Friday, December 21, 2012
Open Secrets has published a list of recipients of National Rifle Association campaign contributions that also includes outgoing U.S. Reps. Mark Critz of Johnstown and Jason Altmire of McCandless, both Democrats.
U.S. Reps Tom Murphy (R-Upper St. Clair), Mark Critz (D-Johnstown), Jason Altmire (D-McCandless) and Mike Kelly (R-Butler) of Pennsylvania accepted thousands in 2012 campaign contributions from the National Rifle Association, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The NRA doled out more than $750,000 in campaign contributions in 2012, according to the center, a research organization that tracks money in politics and how it affects elections and policies and shares the information on OpenSecrets.org. The center obtained its data from the Federal Election Commission. Fifteen members of Congress from Pennsylvania accepted contributions from the NRA during their 2012 bids for office, according to the center's list. Three of the top…
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Lawmakers are again working to stave off a closure of the local air reserve station.
The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee has endorsed efforts to prevent the Moon-based 911th Airlift Wing from closing down. Rep. Buck McKeon, R-CA, today urged Air Force officials to halt efforts to close the air wing as a cost-cutting measure. According to a statement from McKeon: Installations like the Pittsburgh Air Reserve Station have been vital to supporting our men and women deployed in harms way. New concepts in warfare have made our soldiers on the ground more dependent than ever on airlift assets like Pittsburgh's C-130s. The Air Force didn't take those missions into account when they offered their plans to cut inventory earlier this year. Congress has directed them to correct that error and fully appreciate the …
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Murphy shares 10 suggestions to help adults reassure and comfort children during this difficult and confusing time.
U.S. Rep. Murphy (R-Upper St. Clair) released the following statement on the violent shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. "(Friday's) senseless tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School leaves us all shocked. We don’t have words to explain our grief, and we cannot begin to understand what would cause an individual to inflict this kind of pain on fellow human beings, let alone defenseless children. To the grieving families, our deepest condolences go out to you all. For the many teachers, first responders, police officers and emergency personnel who were focused on returning the students to safety, we thank you for putting yourself in harm's way to save a child's life. We hold you all close in our prayers.” Prior to …
Friday, December 14, 2012
U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy and the Steel Caucus sent a letter to the defense secretary.
Congressional Steel Caucus Chairman Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Upper St. Clair) and Vice-Chairman Rep. Peter Visclosky Thursday released a letter urging Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to clarify the Navy’s future shipbuilding plans. Murphy and Visclosky wrote that certainty regarding the Navy’s long-term acquisition strategy would help the nation’s steelmakers, which are key players in the defense industrial base, grow and create jobs. “Our Navy’s ability to protect our shores and promote global peace depends on a robust domestic steel industry capable of producing the millions of tons needed by all branches of the Armed Forces,” stated Murphy.“And with nearly one million American jobs tied to steelmaking, the Department of Defense must act …
Monday, December 10, 2012
U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy asks for all to join him in praying for the 28-year-old's family.
Petty Officer 1st Class Nicolas D. Checque, 28, a highly decorated Navy SEAL, died of combat related injuries sustained Dec. 8 while supporting operations in Afghanistan. WAVY-TV in Portsmouth, VA, reports that Checque, a highly-decorated combat veteran, was assigned to an East Coast-based Naval Special Warfare command. The Department of Defense confirmed that Checque was from Monroeville but currently lived in Virginia Beach, Va. Checque was among the special forces team assigned to rescue an American doctor who had been abducted in Afghanistan. Hours after the mission was completed, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced that "a U.S. service member was killed in the operation." Dr. Dilip Joseph was freed 11 hours after his captors…
Thursday, November 29, 2012
The Republican's district includes Upper St. Clair.
U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Upper St. Clair) has been appointed as the chairman of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives' Energy & Commerce Committee. "I'm honored to serve as Subcommittee Chairman under the skilled and accomplished leadership of Chairman Fred Upton," said Rep. Murphy, a Republican whose 18th Congressional District includes all of Upper St. Clair Township, in a news release. "The Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee serves a critical role in conducting investigations and in federal government oversight. "I join Chairman Upton in extending my sincere appreciation to Congressman Cliff Stearns for his exceptional leadership of this panel during the 112th Congress, and I look …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The meeting focused on the efforts to save the 911th Airlift Wing
Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair, asked community members in Moon Township to contact Sen. Bob Casey, R-Scranton, and Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Zionsville, and urge them to support upcoming legislation that would delay a closure of the 911th Airlift Wing. Murphy, speaking at a town hall meeting Monday at the Moon Municipal Building, said the Senate will take up draft legislation later this week that would prohibit the Air Force from shutting down the Moon base through Sept. 2013. He said the Air Force has renewed its efforts to close the air wing. Air Force officials have again taken the initial steps toward shuttering the 911th after March 2013—when a law put in place to delay a closure of the base expires, Murphy said. "There are so many …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Murphy credits his win to knowing the needs of southwestern Pennsylvania.
It's official. U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Upper St. Clair) will serve a sixth term. Murphy declared victory around 10:15 p.m. against retired state police trooper and current Washington County Commissioner Larry Maggi, a Democrat. In his victory speech, Murphy credited the win to understanding the needs of southwestern Pennsylvania. He called his team from Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. to join him on the stage and thanked them. Also joining Murphy on stage was his wife, daughter and daughter's fiance. Maggi released this statement following the defeat: "Although we did not get the results we wanted, I am incredibly proud of the campaign I ran. We stuck to the issues, offered a contrast,and educated voters on what Congress is doing on the …
Who will be representing Upper St. Clair.
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Results (unofficial): President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden were re-elected Tuesday night, defeating Republican challenger and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and his vice-presidential running mate Rep. Paul Ryan. Obama won Pennsylvania, gaining the state's 20 electoral votes. In Pennsylvania's 2012 race for U.S. Senate, incumbent Bob Casey Jr. (D-Scranton) defeated Tom Smith (R-Shelocta). In the races for three state offices: Incumbent Tim Murphy will remain the U.S. representative of the 18th congressional district. Click here for other races affecting our area.