So Haney decided to seek out one of his U.S. senators, Pat Toomey (R), to talk to him about how to get people back to work. Haney has been protesting outside of events Toomey is holding during the August recess, asking him to host a meeting with jobless Pennsylvanians:
The unemployed Haney lost his job at Express Scripts in February, when he said the company outsourced several hundred jobs. He’s since been picketing outside various Toomey events, asking the senator to hold a town hall meeting with unemployed state residents. Haney said Toomey has agreed to the meeting, but has not responded with a date and place.
“He gives tax breaks to corporations, but I’m on unemployment and I’m still paying my taxes,” Haney said. “These corporations have to step up to the plate and pay their taxes as well and stop jobs from going overseas.”
Haney has uploaded a YouTube testimony for a group called Toomey Watch where he formally requests a meeting with the unemployed and under-employed. Watch it:
Haney says Toomey has agreed to a meeting, but has yet to specify a time and place. Responding to an inquiry from ThinkProgress, Toomey’s staff said he will announce a slew of new constituent meetings on his website by Friday.