Toomey, Casey get key committee posts

   January 22, 2015 2:44 pm

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., today announced that he will chair the Finance Committee’s subcommittee on health care. As chairman of the panel, Toomey plans to conduct oversight of the Affordable Care Act and advance policies that help address the needs of Pennsylvania families. Toomey supports repeal of the health care law. During the last two years…

Toomey, Casey support repeal of medical device tax

   January 14, 2015 9:49 am

During a recent meeting with the Erie Times-News Editorial Board, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey said that repealing the medical device tax is one of several actions that should gain bipartisan support in a new GOP-majority Senate. That might turn out to be one of the first actions of the new Senate. Toomey, R-Pa., and U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa.,…

Casey urges Postal Service to keep Erie facilty open

   September 10, 2014 9:42 am

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey has joined the list of elected officials calling for the U.S. Postal Service to reconsider closing its mail-processing facility in southeast Erie. Casey, D-Pa., has written a letter to U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe urging him to reverse course on the proposed closing. “I am aware that the USPS has to…

Farm bill vote wasn’t a S.N.A.P. for Pa.’s two senators

   February 6, 2014 1:43 pm

President Barack Obama is scheduled to sign a controversial farm bill into law on Friday. It’s a bill that both of Pennsylvania U.S. senators voted against, but for different reasons. U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., said that while the bill includes “some very good policies,” the bill also includes significant cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program,…

Toomey stands alone among those representing Erie

   October 17, 2013 8:33 am

The Erie area is represented by four members of Congress, only one of whom voted against the bill to reopen the government and extend the nation’s borrowing authority until Feb. 7. U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., joined 17 of his Senate colleagues in voting against the bill. The vote was 81-18 in the Democratic-controlled Senate. U.S. Sen….

Casey: #AJO

   September 27, 2013 8:51 am

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey has joined the effort to raise awareness for epilepsy. Casey, D-Pa., is pictured here holding a cup with the hashtag, AJO, which stands for Alyssa Josephine O’Neill.    She was the Penn State Behrend nursing student from Millcreek who died Sept. 4 after suffering a grand mal seizure in the shower. The…

Casey goes national to talk govt. shutdown

   September 25, 2013 11:14 am

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey will join MSNBC anchor Tamron Hall today at 2 p.m. to talk about the need to prevent a government shutdown. Then Casey, D-Pa., will get more national air time this evening when he appears on CNN’s “Crossfire” at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the same topic. The GOP-controlled House last week passed a bill…

Casey urges new GE chief to keep jobs

   September 24, 2013 1:56 pm

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., is calling on GE Transportation’s incoming chief executive, Russell Stokes, to protect jobs in Erie. After GE announced its plan to move 950 jobs to a plant in Texas, Casey’s office said he pushed to protect jobs in the region. With GE already issuing 500 layoff notices, Casey said in a…

Kelly, Casey issue Sept. 11 statements

   September 11, 2013 1:30 pm

U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly and U.S. Sen. Bob Casey are among those who have released statements on the Sept. 11 anniversary. Here is the statement from Kelly, of Butler, R-3rd Dist., which includes a statement on the first anniversary of the terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.: “Twelve years ago today, our country…

New political book is a ‘talker’

   August 14, 2013 10:46 am

If you’re a political junkie, I can recommend Mark Liebovich’s book about the incestuous nature of Washington, D.C. politics. The book has a long title, “This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral – plus plenty of valet parking!” But the book doesn’t read long. I found myself zipping through the 371-page critique – often humorous – of the connections…