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Bob Casey, Jr.'s Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. Senate (PA) - Sr, Democratic
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Bob Casey, Jr. refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2012, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

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  • Bob Casey. The Philadelphia Jewish Voice: An interview with Bob Casey, Jr., Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate. 2 September 2005. "Q: What do you say to Pennsylvania Democrats who may support you on a variety of issues, but who are also staunchly pro-choice? A: I ask them to look at my record. I've always been a strong advocate for programs and policies that make life better for women before and after giving birth. As U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, I will work hard to protect important programs like WIC (Women, Infants and Children) and Head Start. I've also been a strong supporter of family planning and will continue the fight to keep it funded when I get to Washington. That's why I've enjoyed the support of pro-choice and pro-life people every time I've run for office in Pennsylvania. If there is one thing that brings people together on this issue it's the need to reduce the number of abortions “ the number of unwanted pregnancies and crisis pregnancies. I think that's something people on both sides of the issue agree on." (
  • Bob Casey. Casey Statement Ahead of Health Care Reform Procedural Vote. 20 November 2009. "Consistent with the Hyde amendment, I believe we should continue to ensure that no federal funds are used to pay for abortion or to cover the costs of any health plan that includes abortion. This will require more work as the bill is debated on the Senate floor during the next several weeks." (
  • Bob Casey. Faith Leaders Support Casey Alternative. 19 December 2009. "I support and will always support federal funding prohibitions. But we must do more if we truly want to reduce the number of abortions in this country. The time has come for us to provide support and assistance to the most vulnerable of pregnant women. In the long run, supporting and empowering pregnant women is the best way to reduce the number of abortions." (
  • Bob Casey. Restoring America's Moral Compass: Leadership and the Common Good. 14 September 2006. "I believe we need policies that provide maximum feasible legal protection for the unborn and maximum feasible care and support for pregnant women, mothers, and children. The right to life must mean the right to a life with dignity." (
  • Bob Casey. Interview with Bob Casey, Jr. by Valerie Schmalz. 29 July 2005. "I believe that being pro-life means the right to a decent life for a mother and her child before and after birth. I am and I have always been pro-life." (
  • Bob Casey. Philadelphia Inquirer: Casey's clear view on abortion could muddy campaign waters. 18 December 2005. "It would seem obvious: Democratic Senate candidate Robert P. Casey Jr., who opposes abortion, believes Roe v. Wade should be overturned. 'You can't say you have the position I have and not believe that,' Casey said in a recent interview about the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that made legal abortions available nationwide." (
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Bob Casey supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Bob Casey supported the interests of the Family Research Council 20 percent in 2010." (
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Bob Casey supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 43 percent in 2010." (
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Bob Casey supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 42 percent in 2010." (
  • Bob Casey. S Amdt 3896. 110th Congress. Prohibiting the Funds in S 1200 from Being Used for Abortions. Bob Casey voted Yea on 02/26/2008. (
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Bob Casey a rating of 69 percent." (
No Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

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  • Bob Casey. Casey Calls for Shift in Strategy for Afghanistan. 21 June 2011. "It is time for the U.S. to lighten its footprint in the country, accelerate the shift in responsibility to Afghan forces and drawdown a significant number of U.S. troops from the country. The capabilities of Al Qaeda and the Taliban have been severely degraded. U.S. led development projects have strengthened the health and education sectors. At a time of economic austerity in the U.S., the $120 billion per year price tag is unsustainable. We must make a significant shift in our strategy." (
  • Bob Casey. Afghanistan. 10 December 2010. "Ultimately, there must be a political solution to end the war in Afghanistan. I am not suggesting we are close at this time to that result, but we need to know the degree to which the administration and the Karzai government are coordinated and headed down the same path. International engagement on any negotiation process will be essential to long-term success. Pakistan has a role to play and is a necessary element to any long-lasting peace agreement." (
  • Bob Casey. Sen. Bob Casey defends Obama's deliberation on Afghan strategy. 24 November 2009. "Even Senators should be very careful about making up their minds. We can't be knee-jerk. This is not Iraq. Most conservatives and liberals are wrong on this. Both sides have the burden of proof. The policy in Iraq hangs over this and that's too bad. Applying all the lessons from Iraq will not do it. The stakes are higher in Afghanistan. This is much more related to our own national security." (
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Bob Casey supported the interests of Peace Action West 79 percent in 2010." (
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Bob Casey supported the interests of the Peace Action 79 percent in 2010." (
  • Bob Casey. S Amdt 4204. 112th Congress. Requiring Afghanistan Troop Redeployment Plan and Timetable. Bob Casey voted Nay on 05/27/2010. (
  • Bender, Bryan. 2011. Kerry favors reduced US role in Afghanistan war. 6 February 2011. "Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr., a Pennsylvania Democrat, wants to know how and when the Afghan army and police forces will be ready to take over from the US and NATO forces in the country. "The patience of the American people on this is not unlimited,'' Casey said in an interview. "We need to give more of a report to the American people. We are going to reach a point this year where we are going to have to make a very tough assessment of the policy." (
  • Bob Casey. Q&A with Pa. Senator Bob Casey. 8 May 2011. "It's premature to make any determination about policy in Afghanistan based solely on this event [the death of Osama Bin Laden]. I do think it helps the policy in Afghanistan, and it may help reduce the time we are engaged there. I really believe this is the year where we have to make a firm decision about the policy in Afghanistan. I've got a lot of doubts. I've been raising questions for more than a year now about the policy. I try to evaluate based on three considerations: 1) security, 2) the governance question, what is happening on the ground in Afghanistan as it relates to what President Karzai is doing to build the country to provide government and services that his people should expect and 3) development. What is happening as it relates to building up institutions of government and infrastructure and way of life there that would allow us to disengage. All three questions are difficult to answer in shorthand fashion. We are in the midst of a tough decision about our own economy and fiscal questions. This is a $100 billion a year commitment to evaluate." (
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

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  • Bob Casey. Letter to the Honorable Robert M. Gates, Secretary, United States Department of Defense. 19 January 2011. "We respectfully request you support the $4.5M required to maintain current operations throughout FY'2011. As you deliberate on the FY'2012 Defense Budget, we urge you to please support full funding for this critical project in the President's budget request and fully fund the operating requirements of the Northeast Counterdrug Training Center." (
  • Bob Casey. HR 2206. 110th Congress. Emergency Departmental Supplemental Appropriations Bill of 2007. Bob Casey voted Yea on 05/24/2007. (
  • Bob Casey. S Amdt 4818. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Bob Casey voted Yea on 05/22/2008. (
  • Bob Casey. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Bob Casey voted Yea on 01/22/2008. (
  • Bob Casey. Ease Concerns About Future of U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center. 03 August 2011. "I understand your efforts to support the Secretary of Defense's initiative to reduce costs, and I support the responsible reduction of defense spending." (
  • Bob Casey. Letter to the Honorable Carl Levin, Chairman of the Armed Services Committee. 19 April 2012. "U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) today urged Senate leaders to continue to support production of the Abrams Tank, which is built in Pennsylvania, protects our troops serving abroad and supports over 40 businesses in the state. A proposal to halt production of the tank would harm Pennsylvania's industrial base and our national security. "Production of the Abrams tank in Pennsylvania contributes to our national security, industrial base and local economies throughout the state," said Senator Casey. "I've fought to sustain production of the tank so Pennsylvania's skilled workforce can continue to produce this combat vehicle which is essential to the safety of our troops and our national security efforts." Built in Eynon, PA and supported by more than 40 suppliers across the state, the Abrams tank is necessary to maintain ground superiority in our military engagements and ensure that our industrial base is able to meet our national security needs, Senator Casey wrote in a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. The committee is deliberating the fiscal year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act. After an effort to end production of the tank last year, Senator Casey successfully pushed the committee to fund the continued production of the tank. Senator Casey was joined by Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and John Kerry (D-MA) in his letter to the Armed Services Committee. The Senators wrote that the Army's plan to temporarily halt the tank would ultimately cost more than maintaining production, and the skilled workforce that produces the tank would be at risk of being lost." (
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

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  • Bob Casey. Casey Statement on Tax Cut Votes. 26 September 2012. "Therefore, it is imperative that Republicans and Democrats work together in the best interests of the people of Pennsylvania and the United States. I have supported a trillion dollars in spending cuts and more spending cuts are needed. At the same time, we can't afford to further add to the debt by extending the tax cuts for the wealthiest few." (
  • Bob Casey. CNBC "The Kudlow Report" - Transcript. 24 February 2009. "Well, Larry, look, I think if we're going to cut this deficit in half over time, I think very wealthy Americans, who have had a pretty good deal for eight years, need to do something for their country. This is one way to help get us there. And I think if there's a bill in front of me to have those tax cuts expire, I'll certainly vote for it...we just went through a period where we had tax cuts for the wealthy galore. I mean, we've never seen tax cuts like this, and we're in the ditch now. I think we've got to get out of the ditch." (
  • Bob Casey. Tax Cuts. 7 December 2010. "In recent months, I spoke to both business owners and economists to get their views on how Congress should handle the expiring tax provisions. What I learned is that certainty and consistency are needed when the economy is in such a fragile condition. We must reach a compromise. At most however, this might entail a short-term extension of upper income tax cuts and other ideas that could bring certainty without unduly increasing the deficit." (
  • Bob Casey. Where They Stand: Santorum, Casey on Social Security and Medicare. 24 September 2006. "Stop raiding the Social Security surplus to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy. (The late Pennsylvania senator) John Heinz called it 'thievery' - and he was right. We can make that up by ending the tax cut for the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans." (
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Bob Casey supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 8 percent of the time in 2010." (
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Bob Casey supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 0 percent in 2007." (
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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  • Bob Casey. Issue Position: Recovery Act. 13 July 2011. "The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) is helping get our economy out of the ditch by creating jobs and aiding those hardest hit by the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression." (
  • Bob Casey. S Amdt 3301. 112th Congress. Ending the Troubled Asset Relief Program. Bob Casey voted Nay on 01/21/2010. (
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Bob Casey supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 4 percent in 2010." (
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Bob Casey a rating of 3 percent." (
  • Bob Casey. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Bob Casey voted Yea on 10/01/2008. (
  • Bob Casey. Casey Statement on Job Numbers. 9 January 2009. "I've heard story after story from my constituents about the effect the economy is having on them, their families or their businesses. I hope that Washington will move quickly to pass a stimulus that will immediately jump start the economy, create millions of jobs, reverse the decline in our economy and prepare the country to compete in the new economy." (
  • Bob Casey. Casey: Stimulus Should be Timely, Targeted and Transformative. 19 December 2008. "Now is the time for bipartisan action, and I am confident that the Senate can work together to produce a legislative package that will encourage the generation of family-sustaining jobs and support for families struggling in the downturn. I am committed to working with you to spur immediate new job creation and ease the challenges facing families in the current economic crisis. I also believe that while circumstances require us to stimulate the economy immediately, we have a unique opportunity to reinvent our economy for the 21st century." (
  • Bob Casey. Press Conference With Senator Robert Menendez, Senator Bob Casey, Representative Carolyn Maloney. 6 February 2009. "We have to support him in getting this economy moving, in stimulating the economy, so we can recover and create jobs. And also, to invest, because this isn't just about simply generating economic activity now to create jobs. In order to grow, we have to invest. And that's what this bill is all about." (
  • Bob Casey. Press Conference With Senator Robert Menendez, Senator Bob Casey, Representative Carolyn Maloney. 6 February 2009. "We have to support [Obama] in getting this economy moving, in stimulating the economy, so we can recover and create jobs. And also, to invest, because this isn't just about simply generating economic activity now to create jobs. In order to grow, we have to invest. And that's what this bill is all about. One of the most stunning numbers in today's report, in addition to the 600,000 -- or technically, 598 (thousand) -- was 1.77 million jobs lost in three months. It's hard to comprehend that. Even in the mid-point of 2008, when things looked like they were getting bad, no one would have predicted that in three months we'd lose almost 1.8 million jobs. So we have to be about the business of getting this recovery bill passed and helping President Obama help dig the country out of this ditch that we're in." (
  • Bob Casey. Nuclear Security Summit. 15 April 2010. "Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the so-called stimulus bill, or the recovery bill as I like to call it, we will continue to fight to provide this kind of tax relief for middle-income families so they can fully reap the benefits of their hard work and stabilize their families' finances." (
  • Bob Casey. Letter to The Honorable Timothy F. Geithner. 3 March 2010. "It's simple: The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act should reinvest in America and help America and American workers recover. For example, one wind turbine manufacturer in Pennsylvania laid off workers last year because they didn't have enough orders. Thanks to a Recovery bill project announced two weeks ago, some of those Pennsylvanians will be hired back. If we increase work orders, we can put Americans back to work." (
  • Bob Casey. Casey, Snowe Launch Effort to Expand and Enhance 2 April 2009. "Already in the first month since the recovery bill was enacted, funding has flooded into Pennsylvania to create jobs, stimulate the economy and invest in our infrastructure. The Administration has done a commendable job in getting word out about this funding, but I am still hearing from my constituents that more information is needed. One step that I have taken is to publish and distribute a guide for local officials that has more details, but this legislation can provide more guidance to local officials." (
  • Bob Casey. Casey Statement on Pennsylvania Job Losses. 3 October 2008. "The credit crunch and measurements of manufacturers' sentiment mean our fragile economy is at great risk of losing over 1 million jobs for the year. Congress must stabilize the economy now by rescuing credit markets and when it returns in November, must pass an economic stimulus to help struggling families." (
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

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  • Bob Casey. Issue Position: Recovery Act. 13 July 2011. "Many Pennsylvanians have lost their job through no fault of their own. The unemployment rate in eight of Pennsylvania's 14 metropolitan areas remains above 8 percent. We have made progress responding to the economic crisis, but we need to implement new strategies that will put people back to work now. One idea that I've suggested is a tax credit that will help businesses on the cusp of expanding to hire additional workers now. I will continue to support policies that will accelerate job creation in the short-term while laying the foundation for a return to economic prosperity in the long-term." (
  • Bob Casey. About Bob: Biography. "Senator Casey has voted to provide billions for tax cuts to encourage businesses to hire workers and he voted for legislation that provided tens of billions in capital for small businesses to expand their operations." (
  • Bob Casey. Casey Urges Action on Job Creation Initiatives. 16 December 2009. "Senators Feingold, Gillibrand and I are working on legislation that provides tax incentives to encourage hiring. This is one immediate step we can take. But we must thoroughly examine what else we can do to accelerate job growth in the next six months or a year." (
  • Bob Casey. Q&A with Pa. Senator Bob Casey. 8 May 2011. "What we have to do now is really get back to focusing on jobs. One way to do that is to continue or reinstitute strategies that we know work: We know tax policy can help. We cut payroll tax at the end of 2010. It's in place now and creating jobs. We had a tax policy that involved child tax credit, earned income tax credit, tax credit for middle-income families. We've done a lot of things to create jobs to help the recovery." (
  • Bob Casey. The Patriot-News: U.S. Sen. Bob Casey Says Job Creation is No. 1 Priority, Calls for Job Creation Tax Credit. 14 January 2010. "Over the last couple years the U.S. economy has steadily shed jobs and wages have largely been stagnant. Everything except national security is secondary. That is why I am proposing a job creation tax credit to help employers hire workers, put money back into local economies and spur economic growth." (
  • Bob Casey. Tax Cuts. 7 December 2010. "Mr. President, last weekend I voted for legislation that would extend tax cuts for all Pennsylvanians. This legislation also included a continuation of expired unemployment insurance, a series of tax incentives that have created jobs in Pennsylvania like the R&D tax credit, the biodiesel tax credit which is essential to companies like Hero BX in Erie, the new markets tax credit and the payroll tax credit known as the HIRE Act. I also voted for permanent extensions of the enhanced child tax credit and earned income tax credit and the expanded adoption tax credit that I included in the health care reform law, all of which place money back into the pockets of working people across the Commonwealth." (
  • Bob Casey. S 3816. 112th Congress. Tax Law Amendments. Bob Casey voted Yea on 09/28/2010. (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

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  • Bob Casey. Issue Position: Education. 13 July 2011. "Study after study shows that investments in pre-K are not just good for the child but good for the Commonwealth and good for the country. The federal government must increase funding for Head Start - not cut it - and help states in their efforts to establish quality pre-K programs so all children - no matter their background - can enter our schools ready to learn. One of the upcoming debates in the Congress will be on revising the No Child Left Behind law. One thing that is clear is that Washington must stop its gross under-funding of No Child Left Behind and give states more flexibility in meeting their goals." (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

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  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Bob Casey supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (
  • Bob Casey. S 953. 112th Congress. Offshore Production and Safety Act. Bob Casey voted Nay on 05/18/2011. (
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Bob Casey. S J Res 26. 112th Congress. Statement of Opposition to EPA Greenhouse Gas Rule. Bob Casey voted Nay on 06/10/2010. (
  • Bob Casey. Letter To President George W. Bush. 7 June 2007. "Mr. President, you have made clear that you understand the challenge climate change poses to our nation and our planet. To meet this challenge, both the United States and developing nations, five of whom will participate in the proceedings at Heiligendamm, must join in the solution. Your leadership in the search for consensus will be essential to a successful outcome and we hope you feel, as we do, the great urgency to move forward on worldwide greenhouse gas emissions reductions." (
  • Bob Casey. Letter to The Honorable John Kerry, The Honorable Lindsey Graham, and The Honorable Joseph Lieberman. 15 April 2010. "Greenhouse gas emissions are a global problem requiring strong national and international action. Existing state laws and initiatives should be integrated into a federal program where policies are consistent. Where inconsistencies exist, federal laws should prevail. Federal uniformity is necessary to prevent inconsistencies in regulation, preserve overall efficiency, and ensure harmonization of policies. New federal programs governing regulation of greenhouse gas emissions should supersede existing federal law and avoid overlapping regulations." (
  • Bob Casey. Casey on Climate Change. 28 January 2009. "The solution to global warming is a puzzle with two interlocking pieces. One is our role as part of a global solution. The other is our domestic policy that will reduce our greenhouse gas emissions so that we meet our global commitment. We made a good start last year with the first major debate on global warming legislation. But while we continue to work on legislation that will make mandatory reductions in our greenhouse gas emissions, we must keep our eye on the international aspect of this debate." (
  • Bob Casey. Casey Votes to Protect PA Jobs, Clean Air. 6 April 2011. "At the same time, in the absence of congressional action on energy legislation, there should not be a prohibition on the development of plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions." (
  • Bob Casey. Issue Position: Energy and Environment. 14 July 2011. "On global warming, I am taking a comprehensive approach that not only calls for mandatory reductions in global warming pollution, including carbon dioxide, but also puts pressure on other countries to reduce their emissions." (
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Bob Casey supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Bob Casey supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 86 percent in 2010." (
  • Bob Casey. Statement by Sen. Casey on the State of the Union. 23 January 2007. "On global warming, there is a consensus that action must be taken to address this growing problem and that action should include a reduction in global warming pollution - especially carbon emissions. It is disappointing that while groups as divergent as corporate executives, environmentalists, and evangelicals can agree on this issue, the President still refuses to take real action." (
  • Bob Casey. Climate Security Act of 2008 - Motion to Proceed - Continued. 3 June 2008. "Mr. President, we are making history today in the Senate because this is the first global warming bill that has reached the floor for a full debate and vote. Congress has, in the past, as we know, considered symbolic global warming legislation, but this is the first time that we are working on the details -- how to create a national policy to slow, stop, and reverse the catastrophic global warming that we see across the world. At the same time, this legislation and this debate could not be more important to our economy and our national security. This bill is very simple. There is a lot of complexity to it, obviously, but at its core it is very simple. It is about creating jobs, first of all; it is about protecting God's creation; and it is also about enhancing our national security and, indeed, the world's security. It is not a perfect bill, but it is a good bill on which to build a national program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions." (
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Bob Casey. S Amdt 1067. 111th Congress. Allowing Loaded Guns in National Parks. Bob Casey voted Yea on 05/12/2009. (
  • Bob Casey. S Amdt 4070. 110th Congress. Prohibiting Funds in the Bill S 1200 from Being Used to Decrease Gun Ownership. Bob Casey voted Yea on 02/25/2008. (
  • Bob Casey. Casey launches Senate campaign. 2 July 2006. "I've been a strong supporter of the Second Amendment in all my years in public life. That puts me at odds with some members of my own party. I'm at odds with members of the other party on a lot of other issues." (
  • Bob Casey. The Associated Press - On The Campaign Trail: Casey Knocks on Doors, Talks to Hunters. 16 September 2006. "At 1 million strong, Pennsylvania's hunters are a politically important constituency, and Casey wasted no time in pledging his fealty to the Second Amendment. Asked whether he'd support a ban on assault weapons, Casey said: 'I don't think the solution is to try to limit the right to bear arms.'" (
  • Bob Casey. S Amdt 1618. 111th Congress. Authorizing Concealed Firearms Across State Lines. Bob Casey voted Yea on 07/22/2009. (
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Bob Casey supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 80 percent in 2010." (
  • Bob Casey. New Report Shows 90% of Pennsylvania Small Businesses Eligible for Health Care Tax Credits. 20 July 2010. "Thanks to the new health care law, help is now available for small business owners who are struggling financially to provide their workers with adequate health coverage. This tax credit is a huge step forward in enabling Pennsylvania's small businesses to stay competitive in a challenging economy and ensuring job and health security for their employees." (
  • Bob Casey. Casey Statement Ahead of Health Care Reform Procedural Vote. 20 November 2009. "I am pleased that the Majority Leader has completed his work on merging the Senate health care bills. I intend to vote to allow debate to begin on the Senate floor. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act brings us one step closer to passing health insurance reform to provide quality coverage for tens of millions of Americans by increasing access to care and providing more security and stability for Americans worried about paying health care bills or losing coverage if they lose their job." (
  • Bob Casey. Casey: $250 Checks to Help Older Citizens with Rx Drug Costs. 14 June 2010. "The Medicare prescription drug coverage gap isn't a donut hole; it is a chasm that can create a nightmare for older citizens. The new health care law provides immediate help this year to help pay for Medicare prescription drugs." (
  • Bob Casey. Casey: New Health Insurance Plan for Pennsylvanians with Pre-Existing Conditions to Open for Enrollment. 3 August 2010. "Pennsylvanians have waited a long time for this day -- to have the opportunity to purchase health coverage at a fair price and not be discriminated against because they have a pre-existing condition. This is a great example of how the new health care law is helping to put consumers in charge of their health care." (
  • Bob Casey. Departments Of Transportation And Housing And Urban Development, And Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010 - Conference Report. 12 December 2009. "The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will reduce the size of the so-called doughnut hole by raising the ceiling on the initial coverage period by $500 in 2010. That is another immediate benefit of the enactment of this bill. The act will also guarantee 50-percent price discounts on brand-name drugs and biologics purchased by low-income and middle-income beneficiaries up to the coverage cap. That is another immediate benefit. These are benefits in terms of small business, in terms of covering those with preexisting conditions immediately, as well as helping older citizens deal with and manage the difficult doughnut hole problem so many of them have been suffering from." (
  • Bob Casey. Health Care Reform. 11 December 2009. "I want to next turn to the bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and walk through some of the provisions. There are many good provisions in the bill for children, but I want to walk through a couple. How does it help children? That is a fundamental question. You cannot escape the basic implications of that. First, the bill eliminates preexisting condition exclusions. That is in the first couple pages of the bill. Obviously, it has an enormously positive impact for adults. We have heard story after story of literally millions of Americans denied coverage year after year because of the problem of preexisting conditions. It has special meaning when it comes to children." (
  • Bob Casey. Issue Position: Health Care. 13 July 2011. "On Tuesday, March 23, Senator Casey had the honor to witness the signing of historic legislation to improve health care for millions of Pennsylvanians. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will provide more security for those who have insurance and expand coverage to more than 32 million people who do not have coverage. This new law will reduce costs for Americans and reduce the deficit by $143 billion over ten years. For more information on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act and what this plan means for Pennsylvania, please find the resources below." (
  • Bob Casey. Letter to Karen Ignagni, President and CEO America's Health Insurance Plans. 23 October 2010. "It is in the best interests of our children and our economy that every child has health care coverage. The Affordable Care Act was a substantial step forward, especially with regard to providing coverage for children with pre-existing conditions. We should not allow a few insurance companies to turn back the clock on vulnerable children." (
  • Bob Casey. S Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Repealing the Federal Health Care Law. Bob Casey voted Nay on 02/02/2011. (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

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  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Bob Casey supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 100 percent in 2010." (
  • Bob Casey. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Senate Rivals at Odds Over Immigration Policy. 27 May 2006. "Mr. Casey disputed that analysis on his web site: 'Let me be clear, this bill is no amnesty as my opponent claims.' He cited a defense of the bill offered by Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., who noted on the Senate floor that it imposes on illegal aliens who seek citizenship these requirements: payment of fines, repayment of three years in back taxes and demonstrated English-language proficiency in addition to a criminal background check." (
  • Bob Casey. S Amdt 3117. 110th Congress. Border Fence and Customs Appropriations. Bob Casey voted Yea on 10/03/2007. (
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Bob Casey supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (
  • Bob Casey. S Amdt 4231. 110th Congress. Immigration Enforcement and Border Fence Amendment. Bob Casey voted Nay on 03/13/2008. (
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Bob Casey supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 100 percent in 2010." (
  • Colby Itkowitz and Nicole Radzievich. The Morning Call: Congressional candidates' views on gay marriage evolving with society. 9 May 2012. "U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., is exactly where Obama had been on the issue before Wednesday. Casey supports civil unions, spokesman Larry Smar said, but not gay marriage. Casey opposes actions by states to define marriage as only for heterosexual couples." (
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Bob Casey supported the interests of the American Family Association 20 percent in 2010." (
  • Bob Casey. The Philadelphia Jewish Voice: An interview with Bob Casey, Jr., Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate. 2 September 2005. "PJV: What about gay marriage? BC: I don't support gay marriage, but I also don't support a constitutional amendment banning it. That would be tremendously divisive. However, I do support same sex unions that would give gay couples all the rights, privileges and protections of marriage." (
  • Bob Casey. CNN "State Of The Union With John King" - Transcript. 11 November 2009. "KING: On the Defense of Marriage Act, would Senator Bob Casey, Democrat of Pennsylvania, vote to repeal it? CASEY: John, I've said in the past, I don't think that's the way to go. But I do believe that some people in this country, who have argued from a different point of view have tried to use tactics like the constitutional amendment, which I think is a way to divide people and to demonize people. We can move forward on a lot of measures but I am not sure there is a support yet for that. But I do believe we've made progress on hate crimes and significant progress if we implement a change on Don't Ask, Don't Tell." (
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  • Bob Casey. MyDD Conversation with PA-Sen Candidate Bob Casey. 5 July 2006. "Jonathan Singer: President Bush recently said that he will renew his effort to partially privatize Social Security during the next Congress. What is your stance towards his plan? Bob Casey: I've been against it from the beginning for a lot of reasons. One reason is that I really believe that - and I've said this before and it bears repeating - that what that privatization scheme is all about - and I don't think we should call it a plan, it's a scheme - it's a scheme to take away part of a guaranteed benefit from older Americans and replace it with a guaranteed fee for Wall Street." (
  • Bob Casey. Senate hopeful makes Clarion stop. 10 August 2006. "Santorum is 'all for the privatization of Social Security,' said Casey. 'I'll fight any attempt to privatize Social Security.'" (
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Bob Casey supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (
  • Bob Casey. Where They Stand: Santorum, Casey on Social Security and Medicare. 24 September 2006. "AP: Do you support the creation of private accounts? Please explain your answer. CASEY: Absolutely not. My opponent is the biggest supporter of private accounts other than George Bush. His scheme will drain a trillion dollars from the Social Security trust fund and make Social Security go insolvent faster. A Philadelphia Inquirer editorial called Santorum's bill to cover up his privatization intentions 'snake oil.'" (
  • Bob Casey. Casey shows his cool at local campaign stop. 29 July 2006. "I use the word scheme purposefully because that's what it is [...] It's a scheme to enrich those on Wall Street at the expense of older Americans. And we are going to fight night and day against any privatization effort by this administration, by this Congress or anyone in the future because it's the wrong policy for Mercer County. It's the wrong policy for Pennsylvania and America." (


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