Toomey named to powerful Senate Finance Committee
By Salena Zito
Published: Friday, January 4, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Updated: Friday, January 4, 2013
On the powerful Senate committee that oversees taxation, trade and certain health programs, Sen. Pat Toomey hopes to bring about reform.
Assigned on Thursday to the Senate Finance Committee, the former investment banker said he intends to work to reform the federal tax code and make entitlement programs sustainable for the long term.
That will help tackle the nation's most pressing challenge, he said — “that is, getting our fiscal house in order through reforming these programs.”
“I am just so thrilled,” said Toomey, 51, a Lehigh Valley Republican. “This is good news for Pennsylvania because it makes certain that our state is represented on one of the most important committees in Congress.”
Toomey and Ohio Republican Rob Portman are two freshmen placed on the committee. Toomey gave up his Commerce Committee seat but remains on the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, Budget Committee and Joint Economic Committee.
The finance panel deals with taxes, trade and health programs under the Social Security Act, including Medicare, Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program.
“This is an opportunity to take on deficits, working with other members of both sides of the aisle,” Toomey said.
Salena Zito is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Unchecked looting guts Egypt’s heritage, with one ancient site ‘70 percent gone’
- Steelers rookie safety Thomas learning from Polamalu, Clark
- Heroin cited in gun thefts
- First-rounder McGuire expected to sign with Pirates on Tuesday
- Pirates notebook: Mercer now the top option at shortstop
- Egyptologist risks life, career to expose looting
- Pilot of ultralight plane killed in crash
- New Castle doctor among newest astronauts
- New Alexandria woman charged with carrying 96 bags of heroin
- Reds hit 4 solo homers, defeat Pirates, 4-1
- 27 witnesses to testify in heroin trafficking
You must be signed in to add comments
To comment, click the Sign in or sign up at the very top of this page.
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.