Press Highlights for the Week of September 6th

Press Highlights for the Week of September 6th

Casey Speaks with Philadelphia Inquirer’s Worldview Columnist Trudy Rubin on Iran Deal “Most experts believe this deal will halt Iran's march toward a bomb for at least a decade - despite the risk of Iranian cheating. It will sharply reduce the number of centrifuges, along with the enrichment and stockpiling of uranium. It will also shut down the plutonium pathway.  That's why Casey - along with many top U.S. and Israeli security experts - endorses the deal.  However, the senator acknowledges the concerns of those who worry about what happens in the out years, when restrictions start to be lifted. He, too, is concerned that sanctions relief will enable Iran to funnel huge additional sums to bad actors such as Hezbollah, Hamas, and Shiite militias in Iraq.” (Philadelphia Inquirer, 9/11/15)

Casey: US needs to remain vigilant: “Although he supports the proposed nuclear deal with Iran, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey said Thursday that the United States and its allies will have to remain vigilant against the rogue regime. “I’m not going to trust them,” Casey, D-Scranton, said in an interview with Calkins Media. With that said, it is better to have a deal limiting Iran’s ability to develop nuclear weapons than have the country closed off to inspections, Casey said. “This is a keep-your-enemies-closer deal,” he said. “We need to know more about them, not less.” Casey, who announced his support last week, said his decision was “premised on a lot of, frankly, dark scenarios,” such as Iran violating the agreement, continuing its efforts to destabilize the Middle East and funding terrorism.” (Herald Standard, 9/10/15)

Casey: Cutting Head Start funding costs taxpayers more in long run: “Renewed talk of deep, across-the-board cuts in federal spending — known as sequestration — would severely hurt the federal Head Start pre-school program and do more damage than good in the long run, U.S. Sen. Robert Casey warned in a teleconference Thursday. “It is especially bad when you have politicians who want — and many do down here — to continue sequestration,” Casey said, “a long word which really means stupid cuts across the board that no business and no family would make. Yet some, because of their ideology, believe we should make those cuts to inefficient programs get cut the same as effective programs.” Casey, D-Scranton, cited potential cuts to Head Start as particularly damaging. If anything, he said, money for pre-school programs should be increased. “About 90,000 people could benefit from an increased investment,” he said.” Times Leader, 9/10/15)

Casey: Funding gaps for early education claim thousands: “In a conference call held with media outlets on Thursday, Casey said as many as 10,000 children, ages three to four, are being turned away from Head Start programs in Pennsylvania due to a lack of available funding. The 50-year-old federal program provides early education, nutritional and health services to low-income families and pre-school age children across the nation. It also sustained some of the harshest cuts — nearly $400 million worth — in 2013’s federal budget sequestration. As a result of those cuts and others, Casey’s office says less than 10 percent of eligible children under the age of three are able to attend their local Head Start and Early Head Start programs, while another 90,000 children would benefit were funding to be not only restored but increased.” (Bradford Era, 9/11/15)

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey pushes funding for early education: “While most students headed back to school this week, a large portion of eligible youngsters were unable to because of an opportunity gap.  Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey announced Thursday thousands of children are unable to attend much-needed Head Start and Early Head Start programs because of a lack of funding. Data provided by Casey’s office revealed fewer than 10 percent of eligible Pennsylvania children up to 3 years old are able to attend the programs. In Washington County, roughly 31 percent of the eligible participants take advantage of Head Start and similar programs. In Greene County, only 42 percent of eligible participants take advantage of the programs available.” Observer-Reporter, 9/10/15)

Following Casey Puah, GAO Reviews Five-Star Rarting System for Nursing Homes: “The Government Accountability Office has agreed to review the rating system used to rate nursing homes.

Last month, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., and Senate Finance Committee ranking member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., wrote to the GAO calling for a review of the rating system. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, D-Md., ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, later joined in the request…“The GAO’s decision to conduct a review is a first step toward ensuring the accuracy of this system that millions of families rely on,” Casey and Wyden said in the letter. “The five-star rating system has the potential to make a substantial difference in the lives of vulnerable seniors but the (Obama) administration has to make sure the rating system is working. We have to get this right.” (Standard Speaker, 9/10/15)

The Case for a Deal: “It's too bad the clear, cogent argument Sen. Bob Casey made for his decision to support the Iran nuclear accord couldn't be aired prominently to counter deceptive television commercials opposing the deal. One ad sponsored by the International Fellowship of Christian and Jews depicts presumably American children playing in their backyard just before an Iranian bomb strikes. As Casey (D., Pa.) acknowledged in an 8,000-word memo accompanying his announcement of support for the deal Tuesday, it is a risk to trust Iran to abide by the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. But it is a bigger risk to abandon the pact the United States and five other nations negotiated with the Islamic republic and consequently hasten Iran's development of nuclear weapons.” Inquirer, 9/5/15)

Casey Right on Iran Deal- “Sen. Bob Casey did not come easily to his decision, announced Tuesday, to support the nuclear arms agreement between Iran and a group of six major powers, including the United States. Mr. Casey, former chairman of the Senate foreign relations subcommittee responsible for oversight of U.S. policy in Southwest Asia, released an exhaustive, highly detailed technical analysis of Iranian nuclear capability and the agreement while announcing his support.” (Scranton Times-Tribune, 9/2/15)