Senator Toomey Votes Against Pennsylvanians Again

congressional coat of armsOn Student loans, on access to benefits, on improving our infrastructure Toomey says NO.

Do you have family members with student loans? Do you think student struggling with student debt should be able to refinance to a lower rate? Pat Toomey does not.

Student-loan refinancing. Voting 46-53, the Senate on Wednesday defeated an amendment to S Con Res 11 (above) that would allow up to 40 million borrowers to refinance their student loans down to interest rates prevailing in the 2013-14 academic year. Those now holding Stafford undergraduate loans at 6.8 percent or higher, for example, could refinance to 3.86 percent. To offset its $5 billion-plus annual cost, the amendment would impose a 30 percent minimum tax on households with at least $1 million in income from salaries and/or investments.

A yes vote was to make room for the 10-year GOP budget for student-loan refinancing.

Voting yes: Booker, Carper, Casey, Coons, and Menendez.

Voting no: Toomey.

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Should legally married people have access to Veteran’s benefits and Social Security spousal benefits? Senator Toomey does not.

Same-sex spousal rights. Voting 57-43, the Senate on Thursday adopted an amendment ensuring that the Republican budget (S Con Res 11, above) grants all legally married same-sex spouses equal access to spousal Social Security and veterans’ benefits regardless of whether the state where they live holds same-sex unions to be legal.

A yes vote was to adopt an amendment in behalf of legally married same-sex couples.

Voting yes: Booker, Carper, Casey, Coons, and Menendez.

Voting no: Toomey.
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Pennsylvania has the most bridges in the country rated deficient. Think our roads and bridges could use repairs and upgrades? Think Pennsylvanians could use the jobs repairing those roads and bridges. Senator Toomey does not. 

Road repairs vs. tax breaks. Voting 45-52, the Senate on Tuesday defeated a Democratic amendment that sought to allocate an additional $478 billion over 10 years in the Senate budget resolution (S Con Res 11) to road and bridge repairs, with the increased spending to be offset by the elimination of certain corporate tax breaks.

A yes vote backed more spending for road and bridge repairs paid for by the elimination of corporate tax breaks.

Voting yes: Booker, Carper, Casey, Coons, and Menendez.

Voting no: Toomey.
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