Democratic senatorial candidate
BoB Casey Jr.
Education and Children. Casey guided into law the Continuum of Learning Act, a bill to make early learning a part of a continuum of learning working in concert with the K-12 system. Casey is an advocate for the food and nutritional needs of American families and children, and has been a strong advocate for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and other nutrition programs that help vulnerable children and families in Pennsylvania.
Middle Class Incomes. Casey’s aim is to grow incomes for middle class families so that they can make ends meet. During his time in the Senate, Casey has fought to increase the minimum wage, ensure equal pay for equal work, and enhance worker protections.
Disabilities. Casey was the prime Senate sponsor of landmark legislation for individuals with disabilities, the Stephen Beck Jr. Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE). ABLE will allow millions of families across the United States to save for the long term care of their loved ones with a disability in a tax-advantage savings account.
Sexual Assault Survivors. Casey passed into law the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act. The Campus SaVE Act requires uniform reporting standards for sexual assaults on college campuses and requires schools to provide clear guidelines to students on their sexual assault policies.
Social Security/Medicare. Casey believes we should honor our promises to seniors by protecting Social Security and Medicare. As a member of the Senate Committee on Aging, Casey has worked to crackdown on scams that target seniors. He has also introduced legislation to ensure that older workers are not discriminated against based on their age.
Casey’s Top 3 Priorities (in his own words, from vote411.org):
The top three issues I am focused on are increasing access to affordable health care, protecting the programs Pennsylvanians depend on, and helping working families get ahead. That means stopping the Trump administration’s sabotage of our healthcare system, defeating Republican attacks on Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, and fighting to raise wages, protect the rights of organized labor, and eliminate the obstacles holding working families back.
Republican senatorial candidate
Fiscal issues. Barletta voted for middle-class tax cuts in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. As Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management, Barletta implemented a policy to move federal agencies into smaller spaces and adopt long-term leases at lower rates, saving taxpayers nearly $4 billion. He has also supported a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.
Immigration. Barletta led the fight in the House against Obama’s executive amnesty, introduced and advocated for legislation to cut off all federal funding to sanctuary cities, introduced legislation to make overstaying a visa a criminal offense, and co-sponsored legislation to levy a two percent fee on wire transfers sent south of our border and use that revenue to pay for the southern border wall.
Job growth. Barletta supported removing regulations that impeded job creation and growth for farmers, home builders, manufacturers, and contractors. He has led efforts to find new markets for coal while reclaiming coal waste piles, to revitalize PA’s industrial base and protect jobs.
Addiction/Opioids. Barletta voted to support increased opioid overdose prevention and monitoring efforts, as well as efforts to stop the flow of drugs into our country. Barletta was one of 35 House members to serve on a conference committee with the Senate to negotiate comprehensive legislation addressing our nation’s heroin and opioid crisis. That bill, which was signed into law, included Barletta’s legislation protecting babies born addicted to drugs.
Healthcare tax credits. Barletta introduced the House bill, since passed into law, requiring the federal government to verify a person’s eligibility for healthcare tax credits before payment.
Barletta’s Top 3 Priorities (in his own words, from vote411.org):
My top three priorities are keeping Pennsylvania’s families safe, protecting Pennsylvania jobs, and standing up for the men and women who serve our communities. More than anything, people want someone willing to fight for them, when no one else will. That’s what I have always done, and that’s why I’m running for the U.S. Senate.
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green senatorial candidate
Environment. Gale believes the danger posed by our changing climate cannot be overstated. He would work toward legislation that would adopt the framework of the Green New Deal designed to repurpose our existing economy and transform our energy infrastructure to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2030.
Immigration. Gale supports the extension of DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, as well as the Dream Act to provide a path for citizenship for all immigrant children. DACA has improved employment conditions for eligible immigrants and reduced the number of illegal immigrant households living in poverty. It is almost certainly a net benefit to the U.S. economy and the nation as a whole.
Social Justice. He supports the Equal Rights Amendment for women, will work to promote equal civil rights for all by developing a national education program to discuss and education citizens about our racial and religious history with multicultural, multiracial perspectives. He would fight against for-profit prisons, work with law enforcement on bias and community-appropriate responses to police calls, and redesign our approach to managing drug addiction in the face of the opioid crisis.
Gale’s Top 3 Priorities (in his own words, from vote411.org):
Remove corporate, PAC, lobbyist, and other special interests' money from the political process, to end the influence of those groups on specific legislation and the buying of political favors.
Generate the political will at the federal level of government to implement a transition from our existing fossil fuel economy to a 100% renewable energy economy, acknowledging the existential threat that climate change represents.
Reform our economic model to favor all of our citizens, not just the wealthiest 1%. This will include the re-regulation of the financial industries and the recognition that the economy should support a baseline standard of living, below which no one may be allowed to fall.
libertarian senatorial candidate
Dale L. Kerns, Jr.
Gun Policy. Dale Kerns opposes all restrictions on the second amendment.
Career Politicians. Kerns pledges to serve only one term in the Senate, and would not accept a taxpayer-funded pension or healthcare.
Women’s Health. Kerns would vote for judges who will overturn Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey so that the issue of abortion can return to the state level. He would also vote to defund Planned Parenthood.
Education. Kerns wants to abolish the Department of Education and would propose legislation to grant to families the right for their tax dollars to attach to their children and have this funding follow these students to whichever school districts they find to be the best.
Healthcare. Kerns supports changing the tax treatment of employer-provided health insurance and expanding Health Savings Accounts, so that insurance can become personal and portable, and would promote the ability to purchase insurance across state lines. Kerns favors Medicare vouchers supplied to each individual which they can then spend on private insurance and would allow states more options in using their Medicaid funds through block grants.
Kern’s Top 3 Priorities (in his own words, from vote411.org):
We must address the opioid epidemic and end the War on Drugs. When I get to the US Senate, I will sponsor legislation that will fundamentally change how we view drug problems and move our system to one similar to Portugal or Switzerland, where drug addiction is treated as a medical issue.
Education is one of the most important issues our nation and Commonwealth face. As a father to two daughters, I am not pleased with the options (or lack thereof) that most parents have. I will vote to abolish the federal Department of Education and return decisions to parents, students, and local communities.
Our immigration system is broken. It can take decades for individuals to immigrate to this country legally. We should welcome those who come to the United States to make a better life for their families. Our communities have been built on the hard work of immigrants. I will vote to abolish ICE and to reform our immigration system by making it easier for good people to legally immigrate.