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Democratic Challenger for PA Senate:
Bob Casey on the Issues

Bob Casey on Abortion

  • Plan B morning-after pill is contraception, not abortion. (Sep 2006)
  • Roe v. Wade Should Be Overturned. (Dec 2005)
  • Right to Privacy means contraception, not unborn. (Dec 2005)
  • No embryonic stem cell research; adult research ok. (Jul 2005)
  • Exceptions to save life of mother, rape & incest. (Nov 2004)
  • Opposes public funding of abortion. (Nov 2004)
  • Supports state funding of contraceptive services. (Nov 2004)
  • Opposes Woman’s Right to Abortion. (Nov 2004)
  • Opposes Tax-Funded Abortion. (Nov 2004)
  • Supports Legal Protection for Human Life from Conception. (Nov 2004)
  • Voted YES on defining unborn child as eligible for SCHIP. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting minors crossing state lines for abortion. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on barring HHS grants to organizations that perform abortions. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted NO on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Apr 2007)

Bob Casey on Budget & Economy

  • Need Fiscal Discipline to Lower Interest Rates. (Dec 2005)
  • Budget deficit chokes investment, drives business to ruin. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on paying down federal debt by rating programs' effectiveness. (Mar 2007)
  • Require full disclosure about subprime mortgages. (Dec 2007)

Bob Casey on Civil Rights

  • No constitutional ban on gay marriage; civil unions ok. (Oct 2005)
  • Supports Defense of Marriage Amendment. (Apr 2005)
  • Allow gay couples to adopt & share employment benefits. (Nov 2004)
  • Opposes Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage. (Nov 2004)
  • Increased Penalties for Sexual Orientation Hate Crimes. (Nov 2004)
  • Committed to Affirmative Action and diverse workforce. (May 2002)

Bob Casey on Corporations

No stance on record.

Bob Casey on Crime

  • Death penalty is appropriate for heinous crimes. (Jul 2005)
  • Keep the death penalty. (Nov 2004)
  • Voted YES on reinstating $1.15 billion funding for the COPS Program. (Mar 2007)
  • Establish a domestic violence volunteer attorney network. (May 2007)
  • Increase funding for "COPS ON THE BEAT" program. (Jan 2007)
  • Reduce recidivism by giving offenders a Second Chance. (Mar 2007)

Bob Casey on Drugs

  • No legalization of drugs in any way. (May 2002)

Bob Casey on Education

  • Fight for more funding for public education. (Feb 2006)
  • Intelligent Design in religion class, not science class. (Dec 2005)
  • Supports teaching “abstinence plus” in schools. (Oct 2005)
  • Posting Ten Commandments in government buildings ok. (Apr 2005)
  • Opposes school vouchers. (Nov 2004)
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Oct 2007)

Bob Casey on Energy & Oil

  • Reduce emissions & dependence on foreign oil. (Feb 2006)
  • Opposes drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on tax incentives for energy production and conservation. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on addressing CO2 emissions without considering India & China. (May 2008)
  • Voted YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on making oil-producing and exporting cartels illegal. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on factoring global warming into federal project planning. (May 2007)
  • Sign on to UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. (Jan 2007)
  • Designate sensitive ANWR area as protected wilderness. (Nov 2007)
  • Set goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025. (Jan 2007)

Bob Casey on Environment

  • Fund brownfield and Superfund cleanups. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting eminent domain for use as parks or grazing land. (Dec 2007)
  • Inter-state compact for Great Lakes water resources. (Jul 2008)
  • Strengthen prohibitions against animal fighting. (Jan 2007)

Bob Casey on Families & Children

  • Call for a White House Conference on Children and Youth. (Mar 2008)

Bob Casey on Foreign Policy

  • Supports unshakeable bond with Israel. (Oct 2005)
  • Condemns Russia for provocative statements to Georgia. (May 2008)

Bob Casey on Free Trade

  • Opposes CAFTA and other unfair trade laws. (Feb 2006)
  • Unfair to make US workers compete with weak foreign laws. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on promoting free trade with Peru. (Dec 2007)

Bob Casey on Government Reform

  • Require more public lobbyist financial disclosure. (Aug 2006)
  • Attack the source of corrupt “pay-to-play” culture. (Aug 2006)
  • Lobbyist money ok if it has no impact on your vote. (Apr 2006)
  • Restrictions & disclosure requirements on lobbyists. (Nov 2005)
  • Political fundraising cheats people from time with candidate. (May 2002)
  • Voted YES on granting the District of Columbia a seat in Congress. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring photo ID to vote in federal elections. (Jul 2007)

Bob Casey on Gun Control

  • Strong supporter of the second amendment. (Feb 2006)
  • Opposes Increased Regulation on Firearm Ownership. (Nov 2004)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting foreign & UN aid that restricts US gun ownership. (Sep 2007)

Bob Casey on Health Care

  • Medicare Part D program is fundamentally flawed. (Sep 2006)
  • Fill the “doughnut hole” of missing Medicare Rx costs. (Feb 2006)
  • Fight to Expand Health Care Coverage. (Dec 2005)
  • Opposes Cloning of Human Embryos for Experimentation. (Nov 2004)
  • Use tobacco settlement for healthcare for unemployed. (May 2002)
  • Supports suing HMOs, but opposes damage caps. (May 2002)
  • Voted NO on means-testing to determine Medicare Part D premium. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on allowing tribal Indians to opt out of federal healthcare. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Apr 2007)
  • Establish a national childhood cancer database. (Mar 2007)

Bob Casey on Homeland Security

  • Keep the wiretaps and keep the intelligence programs. (Sep 2006)
  • PATRIOT Act is vital law in war on terror. (Apr 2006)
  • Don’t censure Bush for domestic spying. (Mar 2006)
  • Urgent focus on infrastructure protection. (Feb 2006)
  • Ensure that veterans’ health care receives proper funding. (Feb 2006)
  • More G.I. benefits for college, retirement, and disability. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on cutting $221M in benefits to Filipinos who served in WWII US Army. (Apr 2008)
  • Voted YES on requiring FISA court warrant to monitor US-to-foreign calls. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted YES on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted YES on limiting soldiers' deployment to 12 months. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted YES on implementing the 9/11 Commission report. (Mar 2007)

Bob Casey on Immigration

  • Stricter employment rules and enforce the borders. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted YES on continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities". (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on comprehensive immigration reform. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted NO on declaring English as the official language of the US government. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "Y" nonimmigrant guestworker program. (May 2007)

Bob Casey on Jobs

  • A Minimum Wage Increase is Long Overdue. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on overriding presidential veto of Farm Bill. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on terminating legal challenges to English-only job rules. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on limiting farm subsidies to people earning under $750,000. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted YES on restricting employer interference in union organizing. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on increasing minimum wage to $7.25. (Feb 2007)

Bob Casey on Principles & Values

  • Voted with Democratic Party 94.5% of 326 votes. (Sep 2007)
  • We need an independent voice; not a rubber stamp for Bush. (Sep 2006)
  • Tries to live up to Catholic faith in personal & public life. (Jul 2005)
  • Public service is a trust, his dad the governor taught him. (Jul 2005)

Bob Casey on Social Security

  • Privatization drains money from guaranteed benefits. (Sep 2006)
  • The crisis is privatization. (Sep 2006)
  • Opposes Social Security privatization. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on establishing reserve funds & pre-funding for Social Security. (Mar 2007)

Bob Casey on Tax Reform

  • Change estate tax to save $730B over 10 years. (Sep 2006)
  • Repeal tax cut on top 1% of earners. (Apr 2006)
  • Can’t justify $5B in tax cuts when schools are suffering. (May 2002)
  • Voted YES on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted NO on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on raising estate tax exemption to $5 million. (Mar 2007)

Bob Casey on War & Peace

  • Iraq: No deadline, no timeline, but replace Rumsfeld. (Sep 2006)
  • Would have voted for Iraq War, but based on false evidence. (Sep 2006)
  • No withdrawal deadline in Iraq; but we must change course. (Sep 2006)
  • We need more Special Forces and better body armor. (Sep 2006)
  • Sanctions against Iran, but in a tough and skilled way. (Sep 2006)
  • Bring our troops home as soon as possible. (Feb 2006)
  • Disagrees with timeline & pulling troops out. (Oct 2005)
  • Ask tough questions about colossal intelligence failure. (Oct 2005)
  • Finish the job in Iraq. (Apr 2005)
  • Voted NO on redeploying non-essential US troops out of Iraq in 9 months. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted YES on designating Iran's Revolutionary Guards as terrorists. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted YES on redeploying US troops out of Iraq by March 2008. (Mar 2007)

Bob Casey on Welfare & Poverty

  • Allow churches to register as childcare providers. (Nov 2004)