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Toomey Signals Distance from Trump on Wall Funding, Trade.

Sen. Toomey also discusses opioids, gun control. Read how to make your voice heard.

Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) is expressing reservations about President Trump's national emergency declaration. Trump declared the emergency last week, in an attempt to secure more funding for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

"I am concerned about whether this really amounts to an attempt to circumvent Congress here," Toomey told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Toomey said he agrees there is a need for a physical barrier on the southern border, but is looking into whether redirecting funds through a national emergency is constitutional.

"There are good reasons that we have checks and balances in our system," Toomey told the Trib. "There's good reason that Congress is the branch of government that the Constitution assigns responsibility for spending taxpayer money."

Yesterday, sixteen Democratic state attorneys general sued the Trump Administration claiming the order was unconstitutional. Trump predicted the case will eventually be taken up by the Supreme Court.

In addition to border security, Toomey broke with the President on tariffs, specifically saying steel and aluminum tariffs have hurt Allegheny Technologies and other local businesses.

On Twitter , Toomey posted photos of his visit to City Mission in Washington County where he discussed the local effects of and proposed solutions for the opioid crisis.

Toomey also told the Trib he is considering reintroducing gun control legislation he co-sponsored with Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting in 2012. The bill would expand background checks on gun purchases. Toomey said he is trying to get more Republican senators to support the bill, now that it will likely pass a Democrat-controlled house.

Click here for information on how to contact Sen. Toomey to voice your thoughts on any of these topics.

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