Women and Families

Advocating for Women and Families

Senator Casey has long advocated for policies to ensure that women can be full participants in America’s economy, supporting access to childcare and paid family leave, seeking an end to discrimination against pregnant women, and advocating for equal pay for equal work. As a member of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, the Committee on Finance and Special Committee on Aging, Senator Casey has had the opportunity to write legislation and influence policy impacting women in Pennsylvania.

  • Protecting pregnant workers: Senator Casey is the author of the bipartisan Pregnant Workers Fairness Act to ensure that pregnant workers are given reasonable accommodations in the workplace to ensure a healthy pregnancy.

  • Supporting families’ caregiving needs: Senator Casey strongly supports that ability to workers to earn and use family leave and sick leave.? He is an original cosponsor of the Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act, legislation to create a new national program to provide workers with up to 12 weeks of paid family leave to care for new children or sick family members.?Senator Casey is also a cosponsor of Senator Murray’s Healthy Families Act which would allow workers to earn paid sick days (1 hour of sick time for every 30 hours worked), up to 7 days a year.

  • Providing flexibility for working families: Senator Casey authored the Flexibility for Working Families Act to provide employees with more options to request flexibility in scheduling to meet the needs of their families.

  • Ending the gender pay gap: Senator Casey has cosponsored the Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 270), which would increase penalties for employers who pay different wages to men and women for equal work. Senator Casey also voted in favor of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, which closed a loophole to ensure that victims of pay discrimination would have legal recourse against those who discriminated against them.

  • Support for pregnant women: Senator Casey’s program, the Pregnancy Assistance Fund, was included in the Affordable Care Act. This program has provided $250 million over ten years to support pregnant and parenting teens and young women as they work to complete their education.

  • Combating domestic and sexual violence: Senator Casey has fought for programs that support victims of violence and authored legislation to improve how colleges and universities respond to sexual assault. This legislation, the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act, was signed into law in 2013 as a part of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act. He is also the author of the Safe Equitable Campus Resources and Education Act, which would ensure that the needs of individuals with disabilities are included in campus planning and response to incidents of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking, and that materials provided to the campus community are accessible to individuals with disabilities.

  • Championing early learning and child care: Senator Casey recognizes that children need early learning opportunities to succeed and grow to their full potential. Study after study shows that investments in enhancing learning opportunities for our youngest children are absolutely critical to a child’s success, as well as that of their parents. Senator Casey has consistently led the fight to increase funding for early learning and child care programs including Head Start, the Child Care and Development Block Grant, and Preschool Development Grants. He has also introduced legislation to improve and expand early education and child care. His legislation to align early learning and grade school programs, the Continuum of Learning Act, was included in the Every Student Succeeds Act in December 2015. Senator Casey introduced the Child Care for Working Families Act (S.1806) with Senator Murray, legislation that would establish a new federal-state funding partnership to provide high-quality, affordable child care from birth through age 13. He also introduced the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit Enhancement Act (S. 470). The Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit helps individuals and families pay for care for a child, spouse or other dependent. Senator Casey’s bill will increase and expand access to this credit, so that it is available to more working families.

  • Support for family planning: Senator Casey has consistently supported access to contraception, including funding for the Title X National Family Planning Program, and has opposed efforts to defund nonprofits that provide important health care options to women.

Resources for Pennsylvania women:

  • If you need health insurance and are under age 65, please visit the health insurance marketplace at www.healthcare.gov for information on how to find health insurance, when to enroll, determine your family’s eligibility for Medicaid, CHIP or a subsidy for private insurance, and other resources. Open season, when anyone can enroll, occurs annually in November and December, but you may be able to enroll at another time if you experience a change like losing another source of insurance, getting married/divorced or having a baby. You can also call 1-800-318-2596, or find local help at https://localhelp.healthcare.gov/#intro.


  • Casey, Collins Introduce Bill to Expand Nutrition Assistance for Children and Mothers

    Recently, U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced a bill to extend nutrition assistance for vulnerable infants, children and mothers across the country. The Wise Investment in our Children (WIC) Act would address a gap in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) that kicks young children off vital nutrition assistance before they are eligible to start school. The WIC Act would also give states the option to certify infants and postpartum mothers for two years, which would reduce duplicative paperwork and allow program administrators to focus on providing services such as nutrition counseling and breastfeeding support. Read More

  • Casey To Every Single PA College: What Are You Doing To Address Campus Sexual Assault?

    In an effort to ensure that students across Pennsylvania have a safe learning environment, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), primary author of the Campus SaVE Act, which was enacted as a part of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, is pressing 123 colleges and universities in the Commonwealth to ensure that they have adequate policies in place to prevent campus sexual assault. Specifically, Casey is requesting information about institutions' efforts to fight this epidemic. Read More

  • Casey Introduces Legislation to Provide Critical Funding For Pregnant Mothers

    U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced new legislation to reauthorize mandatory funding at $25 million for the Pregnancy Assistance Fund (PAF) for five years, through 2024. The PAF program is a vital health and human services program that delivers funding for states and tribal entities so they can provide essential services directed to youth who are pregnant and parenting, to pregnant women who have experienced sexual violence and other vulnerable individuals who are expectant or new parents. Read More

  • Casey, Murkowski Introduce Bill to Support Survivors of Domestic Violence

    U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) recently introduced the Family Violence Prevention and Services Improvement Act (S. 2259), which would enhance and expand support, protection and prevention for Americans affected by family violence, domestic violence and dating violence. More than 10 million people in the United States are abused each year, and more than one third of women and men in America report that they experienced sexual violence, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime. The bill strengthens and updates the National Domestic Violence Hotline to better serve underserved populations, such as people who are deaf or hard of hearing, expands prevention efforts and creates a new program that provides resources for underserved populations. Read More

  • Casey, Dingell, Hassan Continue Fight Against Campus Sexual Assault

    Although great strides have been made in advancing protections against sexual violence on college campuses, students with disabilities still suffer a disproportionate number of violent sexual crimes. A recent Last year, a report from the National Council on Disability, "Not on the Radar: Sexual Assault of College Students with Disabilities," found that the needs of these students are often not addressed under existing policies. To address this gap and build upon the work of the landmark Jeanne Clery Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell (D-MI-12) and U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) introduced the Safe Equitable Campus Resources and Education (SECuRE) Act. Read More

  • Casey, Colleagues Introduce Legislation To Make Child Care More Affordable

    In Pennsylvania, the average cost of full-time center-based daycare is $11,560 for an infant and $8,712 for a 4-year-old. To help reduce the burden placed on working families, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) is joined by 20 of his Democratic colleagues in introducing the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit Enhancement Act, legislation to make child care accessible and more affordable for working families. Read More

  • Casey, Colleagues Reintroduce Bill to Stop Trump Administration from Detaining and Shackling Pregnant Women

    U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), alongside Senate HELP Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), reintroduced the Stop Shackling and Detaining Pregnant Women Act. The legislation would protect the health and safety of pregnant women and youth by reinstituting the presumption of release of pregnant women and youth in immigration detention, further prohibiting the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from shackling pregnant women in its custody, and setting new standards of care and transparency for the treatment of pregnant women and youth. Read More

  • Casey Backs Paid Family Leave, Continues Support For Working Pennsylvanians

    Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) is announcing his cosponsorship of legislation to ensure paid family and medical leave for workers across the country. Specifically, the Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act would provide workers with the option to take up to 12 weeks of paid leave, financed through worker contributions to a trust fund, similar to Social Security. Read More

  • On The First Day Of Black History Month, Casey Announces Annual Honorees

    Today, as we celebrate the start of Black History Month, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) announced that he will honor five Pennsylvania innovators for their dedication to creating innovative solutions to the Nation's most pressing issues and for their work in inspiring the next generation of leaders. These innovators include: Lorina Marshall-Blake, Joan Myers Brown, Sulaiman Rahman, Rakia Reynolds and Omar Woodward. Read More

  • Casey Works To Ensure Equal Pay For Equal Work

    U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, alongside a number of his democratic colleagues, reintroduced the Paycheck Fairness Act. This legislation would strengthen the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and guarantee that women can challenge pay discrimination and hold employers accountable. Read More

  • With Farm Bill Soon To Be Law: Casey Secures Key Wins for PA Farmers

    Following Senate passage of a bipartisan Farm Bill, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, is announcing a number of critical wins for Pennsylvania farmers, families and rural communities. Among other legislative provisions authored or pioneered by Casey, the law will include measures that address senior nutrition needs, improve conservation efforts and work to protect water quality in the Chesapeake Bay watershed and across the Commonwealth. Read More

  • Casey Secures Two Bipartisan Air Safety Wins in FAA Bill Headed to President

    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

  • Casey, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Bill Address Unexpected Child, Infant Deaths

    U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), alongside U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA), U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and U.S. Representatives Gwen Moore (WI-04), Tom Cole (OK-04) and Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03) introduced the Scarlett's Sunshine on Sudden Unexpected Death Act, critical bipartisan and bicameral legislation to combat Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) and Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC). Read More

  • Casey, Colleagues Look To Fight Domestic Abuse In The Digital Age

    Although technological advancement has done a great deal to improve the daily lives of Americans across the country, it has also opened the door to a troubling new form of domestic abuse: the use of internet-connected home devices to harass and control victims. In an effort to combat this disturbing practice highlighted by a recent New York Times piece , U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), alongside U.S. Senators Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Patty Murray (D-WA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Tom Udall (D-NM), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Ed Markey (D-MA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) and Tina Smith (D-MN), called on the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to take steps to make updated resources and assistance available to victims, as well as law enforcement, judicial personnel and other professionals who assist victims of this type of domestic abuse. Read More

  • Casey Looks to Help Youngest, Oldest Victims of the Opioid Epidemic

    Pennsylvania infants, mothers, grandparents and everyone in between are harmed by the opioid epidemic. To address this crisis, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) introduced two bipartisan bills aimed at helping both the oldest and youngest victims of the epidemic. Casey, alongside U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), introduced the Protecting Moms and Infants Act, to build upon their earlier Protecting Our Infants Act, which was the first federal law to address prenatal opioid exposure. With U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), Casey introduced the Medicare Beneficiary Opioid Addiction Treatment Act, legislation that would allow older adults and people with disabilities to access critical opioid treatment medication. Read More

  • Casey Expands on His Law to Protect Opioid Dependent Infants, Introduces New Bill to Ensure Plans of Safe Care for All Affected Infants

    Each day, as the opioid crisis continues to ravage our communities, more and more infants are born with neonatal abstinence syndrome, or are otherwise affected by substance abuse. In an effort to help these children, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) has introduced the Supporting Infant Plans of Safe Care Implementation Act of 2018. This legislation will provide much needed resources to states for implementation of the 2016 law, plus additional guidance and technical assistance from the federal government to help states meet the requirements of the law. Read More

  • Casey Announces Guest for State of the Union As GOP Eyes “Entitlement Reform”

    Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) announced that Anna Corbin of Hanover, PA, a mother of two Medicaid recipients, will be his guest to the President's State of the Union Address on Tuesday, January 30. This announcement comes as the Administration and Republicans in Congress remain fixated on slashing vital programs and services for working families. Republicans passed massive tax cuts for the super-rich and big corporations, while at the same time proposing $1.5 trillion in cuts to Medicare and Medicaid in their FY18 budget. Read More

  • Casey Obtains HHS Secret Roadmap to Sabotage the ACA

    Recently, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, obtained a secret document, which the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) distributed during a closed-door meeting between the Trump Administration and the House Freedom Caucus. The document highlights a quid pro quo agreement to entice members of Congress to vote for partial repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Read More

  • Casey, Democrats Push To Block Trump Administration’s Roll Back of Birth Control Mandate

    Led by Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today 33 Senate and House Democrats introduced the Protect Access to Birth Control Act, legislation to rescind the Trump Administration's interim final rules issued on October 6 that allow companies to interfere in their employees’ health care choices and force women to pay more for an essential part of their health care. Read More

  • Casey Sends Letter to Secretary DeVos Condemning Meeting

    U.S. Senator Bob Casey is sending the below letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos reiterating the strong points he made at her confirmation hearing and condemning her meeting tomorrow with groups such as the National Campaign for Men. Read More

  • Casey, Wyden, Murray Call on HHS Secretary, Tom Price, to Reveal Details of Backroom Deals Being Made with Republican Senators

    U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA), Ranking Member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, Ron Wyden (D-OR), Ranking Member on the Senate Finance Committee, and Patty Murray, Ranking Member on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, have sent a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services, Tom Price, calling on him to reveal the details of the backroom deals being made with Republican Senators in order to gather support for their health care scheme. As the Senate GOP continues secret negotiations, the American people are left to wonder what the damaging impacts on their health care will be. During the House health care debate, President Trump sent a letter to House Republicans promising a series of rollbacks in basic health care protections through administrative action, yet Secretary Price and the White House have refused to release the letter. On June 20th, Secretary Price met behind closed doors with Republican Senators but has refused to divulge what documents were presented or what promises for regulatory rollbacks were made. Today, Senators Casey, Wyden and Murray, all Ranking Members of Senate committees, have made this inquiry as a matter of basic oversight. Read More

  • Casey, Senate Dems To Secretary Price: Tell The Truth About Medicaid Decimation

    U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, led a group of 14 senators in calling on Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Tom Price to stop misleading the public about the negative impacts of President Trump's budget and the Republican Healthcare Plan on Medicaid protections. Read More

  • Casey, Senate Democrats to Administration: Stop Sabotaging our Health Care System

    Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), joined by 12 Democratic Senators, demanded that the Trump Administration end its sabotage of the U.S. health care system. In a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), Tom Price, and the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Mick Mulvaney, the Senators demanded that the Administration commit to making vital payments to ensure the viability of the health care system and to turn over documents, which the Administration likely possesses, that demonstrate the negative impacts that ending cost-sharing reduction payments (CSRs) would have on the health care system. Read More

  • Casey on House Health Care Bill Passage

    U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) is releasing the below statement following the House of Representatives passage of the American Health Care Act which would repeal the Affordable Care Act. Read More

  • Casey Leads Call To Stop Unnecessary Berks Detentions Of Children And Their Mothers

    A group, led by U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), of nine ‎U.S. Senators and 13 ‎members of the U.S. House of Representatives have released a letter to John Kelly, Secretary of the Department Homeland Security (DHS), calling on the Trump Administration to put an end to the detention of four children and their mothers at the Berks County Residential Center (BCRC) in Leesport, Pennsylvania. Read More

  • Meeting with Local Women's March leaders

    As women continue to face workplace discrimination and many working families are struggling to make ends meet, U.S. Senator Bob Casey reintroduce two pieces of legislation aimed at improving workplace opportunities for all. Surrounded by women's community leadership, Casey highlighted the planned reintroduction of his Pregnant Workers Fairness and Working Flexibility for Working Families Acts. Local Women’s March leaders echoed Casey’s call on congressional leaders to do their part to address these issues and step up to the plate for working women. Read More

  • Casey Marks Equal Pay Day, Reintroduces Paycheck Fairness Act

    Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) today marked Equal Pay Day and reintroduced the Paycheck Fairness Act, legislation that would strengthen the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and guarantee that women can challenge pay discrimination and hold employers accountable. Read More

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