Bob Casey

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February 2017 (from Sen. Casey's website): We need to rebalance our criminal justice system to target violent offenders who pose the greatest risk to our communities and reduce the overcrowding of prisons with nonviolent offenders serving unnecessarily long sentences. We also need to make sure that people who made mistakes but paid their debt to society are not forever punished by policies that keep them from exercising their civil rights and accessing the ladders of opportunity.
Senator Casey cosponsored the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act. This bill would reduce unnecessary mandatory minimums and rebalance sentencing practices to target violent offenders instead of overcrowding prisons with nonviolent offenders. It would also improve programming for current prisoners to help them successfully reenter society upon their release and permit eligible nonviolent juvenile offenders to seal or expunge their record.
Senator Casey cosponsored the Fair Chance Act. This bill would “ban the box”, or prevent federal agencies and contractors from inquiring about job applicants’ criminal histories until after offering a conditional offer of employment.
In the 113th Congress, Senator Casey cosponsored the Smarter Sentencing Act. This bill would have reduced mandatory minimums for certain nonviolent offenders and made retroactive the provision of the Fair Sentencing Act that reduced the crack-cocaine sentencing disparity.
Senator Casey signed a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) urging finalization of a rule to reduce the cost of inmate phone calls. In many states, a 15 minute call has an average cost of more than five dollars. Phone service in prison is important to both prisoners and their families, especially their kids, and shouldbe reasonably priced.
Senator Casey signed an appropriations letter in support of funding for the Legal Services Corporation, through which attorneys help clients secure basic needs like health care, Social Security, child support and assistance for domestic violence victims.
Children are not little adults. They have unique needs and require different treatment. Nowhere is this more true than the justice system, where a positive intervention can put a child back on the right path, and a negative one can send a child spiraling into crime, drugs or violence. Senator Casey has been a leading advocate to implement evidence-based practices to keep children on the right path and make sure young people in the system are treated fairly and always with the goal of rehabilitation.
Senator Casey sponsored the Youth PROMISE Act. This bill would empower local communities to fund, evaluate and implement evidence-based youth violence prevention and intervention strategies.
Senator Casey sponsored the Prohibiting Detention of Youth Status Offenders Act. This bill would close the so-called “valid court order” loophole, which currently allows judges to incarcerate children for crimes that would not be illegal if they were adults, like truancy or breaking curfew.
Senator Casey sponsored the Juvenile Fee Transparency Act. This bill would create, as a condition for receiving federal juvenile justice grants, reporting requirements related to the assessment of fees in the juvenile justice system. Currently, little is known about when fees are assessed, and what the consequences of those fees are for the juveniles, their families and the system as a whole.
Senator Casey signed an appropriations letter supporting funding for a wide variety of juvenile justice programs through the Department of Justice.
Senator Casey signed an appropriations letter supporting funding for the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Volunteer Program, which recruits and trains volunteers to serve as advocates for abused and neglected children navigating the court system
February 3, 2017 (Press Release):Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) released a statement following President Trump’s signing of an executive order to roll back rules on Wall Street.
"During the campaign President Trump said he would be tough on Wall Street, then he filled his Administration with billionaires and bankers and now he's trying to roll back the rules put in place to prevent another economic crash like the one that occurred in 2008.
"Rolling back rules for the same Wall Street banks whose reckless behavior crashed the economy and cost millions of middle class families in Pennsylvania and across the nation their jobs and life's savings during the Great Recession is wrong and dangerous. By delaying a requirement that workers and savers receive investment advice that is in their best interest, this executive order will also adversely impact seniors who will now have less protections when seeking investment advice.
"Big banks are posting record profits, they and those at the very top don't need help, but Pennsylvanians in Luzerne, Erie, Beaver and Cambria counties need good paying jobs that support their families.
"This past week in Allentown I outlined a substantial infrastructure plan that will repair our roads and bridges, create jobs and boost growth; it's time for Donald Trump to focus on jobs instead of giveaways to Wall Street banks."
2016 (From Sen. Casey's website): Senator Casey is a strong supporter of legislative initiatives to promote economic security for individuals and families. As a member of the Committee on Finance, the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions and the Joint Economic Committee, all of which have broad jurisdiction over programs and issues that impact Americans’ financial security, Senator Casey has worked to implement policies and legislation to support job creation, income growth, small businesses, families and children.
Senator Casey cosponsored the Working Families Tax Relief Act, which would help low-income individuals and families with children. Parts of this bill were passed in the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act in December 2015, including permanent improvements the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit.
Senator Casey introduced the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit Enhancement Act, which helps make child care more affordable by expanding and improving access to the tax credit for low- and middle-income families.
Senator Casey introduced the Foster EITC Act, which would extend the EITC to foster youth at age 18. The bill provides assistance to youth exiting foster care, who often lack familial support in their transition to adulthood.
Senator Casey supported a provision in the PATH Act to make college more affordable for low-to-middle income families by permanently extending and enhancing the American Opportunity Tax Credit, which provides up to a $2,500 tax credit to offset the cost of college.
Senator Casey cosponsored and voted for provisions to permanently extend the deduction for expenses of elementary and secondary school teachers, and to improve the Mortgage Tax Relief Act, which allows for the exclusion of mortgage debt forgiveness from income tax, through 2016.
Senator Casey supports expanding options for employee ownership and profit sharing. He is a cosponsor of legislation to expand access to Employee Stock Ownership Plans or ESOPs. These types of businesses help promote retirement security by giving all employees equity in the business. This promotes stability in the labor force and also, in turn, leads to greater wage and schedule stability.
Senator Casey championed a foreclosure mitigation provision in the Dodd-Frank Act that provided $1 billion in funding for the Emergency Homeowners Loan Program, which provided interest free loans to unemployed and underemployed homeowners who were at least three months delinquent on their mortgage. More than $100 million of this funding went to Pennsylvania, helping more than 3,000 homeowners.
Senator Casey supported the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), an independent agency that serves as a one-stop-shop for consumers to report abusive financial practices such as scams and predatory lending, promotes financial education, monitors financial markets for risks to consumers and unfair practices.
Senator Casey cosponsored the SAVE Benefits Act, which would give seniors a one-time payment of about $580 to make up for the lack of a Social Security cost-of living adjustment (COLA) in 2016.
February 2017: A quality education from early childhood through college is of paramount importance for the future of Pennsylvania and our country. Study after study shows that investments in enhancing learning opportunities for our youngest children are absolutely critical to a child’s success. Senator Casey knows that when a child learns more earlier in life then that child will earn more later in our workforce. These investments are also critical to our nation’s continued economic strength. Unfortunately, existing high-quality early learning programs reach just a fraction of the children and families who need them the most. Ensuring all families have access to high quality early learning is a complex problem and Senator Casey believes we need a continuum of policies to solve it.
Senator Casey introduced the Child Care Access to Resources for Early-learning (Child CARE) Act, which would provide grants to states to expand access to high quality child care for families with children under age four who live at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level.
Senator Casey introduced the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit Enhancement Act, which would expand the scope of the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit, allowing families with an adjusted gross income up to $120,000 to take advantage of the full credit amount.
Senator Casey introduced the Prepare All Kids Act, which would provide at least one year of voluntary high quality pre-kindergarten, with a focus on children from low-income families and children with special needs. He is also a cosponsor of the Strong Start for America’s Children Act, which would fund preschool for four-year old children from families earning incomes below 200% of the federal poverty level and encourage states to spend their own funds to support preschool for young children with family incomes above that income level.
Senator Casey profoundly shaped the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the 2015 reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. While primarily dealing with K-12 education, ESSA includes several strong provisions for early childhood education pushed by Senator Casey. It provides for newly authorized Preschool Development Grants, a competitive program for states to improve the quality of and access to early childhood education for four year olds in preschool.
Senator Casey led the fight in ESSA to reauthorize the Ready to Learn program. Ready to Learn supports the creation of effective education resources that are distributed by local public television stations on television, online, and through mobile apps to build the math and reading skills of children between the ages of two and eight, especially those from low-income families.
Senator Casey introduced the Continuum of Learning Act, which strengthens connections between existing early learning programs and the elementary grades by helping educators from early childhood education programs and elementary schools work together so children have a successful continuity of learning and development that sets a strong foundation for future learning. Much of this legislation was included in ESSA.
Senator Casey consistently leads Senate efforts to appropriate robust funding for early childhood education and care programs.
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February 2017: Senator Casey is working to preserve the richness, beauty and diversity of Pennsylvania’s natural environment. He is committed to protecting the environment, preserving our national treasures and safeguarding the health of Pennsylvanian families.
Senator Casey believes we must rise to the challenge of climate change and revitalize our economy by increasing our efforts in the areas of energy efficiency; developing and adopting cleaner ways of producing electricity; and creating jobs. Senator Casey supports the need for a comprehensive climate change plan and EPA’s Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon pollution from new and existing power plants. Senator Casey voted to support EPA’s Clean Power Plan. Senator Casey is also a cosponsor of the Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage Act and has previously sponsored bills to support carbon capture and sequestration research and liability issues.
Senator Casey voted to support the “Mercury and Air Toxics Standard” (MATS), EPA standards aimed at reducing mercury and other air toxics emissions from power plants by about 90 percent. Senator Casey also voted to support the “Cross State Air Pollution Rule” (CSAPR), which would require 23 states throughout the eastern, central, and southern U.S. to significantly improve air quality by reducing power plant emissions that contribute to ozone and/or fine particle pollution in other states.
Senator Casey introduced the Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals (FRAC) Act. The bill would require public disclosure of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing (a simple matter of people having a right to know about what is being pumped under their feet) and include hydraulic fracturing once again in the Safe Drinking Water Act. It enables fracking to be regulated under EPA’s Underground Injection Program – which allows for state “primacy,” or self-management.
Senator Casey introduced the Trash Reduction and Sensible Handling (TRASH) Act to allow states to restrict garbage imports by setting higher standards for waste handling within the State. For example, if a state or local municipality requires certain amounts of recycling, composting, or waste reduction measures, that state would be able to restrict out-of-state waste unless the exporting state complies with the same or higher standards. The TRASH Act would also allow a state to impose a higher fee on out-of-state waste.
Senator Casey supports the regulation of coal combustion residuals, or coal ash. Senator Casey has sent letters to EPA supporting regulation of coal ash as nonhazardous waste, and also submitted similar testimony for an EPA public meeting in Pittsburgh.
Senator Casey voted to support implementation of the Clean Water Rule. In 2014, Senator Casey co-signed a letter to EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to ensure that conservation practices on farms would not be affected by implementation of the rule.
Senator Casey spoke directly with the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and sent letters to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, White House Office of Management and Budget and White House Council on Environmental Quality urging support and funding for conservation efforts for farmers in the Susquehanna River Basin, as part of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Senator Casey fought to secure provisions in the Farm Bill to support the most critical conservation areas and help farmers in the Chesapeake Bay watershed participate in conservation programs so that they can help the region meet water quality standards. Pennsylvania farmers work hard to protect their land and environment and we should be doing everything we can to help them succeed. Senator Casey has also regularly signed on to letters to Senate Agriculture Appropriators requesting full and mandatory funding for Farm Bill conservation programs like the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), and the Agriculture Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), as well as requesting support for Chesapeake Bay programs within EPA, the Department of the Interior, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Senator Casey believes that we must be good stewards of the land and supports efforts to protect and maintain access to our National Parks and outdoor recreation areas. Senator Casey has consistently signed on to letters to Senate Interior Appropriators to request robust funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and the Forest Legacy Program. Senator Casey is a cosponsor of the Land and Water Conservation Authorization and Funding Act, to permanently reauthorize and fully fund LWCF.
Senator Casey introduced the Susquehanna Gateway National Heritage Area Act, to establish the Susquehanna Gateway National Heritage Area in Pennsylvania. Senator Casey is also an original cosponsor of the Delaware River Basin Conservation Act, to establish a Delaware River Basin restoration program. This legislation was included in the Senate version of the Water Resources Development Act, which is currently under consideration by the U.S. House of Representatives.
Senator Casey introduced or supported legislation to protect several public lands areas in Pennsylvania. He pushed for these provisions to be included in a public lands package that was signed into law in December, 2014. The public lands package protects four National Heritage Areas in Pennsylvania until 2021 (Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area, Lackawanna Heritage Valley National Heritage Area, Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor and Schuylkill River Valley National Heritage Area), expands the Gettysburg National Military Park, authorizes the First State National Historic Park in Pennsylvania and Delaware and designates nine more miles of the White Clay Creek as “Wild and Scenic.”
Senator Casey is a cosponsor of a bill to designate a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness. This legislation would permanently protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil and gas drilling.
Senator Casey has voted to support the Endangered Species Act. Senator Casey has consistently signed on to letters to Senate Interior Appropriators in support of the State and Tribal Wildlife Grant Program, which provides grant funds to State fish and wildlife agencies for programs benefitting wildlife.
Senator Casey believes we must properly review and regulate harmful chemicals to protect all consumers, particularly children, infants, pregnant women, the elderly and workers. It is possible to effectively regulate chemicals without limiting industry’s ability to grow and innovate. Senator Casey was a cosponsor of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, to overhaul and strengthen the Toxic Substances Control Act and the Environmental Protection Agency’s chemical regulatory system. Senator Casey voted to support final passage of the package and this legislation was signed into law by President Obama on June 22, 2016.
January 9, 2017: Casey Backs Bill to Require Trump to Remove All Conflicts of Interest: Mounting Independent Reports Show Web of Conflicts Facing President-elect, Yet He Refuses to Follow Bipartisan Tradition of Removing Conflicts of Interest / Former Bush Ethics Lawyer Richard Painter Supports Approach in Casey-backed Bill, Has Called Divestment “Only Way”
Washington, DC- Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), joined by 23 Senators, announced that he is cosponsoring new legislation, the Presidential Conflicts of Interest Act of 2017, that would require President-elect Donald Trump to remove all conflicts of interest. Mounting independent reports show that President-elect Trump is facing a web of entanglements even as he refuses to follow the bipartisan tradition set by past Presidents of removing financial conflicts of interest. The Casey-backed bill would require all Presidents, Vice Presidents and certain family members to divest from their financial holdings in order to ensure that the nation’s leaders serve the public interest first and not their business interests. A group of bipartisan ethics experts, including the Office of Government Ethics, former Obama ethics lawyer Norm Eisen and former Bush ethics lawyer Richard Painter have said that divestment is the only way to ensure that major corporations, including foreign governments do not hold any leverage over a President.
"President-elect Trump's conflicts of interests are unprecedented and for the good of our nation he must divest himself from his businesses." Senator Casey said. "The American people deserve to know that their President is acting in their best interest and not for the benefit of his business interests. Unless President-elect Trump divests, the American people will have no way of knowing where the Trump Organization ends and the Trump Administration begins."
The New York Times has reported that President-elect Trump intends to retain a financial stake in the Trump Organization while he is President and has also found that Trump owes hundreds of millions of dollars to other entities, including the Bank of China. A new report by the Wall Street Journal shows that Trump’s debt is held by major corporations including J.P. Morgan Chase and Wells Fargo.
The Casey-backed legislation would also require sitting presidents and presidential nominees to release publicly their tax returns and prohibit presidential appointees from participating in matters involving potential financial conflicts of interest for the President.
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February 2017: With an average of 520 gun homicides every year in Pennsylvania, Senator Casey is committed to making our communities safer. Every American should feel free to study or work or worship where they please without feeling the threat of gun violence. We can and we must act now to pass commonsense gun safety reforms.
Senator Casey sponsored the Hate Crimes Prevention Act. This bill would prohibit access to firearms by those convicted of violent misdemeanor hate crimes. It is common sense that anyone who has proven they will commit violent crimes based on bias should not have access to guns.
Senator Casey cosponsored the Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act. This bill would prohibit access to firearms by those on the Terrorist Watchlist. Anyone who is deemed too dangerous to fly in an airplane is also too dangerous to own firearms.
Senator Casey cosponsored the Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act of 2015. Current law prohibits those with criminal records for domestic violence against “intimate partners” from obtaining firearms. This legislation would expand the definition of “intimate partner” to include unmarried dating partners who do not live together or share a child. It also adds those with misdemeanor stalking convictions to the list of those prohibited from obtaining firearms.
Senator Casey cosponsored the Background Check Completion Act. This bill closes the so-called “Charleston loophole” by requiring background checks to be completed regardless of how long they take. Under current law, if a check takes longer than three business days the sale may go through. This loophole allowed Dylan Roof, who killed nine African-Americans at an AME church in Charleston, South Carolina, to acquire his firearm.
In the 113th Congress, Senator Casey cosponsored the Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act of 2013. This bill would have banned large-capacity ammunition feeding devices, which allow a shooter to fire a large number of rounds in a short amount of time and inflict maximum damage.
Senator Casey has voted multiple times in support of expanding background checks, implementing restrictions on military-style assault weapons and large-capacity magazines, cracking down on firearm trafficking and straw purchases and closing the loophole that allows suspected terrorist to acquire firearms. He has vocally advocated for additional votes on these measures.
Senator Casey signed an appropriations letter supporting funding for the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). This supports funding for improvements in the firearm background check system.
May 19, 2016: Zika Virus Emergency Supplemental Appropriations This bill would provide $1.1 billion in funding to combat the Zika virus for the remainder of the fiscal year 2016 and for fiscal year 2017. The bill addressed a grave health concern affecting people with Zika virus and tried to prevent it from spreading. The bill passed 68 to 30. Casey voted in favor.
Jan. 29, 2017: Senator Casey "opposed and even went to the airport!" Statement: "Long twitter thread - .@realDonaldTrump's exec order imposes a religious test on refugees- it is deeply inconsistent w/ our values & won't make our nation safer. Escaping religious tests is exactly why people colonized America 400 years ago. Subjecting refugees to such a test is not who we are. I've had classified briefings, voted for legislation to improve screening. @realDonaldTrump executive order is about politics, not security."
.@realDonaldTrump's exec order imposes a religious test on refugees- it is deeply inconsistent w/ our values & won't make our nation safer. Escaping religious tests is exactly why people colonized America 400 years ago. Subjecting refugees to such a test is not who we are. I've had classified briefings, voted for legislation to improve screening. @realDonaldTrump executive order is about politics, not security.
July 6, 2016: Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act Vote # 119 (S. 3100) This bill would make states and cities ineligible for certain federal grants if they place restrictions on sharing information about immigration status of individuals with federal government. This bill was an attempt to punish cities that decided to protect immigrants and their communities by prohibiting funds the bill was rejected 53 to 44. Casey voted against the bill.
February 2017: The middle-class is the engine of the American economy. But over the last several decades, incomes have stagnated for middle-class Americans. This puts both the middle class and the American economy at risk. Addressing income growth and helping American families achieve economic security, is one of Senator Casey’s top priorities. He has a long record of protecting and expanding the rights of workers, spurring job growth through investments in infrastructure and in small businesses to create good-paying jobs, leveling the playing field for American workers and expanding educational opportunities for students and workers.
Senator Casey is a cosponsor of the Raise the Wage Act to increase the minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2020 and then index the minimum wage to median wages. The bill would also phase out the tipped minimum wage which has not increased in over 20 years. Senator Casey previously voted to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 and prior to that, Senator Casey cosponsored and voted for the 2007 effort that increased the minimum wage from $5.15 to the current $7.25.
To restore overtime protections for middle class workers, Senator Casey previously cosponsored the Restoring Overtime Pay for Working Americans Act in June, 2014. In April, 2014, Senator Casey joined his colleagues in sending a letter to the President calling for a strong proposal to strengthen overtime protections for American workers. On June 29, 2015, President Obama directed the Department of Labor (DOL) to update the rule that determines which workers are eligible for overtime pay. Senator Casey joined his colleagues in February, 2016 in a letter calling on DOL to finalize the rule and send it to OMB. In May, 2016 the final overtime rule was announced that increases the overtime threshold from $23,660 to $47,476.
Senator Casey is a cosponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would increase penalties for employers who pay different wages to men and women for equal work. Senator Casey also voted in favor of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, which closed a loophole to ensure that victims of pay discrimination would have legal recourse.
Senator Casey understands that the American workforce is the most skilled, productive and dedicated workforce in the world. However, bad trade deals, currency manipulation and the lack of labor and environmental standards in other countries put the American worker at a disadvantage. Senator Casey has worked to ensure that the playing field is leveled for our workers and has opposed trade deals that depress wages for American workers.
Our infrastructure has historically been one of our country’s greatest strengths and has allowed America to be a global leader in imports and exports. Investments in infrastructure have also traditionally created good paying jobs in construction and utilization of new infrastructure. Our infrastructure is what makes domestic businesses and workers competitive over international companies. However, without a renewed dedication to making smart investments in our nation’s infrastructure, American businesses risk losing their edge and we put future job and economic growth at risk.
Senator Casey is working to help small businesses thrive and create good-paying jobs. In late 2015, Senator Casey secured passage of legislation to allow small businesses to immediately expense up to $500,000 of investments, giving small businesses the certainty they need to invest, grow and create jobs. Absent action the expensing limit would have reverted to $25,000.
Senator Casey cosponsored the Working Families Tax Relief Act, which would help low-income individuals and families with children. Parts of these bills were passed in the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act in December, 2015, including permanent improvements the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit.
As a member of the Senate Finance Committee’s Business Income Tax Working Group Senator Casey worked to develop an outline of core principles and objectives for tax reform, including supporting American jobs, helping to reduce our national debt and providing an adequate revenue base for investing in priorities such as infrastructure and retirement security.
Congress must continue to focus on job creation and giving workers the skills they need to be successful. That is why Senator Casey supported the reauthorization of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which will help to build a skilled workforce for today and for the future. He has also supported robust funding for federal workforce development programs and is working in a bipartisan manner with Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) to reauthorize and improve workforce training for high school and community college students through the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.
Senator Casey has stood up to protect the right to organize and bargain collectively and has defended essential workplace protections. Senator Casey supported the modernized and streamlined election rules finalized in December, 2014 by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that will help workers across the country exercise their right to organize. The rule, which he supported in an April, 2014 letter to the NLRB, will update election rules and remove unnecessary obstacles and roadblocks that will benefit employees and employers. The strength of our country’s middle class and the ability of workers to freely organize and bargain for wages is directly linked. This balanced rule will strengthen the economy and give middle class families in Pennsylvania and across the country more security
Senator Casey continued to work to highlight the problem of payroll fraud following his November, 2013 subcommittee hearing and the introduction of his legislation to protect workers from being misclassified as independent contractors. The Payroll Fraud Protection Act would prevent companies from cheating their employees out of fair compensation by deliberately misclassifying them, thereby ensuring access to safeguards like fair labor standards, health and safety protections, and unemployment and workers’ compensation benefits. It also prohibits employers from using misclassification to avoid paying their fair share of taxes.
The Flexibility for Working Families Act, introduced by Senator Casey, would guarantee employees the right to request flexible work arrangements in terms of hours, schedules or work location while also maintaining the protections of the 40-hour workweek. The bill provides employers with flexibility by encouraging them to review these requests, propose changes, and even deny them if they are not considered in the best interest of their business.
Senator Casey is a cosponsor of Senator Murray’s Healthy Families Act which would allow workers to earn paid sick days (1 hour of sick time for every 30 hours worked), up to 7 days a year.
January 29, 2017: This morning, I joined Cory Booker and a group of LGBTQ community leaders to discuss ways we can defend the progress we've made. The recent events and electoral outcome only further highlights the need for equity and equal civil rights for LGBTQ individuals. This isn't just about legislation or laws- it's about family and who we are as a country.
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February 27, 2017: U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) released a statement following a bomb threat against the Jewish Community Centers in York and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The threat came on the heels of an act of vandalism against a Jewish Cemetery in Philadelphia this weekend. "Today, I stand in solidarity with the Jewish community in Pennsylvania and throughout the nation following acts of hate and intimidation in Philadelphia, Harrisburg and other states. These cowardly anti-Semitic acts will not be tolerated and must be investigated fully."
February 20, 2017: The Rundown: Casey, Toomey have enthusiasm gap on Supreme Court nominee
Both of the Keystone State's senators met with U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch last week, and there was definitely an enthusiasm gap between the lawmakers. [However,] U.S. Sen. Bob Casey Jr., a Scranton Democrat, said he shared his "real concerns" with Gorsuch about his judicial philosophy. While he said he appreciated the chance to meet with Gorsuch, Casey said some of the judge's opinions clashed with federal agency decisions to protect workers. He also said he was wary of his views on civil rights laws designed to protect people with disabilities. While hardly giving Gorsuch a ringing endorsement, Casey stopped short of saying he would vote against his confirmation. "I will continue to review Judge Gorsuch's record and closely follow his answers to questions during his hearing before the Judiciary Committee in March and in his written responses to questions submitted afterward," Casey said in a statement.
February 2017: Senator Casey has long advocated for policies to ensure that women can be full participants in America’s economy, advocating for equal pay for equal work, supporting access to childcare and paid family leave, and seeking an end to discrimination against pregnant women. As a member of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, the Committee on Finance and the Joint Economic Committee, Senator Casey has had the opportunity to write and enact legislation impacting women in Pennsylvania.
Ending the gender pay gap: Senator Casey has cosponsored the Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 862), which would increase penalties for employers who pay different wages to men and women for equal work. Senator Casey also voted in favor of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, which closed a loophole to ensure that victims of pay discrimination would have legal recourse against those who discriminated against them.
Protecting pregnant workers: Senator Casey is the author of the bipartisan Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (S. 1512) to ensure that pregnant workers are given reasonable accommodations in the workplace, as needed, to ensure a healthy pregnancy.
The Flexibility for Working Families Act, introduced by Senator Casey, would guarantee employees the right to request flexible work arrangements in terms of hours, schedules or work location while also maintaining the protections of the 40-hour workweek. The bill provides employers with flexibility by encouraging them to review these requests, propose changes, and even deny them if they are not considered in the best interest of their business
Opportunities for Women Business Enterprise (WBE): Senator Casey introduced an amendment similar to the Subcontractor Notification Act (S. 370) to require federal prime contractors, which include a certain percentage of WBEs and disadvantaged businesses as subcontractors, to meet regulations and increase competitiveness, to ensure those same subcontractors are notified of their inclusion in federal bids. This became law in December 2012 as part of the Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act. Senator Casey also cosponsored the Small Business Fairness Act (S. 958) to allow small businesses to more successfully compete for larger government contracts by using teaming arrangements. The bill was included in the FY16 Defense Authorization bill, which passed into law.
Support for pregnant women: Senator Casey’s program, the Pregnancy Assistance Fund, was included in the Affordable Care Act. This program provided $250 million over ten years to support pregnant and parenting teens and young women as they work to complete their education. He has also introduced legislation to expand the Pregnancy Assistance Fund (S. 221).
Combating domestic and sexual violence: Senator Casey has fought for programs that support victims of violence and authored legislation to improve how colleges and universities respond to sexual assault. This legislation, the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act, is now law.
Championing early learning and child care: Senator Casey recognizes that children need early learning opportunities to succeed and grow to their full potential. Study after study shows that investments in enhancing learning opportunities for our youngest children are absolutely critical to a child’s success, as well as that of their parents. Senator Casey introduced the Child CARE Act (S. 2539) to expand access to high-quality child care for families with children under age four who live at or below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. He also introduced the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit Enhancement Act (S. 820). The Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit helps individuals and families pay for care for a child, spouse or other dependent. Senator Casey’s bill will expand access to this credit, so that it is available to most working families.
Support for family planning: Senator Casey has consistently supported funding for the Title X National Family Planning Program, and has opposed efforts to defund nonprofits that provide important health care options to women.