PA-Sen: Toomey’s Sanctuary City Bill Falls Short

Toomey SadSen. Toomey came up a bit short today.

Pat Toomey’s sanctuary city legislation got a majority, but not the sixty votes necessary to invoke cloture and end debate.

The final tally was 53 to 44 with the vote mostly following party lines. Altogether, fifty other Republican Senators joined with Toomey. Pennsylvania’s junior Senator also secured the support of two Democrats, Joe Donnelly of Indiana and Joe Manchin of West Virginia.

Manchin is a particularly close ally of Toomey’s, given their history fighting for a background check bill in addition to the fact they represent neighboring states.

Forty-three Senate Democrats, including Toomey’s senior colleague Bob Casey, voted against the measure. They were joined by Republican Mark Kirk of Illinois.

Three Senators were absent: Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Mike Lee (R-UT). It is highly likely these three would all have voted along party lines as well.

7 Responses

  1. I am so not impressed with Toomey’s sudden legislative flurry to try and appear to want t do his job. B.S. Let’s get the supreme court squared away before we start crappy ways of screwing with immigrants. This man is so wrong for this job.

  2. Gotta love it when small government conservatives want to have the federal government mandate policy for municipalities.

  3. Tell Pat Toomey and Congress to properly fund the immigration dept. so they can do their jobs and not try to pass the buck unto cities. Why should cities have to pick up the tab for what Republicans in DC are supposed to pay for and wont? Pat Toomey failed and wants to blame everyone else.

  4. Senator Alloway from Gettysburg has a bill that does the same thing. It’s been hanging around in the PA Senate forever now. Not sure what the hold up is. Even the Obama administration wants to get rid of sanctuary cities.

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