Category Archives: US Senate

Casey Leads Colleagues In Defense Of Protections Related to Pre-Existing Conditions

from Senator Casey, 7/19/18

Washington, D.C. – Following the Trump Administration’s recent announcement that it would side with the 20 States in the case of Texas V. U.S., a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the current health care law (including consumer protections for people with pre-existing conditions), U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) led a number of his colleagues in introducing a resolution to authorize the Senate Legal Counsel to intervene to defend these vital health care protections.

“Protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions are vital, yet this Administration, aided by congressional Republicans, is doing all it can to end them,” Senator Casey said. “The Administration wants to return us to a time when health insurance companies make decisions about who gets coverage and care. If Senate Republicans support protections for people with pre-existing conditions as they claim, then they should support this resolution.”…

keep reading at Senator Casey

Casey: Trump Supreme Court Pick Represents a Corrupt Bargain and I Will Oppose It

Bob Casey US Senator for PA, 7/9/18

Washington, D.C. – Ahead of President Trump’s announcement concerning his nominee to fill the vacancy on the United States Supreme Court, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) released the following statement:

“In a nation with over 700 sitting federal judges, many of whom were appointed by Republican presidents, it is outrageous that President Trump will nominate from a list of just 25 dictated to him by the Heritage Foundation. This list is the bidding of corporate special interests hell-bent on handing health care over to insurance companies, crushing unions that represent working men and women, and promoting policies that will leave the middle-class further behind. Any judge on this list is fruit of a corrupt process straight from the D.C. swamp.

Heritage, which is an extreme Right organization, just released a new proposal to end protections for people with pre-existing conditions and gut Medicaid for seniors, people with disabilities, and children. They recently hosted a press conference for Republican attorneys general who are trying to eliminate those protections through the courts. In Pennsylvania, there are more than 5.3 million people (including 643,000 children) who have pre-existing conditions.

Heritage has also called labor unions – who helped build the middle class – “cartels.” From the formation of the first permanent Pennsylvanian local labor union in Philadelphia in 1792, through the Lattimer massacre in Northeastern Pennsylvania, to the Homestead Strike in Western Pennsylvania to today’s struggle to protect the right to organize, Pennsylvania workers have led the way to ensure that working people have basic rights, good wages, and benefits, like health care. The last thing working men and women in Pennsylvania need is another corporate justice on an increasingly corporate court.

I was elected to represent all Pennsylvanians. I was not elected to genuflect to the hard Right, who are funded by corporate America.

President Lincoln called on our nation to work to ensure “… that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” Instead, Congressional Republicans in Washington and the Administration are determined to pack the Supreme Court with a government of, by, and for extreme Right corporate interests.

I will oppose the nomination the President will make tonight because it represents a corrupt bargain with the far Right, big corporations, and Washington special interests.”

US Congress: Republicans rush for the exits to imperil Trump’s midterm hopes

by Alan Yuhas, The Guardian, 2/1/18

Dozens of Republicans are rushing for the exits on Capitol Hill in an exodus which has dramatically raised Democratic hopes of shifting the balance of power in Washington DC.

Congressman Trey Gowdy, the Republican who made headlines with a crusade to investigate Hillary Clinton, announced his retirement on Wednesday, becoming the 38th Republican to announce they would be giving up their seat in Congress since Donald Trump’s inauguration last year.

Gowdy and other Republicans cheered the president on during his state of the union address, chanting “USA” and standing to applaud his agenda.

But many of the same lawmakers have said they have had enough of Washington and the chaos in the White House, gridlock at work and angry voters back home.

Midterm elections in November give Democrats a strong chance of winning the 24 seats they need to seize back the House and jeopardizing the president’s agenda….

keep reading at The Guardian. on a local one of the 38, see “Meehan is out after this year.”

Trump Score update

From fivethirtyeight, after the votes on the tax bill and funding extension. The score measures how often a legislator votes as Trump wishes. The site also compares the Trump Score to the 2016 Trump Margin, which was slightly negative in CDs 6 and 7 (i.e., Clinton won those two districts).

Pat Toomey (US Senate): 90.7%
Bob Casey (US Senate): 28.6%
Lloyd Smucker (US House PA-16): 98.3%
Ryan Costello (US House PA-06): 92.9%
Pat Meehan (US House PA-07): 88.1%