On Monday, Toomey voted against a bill that would stop the federal government from shutting down due to Planned Parenthood funding, according to a report by Jonathan Tamari of CapitolInq.
The junior Senator from PA voted in favor of a procedural measure to move the bill along earlier in the day, before being one of 19 senators – all Republicans – to vote against the bill. Last week, Toomey told New York Magazine: “I don’t think it’s a good idea to shut down the government” over Planned Parenthood.
GOP presidential candidate and Sen. Ted Cruz is leading the charge for a federal government shutdown to ensure no taxpayer dollars are sent to Planned Parenthood, a women’s health care provider.
A final Senate vote on the bill is expected by the end of the week.
31 GOP Senators voted to keep the government open, including many who face reelection next year like Toomey.
Former Congressman and Democratic Senate candidate Joe Sestak – who lost to Toomey in 2010 – spoke out after Toomey’s vote.
“Time and again, Toomey has shown that he is willing to put his hyperpartisan ideology over the basic responsibility funding the government – even as the majority of his Republican colleagues join with Democrats in keeping the government open,” Sestak said.
UPDATE: Sen. Toomey sent the following response to PoliticsPA:
“Yesterday we witnessed yet another example of the dysfunction of the U.S. Senate. I have strongly supported efforts to permanently stop government shutdowns. Shutdowns are no way to conduct the nation’s business. Efforts this year to fund the government have been routinely filibustered by Harry Reid and Senate Democrats, because they want to use the prospect of a shutdown for political leverage. It is now apparent that the government will not shut down, so the question before the Senate is whether taxpayers should be forced to fund Planned Parenthood’s outrageous extremist practices. I voted against that, and I am instead in favor of shifting Planned Parenthood’s funding over to health centers that provide essential services to women in need.”