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Tim Murphy Clipbook

Tim Murphy Clipbook

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 Rep. Tim Murphy (PA-18)
 
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Notable HeadlinesEditorials
Tribune-Review: Murphy is a Weasel
In January 2012, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
ran an editorial blasting Murphy as a “weasel” for his
stance on the Employee Free Choice Act. He initially supported the legislation but has since changed his
 position, saying, “I have committed to vote against any legislation to eliminate or weaken the
right to a
secret ballot.”The paper questioned the motivation behind Murphy’s shift.
 
“Gee, think Tim Murphy's epiphany has anything to do with the fact that he faces the toughest re
-election
challenge of his career? Once a weasel, always a weasel.”
 
[pittsburglive.com, 
]
 
 
Budget IssuesBusiness and Consumer IssuesCampaign Finance Issues
Raised $264,000 in Q4 2011; Had $1 Million On Hand
In February 2012, PoliticsPA.com reported that Murphy raised $264,000 during the fourth quarter of 2011. Murphy had $1 million in cash on hand.
[politicspa.com, 2/01/12] 
 
Crime & Public Safety IssuesEconomic and Financial Issues
Feinberg to Murphy: We’re Bankrupt
In January 2012, Evan Feinberg, Murphy’s Republican primary challenger, wrote an op
-ed criticizing
Murphy for voting in favor of Obama’s debt ceiling deal last fall.
 
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“We’re already broke,” he wrote.
Feinberg also accused Murphy of ignoring his constituents.
“The people of Western Pennsylvania deserve better than a congressman who simply counts up online
poll results and votes whichever way the winds of political
expediency are blowing,” he wrote.
 [pittsburghlive.com, 1/24/12] 
Voted Against Debt Ceiling Increase
In January 2012, Murphy voted in favor of a
resolution to reject President Obama’s request for an
additional $1.2 trillion to the debt ceiling.Murphy said one way to decrease debt is to investigate how federal regulations affect job growth.
“If we want to grow revenues for the federal government
to take care of the things it needs to do, it comes
on growing jobs, it comes on using American energy, and that’s where we have to continue to work this,”
Murphy said
. [essentialpublicradio.org, 1/20/12] 
Backed Loans Supporting Overseas Business
In October 2011, Murphy backed loans to Westinghouse, a company in his district that does business
 
overseas, despite his previous criticism of the Department of Energy for loans to electric car companiesmanufacturing vehicles overseas.Westinghouse Electric owns facilities in many European locations and Murphy in May introducedlegislation in May that would provide loan guarantees of up to $450 million to Westinghouse for the
construction of two nuclear power plants in the United States. Murphy said, “I stand by my position that
 
protection of U.S. tax dollars is not a bad policy. Never should taxpayers foot the bill so private investorscan make a buck 
in foreign lands.”
 
Murphy has received over $40,000 in contributions from Westinghouse employees and the company’s
PAC.
[USA Today, 10/30/11] 
 
Considered Signing Discharge Petition by Critz
In October 2011, Murphy considered signing a discharge petition put out by Rep. Critz in order to force a
vote on his “Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act.”
In signing the petition, Murphy would have to cross his party leadership, causing potential embarrassmentfor Boehner. Murphy did not vote for the motion to recommit on the House floor.
[politicspa.com, 10/14/11] 
Strong Proponent of China Currency Bill
In October 2011, Murphy came out as a strong proponent of the China currency bill but said that he doesnot plan to sign the discharge position.

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