Shifting Assignments

Cardin could replace Menendez’s on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee
Sen. Ben Cardin / AP

Sen. Ben Cardin (D., Md.) is seen as next in line to replace Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee if the New Jersey Democrat is forced to resign.

Casey at Bat for Philly Housing Authority

Millions in stimulus spending went to ‘shoddy and unsafe’ low-income housing, auditors found
Sen. Bob Casey / AP

Sen. Bob Casey (D., Pa.) was instrumental in securing millions of dollars in stimulus funds for the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA)—money that federal auditors later found was used for shoddy and unsafe work at low-income housing units.

Mining For Votes

Republican challenger Tom Smith slaps Democratic incumbent Bob Casey over coal plant closure
Sen. Bob Casey, Jr. / AP

Regulations on the coal industry are driving massive layoffs and the shuttering of coal plants in Pennsylvania, injecting environmental issues into that state’s hotly contested Senate race between incumbent Democrat Bob Casey Jr. and Republican challenger and coal mining executive Tom Smith.

Casey Strikes Out Looking

Pennsylvania Democratic Senator Bob Casey’s streak of unsuccessful legislation extends more than five years
Bob Casey / Wikimedia Commons

Democratic Pennsylvania senator Bob Casey has sponsored 199 bills in the 112th Congress, and not a single one has become law.