Saturday, April 6, 2013
U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy handed over the flag to the Kirwan Heights firefighters on Thursday morning.
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Saturday, April 6
Congressman Tim Murphy was driving on Washington Pike in Collier with an aide when he noticed the Kirwan Heights Volunteer Fire Department’s flag was looking a little old. Murphy’s spokeswoman Amy Larkin said that prompted an idea for him to help the fire department with the tattered American flag that takes a beating during the winter. She said he decided to take the initiative and purchase one of the American flags his office offers to constituents that flies over the U.S. Capitol. “He was just driving by one day and saw their flag was torn up and wanted to get them a new flag by Memorial Day,” Larkin said. Murphy handed over the flag to the Kirwan Heights firefighters on Thursday morning. Constituents can purchase a variety of American …
Sunday, February 10, 2013
The governor is proposing to spend $200,000 to help communities gather economic evidence about how the closure of a base would impact their area. The money could help the 911th Airlift Wing make its case to remain open.
Buried deep inside Gov. Tom Corbett’s budget proposal released this week is a small line item to help communities gather economic evidence about how the closure of a base would impact their area. The $200,000 is just a drop in the bucket of the $28.4 billion budget, but it could go a long way to protecting the 911th Airlift Wing in Moon Township–and other bases across the state–from being shuttered by the federal government. Steve Kratz, a spokesman for the Department of Community and Economic Development, said that funding would provide additional staff for a committee tasked with gathering evidence about the economic impact of these military bases. “That’s going to allow the committee to hire an additional staffer and provide additional…
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Officials will discuss the future of the air base with reservists and community members at a town hall meeting Monday night.
After dodging a planned 2012 closure, Moon Township's 911th Airlift Wing is again in jeopardy. The Air Force is pursuing an effort to shut down the base in March 2013—right after a temporary law to prevent such a closure expires, according to a statement from Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair . Murphy will host a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at the Moon Municipal Building. The meeting is open to the public. The Congressman will discuss the future of the air reserve base and take questions. The proposed 2012 closure was a part of a plan to trim $8.7 billion from the Air Force's 2013 budget. The closure would have included the elimination of the base's 1,100 military and 300 civilian positions. The 911th was first targeted for…
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Murphy, who previously was a child psychologist before being elected to Congress in 2002, 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. Murphy previously was a child psychologist before being elected to Congress in 2002. "(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 …
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
The Nuns on the Bus tour stopped in Mt. Lebanon during its cross-country trip to speak with the staff of U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy about the federal budget.
To make sure her followers got her message loud and clear, Sister Simone Campbell had them repeat it: “Reasonable revenue for responsible programs.” That’s the Cliff’s Notes version of the federal budget proposition put forth by the group of women traveling through nine states, calling themselves Nuns on the Bus for their mode of transportation. “There’s an alternative. It’s called the Faithful Budget,” Campbell said Wednesday afternoon following the nuns’ stop to speak with staff members at the Mt. Lebanon office of U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair. “It has 55 pages. That’s a little daunting when you’re trying to do a sound bite, but I can it to you in five words, and we’re going to learn real fast.” Many of the 150 or so who …
Friday, February 10, 2012
U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy said he was disappointed after meeting with top Air Force officials this week.
U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy said he was disappointed after meeting today with Air Force officials in an effort to change their plans to close the Moon-based 911th Airlift Wing. Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair, said military officials remained unmoved after a meeting in which he and other members of Pennsylvania's congressional delegation argued its cost-effectiveness and its value to western Pennsylvania. Air Force officials are expected to provide lawmakers next week with data about civilian employees of the 911th and how the closing would affect them, Murphy said. The Air Force decided to shutter the base without conducting a cost-analysis study that would compare its operations to those at other air bases in the country, he said. The Air Force last…
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Bridgeville and Carnegie each received HUD grants to help with various projects.
Congressman Tim Murphy formally delivered federal infrastructure improvement grants to Carnegie and Bridgeville officials Tuesday afternoon. The $140,640 grand from the Department of Housing and Urban Development was broken into three pieces that have already assisted Bridgeville in cleaning the borough’s sewer pipes and will help Carnegie repave several streets. “You don’t think about (the sewer system) until it doesn’t work,” Bridgeville Manager Lori Collins said. “Out of sight, out of mind, until it becomes an issue.” The $15,640 for Bridgeville was used to give the borough an additional four weeks of the VACTOR truck used to clean the sewers. Collins said the grant allowed the borough to double the normal year maintenance. “Normally, …