Wednesday, March 13, 2013
The 911th Airlift wing in Moon will remain open for another year, but uncertainty remains about its future.
The 911th Airlift Wing will keep its eight C-130 tactical aircraft through 2014, maintaining its full flying mission for one year. U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair, announced today that a planned 2013 closure of the base will not occur. Operations at the base will continue into next year, Murphy said in a statement. The Air Force renewed the base's mission today. The 911th has faced previous closure attempts, including one in 2005. “The past 12 months aside, countless members of our community have been fighting since 2004 to block misguided and misinformed attempts to close the 911th," Murphy said in a statement. The 911th's mission after 2014 remains unclear. Murphy said efforts to stave off a closure have not ended. “Despite …
Thursday, February 14, 2013
President Barack Obama delivered is state of the union address Tuesday night.
Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair, said President Barack Obama failed to address lofty national unemployment rates during his state of the union address Tuesday. Murphy also criticized the president's handling during the speech of an elementary school massacre in Newtown, CT that claimed the lives of 20 school children. Murphy's congressional district includes Moon and portions of Robinson townships. Read Murphy's full statement here: “At a time when over 12 million American citizens are unable to find work, I was hoping to hear more from President Obama this evening. In his address, the President stressed the importance of a rising, thriving middle class. I couldn’t agree more—which is why I’ve repeatedly championed expansion of our …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
The Moon and Robinson-area Congressman reportedly has a sore back.
U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair, is leading the Veterans’ Affairs Committee's investigative hearing on the outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease at the VA Hospital in Pittsburgh—and he showed up in a wheelchair. Twitter was abuzz with the news when Washington correspondent of Cox Media Group Seth MacFarlene sent out the tweet: Rep Tim Murphy (R-PA) enters House VA Cmte hearing in wheelchair. Suffering back injury, spokeswoman says. Patch reached out to Murphy's spokeswoman, who is currently busy with the hearing. Murphy was able to get out of the wheelchair and get into a regular chair during the hearing. Check back to Patch later for an update on Murphy's health. Murphy is grilling officials about what was done during the Legionnaires…
Friday, January 25, 2013
The newspaper analyzed a decade of congressional pay records to find the offices with the highest turnover rates.
According to a study by The Washington Times, U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair, is the fifth worst boss on Capitol Hill based on staff turnover rates. The Washington Times analyzed a decade of congressional pay records to find the offices with the highest turnover rates and it found that Murphy has a 42 percent average turnover rate, peaking at 64 percent in 2006. Four other representatives had turnover rates higher than Murphy: Murphy won his sixth term as Congressman in November. His district includes Moon and Crescent townships. View more stories about Rep. Tim Murphy on his Robinson-Moon Patch topics page.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Moon and Robinson-area lawmakers tout bi-partisanship following President Barack Obama's second swearing-in ceremony.
President Barack Obama took his second oath of office Monday during the official swearing-in ceremony at the Capitol building in Washington D.C. Congressmen Tim Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair, and Mike Doyle, D-Forest Hills, weighed in on Obama's second-term inauguration, which was celebrated by more than 700,000 people gathered near the National Mall. From Rep. Murphy: “As we mark the 57th presidential inauguration today, we celebrate the strength of our democracy and commemorate our country’s perseverance and unity. Within our diversity of opinion and cultures, we remain one American family working together for the betterment of our great nation. God Bless the United States of America.” Rep. Doyle spoke to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Lawmakers are again working to stave off a closure of the Moon Township 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 …
Monday, December 17, 2012
Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair, 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 …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
The candidates for the 18th Congressional District took part in a debate aired Tuesday night.
A TV debate between U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair, and Democratic challenger Larry Maggi aired on PCNC Tuesday night and got heated when discussing whether Maggi supports President Barack Obama and his health care bill. When Murphy said Maggi "supports the president," Maggi responded: "I'm not in Congress, I'm a county commissioner. I appreciate the title you're giving me, but I have not voted (in Congress) or supported the president." "You said you supported the Democrat ticket and that you support President Obama," Murphy said. "I never said that," Maggi responded. "Yes you did, you said it as the Westmoreland debate. I have it on tape," Murphy said. The candidates also bickered while discussing President Obama's health care …
Monday, September 17, 2012
A reader submits photos and a recap of a Bethel Park ceremony recognizing Moon-area veterans.
Monday, September 17, 2012
"On the morning of Sept. 15, I had the very distinct honor of attending a breakfast and ceremony recognizing Southwestern Pennsylvania Veterans of World War II, Korea and Vietnam. The ceremony was held at the Bethel Park Community Center. The community center was packed with veterans and their families as Congressman Tim Murphy lead in the Pledge of Allegiance. Ms. Sonia Stopperich, a North Strabane Township Supervisor, followed with an exceptional rendition of the National Anthem. Sean Parnell, author of the book Outlaw Platoon gave a very stirring talk about bravery in the face of danger veterans have displayed during wartime. Many, some now feeble and stooped with age, humbly and appreciatively accepted their long over-due …
Friday, August 3, 2012
Crews are slated to begin work in the coming weeks on the long-awaited military commissary, which will serve service personnel from the Tri-State region.
Construction on a 43,000-square-foot Moon Township military commissary will begin Aug. 17. The long-planned project will break ground at the corner of University Boulevard and the Interstate 376 Business Route, according to a statement released by Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair. The commissary will act as a grocery store and trading post exclusively for more than 160,000 military personnel and family members in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. It will replace the region's existing commissary in Oakdale. The post is expected to be completed by October 2013. The $12 million contract for the project was awarded in June to Mississippi construction firm Carothers Construction Inc., according to the Department of Defense. The …