Press Highlights for the Week of July 5th

Press Highlights for the Week of July 5th

Pursing Policies that Aid Pennsylvanians

Casey, Senate Democrats push Pre-K Amendment for No Child left Behind Fix- “Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey (D) is offering an amendment to the bipartisan rewrite of No Child Left Behind that would provide universal pre-K for five years. The amendment would close the corporate tax inversions loophole in order to fund it. That would provide around $30 billion in funding, which Casey’s office based off of the $33.5 billion that would be saved if the Stop Corporate Inversions Act of 2014 passed. The act would have made it more difficult for companies to move their tax-reporting address overseas and avoid U.S. taxes. The legislation was referred to House Committee on Ways and Means.”(Think Progress, 7/7/15)

Casey Continues Push for Evacuation Plans Near Nuclear Sites- “Federal regulators only require evacuation plans for areas within 10 miles of a nuclear power plant. No municipal government in the region has nuclear evacuation plans beyond that. In the aftermath of Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) ordered Americans to evacuate at least 50 miles from the Japanese plant. Scientists, nonprofit groups and members of Congress say that should be the American standard.“I hope the nuclear regulatory commission will listen to the concerns I have and a lot of people have over whether that 10 mile radius is enough.” Senator Bob Casey said. Casey (D-Pa.) has repeatedly petitioned the NRC for information about its 10 miles evacuation requirement since 2011.” NBC10, 7/9/15)

Casey: Positive Train Control Mandated For All Rails- “Work is underway throughout Septa’s rail network in the wake of the deadly may Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia. Pennsylvania U.S. Senator, Bob Casey says, it’s a relief to know that Positive Train Control is being installed, but he says, the Federal Government can do more. “Congress often outs transit agencies in the position of choosing between safety features like Positive Train Control and fixing crumbling bridges or other infrastructure. We need to do both and we need to give transit agencies the resources to do that.” Casey adds, transit systems are ordered to have Positive Train Control installed by December 31st of this year.” (WPNV, 7/9/15)

New Campus SaVE Act deals with Chester County campus violence- “The Campus SaVE Act seeks to address the violence women face on campus: the highest rates of stalking, the highest risk of nonfatal intimate partner violence, and 20-25 percent of female students experiencing rape or attempted rape. This legislation, co-authored by U.S. Sen. Robert Casey, D-Pa., will update the Jeanne Clery Act, which requires publishing information on campus crime across the United States. On Thursday, when the law took effect, Casey detailed the new protections and discussed the impact for the upcoming school year.“The Campus SaVE Act is the most significant update to the campus sexual assault provisions of the Clery Act in two decades. As of today, all institutions of higher education must be in compliance with the new law,” Casey said. “The Campus SaVE Act makes a huge leap forward in protecting college communities and providing resources for victims of domestic or dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. “When students start, or return to, college in the fall, they will benefit from new prevention programs designed to reduce sexual abuse and dating violence, and will have new protections under the law,” he said.” (Main Line Media News, 7//7/15)

Casey calls on FTC to take action against drip pricing to protect consumers- “U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Penn., says travelers are seeing hotels advertised online for one rate only to see the full charge substantially increase as they complete the booking process. The practice, known as drip pricing, helps hotels offer competitive prices on major travel sites where travelers look for deals, according to Casey “This hinders the consumer’s ability to make a complete, informed decision in choosing the right hotel,” Casey wrote in a letter to Mary K. Engle, associate director of the FTC’s Division of Advertising Practices. “In addition, such practices that misrepresent the hotel room reservation price quoted to consumers may be in violation of federal law that governs deceptive commercial practices.”According to Casey, the FTC in 2012 warned some hotels about the practice, but it did not lead to an end to the approach.” (Examiner, 7/6/15)

New law — the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act —deals with violence at colleges and universities- “The Campus SaVE Act is the most significant update to the campus sexual assault provisions of the Clery Act in two decades. As of today, all institutions of higher education must be in compliance with the new law,” Casey said. “The Campus SaVE Act makes a huge leap forward in protecting college communities and providing resources for victims of domestic or dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. “When students start, or return to, college in the fall, they will benefit from new prevention programs designed to reduce sexual abuse and dating violence, and will have new protections under the law,” he said.” (Times Herald 7/6/15)

Casey Seeks to end hotel pricing scheme- “Hotels should have to disclose all fees for a stay early in the booking process instead of hiding them until the end, where they could easily be missed, a Pennsylvania senator says. Sen. Bob Casey wrote to the Federal Trade Commission on Monday to express his concerns about "drip pricing." Casey called on the agency to strengthen advertising standards so charges for exercise facilities, Internet access, newspapers and other amenities are disclosed and reflected in the cost that travelers see at the begininng of the online booking process, instead of only at the end when they pay.” (Morning Call 7/6/15)

Casey’s new legislation to fight sexual assault on campuses- “Legislation that expands upon the Clery Act, a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose information about crime on their campuses, went into effect Wednesday, making it one of the most significant updates regarding the handling of sexual misconduct in higher learning institutions in nearly two decades. The Campus SaVE (Sexual Violence Elimination) Act, introduced by Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., expands the scope of legislation in terms of reporting, response and prevention education requirements around rape, acquaintance rape, domestic and acting violence, sexual assault and stalking.” York Dispatch, 7/6/15)

How will the SaVE Act help students?- “Primary Prevention and Awareness

A student starting college in the fall of 2015 will receive training and education on primary prevention and awareness of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking, and there must be ongoing prevention efforts.

This must include comprehensive, intentional, integrated programming, initiatives, strategies and campaigns intended to end intimate partner violence. Prior to the Campus SaVE Act, there was no explicit requirement for prevention and awareness programming.

Better Support for Victims

Victims often do not know where to turn or what to do after an assault. 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.” (Lancaster Online, 7/6/15)

Amtrak funding top’s Casey’s agenda- “Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Bob Casey has undertaken an effort to protect $1.4 billion in Amtrak funding. Casey sprung into action after a proposal to cut $250 million in Amtrak funding gained momentum in the House of Representatives. The state’s senior senator said now is the time to act and doing so is especially critical for Philadelphia and the Northeast corridor, as the city prepares for major events — including the papal visit and next year’s Democratic National Committee conference. In his push for funding, Casey sent a letter to the appropriations committee that discusses the impact Amtrak has, particularly on the busy northeast corridor, which connects Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., serves 11 million passengers annually and has a significant economic impact on the region.” (Philadelphia Tribune, 7/3/15)

Casey urges funding for trail link between Flight 93 memorial and Great Allegheny Passage- “U.S. Sen. Bob Casey is urging federal approval of an effort to connect the Flight 93 National Memorial with cyclists and hikers on the Great Allegheny Passage trail, and ultimately, with the other two 9/11 memorial sites. With roughly 11 miles of abandoned railroad paths, the Great Allegheny Passage could be connected to the Flight 93 memorial – if land acquisition and millions in funding fall in line. Casey is urging the Federal Highway Administration to approve the land acquisition, part of an application from Somerset County and the September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance.” (Tribune Democrat, 7/1/15)

Casey, Senators call for funds to shore up coal miners' pension and benefits- “Pennsylvania Democrat Bob Casey joined Sens. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia and Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia to introduce the bill, called the Miners Protection Act. Mr. Casey, in a press release announcing the bill, blamed the 2008 financial crisis coupled with high payment obligations for putting the fund “on the road to insolvency.” Just 10,000 active workers pay into the fund from which 120,000 miners draw pension checks, he noted, as the number of working coal miners have been slashed in recent years due to layoffs.” (Post-Gazette, 7/7/15)

Casey Pursuing a National Security Strategy to Protect Pennsylvanians and Support Our Troops

Senate Targets ISIS Profits From Ancient Syrian Artifacts- “A new congressional effort to cut off funding for the Islamic State targets an unlikely source: antiquities smuggled out of Syria and into the homes of Western collectors. A bill set to be introduced in the Senate next week would allow President Barack Obama to impose import restrictions on Syrian antiquities without the request or consent of the Syrian government, as usually required by law. The new legislation would also establish a position at the State Department to coordinate international efforts to prevent international trafficking of cultural property.“One of the keys to restricting the money flowing to ISIS is to limit their ability to sell antiquities on the black market,” said Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.), the bill’s backer, using another name for the Islamic State. “ISIS’s pillaging of historical sites is giving them a financial boost and destroying precious cultural heritage.” (Huffington Post, 7/9/15)

Casey wants action to cut off ISIS’s money- “Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) is urging the Obama administration to tighten its grip around Islamic extremists’ access to money. Casey sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday asking for new sanctions on “middlemen” for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and to consider designating the group as a transnational criminal organization.The extra bureaucratic maneuvers could increase the pressure on ISIS, he said, and strike a serious blow to its ability to function.“ISIS’s wealth allows them pay competitive salaries for their fighters and to provide some basic services, including food and fuel, in the communities they control,” Casey wrote. “More must be done to address this element of the strategy to combat ISIS.” (The Hill, 7/10/15)