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Smart Talk Wednesday; US Senator Pat Toomey; Peyton’s Law – Saving Young Hearts

30th Anniversary of Desert Shield/Desert Storm

Pennsylvania Republican U.S. Senator Pat Toomey appears on Wednesday’s Smart Talk.

Among the issues we’ll discuss with Sen. Toomey are the on-going efforts in Congress to pass another coronavirus relief bill. So far in negotiations, Democrats have pushed a wide-ranging package that includes the continuation of $600 weekly in unemployment benefits and billions of dollars for hard hit states and cities. Republicans reportedly favor a more scaled back bill that ties unemployment benefits to workers’ incomes before the pandemic to encourage them to return to their jobs and not rely on the additional jobless payments.

Also, when 19-year-old Peyton Walker died suddenly in 2013 of Sudden Cardiac Arrest, her loss left her family reeling.

They harnessed their grief into action, starting a foundation in Peyton’s name to save other families from knowing the pain and heartache of losing a child from SCA.

Pennsylvania recently passed Peyton’s Law, making the state only the second in the country to enact legislation to educate parents about SCA and the importance of heart testing.

Peyton Walker Foundation president and Peyton’s mother Julie Walker joins us on Smart Talk to share the details.

Finally, 30 years ago the country of Iraq invaded Kuwait, their neighbor to the south and home to eight percent of the world’s oil reserves.

The American response was swift and started with a military build-up that included an international coalition of forces. Six months later, Desert Storm began to forcibly expel Iraqi forces from Kuwait. The war lasted only 43 days.

But the murky aftermath still clouds the legacy of what should be considered a successful ending to the Persian Gulf War.

Appearing on Smart Talk to discuss the anniversary is Conrad Crane, Ph.D., Chief of Analysis and Research for the USARMY Heritage and Education Center.



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