I read with great interest a recent letter published under the title "Games Over" by Harry Prentiss. In said letter, Mr. Prentiss notes that now, more than ever, bipartisanship is needed in Washington to address our many lingering financial issues.
I believe that we, as Pennsylvanians, need only look at Sen. Pat Toomey as a source of optimism moving forward. In an era when partisan-based blame has become a chic excuse for the shortcomings of politicians, Sen. Pat Toomey has had no trouble finding Democrat allies for legislation he introduces.
Sen. Toomey has worked with Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri, to spearhead efforts and introduce legislation which seeks to ban wasteful earmarks in the U.S. Senate. Further, Sen. Toomey co-authored the JOBS Act, which was signed into law in April 2011, with senators Tom Carper, D-Delaware, Jon Tester, D-Montana, and Chuck Schumer, D-New York. The JOBS Act cut regulatory burdens on small businesses, reduces the regulatory burdens on small businesses and community banks, enhancing their ability to create jobs and lend in their local communities and eases the requirements for growing firms to go public so they can expand and create jobs and would make it easier for small and medium-sized companies to access capital through public markets.
In two short years, Sen. Toomey has been able to accomplish a great deal while working in a bipartisan manner. These achievements lead me to believe that Sen. Toomey will work with his Democratic allies to help the nation in a bipartisan fashion find its way out of this economics mess. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised to see Sen. Toomey work with his Democratic colleague, Bob Casey Jr., in order to address the fiscal cliff issue.