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Protesters Rally at Sen. Toomey's Office

Group presents petitions asking Sen. Pat Toomey to "rein in" what it says is wasteful Pentagon spending.

About a dozen protesters gathered at Sen. Pat Toomey’s office in Salisbury Township Tuesday as part of a National Day of Action to demand an end to what they say is wasteful Pentagon spending, organizer Robin Stelly said.

Members of Penn Action, LEPOCO and Keystone Progress participated in the “Pull the Pork from the Pentagon: Protect our Priorities. Protect Our Middle Class” event, one of many that was scheduled to take place across the country this week.

Stelly said about 15,000 petition signatures from across the state were delivered to Toomey's office. The petitions asked him to "rein in" Pentagon spending and to ensure that no cuts are made to Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid benefits. Petitions will be presented to Sen. Bob Casey's office in Philadelphia on Wednesday.

The Pull the Pork National Day of Action is taking place as Congress faces a series of deadlines on the country’s budget priorities, including possible automatic spending cuts scheduled to take place on March 1.

“We have to stop paying for the things we can’t afford so that we can pay for the things that are essential,” Stelly said in a prepared statement. “We are calling for a fundamental restructuring of our priorities so that we can pay for programs that build a healthy and thriving middle class, and chart a course for future prosperity for all Americans.”

A comment from Sen. Pat Toomey's office was not immediately available.

Sheriffchris February 26, 2013 at 10:02 PM
Pull pork from the Pentagon...geee Every dollar is spent employing AMERICANS ...waste you bet there is..but OMG ..there are so many other wasteful line items to be cut...
matt February 27, 2013 at 03:20 AM
Agree Chris ! Pull the pork from the never-ending entitlements in this country.
Hugh Gallagher February 27, 2013 at 01:22 PM
"pay for programs that build a healthy and thriving middle class" HUH?? That's not how you do it. You build it with thoughtful planning, hard work and sacrifice.
Fae Danner February 27, 2013 at 02:54 PM
Yes, there needs to be more thoughtful and efficient use of funds. That takes honesty so I'm not sure how many of our government officials are capable of that - Senator Toomey being an exception. Folks, like it or not, our population has increased and we are living longer; that has resulted in there being more people to receive entitlements.. Changes must be made and it will hurt. Either that or the end of our nation. We can only pray that those in power will be thoughtful and fair in how they handle the situation. If we judge by past experience, it's going to take an awful lot of intense praying!
Gerry Haines March 01, 2013 at 04:51 PM
Cut some of the entitlements, leave the DOD alone, stop the phones, some of the food stamps unless need is geniune, not advertise for people, stop the conferences at 1 billion for D. of Transportation, so many cuts to be made.

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