Sunday, October 21, 2012

Robert Casey, Jr.

Joint Economic Committee Chairman

Robert Casey, Jr.

Senior Senator                          Pennsylvania                 Democrat
Elected 2006

Aging (Special)
Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry
Foreign Relations
Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
Joint Economic Committee – Chairman


ADA    Americans for Democratic Action                                               90
            Liberal:             less defense spending   
                                     protect civil liberties, human rights

ACLU  American Civil Liberties Union                                                    87
            Protect individuals from legal infringements on rights

AFS     American Federation of Government Employees                  100          
            Liberal labor

LCV    League of Conservation Voters                                                   86
            Pro-environmental protection

ITIC     Information Technology Industry Council                                     67
            Promote electronic commerce and innovation

NTU    National Taxpayers Union                                                              8
            Pro-taxpayer rights

COC    US Chamber of Commerce                                                        27

ACU    American Conservative Union                                                       0
            Conservative:    foreign policy
                                       social and budget issues

CFG    Club for Growth                                                                              3
            Pro-tax limitation

FRC     Family Research Council                                                             20
            Conservative:    promotes marriage and family
                                       oppose abortion

Votes in 111th Congress:  2009 – 2010

Yes      Overturn Ledbetter
            Extend statute of limitations in pay discrimination
Yes      Pass $787 Billion Stimulus
            Funds to revive U.S. economy
Yes      Repeal DC Gun Laws
            Repeal DC firearms limits and semiautomatic weapons ban
Yes      Confirm Sonia Sotomayor
            Confirm Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court
Yes      Pass Health Care Bill
            Provides insurance for people without health insurance
Yes      Regulate Financial Firms
            Regulations on financial services firms
No       Pass Tax Cuts for Some
            Bush era tax cuts to continue for incomes under $250,000
Yes      Legalize Immigrants’ Kids
            Give children of illegal parents path to legal status
Yes      Ratify New START
            Ratify Strategic Arms Treaty with Russia
Yes      Confirm Elena Kagan
            Confirm Elena Kagan to Supreme Court
No       Stop EPA Climate Regulations
            Oppose EPA regulations of greenhouse gases under Clean Air Act
Yes      Repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
            Lift ban on openly gay people in military

Year                 Candidate                     Vote                                         Campaign Chest

2010                Robert Casey, Jr. (D)   2,392,984  59%                       17,929,395
                        Rick Santorum (R)        1,684,788  41                            28,641,536

Population 2010:                      12,702,379
State Rank:                               6th
Change since 2000:                 up 3.4%

Urban:                                      77%
Rural:                                       23

Philadelphia                              1,526,006
Pittsburgh                                    305,704
Allentown                                     118,032
Erie                                              101,786

Median Income:                          50,028
Median Home Value:                161,700

Private Employment:                 83%
Government Employment:         12
Self-Employed:                             5
Poverty:                                    12
Blue Collar:                              23
White Collar:                            61

Median Age:                             40
Over 65:                                    15%
Under 18:                                  22

High School Graduates:            87%
College Graduates:                   26
Graduate Degree:                     10

Veterans:                                  11%

Registered Voters 2010:
Democrats -                             4,311,203
Republicans -                           3,132,039
Independents -                         1,035,267
Voter Turnout -                         3,987,551
Turnout, Voting Age -              40%

White:                                      80%
Black:                                       10
Hispanic:                                    6
Asian:                                         3

2008 Presidential Vote:

Barack Obama (D) -                3,276,363        54%
John McCain (R) -                   2,655,885        44

2004 Presidential Vote:

John Kerry (D) -                      2,938,095        51%
George W. Bush (R) -              2,793,847        48

Robert Casey, Jr. Voting History:

Votes in the 110th Congress:  2007 – 2008

Yes      Raise CAFE standards
            Limit debate on setting higher fuel standards for vehicles
Yes      Expand SCHIP
            Expand State Children’s Health Insurance Program
Yes      Cap Greenhouse Gases
            Limit debate on setting Cap and Trade system to curb climate change
Yes      Bailout Financial Markets
            $700 billion dollar bailout of financial industry
No       Make English Official Language
            English the official language of the US
Yes      Path to Citizenship
            Limit debate on immigration reform bill
Yes      Fetus is Unborn Child
            Define fetus as an unborn child
Yes      Prosecute Hate Crimes
            Limit debate on measure funding prosecution of hate crimes
Yes      Withdraw Troops March, 2008
            Withdrawal of most US troops in Iraq by March, 2008
Yes      Iran Guard is Terrorist Group
            Iranian Revolutionary Guard is terrorist group
No       Increase Missile Defense Funding
            Increase funding for missile defense
Yes      Overhaul FISA
            Overhaul Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act

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