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Robert P. Casey


Robert P. Casey, Jr. is a Democratic member of the United States Senate, representing Pennsylvania. He was elected to his position in 2006.

Casey was born and raised in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He graduated from The College of the Holy Cross in 1982. He received his law degree from Catholic University in 1988 and entered the practice of law in Scranton.

Casey and his wife, Terese, were married in 1985. The two live in Scranton and they have four daughters: Elyse, Caroline, Julia and Marena.

He spent eight years as Pennsylvania Auditor General and two years as State Treasurer.[1] Bob Casey

Support from Onward Together

Onward Together supported Bob Casey as a candidate for the 2018 midterm elections.[2]

Make the Road lobbying

Erin Kramer May 9 2018.

@onepennsylvania is proud to take leadership from the members of @maketheroadpa and @casainaction_org as we meet with @senbobcasey to talk Immigration, TPS, & PR

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— with Adanjesus Marin and Ashleigh Strange in Washington D.C.

Supported by Council for a Livable World

The Council for a Livable World, founded in 1962 by long-time socialist activist and alleged Soviet agent, Leo Szilard, is a non-profit advocacy organization that seeks to "reduce the danger of nuclear weapons and increase national security", primarily through supporting progressive, congressional candidates who support their policies. The Council supported Robert P. Casey, Jr. in his successful Senate run as candidate for Pennsylvania.[3]

2012 CLW Senate victories

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2012 CLW Senate Victories were;

Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Bob Casey (D-PA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Angus King (I-ME), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Chris Murphy (D-CT) Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Jon Tester (D-MT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).[4]

The CLW wrote of Casey;

In a fantastic triumph in 2006, Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania ousted ultra right-wing incumbent Rick Santorum with 59% of the vote - the largest margin of victory by a Democrat in a statewide election in Pennsylvania. Council for a Livable World was an early supporter of Senator Casey’s bid for the Senate.

Senator Casey has shown his commitment to smart foreign policy and national security – during the 111th Congress Senator Casey earned a 100% rating with the Council.

As a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Casey has a key role in the foreign policy debates about the critical regions of the Middle East and South Asia. Casey was a vocal proponent and effective leader in the fight for ratification of New START nuclear reductions treaty and stated -

"This New START is a renewal of America’s commitment to diminishing the threat posed by nuclear weapons and material…I believe that this New START agreement marks a responsible beginning in America’s renewed commitment to the nonproliferation treaty, to securing all fissile material within four years and will ultimately help rally international support to confront nuclear terrorism".[5]

Credit for New START treaty

According to the Council for a Livable World, in December 2010, After a battle that lasted many months, the Senate voted 71-26 to give its advice and consent to the New START Resolution of Ratification.

The effort to win the Senate’s two-thirds majority was like riding a roller coaster, with optimism followed by pessimism followed by optimism and back and forth.
Ultimately, the vote was a remarkably bipartisan victory in an intensely hyper-partisan atmosphere. It is a victory for the consensus of former national security officials of both parties and both active duty and retired military.
Ratification of the treaty is only the beginning. The U.S. and Russia should take advantage of the momentum created by the approval of New START to pursue negotiations on reductions in all types of nuclear warheads, including non-deployed and non-strategic warheads, in a timely manner.

Lots of credit goes to Senators Kerry and Lugar (R-IN), who managed the treaty, other Senators who have been active for the treaty such as Casey (D-PA), Shaheen (D-NH), Cardin (D-MD), Franken (D-MN) and others, the Obama Administration who put together a terrific campaign (and I will not name everyone because there are too many to name) and a terrific effort by the arms control community.[6]

CLW 2018

Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D-PA) for Senate was endorsed in 2018 by Council for a Livable World.

We endorsed Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) in his 2006 and 2012 races. We are thrilled to announce that we have endorsed him again.
Despite not being a member of the Armed Services or Foreign Affairs Committees, Senator Casey’s national security knowledge is outstanding. He is a firm supporter of the Iran nuclear agreement and the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), which the U.S. has signed but not ratified.
In an “alternative fact” environment, it’s critical to elect sensible, thoughtful leaders. Senator Casey easily fits that bill. He’s known to his colleagues and supporters as a lawmaker who deeply understands the issues and values quality analysis.
It’s why he supports negotiations with Russia to reduce nuclear weapons on each side by one-third. It’s also why he’s a strong advocate of increasing funds to programs that could prevent a nuclear terror attack. [7]

YDS support

In 2006 YDS member Chris Maisano and "hundreds of other activists associated with Philadelphians Against Santorum worked for months canvassing, phonebanking, and tabling to turn out voters against that incumbent Senator’s brand of far-right politics – and they won! The fight isn’t over, however, as they’ll need to keep moderate (and anti-choice) new Senator Casey’s feet to the fire to make sure he’s part of the emerging progressive majority." [8]

DSA Lobbying Casey

DSA of Lehigh Valley February 26 ·

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Thank you to our members who met with Sen. Casey's office today to get him to back the Green New Deal.

ARA endorsement, 2012

The Alliance for Retired Americans endorsed Bob Casey in 2012.[9]

SWIFT Act

September 18, 2018 Casey Introduces Bill to Expand Social Security Benefits

U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging,introducedthe Surviving Widow(er) Income Fair Treatment (SWIFT) Act (S. 3457). To help Americans achieve financial security in retirement, the SWIFT Act would fix outdated and arbitrary restrictions that prevent many Social Security recipients, particularly women, from maximizing their benefits. The bill would also enhance outreach and education about when and how to claim Social Security. If the bill were in effect today, it would increase Social Security income for more than 1 million Americans.

Senators Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) and Patty Murray (D-WA) are co-sponsors of the bill. The bill is also endorsed by AFGE, AFL-CIO, AFSCME, Alliance for Retired Americans, the Arc of the United States, Justice in Aging, National Association of Disability Representatives, National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, National Organization for Women, National Organization of Soc'al Security Claimants Representatives, Social Security Works, Strengthen Social Security Coalition and Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement.[10]

Honduras letter

On Thursday, May 23, 2013, U.S. Senator Cardin (D-MD) circulated a Senate sign-on "Dear Colleague" letter to Secretary of State John Kerry addressing deepening concerns about Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Honduras.

The letter states that violence and impunity for state security forces in Honduras has reached intolerable levels and cites concerns related to extrajudicial killings, linkages to death squads, and increasing militarization of civilian law enforcement. The letter also raises the concern that State Department certifications intended to ensure that U.S. foreign aid supports the rule of law in Honduras may contradict the reality on the ground.

The letter asks State Department to:

  • provide Congress with a detailed assessment of the efficacy of current Honduran government efforts to address this issue as mandated by FY12 Appropriations language;
  • conduct a detailed review of specific State Department actions to help ensure that no U.S. funds are being used to support police implicated in human rights violations; and
  • make every reasonable effort to help ensure that Honduras' upcoming November 2013 elections are free, fair and peaceful.[11]

In addition to Cardin, the letter was cosigned by Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Tom Harkin (D-IA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Jack Reed (D-RI), Mark Udall (D-CO), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D-PA), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Michael F. Bennet (D-CO), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chris Coons (D-DE), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Al Franken (D-MN) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH).[12]

Opposing travel ban

Amid a crowd of more than 100 protesters in Terminal A at PHL, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf made an announcement around January 28, 2017 : “I am here to say you are welcome here.” Less than an hour later, word filtered through that a federal judge’s ruling temporarily stayed part of an order from President Donald Trump banning citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S. for 90 days.

He wasn’t the only prominent politician to make an appearance. Senator Bob Casey left an engagement wearing a tux and tails to show solidarity for Syrian families at PHL who had been denied entry and forced to return to the Middle East and three people from Qatar who were being detained. Mayor Jim Kenney, Congressmen Robert Brady and Dwight Evans, City Councilwoman Helen Gym and state Rep. Brian Sims were also there.[13]

Radical staffer

Shavonnia Corbin-Johnson was a staff assistant for Senator Casey 2014 -15.

Pro-socialist intern

Ashley Reed was a Constituent Services Intern in the Office of US Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr., Jun 2017 – Aug 2017. [14]

ACA rally

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March 1 2017 hundreds of concerned citizens, including many healthcare professionals, came out to a rally in downtown Philadelphia on Saturday to defend the gains we’ve made in providing healthcare benefits to millions of previously uninsured Americans through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Local 5106 was represented by Sue Clements, RN and Bindu Josephs, Ultrasound Tech.

The organizers from the Women’s March Movement started the rally with the chant, “This is what democracy looks like!” The speakers included City Council Member Helen Gym, State Representative Dwight Evans, and U.S. Senator Bob Casey. The U.S. Senator got big cheers by declaring that Republicans do not have a plan but rather a scheme to take health care away from millions. “We’ve got a plan. Let’s fight them,” he urged the crowd.[15].

March 1, 2017 - Among protestors photographed together were, L-R, nonprofit planner Rhonda Kutzik, Leslie Meyerson, State rep. Dwight Evans and labor political strategist John Meyerson.[16]

2018 215 People’s Alliance endorsements

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In 2018 215 People’s Alliance endorsed:

Biden allies

In early 2019 Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.), the former chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, had been speaking to Joe Biden regularly and urging him to jump in the race. Richmond said he believes that Biden is “95 percent” committed to running and has been coordinating calls between Biden and other members of Congress. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) said he has been informed that he’s on a “call list” and Biden should be reaching out soon.

Sen. Bob Casey, Jr. (D-Pa.), a longtime Biden friend, said the former VP called him last week. While Biden wasn’t “declaratory” about a White House bid in that call, Casey told The Hill Tuesday, it would be “very surprising” if Biden didn’t run.

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), a former Biden staffer during the 1980s, hasn’t spoken to Biden recently but said there is nothing stopping his former boss from running again.

“At this stage in life, he doesn’t have a lot to lose and has a lot to gain. And he has a lot to offer the country,” Connolly told The Hill outside of the Capitol. “He offers the prospect of some desperately needed healing in this country after this scourge.”[17]

"Be HEARD" Act

April 9 2019, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, was joined by Congresswoman Katherine Clark (D-MA-5), Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D-MA-7), to introduce the Bringing an End to Harassment by Enhancing Accountability and Rejecting Discrimination (Be HEARD) in the Workplace Act, legislation which takes critical steps to ensure businesses have more resources to prevent harassment and workers have more support when they seek accountability and justice, and sends a clear message to those who think they can get away with assault or harassment on the job: time is up.

Senator Murray announced the introduction at a news conference with survivors and advocates who shared their personal stories about workplace assault and harassment, including Adriana Cazorla, a Washington state domestic worker and advocate with National Domestic Workers Alliance, and Maria del Carmen Ruelas, farm worker with Justice for Migrant Women Advocates who also resides in Washington state. Additionally, leaders from the National Women's Law Center (NWLC), The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) participated and highlighted the urgent need to pass the legislation.

“No matter who you are or where you work—whether you are the only woman on the board, or a janitor, or farm worker, you should be treated fairly, respectfully, and with dignity. This should be true no matter your gender or race, your religion or sexual orientation or age—and regardless of whether you have a disability or are a veteran.” said Senator Murray. “For far too long and for far too many people in our country this hasn’t been true. So today, I’m proud to be standing up to fight for change and make clear that time is up.”

In addition to Senator Murray, the Senate bill is co-sponsored by U.S. Senators Kamala Harris (D-CA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Bob Casey (D-PA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ed Markey (D-MA), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL). The House bill is being introduced by Congresswoman Katherine Clark (D-MA-5), Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D-MA-7), Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin (D-MI-8), and Congresswoman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-FL-26).[18]

Committees

  • Foreign Relations Committee
  • Chair - Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs
  • Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs
  • Subcommittee on European Affairs
  • Subcommittee on International Development and Foreign Assistance, Economic Affairs, and International Environmental Protection
  • Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee
  • Chairman - Subcommittee on Production, Income Protection and Price Support
  • Subcommittee on Hunger, Nutrition and Family Farms
  • Subcommittee on Rural Revitalization, Conservation, Forestry and Credit
  • Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
  • Special Committee on Aging
  • Joint Economic Committee[19]

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