Robert Casey

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U.S. Senator

Robert Casey

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Positions
Leadership: No leadership position
Committees: Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, Senate Special Committee on Aging
(subcommittees and past assignments)

Candidates for the PA-Senate Class I Seat:
(Next election: 6 November 2012)

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Bob Casey, a Democrat, has been the Junior Senator from Pennsylvania since 2007.

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Record and controversies

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Iraq War

Casey also said that he would have voted to authorize force against Iraq "given the evidence available at the time". He has said that we need to "finish the job", and does not support a timeline and exit strategy. He does, however, say that knowing what he knows now, he thinks the war was a mistake. [1] Casey does support setting benchmarks to determine when to bring troops home. He also states that "[w]e were misled from the opening day of this conflict, before the war". [2]

For more information see the chart of U.S. Senate votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

On environmental issues, Casey opposes drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Instead he supports increased federal investment in hybrid and alternative fuel technology to help wean the United States off of foreign oil. He is also listed as supporting increased funding for Brownfield cleanup, as well as a reinstatement of the polluter-pays principle for the Superfund program. [3]

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

Vote against stem cell bill

Casey was one of two Democrats in the Senate who voted against the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007 which would have lifted restrictions on stem cell research. It passed the Senate in a vote of 63-34. It was later vetoed by President George W. Bush. The other Senator was Ben Nelson (D- Neb.).[1]

Main article: U.S. federal stem cell legislation#Senate

Biography

Casey was born on April 13, 1960 in Scranton, PA. He is the eldest son of former Pennsylvania Governor Robert P. Casey. He graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in 1982 and taught in a Philadelphia school district as part of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps before earning a law degree from Catholic University in 1988. He then worked for his father until working in a private law practice in 1991. He married the former Terese Foppiano in 1985. They have four daughters. [4] [5]

In 1996, Casey was elected State Auditor General, a position which he held for two terms. As auditor Casey's "office exposed holes in the state Health Department's oversight of nursing homes, particularly when it came to investigating life-threatening complaints."[6]

He made a bid for the 2002 Democratic gubernatorial nomination, but was defeated in the primary by former Philadelphia mayor Ed Rendell. During the campaign, Casey attacked Rendell’s record and trustworthiness, but after conceding defeat, endorsed him for the general election (AP, 2002). In 2004, he was elected State Treasurer. [7]

In 2005, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) persuaded Casey to run for the Senate seat held by Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) in the 2006 elections. [8] In March 2005, he announced that he would. [9] He won the Democratic primary in a landslide, receiving almost eighty-five percent of the vote in a race against lesser-known challengers. [10]. Throughout 2006, polls showed him with a comfortable lead in the race, leading many political observers to label Santorum as the most vulnerable incumbent facing reelection. [11]

Political views

Casey opposes abortion and parts ways with the national Democratic Party over a few other social issues. Unlike most Democratic officials, for example, he opposes gun control. He has publicly stated his support for overturning Roe v. Wade, keeping the death penalty, and for the confirmation of John Roberts [12] and Samuel Alito [13] for seats on the Supreme Court of the United States.

While Casey opposes abortion he has stated that it would not be a priority of his to further restrict abortions when in the Senate. Instead, Casey would like to "see more of is an emphasis on what brings people together rather than what tears people apart".[14] Casey pointed to legislation proposed by House Democrats that would target "the underlying factors that often lead women to choose abortion" as an example this kind of approach to abortion.[15]

Casey has expressed his opposition to legislation that would prohibit adoptions by homosexual couples. [16] In a candidates’ questionnaire sponsored by Pacatholic.org, Casey also stated that he feels that "... employers should be permitted to extend domestic partnership benefits to same-sex couples in committed, long-term relationships". However, Casey opposes making such benefits mandatory. [17]

On another questionnaire, when asked to state a position on legalizing same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania, Casey responded "Oppose." However on several occasions has supported same sex partners adopting children. [18] [19].

Casey is also more supportive of birth control than his father was as governor. Indeed, in the Archdiocese survey, Casey expressed support for "requiring employers or health insurance plans to cover contraceptives in their prescription drug plans". He also stated his support for "a provision in the state’s budget to fund contraceptive services." [20] Casey's views on this extend to the federal funding of contraception, which he also supports. However, Casey also opposes laws that would "force pharmacists to fill a prescription contrary to their moral beliefs."

On economic and education-based issues, Casey falls more closely in line with mainstream Democratic policies. According to the candidates' questionnaire, Casey opposes school vouchers. [21] On his website, Casey has also criticized what he views as "draconian cuts to Medicare and Medicaid," and has stated that Medicare Part D is "fundamentally flawed" and in need of a "complete overhaul." Furthermore, the website states Casey's support for the Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act, which would expand the Family and Medical Leave Act to companies with at least 25 employees.[22] Casey is also an opponent of privatizing Social Security [23], and is a critic of many recent tax cuts, which he claims have "not caused the 'trickle-down' economic growth" that was promised from them. [24] Finally, Casey has also attacked Senator Santorum for voting against increasing the minimum wage [25].

2006 congressional election

Casey defeated incumbent Sen. Rick Santorum 59%-41% to take possession of his seat in the 2006 congressional elections. [26]

Money in politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. For specific controversies, see this article's record and controversies section.

Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
Comcast Corp$ 94,675
Blank Rome LLP$ 62,700
Reed Smith LLP$ 55,081
Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney$ 45,758
K&L Gates$ 43,145
Cozen O'Connor$ 42,625
Stevens & Lee$ 39,950
Pride Mobility Products$ 39,700
Blue Cross/Blue Shield$ 39,150
University of Pennsylvania$ 38,300
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' www.OpenSecrets.org site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for Robert Casey
from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
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Committees and Affiliations

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Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

More Background Data

Background information on Rick Santorum, whom Robert Casey challenged in the 2006 congressional elections:

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  • 393 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510
    Ph: 202-224-6324 Fax: 202-228-0604
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