. In 2016, there were 4,642 drug-related overdose deaths in Pennsylvania. Of those deaths, 85 percent involved an opioid. On behalf of the countless families affected by this crisis, I am dedicated to curbing this deadly epidemic. This week, the Senate Finance Committee... Read More
  • June 09, 2018

    This Week In Washington

    Restoring Congress' Constitutional Responsibilities on Trade The Trump Administration, under the pretense of national security, recently implemented tariffs on steel and aluminum imported from countries around the world, including from our allies in Europe and Canada. About 80 percent of the steel and 70 percent of the aluminum consumed in the United States is domestically... Read More
  • June 01, 2018

    This Week In Washington

    Preventing the Overutilization and Misuse of Painkillers As Chairman of the U.S. Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health Care, I convened a field hearing in Bensalem (Bucks County) this week to explore what our nation's largest payers of health care -- Medicare and Medicaid -- are doing to prevent opioid overutilization and misuse. In recent years, we have made some progress... Read More
  • Remembering Those Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice On this Memorial Day, I hope you'll take a moment during your family picnic and leisure time to pay your respects to all who have served, but especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice and gave up their life in the defense of our country. Our country and the world are safer, better off, and more free because of the... Read More
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