Casey Named One of Best Senators for Children in 2007

Washington DC – U.S. Senator Bob Casey was named one of the “Best Senators for Children” by the Children’s Defense Fund Action Council (CDFAC).  Senator Casey received a perfect score on the CDFAC’s 2007 Nonpartisan Congressional Scorecard. 

“I am honored to receive this recognition from a group with such a respected record of advocacy on behalf of children,” said Senator Casey.  “Fighting for the children of Pennsylvania has always been one of my top priorities.  We made progress last year, but there is still much work to be done to ensure that all children in our country have access to health care, quality education and opportunities for a bright future.” 

“The Children's Defense Fund Action Council applauds Senator Casey who voted to make the health and well-being of children in Pennsylvania a priority,” said CDFAC President Marian Wright Edelman.  “With 9.4 million uninsured children in America and nearly 13 million living in poverty, it is critical that we have legislators committed to making children a priority.  Senator Casey is a dedicated advocate for children and has truly earned the distinction of being one of the best Senators for children.” 

The Children’s Defense Fund Action Council educates the nation about the needs of children and encourages preventative investment before they get sick or into trouble, drop out of school, or suffer family breakdown. The CDF Action Council began in 1969 and is a private, non-profit organization that has never taken government funds. 

The CDFAC releases an annual scorecard which grades every Member of Congress based on key votes affecting children, and Senator Casey voted to protect the health and well being of Pennsylvania’s children 100 percent of the time.   

Senator Casey has been a leading advocate for an extension and expansion of the popular and successful children’s health insurance program. The legislation, vetoed by President Bush, would have expanded health insurance to almost four million additional children, including more than 100,000 additional children in Pennsylvania.   

In order to expand access to early childhood education to ensure children enter school ready to learn, Senator Casey introduced the Prepare All Kids Act (S. 1374).



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