Pennsylvania is home to a large and diverse infrastructure network, and keeping it well maintained is critical to a strong economy and future growth. Senator Casey has continually pushed for increased funding for Pennsylvania’s traditional infrastructure - roads, bridges and ports— as well as broadband, which is necessary for individuals and businesses to survive and thrive in a 21st Century economy. Pennsylvania’s highway system is comprised of 40,000 state and 76,000 local miles, and over 22,000 bridges. With truck traffic in Pennsylvania nearly double the national average and the severe winters the state often experiences, our roads and bridges suffer more damage than most other states are accustomed to.
A sound infrastructure is necessary for the businesses of the Commonwealth to compete in international markets. Without a renewed dedication to making smart investments in our nation’s infrastructure, American businesses risk losing their edge and our future job and wage growth id jeopardized.
Senator Casey supports the Senate Democrats’ Jobs and Infrastructure Plan for America’s Workers. This plan would make a historic $1 trillion federal investment to modernize our crumbling infrastructure and create more than 15 million jobs in the process.
Senator Casey is an original co-sponsor of S. 846, the SAFE Bridges Act of 2017. This legislation authorizes an additional $2.75 billion annually to enable states to repair and replace structurally deficient bridges. Under this legislation Pennsylvania would receive an additional $271 million a year to address their substantial backlog of bridge rehabilitation projects.
Senator Casey supported the passage of S. 2848, the Water Resources Development Act of 2016. This legislation included authorization for the Upper Ohio Navigation Study, which calls for the replacement of the Emsworth, Dashields and Montgomery Locks and Dams, which are of critical importance to the Pittsburgh Port.
In December 2015, Senator Casey supported the passage of the FAST Act, which included language from his Support for Bridges Act to increase the set-aside funding for off-system bridges. The FAST Act authorized funding for transportation and infrastructure projects through 2020. Pennsylvania will receive $369 million for fixing deficient bridges through the FAST Act.
On May 19, 2015, Senator Casey introduced S. 1370, the Support for Bridges Act, which would increase the availability of federal funding for all bridges, and protect the funding set-aside for off-system bridges which became law in MAP-21.
Senator Casey has annually advocated for robust funding for Amtrak. Amtrak rail service in Pennsylvania is crucial to the long-term economic competitiveness of the region and provides travelers with a reliable mode of transportation to their final destinations. Continued support of passenger rail is essential to furthering our nation’s economic recovery. In Pennsylvania alone, Amtrak employs over 2,600 individuals and spends over $200 million a year on procurement contracts in the state.
Senator Casey has been a strong supporter of the TIGER grant program. This competitive grant program invests in projects that create jobs, promote economic development and positively benefit the infrastructure of our Nation. Since 2009, Pennsylvania has received 16 awards, totaling over $258 million.
Senator Casey strongly supports efforts to expand broadband access to areas currently lacking it. In 2018, he led sixteen of his colleagues on a letter asking the President to prioritize rural broadband buildout in his infrastructure proposal.
The funding bill signed in March 2018 included $600 million for a new rural broadband loan and grant pilot program administered by the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) at the Department of Agriculture. At an April 2018 Agriculture Committee hearing, Senator Casey pushed Agriculture Secretary Perdue to move quickly to disburse these funds so investments can be made and broadband can be built out to the areas that need it most.
Senator Casey cosponsored an amendment to the 2018 Farm Bill that would increase authorized funding levels for the RUS rural broadband program from $150 million to $600 million annually.
Senator Casey has joined his colleagues on numerous letters asking the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to increase federal support available for the Rural Health Care Program, which helps provide the broadband services necessary for the provision of health care, and the High-Cost Program, which helps support broadband deployment to rural and remote areas.
Today, for the first time in 6 years, Congress passed a reauthorization of our nation's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Following years of advocacy, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) was able to secure new provisions which will work to ensure safety for pilots and passengers aboard all commercial aircraft. Specifically, the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 includes provisions from Casey’s Stopping Assault while Flying Enforcement Act (SAFE) and Saracini Aviation Safety Act. Read More
Philadelphia, PA - As kids and parents across Philadelphia gear up to start the new school year in exactly one month, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) called on the Administration and his colleagues in Washington to commit to investing in Pennsylvania's school infrastructure and highlighted Senate Democrats’ $50 billion proposal to assist states and school districts in closing funding gaps for critical capital modernizations and repairs. Read More
U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), and Bill Nelson (D-FL), sent a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) urging the agency to stop repeated delays in finalizing a regulation, originally proposed in December 2011, that would require keyless ignition vehicles to audibly alert drivers that their cars are still running when they leave the vehicle. Many consumers are unaware or forget that their keyless ignition vehicles may continue running even after they leave the vicinity of their car, putting them and their families at risk of injury or death from carbon monoxide poisoning. The senators cite a New York Times story from May that shared how families across America have fallen victim to this issue. The story indicated consumer education on keyless ignition cars is inadequate and reported at least 28 deaths and 45 injuries since 2006 resulting from this cause. Read More
U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), in collaboration with Governor Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), has successfully worked to secure a $35.1 million grant for PennDOT under the U.S. Department of Transportation's Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant program. PennDOT will use this funding to replace and improve the outdated I-99/I-80 Exit 161 interchange in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. The updates will ensure greater road safety and improve reliability to encourage economic growth in the region. Read More
As millions of Americans gear up for Memorial Day travel, they continue to face ever higher gas prices at the pump. The growing gas squeeze on middle class consumers comes even as large oil companies are reaping the benefit of billions of dollars of tax cuts due to the corporate tax bill passed by Republicans late last year. To highlight the corporate tax giveaways even as the middle class loses ground, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) released a new report from the Senate Finance Committee. Read More
As the Administration prepares a broad infrastructure plan while around 23 million Americans living in rural areas across the country still lack access to high-speed broadband, U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) joined by their colleagues, U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Patty Murray (D-WA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Tom Udall (D-NM), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Chris Coons (D-DE), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Ed Markey (D-MA), Gary Peters (D-MI), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), penned a letter to President Trump to urge him to include funding to support broadband deployment in unserved rural areas across the country. Read More