Philadelphia — Tonight Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) will square off against Democratic challenger Katie McGinty in their first debate this election cycle at 7PM EST.
Sen. Toomey has been a strong advocate for veterans and their families and will continue to push for meaningful reform at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), if re-elected. That’s why Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) has made the unprecedented decision to ask veterans and military families to get out and vote for Sen. Toomey on November 8th.
Here are five reasons veterans and patriotic families in Pennsylvania should re-elect Sen. Toomey to the U.S. Senate:
1. Sen. Toomey fought to make it easier to fire bad VA employees.
Sen. Toomey was the third sponsor of the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability Act of 2015, which would expand the firing powers granted in the Veterans Choice, Access, and Accountability Act of 2014.
2. Sen. Toomey worked to expose and address the disability claims backlog.
Sen. Toomey immediately addressed the Pennsylvania veterans disability claims backlog scandal, partnering with Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) to urge President Obama to take direct action to resolve issue. Sen. Toomey also called for an audit of every regional VA office nationwide, and co-sponsored a bill requiring management training for VA employees across the country.
3. Sen. Toomey fought to protect whistleblowers.
The Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability Act of 2015, which Sen. Toomey sponsored, provided protection for whistleblowers who bring corruption in the VA to the public’s attention.
4. Sen. Toomey wants to empower veterans with choice over their health care.
Sen. Toomey was a co-sponsor of the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014 which would provide health care choice for veterans who wait too long for care or live too far from their VA facility. The bill would allow veterans to access providers outside of the VA when the VA fails them.
5. Sen. Toomey is helping veterans find good jobs.
Through his time in the Senate, Pat Toomey has remained a faithful advocate for veterans and their families, not only through efforts to demand accountability at the VA, but also through measures to ease veteran transition back to civilian life such as the Protect Veterans Employment and Training Services Act of 2014.