PAT TOOMEY TO PENNSYLVANIANS STRUGGLING BECAUSE OF COVID-19: “THERE’S NO FREE LUNCH”

PENNSYLVANIA – Pat Toomey has “become one of the Senate’s leading voices against another round of stimulus.” When questioned whether or not working people and small businesses struggling from the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic should receive additional stimulus money, Pat Toomey has said, “It’s not obvious to me that we need to load the money cannon and fire that off again,” and “Let’s remember, there’s no free lunch.”

He even said that senior citizens on Social Security should not have received stimulus checks.

“Pat Toomey has no problem loading the money cannon for big corporations and millionaires and billionaires, but when it comes to helping working people, seniors, and small businesses struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Pat Toomey loses his sense of generosity,” said Beth Melena, senior communications advisor for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party. “Instead of working to help struggling Pennsylvanians, Pat Toomey has once again taken his marching orders from Trump and McConnell. It’s shameful that Toomey is refusing to help Pennsylvanians as we face one of the greatest financial recessions in decades.”

BACKGROUND: 

Back on March 20, as Congress was in final negotiations on the $2 trillion CARES Act, Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) described the goal of the bill as ensuring that “American’s livelihoods are intact when we get through this.” Now, almost three months later, he has become one of the Senate’s leading voices against another round of stimulus, arguing that the focus should be on getting people back to their livelihoods. “I would be very, very reluctant to support any kind of legislation that’s going to have the effect – even if unintended – of delaying the reopening,” he said Thursday in a interview with Yahoo Finance that covered a range of topics including Toomey’s questioning of Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell earlier in the week. Toomey has been skeptical of efforts to re-up certain provisions of the CARES Act such as direct stimulus checks and extending unemployment insurance. “It’s not obvious to me that we need to load the money cannon and fire that off again,” he said. [Yahoo Finance, 6/18/20]