Robert Casey on Welfare and Unemployment

Last Updated : Nov 02, 2012

LIHEAP

In July of 2008, Senator Casey released a press statement noting legislation he was introducing to provide additional money to Pennsylvania for LIHEAP.

In July of 2008, Senator Casey released a press statement calling the blocking of LIHEAP legislation shameful.

In January of 2010, Senator Casey applauded emergency funding to the LIHEAP program. 

 

Starting Early, Starting Right Act, and Child Care Facilities Financing Act of 2009 

In May of 2009, Senator Casey released a press statement noting two pieces of legislation he was introducing called the Starting Early, Starting Right Act, and Child Care Facilities Financing Act of 2009.

 

Low Income Housing

In May of 2009, Senator Casey released a press statement noting his support for programs to allow low income people to build and own their own homes.

 

Unemployment Extension

In October of 2009, Senator Casey released a press statement noting his belief that unemployment insurance should be extended.

In November of that year, Senator Casey released another press statement noting the passage of an extension to unemployment insurance benefits.

In July of 2010, Senator Casey released a press statement noting his support for the extension of unemployment benefits.

 

 

Premium COBRA

In June of 2010, Senator Casey released a press statement noting his support for the reinstatement of Premium Cobra benefits. 

 

The Americans Want to Work Act

In August of 2010, Senator Casey released a press statement noting his desire to see legislation extended to create tax credits for those who hire workers.

 

National Opportunity and Community Renewal Act

In September of 2010, Senator Casey released a press statement noting his support for welfare renewal.

 

Extending Unemployment

In July of 2010, Senator Casey spoke on the Senate floor about the need to extend unemployment insurance.

Voting Record

Senate Passage of Extending Unemployment Benefits

On July 21, 2010 the Senate voted on the final version of legislation to extend unemployment insurance benefits. The measure passed 62-36 with most Democrats supporting it and most Republicans opposing it. Robert Casey voted in favor of extending the unemployment insurance.

Robert Casey voted in favor of extending the unemployment insurance.

Cloture Vote on Extending Unemployment

On March 10, 2010 the Senate voted on cloture for legislation to extend unemployment insurance benefits. Several Senators supported cloture on the bill merely to move it along in the hopes of paying for the provisions later. It passed 66-32. Robert Casey voted in favor of cloture, supporting debate on extending the unemployment insurance.

Robert Casey voted in favor of cloture, supporting debate on extending the unemployment insurance.

Final Passage of Extending Unemployment Benefits

On March 10, 2010 the Senate voted to pass legislation to extend unemployment insurance benefits. The measure passed 59-39 with most Democrats supporting it and most Republicans opposing it. Robert Casey voted in favor of extending the unemployment insurance.

Robert Casey voted in favor of extending the unemployment insurance.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-111; Bill Number-S 3000; A bill to extend the increase in the FMAP provided in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for an additional 6 months - Cosponsor

Amends the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to extend until January 1, 2011, the temporary increase in the federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP), under title XIX (Medicaid) of the Social Security Act, for any state with a certain unemployment increase percentage during the recession adjustment period. Extends the entire recession adjustment period from December 31, 2010, through December 31, 2011.

Session-111; Bill Number-S 3981; Unemployment Insurance Stabilization Act of 2010 - Cosponsor

Amends the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008 with respect to the state-established individual emergency unemployment compensation account (EUCA). Extends the final date for entering a federal-state agreement under the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program through January 3, 2012. Postpones the termination of the program until June 9, 2012. Amends the Assistance for Unemployed Workers and Struggling Families Act to extend until January 4, 2012, requirements that federal payments to states cover 100% of EUC.

Session-111; Bill Number-S 3706; Americans Want to Work Act - Cosponsor

Amends the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008 with respect to the state-established individual emergency unemployment compensation account (EUCA). Requires a further additional Tier-5 period for deposits to an individual's EUCA if, at the time the amount added to such individual's account under the Act is exhausted or at any time thereafter, the individual's state is in an extended benefit period. Prescribes a formula for making such Tier-5 credits.

Session-111; Bill Number-S 2749; Access to Nutritious Meals for Young Children Act of 2009 - Cosponsor

Amends the the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act to increase reimbursement rates for free, reduced price, and paid meals and snacks served under the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) at nonresidential child care centers and family or group day care homes. Allows such providers to be reimbursed for the service of three meals and a snack. (Currently, reimbursement is provided for two meals and a snack.) Lowers the percentage of children or school children in an area that must be eligible for free or reduced price meals under the school lunch or breakfast programs to make family or group day care homes in the area eligible for higher CACFP reimbursement rates as tier I homes. Increases the maximum monthly administrative payment per home provided to sponsors of family or group day care homes. Directs the Secretary of Agriculture to improve the ability of the CACFP to reach low-income families by streamlining program and paperwork requirements.

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