Casey named to key finance committee

Sen. Bob Casey at a foreign relations hearing. He says voters know him well enough not to buy the "Senator Zero" tag. TOM GRALISH / Staff Photographer

WASHINGTON -- Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey has been named to the influential Senate Finance Committee, which oversees tax issues, giving both of the state's Senators a seat on the panel.

Casey, a Democrat, was named to fill a seat left open when former Sen. John Kerry became Secretary of State.

"This assignment means I will have a seat at the table in addressing responsible tax reform to spur innovation, create jobs and promote economic growth," Casey said in a news release. "I will also be in an even better position to continue my efforts to level the playing field for American manufacturers through reasonable trade policy, ensure essential programs like Medicare work for current and future beneficiaries, incentivize research and development and protect our future by providing children with access to affordable health care."

Pennsylvania Republican Pat Toomey is also on the committee, as is New Jersey Democrat Bob Menendez.


Casey will continue to serve on the Foreign Relations Committee, the Health Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, the Special Committee on Aging and the Joint Economic Committee.