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SNL Spoofs Senate's Work On Gun Control

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Days after the Senate cleared a significant hurdle in the debate on new gun measures, Saturday Night Live took aim at the Senate’s work on gun control in its cold open sketch last night, spoofing the Senate’s cloture vote on guns and the Manchin-Toomey background check deal reached this week.

"This week The Senate voted 68 to 31 to begin debating the idea of discussing gun control," the President Obama character, who is played by Jay Pharaoh, said of the Senate’s cloture vote Thursday. "Let me say that again. They've agreed to think about talking about gun control."

Obama then called on Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., played by Jason Sudeikis, and Pat Toomey, R-Penn., portrayed by Bill Hader, to join him on stage to tout the background check deal they brokered this week.

"These men risked everything for this bill," he said. "I mean, Senator Manchin represents West Virginia and he's proposing gun reform? He's gonna lose his job. And Senator Toomey, this man is a Republican who is willing to make just the slightest compromise on gun control? He's going to lose his job too."

"If our bill passes, no individual can purchase a handgun from a private dealer without being asked, 'Are you a good person?' as well as the follow-up question, 'Seriously, are you?'" the Toomey character said.

"Is this bill what we wanted? No," the Manchin character said. "Is it what the NRA wanted? No.  But does it at least help in some small way? No. Probably not."

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Bobby Jindal, Pat Toomey, Rick Scott Line Up Behind Romney

gov [dot] louisiana [dot] gov(WILMINGTON, Del.) -- With Rick Santorum out of the race, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and several other high ranking Republicans endorsed Mitt Romney as the Republican nominee on Tuesday, saying that he looks forward to supporting the candidate “in retiring President Obama.”

Jindal, who previously backed former presidential candidate and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, endorsed Romney just hours after former Sen. Santorum suspended his presidential campaign.

“I’d also like to congratulate Sen. Santorum for running a strong race and for making the difficult decision to step aside at this time,” said Jindal.  “It’s time for all Republicans to focus their energies on the fall campaign which will give Americans a fundamental choice between Obama’s lurch toward European style big government and the Republican alternative of a thriving private sector with a smaller government.”

Jindal, whose name is already being floated as a potential vice presidential candidate, joined several other Republican leaders in endorsing Romney on the same day that Santorum dropped out.

Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey, endorsed Romney, urging others to do the same.

“I am proud to endorse Gov. Mitt Romney as the Republican nominee for president,” he said.  “I am confident Gov. Romney will be a great president and will return our country to the conservative principles that make our nation great.”

“I also congratulate Sen. Santorum on a hard fought primary race.  He put up a valiant fight and deserves to be commended for his spirited effort,” said Toomey.  “Now is the time for conservatives to rally around Gov. Romney and help deliver a victory in Pennsylvania and America this November.”

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who had also not made an endorsement before Tuesday, backed Romney not even an hour after Santorum dropped his bid, saying in a statement, “Mitt Romney will be our party’s nominee and it is critical that all Republicans coalesce behind Gov. Romney and focus on electing him as president so he can put the policies in place to create jobs, turn our economy around and get federal spending under control.”

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Sen. Pat Toomey 'Terribly Disappointed' in Supercommittee's Failure

US Senate(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Pat Toomey is upset that the congressional supercommittee he served on was unable to agree on major cuts to the deficit, but said he is "cautiously optimistic" that Congress can still work toward deficit reduction in the coming year.

"I am terribly disappointed," Toomey, R-Pa., told This Week anchor Christiane Amanpour. "I think our country would have benefited enormously from a constructive agreement by this committee.”

After months of negotiations, the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction failed to compromise on a bipartisan deal to cut the deficit by at least $1.2 trillion, as required by the debt ceiling agreement reached this summer.

That failure will trigger mandatory across-the-board cuts to defense and domestic program spending beginning in 2013.

"The silver lining is the $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction, which was the goal of the legislation that created our committee, will still go into effect," Toomey said. "I think it's important that some configuration of those cuts in fact happen."

Toomey, however, said he believes that Congress can re-work the cuts to put less weight on reductions to the defense budget—and in a way that does not cause President Obama to veto the effort.

Toomey added that he believes there are still prospects for continued negotiations on deficit reduction in the coming year. Toomey led one effort on the supercommittee that proposed raising $300 billion on revenues, but his proposal was rejected by Democrats who opposed permanently extending the Bush tax cuts and lowering the highest tax rates.

"I spoke with a number of Democratic senators who were not serving on the supercommittee, who thought that the plan that we put forward was very constructive, was reasonable," Toomey said. "So I think there's a chance to work with some of the more moderate members of the Democratic caucus who want to make progress, who realize how important this is. So I'm cautiously optimistic."

He also expects an extension of payroll tax cuts and unemployment benefits set to expire at the end of the year.

"We'll take that up, and I think probably some package of that with other features might very well pass," Toomey said.

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GOP Address: US Can Learn from Europe's Mistakes

US Senate(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania compares financial issues worrying Americans to those troubling Europe. He also calls attention to what he calls the "the two biggest problems" facing America in this week's Republican address.

"First, the economy has hit a wall with unemployment sitting stubbornly at nine percent," he says.

"Second, out-of-control federal spending over the past three years has resulted in record breaking deficits and a $15 trillion debt which grows daily," he continues.

Toomey warns that if Congress does not act quickly, the U.S. economy could be headed for the same fate facing Europe.  He adds that the "fiscal disaster" unfolding in Europe is the direct "result of an extended period of inadequate economic growth and wildly excessive debt."  Believing that many in Congress "are pursuing the very same policies," Toomey says now is the time for pro-growth tax reform and cuts in federal spending.  He says Republican members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction have proposed a plan to resolve the problem.

"The best way to revive the American economy is to reform our broken tax code.  We should seize this opportunity to throw out this unfair monstrosity and replace it with a system that will lower tax rates for every single American, simplify the code, and get rid of the special interest tax breaks and loopholes that make this code the 70,000 page mess that it is.  Our tax code has to go," he says in the address.

"Now, in addition to kick-starting our economy with tax reform, our proposal will curb the deficit by cutting spending.  After all, the problem is not that Americans are under-taxed, but that our government overspends," Toomey adds.

By cutting $750 billion in spending over 10 years -- two percent of the amount the federal government is projected to spend in that time -- and creating a simpler, fairer tax system, our government can get "on a path toward fiscal sanity."

"We don't have to follow the path that Europe has taken. We can learn from their mistakes," he says.

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GOP Address: Sen. Pat Toomey Says Regulations Slow Job Growth

United States Senate(WASHINGTON) -- In this week's Republican address, Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey acknowledges President Obama "inherited a weak economy," but says things only worsened since the president took office.

"Today, fewer people are working; gas prices are higher; home values are lower; wages are weaker; healthcare is more expensive; taxes are heading higher and out federal deficits are much larger than when President Obama took office," Sen. Toomey says.

Toomey claims that a big part of the problem hindering U.S. economic growth "has been job-killing regulations."

The senator says regulations and higher costs are keeping employers from wanting to expand and hire more workers.  He continues by giving examples of such "burdensome" regulations.

"For example, it can sometime take years for a new life-saving medical device to be approved by the FDA.  A hot dog factory can wait months for federal regulators to approve food product labels, throwing their entire production schedule off," he says.  "Future investment in broadband networks has been jeopardized by burdensome new Internet regulations adopted by the FCC.  New financial services mandates are raising the cost of credit.  And the National Labor Relations Board is now dictating to companies where they can locate new plants."

Toomey says the number of these types of regulations have increased since the president began his term.

But Toomey says he remains optimistic about the future for Americans.  He says that if government gets out of the way and lets it happen, Americans will build more factories, start businesses, hire workers and produce more goods and inventions.

While Toomey, who has just been appointed to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, says he believes some regulatory measures are necessary to keep us safe, they should be enacted "with a careful consideration to the impact they have on jobs."

With this in mind, Toomey presents the Employer Impact Act, introduced by Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., that would require federal agencies to consider the number of jobs to be lost as the result of a proposed regulation.  Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., has also introduced a bill that would place a moratorium on federal regulations with an economic impact exceeding $100 million until unemployment falls below 7.7 percent.

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GOP in House and Senate Call for Prioritizing Payments Post-Aug. 2 if No Deal

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- More than a dozen conservatives in the House and Senate came together to introduce legislation to “prepare for the worst” by prioritizing payments if the debt ceiling is not raised by Aug. 2.

“At this late stage in the process it is obvious now to everybody that it is possible, increasingly possible, that we will have not raised the debt ceiling by August 2nd,” Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., said at a press conference Tuesday. “And if August 2nd does indeed pass without the debt ceiling having been raised, we believe that it’s absolutely essential that the federal government have a plan for prioritizing the payments that can and should and really must be made using the resources that the government will have.”

The president has said he couldn’t guarantee payments for social welfare programs such as Social Security or veterans benefits if the government doesn’t receive permission to borrow more funds.

Toomey said the administration’s suggestion that Social Security would not be paid are “scare tactics meant to intimidate congressional Republicans” into voting for a package the administration wants.

The bill unveiled Tuesday, called the “Full Faith and Credit Act,” makes certain obligations priorities, so that they will be paid in full even if the government fails to raise the debt ceiling by Aug. 2.

The three priorities are: interest on the debt, Social Security payments and payroll for active military duty personnel.

Members of Congress Tuesday insisted that this legislation is not a substitute for raising the debt limit, but rather is a mechanism to “minimize disruption” if the deadline is not reached.

“I continue to hope that this legislation never needs to be implemented,” Sen. Toomey said, “but it would be very, very irresponsible to be unprepared or worse to be unwilling to minimize the potential for disruption.”

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Tea Party Senator Won't Support Moderate Republican Olympia Snowe

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, is a ripe target for a Tea Party challenge as she runs for re-election next year.

But she won't be able to count on support from all of her Republican colleagues -- at least not Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa.

When asked directly in an interview with ABC News if he will be endorsing Sen. Snowe, Toomey said, "Look, I think this is a very dynamic environment and probably almost every Republican senator's going to face a primary challenge."

While Toomey said he won't be supporting Snowe, he won't oppose her, either.

"I'm not going to be opposing," Toomey said.  "I'm not going to be getting involved in a lot of races."

The bottom line is Toomey will remain neutral in Maine and many other upcoming key Senate races.

Toomey rode the Republican wave of the last election cycle to Washington, helped in large part by the Tea Party.  Now a member of the government he once railed against, Toomey's views on opposing moderate Republicans clearly have changed, or at least softened.

Toomey was at the helm of the anti-tax organization Club for Growth in 2009 when it ran a $1.2 million ad against Snowe for her work with Democrats on the health care bill.  The organization also ran a flurry of ads against Snowe in 2003 when she voted against the Bush tax cuts.

"I've got plenty of work to do" in the Senate, Toomey said in response to why he'll be taking a more neutral approach this election cycle.  "That's what I'm focused on.''

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Battle of the Extremes: Joe Sestak and Pat Toomey Face Off in Pennsylvania Senate Debate

Pennsylvania Senate Candidates Pat Toomey and Joe Sestak debate in Philadelphia Oct. 20. Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- In their first televised debate of the general election Wednesday night, the two candidates running for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania tried to portray the other as more extreme and out of touch with the state’s voters.

Rep. Joe Sestak, D-Pa., squared off with former three-term Congressman Pat Toomey in an hour-long debate co-moderated by ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos and news anchor Jim Gardner of local ABC affiliate WPVI.  The candidates tackled a buffet of thorny issues:  health care reform, abortion, judicial nominations and the war in Afghanistan, among others.

Sestak did his best to tie Toomey to political figures like Sarah Palin and Delaware Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell, who he argued were on the “extreme fringe” of the Republican Party. He noted that Palin endorsed Toomey this week, calling the former Alaska governor’s seal of approval a “very coveted award.”

Toomey used the same strategy against his Democratic opponent.  “The person who’s the extreme candidate that is so far out of touch with Pennsylvania is Joe Sestak,” Toomey said.

Sestak laid part of the blame for the country’s economic downturn at Toomey’s feet, referring to the “Bush-Toomey era,” a period when he said “zero jobs” were created and repeatedly referred to his opponent’s prior work on Wall Street.

Toomey, meanwhile, accused Sestak of supporting a “reckless spending” agenda in Washington that had led to a “chilling effect on our economy.”

“He voted for all of the bailouts and then introduced his own bill to create a new bailout,” Toomey said.  “That stimulus bill -- Joe might be the only person in the United States who thinks that should have been a trillion dollars.”

The debate took a number of nasty turns.  At one point Sestak said that his opponent “sounds like my parrot at home -- again and again, offering no solutions.”

And during a lengthy exchange about Social Security, Toomey lashed out at Sestak:  “Joe’s demagoguery knows no limits, apparently.”

Sestak appears to be benefitting from some late-stage momentum heading into the final week before Election Day.  A new Morning Call/Muhlenberg College poll released hours before Wednesday night’s debate gave Sestak a three-percentage point edge over Toomey, 44 percent to 41 percent, with 15 percent of voters undecided.  At least one other poll this week also showed Sestak with a narrow edge after trailing Toomey for months in almost every public opinion survey.

The candidates found common ground on only a few issues on Wednesday night.  They agreed that the United States should not tolerate a nuclear-armed Iran and that Iran’s ongoing economic insecurity was the biggest threat to national security.

The two candidates are vying to replace veteran Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., who Sestak defeated in the Democratic primary earlier this year.

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Joe Sestak Picking Up Last-Minute Momentum In Pennsylvania

Photo Courtesy - Sestak for Senate(NEW YORK) -- In the closing weeks of his campaign for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak has been throwing everything he can at his Republican opponent, even his own dog, Belle.

In an ad he unveiled last week, Sestak used the family pet to make a point about rival Pat Toomey's record as a three-term congressman who served from 1999 to 2005.

"My family loves Belle, but she can make a mess and we have to clean it up," Sestak says in the ad.  "I think about Belle when I see Congressman Toomey's ads attacking me."

The Toomey campaign dismissed the ad as an attempt by Sestak to defend himself for supporting "every single bailout" of the last two years, stating, "Too bad his defense is full of 'poop.'"

The ad may have been an unusual play for Sestak, but with nearly every poll taken since his primary victory over Sen. Arlen Specter this spring showing him trailing Toomey, the former Navy vice admiral and two-term congressman is trying to get voters' attention.  And it may be working.

Democrats have been touting a new internal poll released last week, as well as one public survey out on Tuesday, showing Sestak a few points ahead of Toomey.  Though other recent polls indicate Toomey remains the frontrunner, Republican political operatives privately acknowledge that the race is getting closer.

Sestak and Toomey will meet for their first televised debate of the general election on Wednesday night in Philadelphia at 7 p.m. ET.  The debate, which will be held at the National Constitution Center, will be moderated by ABC's George Stephanopoulos and Jim Gardner of local ABC affiliate WPVI.

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