Press Highlights for the Week of July 12th

Press Highlights for the Week of July 12th

Casey Presses for Action on Avian Flu Crisis- “Redding expressed appreciation for Wolf’s assistance and also said the U.S. Department of Agriculture has been an invaluable ally as the nation fights the current outbreaks. U.S. Sen. Bob Casey recently pressed for adequate continued funding for its efforts. Redding said he supports Casey’s push. To date, Redding said, the USDA has covered all of the cleaning and disposal and recovery cost in other states that are affecting; he would like to see them continue to do that. There are also some staffing issues that are developing and need to be addressed; for instance, he said, the USDA has two poultry appraisers in Pennsylvania, and one of them is expected to retire soon.” Lancaster Online, 7/16/15)

Human Rights Campaign Recognizes Casey Advocacy for LGBT Youth- “During the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee consideration of the Every Child Achieves Act, Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) also offered the Safe Schools Improvement Act (SSIA) as an amendment.  SSIA would require school districts receiving federal funds to have enumerated anti-bullying and harassment policies that protect students on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, as well as race, color, national origin, sex, disability, and religion.  Unfortunately, Republicans on the Committee undercut his efforts, and the amendment was ultimately withdrawn.” (Human Rights Campaign, 7/14/15) 

Casey announces funds for two fire companies in Lehigh Valley- “U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) recently secured funding for two fire companies in the Lehigh Valley area. Mahoning Valley Volunteer Fire Company #1 in Carbon County is getting $237K and the Wind Gap Fire Company in Northampton County will get over $115K. The funds for the Mahoning Valley Volunteer fire Company #1 will be used for vehicle acquisition while the Wind Gap Company will spend its funds on operations and safety. In announcing the grants, Casey said, "Pennsylvania's firefighters endure risk and sacrifice every day to keep their community safe," this money will help provide fire fighters with the resources they need to ensure their safety and the safety of those they serve, added Casey.”(WFMZ, 7/15/2016)

Huffington Post Covers Casey Criminal Justice Reform Bill- “Two Democratic senators, Bob Casey (Penn.) and Gary Peters (Mich.), will be joined by two conservative Republicans, Sens. David Vitter (La.) and James Inhofe (Okla.), in sponsoring a bill that would provide local governments with grants to help them address juvenile delinquency. The Youth Prison Reduction through Opportunities, Mentoring, Intervention, Support, and Education Act -- or Youth PROMISE Act -- would specifically fund efforts to collect better data on the effectiveness of juvenile intervention programs, such as after-school programs and mentoring. A 2008 study in Pennsylvania suggested communities could save money by focusing on intervention programs for at-risk youths.” (Huffington Post, 7/15/15)

Sen. Casey pushes for investment in Pre-K- “U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., is continuing a several-year push to open up preschool to more children and hopes such an amendment could be included in a rewrite of the No Child Left Behind Act. “If children learn more earlier in life they will earn more later in their lives,” Casey said in an emailed statement to The Era on Thursday. “Investing in locally driven, high-quality pre-k is good for children and good for the future of our economy.  “In rural communities it's critical that we give children a strong start. Pre-k lays a foundation for children that will give them the freedom and ability to choose their course later in life,” he continued. The Strong Start Amendment would cover five years of universal preschool — worth about $30 billion — and calls for the distribution of grants to school districts, licensed care enters and Head Start programs. The amendment is slated for senate vote Tuesday.” (Bradford Era, 7/11/15­

Wilkes-Barre’s efforts to battle crime receives backing, new resources from Department of Justice- “Casey, D-Scranton, in April urged the DOJ to direct additional resources to the city in the wake of seven shootings that occurred over a six-day period that month. Last month Casey held a news conference outside police headquarters to call for preservation of a federal program that provides additional police officers to communities battling an uptick in violence. On the year, four homicides have been reported in Wilkes-Barre, which Casey said faces economic challenges similar to “so many of our urban communities.” “If they had a huge fund that they could draw from that would be one thing,” Casey said Friday in a phone interview with the Times Leader. “Cities across the country are still recovering and just trying to make ends meet is difficult.” (Times Leader, 7/10/15)

Casey Law on Campus Sexual Assault Goes into Effect- “Prior to the Campus SaVE Act, there was no explicit requirement for prevention and awareness programming. The law requires institutions of higher education to develop a clear statement of policy regarding domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking, including programs to prevent these tragedies from occurring; provide written information to victims regarding their rights and the resources available to them; and establish clear campus conduct procedures for disciplinary procedures against individuals accused of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault or stalking. Casey said the new law will offer better support for victims of sexual or dating crime. “Victims often do not know where to turn or what to do after an assault,” he said. “For a student assaulted in 2015, schools must now provide a written list of the resources available for that victim, such as the option to change classes, move dorms, or move to a new on-campus job, in order to protect the victim and enable the victim to feel safe on campus; and available counseling, health, mental health, victim advocacy and legal resources available in the community.” (Pottstown Mercury, 7/11/15)

Casey: ‘If Children Learn More Now, They Earn More Later’- “Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey proposed an amendment to the No Child Left Behind Act rewrite to expand and improve early education. On Wednesday, the House passed a Republican-led rewrite of the No Child Left Behind education law. The bill lessens the federal role in education policy for the nation’s public schools, the Associated Press reported. Casey’s new universal pre-kindergarten amendment, Strong Start for America’s Children, could become a part of the rewrite if approved. Senators are scheduled to vote on the amendment Tuesday, Casey said. The amendment would provide more than $30 billion in funding over a five-year period from the corporate tax inversions loophole. The loophole is a strategy corporations use where they change country in which the company’s headquarters is located to generate a larger profit without closing down in other parts of the world. Casey hopes to increase the number of Pennsylvania children receiving pre-K education subsides from more than 56,000 to over 93,000. Funding would be given directly to states to distribute in public schools, Head Start and licensed child care centers for full-day preschool for families earning below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. States already doing this can expand services to 3-year-olds.” (Daily Item, 7/12/15)

Sen. Casey pushes for funding for early education- “U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., introduced the amendment, which would fund universal pre-kindergarten classes by ending the corporate inversions tax loophole that allows American companies to claim they are headquartered overseas and, ultimately, avoid taxes. "Upon enactment, it would provide an innovative federal and state partnership to improve early learning," Casey said. The amendment would provide more than $30 billion in paid-for mandatory formula and grant funding to states for high-quality, full-day preschool for 4-year-old children from families earning less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level. For a family of four, that would be an annual income of $48,500.” (York Dispatch, 7/13/15)