Pat Toomey on Homeland Security

Last Updated : Jul 01, 2010

Summary

While in the US House, Congressman Toomey voted for the PATRIOT Act, and for the Homeland Security Act of 2002.  His positions on the implementation of the legislation is not documented.  He opposes a civilian court trial for Khalid Sheik Mohammed in New York City.

In op-eds, he has been critical of the response of department of homeland to the Christmas day bomber, and called for sanctions against Iran.

 

Reaction to attacks

 

Erie Times Op-Ed

In February of 2010, Pat Toomey wrote an op-ed in the Erie Times.  In that article, he slammed Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano for claiming that the system worked as it should.

 

Op-Ed National Review Online

In October of 2009, Pat Toomey wrote an op-ed in the National Review Online where he called for greater sanctions on Iran.

Campaign Website Statements

Voting Record

Arrest and Detention of US Citizens - Final Passage

In November of 2011, the Senate voted on the conference report for the Defense appropriations act for 2012 - HR 1540. This final version of the legislation passed 86-13. Pat Toomey voted in favor of the legislation.

Pat Toomey voted in favor of the legislation.

Arrest and Detention of US Citizens - Senate Passage

In November of 2011, the Senate voted on the Defense appropriations act for 2012 - S 1867. Part of that legislation was a provision to express the authorization of the military to arrest and indefinitely detain US citizens. The only requirement for this was that the person be suspected of allying with al-Qaida. The legislation passed 93-7. Pat Toomey voted in favor of the legislation.

Pat Toomey voted in favor of the legislation.

Arrest and Detention of US Citizens - Cloture

In November of 2011, the Senate voted on the Defense appropriations act for 2012 - S 1867. Part of that legislation was a provision to express the authorization of the military to arrest and indefinitely detain US citizens. The only requirement for this was that the person be suspected of allying with al-Qaida. The cloture motion passed 88-12. Pat Toomey voted in favor of cloture to allow the bill to be considered.

Pat Toomey voted in favor of cloture to allow the bill to be considered.

Arrest and Detention of US Citizens - Udall Amendment to Repeal Provision

In November of 2011, the Senate voted on the Defense appropriations bill. This legislation contained provisions to allow for the arrest and indefinite detention of US citizens if they were merely suspected of allying with al-Qaida. Senator Udall offered an amendment to remove this specific section. The attempt failed 38-60. Pat Toomey voted against the Udall amendment to repeal the authorization for the arrest and indefinate detention of US citizens.

Pat Toomey voted against the Udall amendment to repeal the authorization for the arrest and indefinate detention of US citizens.

The Homeland Security Act of 2002

In July 2002, the House passed the Homeland Security Act of 2002. Among other things, the act created the Department of Homeland Security, and set forth the jurisdiction of that department. In the vote, almost all Republicans supported the legislation and a moderate percentage of Democrats supported it. Pat Toomey voted in favor of the Homeland Security Act of 2002.

Pat Toomey voted in favor of the Homeland Security Act of 2002.

The Patriot Act

In October of 2001, Congress passed the USA PATRIOT Act. Although the act passed the senate with moderate support from Democrats, it has become one of the more divisive pieces of legislation. This is partly due to the expansion of governmental wiretapping privileges. Pat Toomey voted in favor of the PATRIOT Act.

Pat Toomey voted in favor of the PATRIOT Act.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

This representative has not been identified as sponsoring or cosponsoring significant legislation related to this title.

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