The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


July 7, 2014

Vote to help constituents

— Will Alzheimer’s affect you or your loved one? We see it too often in our Elder Law practice. I thought it was hypocritical for Sen. Patrick Toomey, R-Pa., to show up in Harrisburg to discuss his support for Alzheimer’s disease funding after he voted against every budget as a senator that included funding to combat the disease.

In fact, he voted against $500 million in Alzheimer’s disease research funding every year for the past three years. He’s also voted against roughly $1 million in funding that went toward the Missing Alzheimer’s Disease Patient Alert Program which helps law-enforcement officials develop plans to find people who have wandered away from home.  

I’m glad Toomey is tuning to this issue, but he should stop pretending to care when he votes against bills that would help people with Alzheimer’s disease, including 400,000 Pennsylvanians. Unfortunately, Toomey has a pattern of saying one thing and doing another. For example, he visited Allentown a few weeks ago to discuss the need to increase funding for firefighters. But he voted against Firefighters Assistance Grants every year as a senator. He also has a habit of saying he cares about our veterans, yet he voted against every Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) budget as a senator. Those bills direct resources to VA hospitals and help veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injuries. Toomey needs to stop with these gimmicks and actually vote in ways that help first responders, veterans and people with Alzheimer’s disease.

Marvin J. Rudnitsky, J.D.,


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