Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey (R) was one of the few that did not vote for granting President Barack Obama what he wanted all along - a no-strings attached extension on spending, and an increased debt ceiling. Republicans that oppose Democrats on the current course of the U.S. decided at the 11th hour to prevent the nation from going into default, abandoning the opposition to ObamaCare for the moment.
Conservative leaders in the GOP have been suffering from attacks not only from Democrats, but also from establishment Republicans that have been shifting left over the past several years. As has been typical fare within the party, they have also taken to attacking their own, when politically expedient. This predisposition was explored at length by a former moderate Republican Senator, the late Senator Arlen Specter. Toomey was considered instrumental in Specter's choice to shift to the Democrat party shortly before the end of his political career. There is a certain irony to the fact that now Toomey can be counted among the conservative Republicans that are getting a taste of what Specter accused the party of doing to moderates in the past.
Toomey's statement on Facebook read as follows:
U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) today voted against increasing America’s debt burden because the legislation does nothing whatsoever to address the overspending problem that has caused our debt to mount.
“The one major redeeming aspect of this bill is that it reopens the government,” said Senator Toomey. “I disagreed with the plan to make funding the government contingent on defunding Obamacare and I am glad this bill will get the shutdown behind us. But I cannot support piling hundreds of billions of dollars of debt on current and future generations of Americans without even a sliver of reform to start putting our fiscal house in order.”
As shown in the video here, Toomey has long been a proponent of sensible governmental spending, and a reduction in governmental programs. Based on response to his comments on Facebook, he is likely to continue to be supported by voters from the Commonwealth that want the same.