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June 14, 2016 | By Maria Panaritis, Staff Writer
As he prepares to convene a hearing Monday that could shape the fate of a controversial measure to let Pennsylvania child-sex abuse victims sue over decades-old attacks, Sen. Stewart Greenleaf (R., Montgomery) has declined to publicly take a position on the bill. But the law firm that bears his name has not always been so reserved. In 2008, records show, lawyers for the firm, Elliott Greenleaf, were among advocates who unsuccessfully argued that a similar proposal under consideration in Delaware was unconstitutional.
NEWS
June 13, 2016 | By Jonathan Tamari, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Bob Casey is getting into fighting shape. The soft-spoken Democratic senator, usually found holding press calls on wonky topics such as home heating aid, early childhood education, or the intricacies of Middle East policy, has spent recent weeks at the heavy bag, pounding at the hottest political battles of the moment. He stood alongside Democratic leaders for a smackdown linking Republican senators to Donald Trump. He blitzed Pennsylvania rallying support for Hillary Clinton.
NEWS
June 12, 2016 | By Maria Panaritis, Staff Writer
Citing the effect of lobbying by the Catholic Church, supporters of a change to Pennsylvania's child sex-abuse laws said Friday that they expected the Senate to dilute or defeat a controversial bill that would let victims sue for abuse that occurred decades ago. Two Capitol sources also said Solicitor General Bruce L. Castor Jr. planned to testify at a Senate hearing Monday that the measure is unconstitutional, giving lawmakers on the influential Judiciary...
BUSINESS
June 11, 2016 | By Bob Fernandez, Staff Writer
Responding to years of complaints over customer service and billing practices by cable and satellite-TV companies, the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee is poised to release its findings from a year-long probe into the industry, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D., Mo.) and Sen. Rob Portman (R., Ohio) announced on Thursday. The subcommittee - which also has investigated human trafficking and a U.S.-funded counternarcotics program in Afghanistan - subpoenaed documents from pay-TV companies and solicited comments on customer experiences.
BUSINESS
May 19, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, Staff Writer
In a vote that could greatly complicate relations with a key Middle East ally, the Senate on Tuesday voted unanimously to expand the ability of U.S. citizens to sue the government of Saudi Arabia for its alleged role in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The bill, sponsored by Sens. Charles Schumer (D., N.Y.) and John Cornyn (R., Texas), clarifies that foreign governments can be sued for supporting terrorism acts even when they occur outside the United States. Dozens of insurers and thousands of victims and families are suing Saudi Arabia for its alleged role in the attacks, alleging that Saudi government employees helped form a support network for the 9/11 attackers.
BUSINESS
May 4, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, Staff Writer
After months of intense advocacy by families of victims of the 9/11 attacks and aggressive pushback from the Obama administration, the U.S. Senate is nearing a vote on a bill that would broaden the basis for suing Saudi Arabia for its alleged role in the plot. The bill has been pushed by 9/11 survivors and their families and by insurers that paid out tens of billions of dollars as a result of the hijackings and the losses at ground zero. It is intended to bolster a 13-year-old lawsuit against the Saudi kingdom alleging that government-supported Islamist charities helped finance the 9/11 attackers.
NEWS
May 1, 2016
Twenty-four Senate Democrats are asking their colleagues in Congress to help schools pay for the testing of lead levels in drinking water, calling it an investment to ensure the health and safety of the nation's children. The move is the result of the drinking-water crisis in Flint, Mich., which helped shine a light on a loophole in federal law that exempts many schools from having to test their water for lead contamination. After revelations that the drinking water in nearly half of Newark's public schools had elevated levels of lead, New Jersey lawmakers have proposed requiring every school in the state to test its water for the contaminant.
NEWS
May 1, 2016 | By Jonathan Tamari, WASHINGTON BUREAU
WASHINGTON - In Pennsylvania's critical U.S. Senate race, Democrats have nominated a liberal bureaucrat who enriched herself as she spun between government jobs and the private sector - if you listen to Republicans. She is trying to unseat a Wall Street crony more interested in helping big business than the average worker - if you believe Democrats. The competing images - and attempts to cement them well in advance of November's election - are already bombarding Pennsylvania's airwaves.
NEWS
April 29, 2016 | By Caitlin McCabe, Staff Writer
The outcome in one notable state Senate election was indisputable Wednesday - though another wasn't as clear. In Pennsylvania's Ninth District, Republican State Rep. Tom Killion coasted to victory Tuesday in a special election for the seat, defeating Democratic newcomer Marty Molloy by a nearly 3-2 ratio. Killion's win means the seven-term representative will begin serving as a senator almost immediately. The district stretches across parts of Delaware and Chester Counties. The seat was previously held by former Majority Leader Dominic F. Pileggi, who left to become a Delaware County judge.
NEWS
April 29, 2016 | By Jonathan Tamari, Staff Writer
Pennsylvania stretches about 400 miles, but the tale of Democrats' U.S. Senate primary was told in two cities. Backed by the party's biggest names and money, Katie McGinty on Tuesday scored a huge win in Philadelphia. Unofficial results show she topped her chief rival, Joe Sestak, by 46,500 votes in the city - nearly a third of her overall victory margin. On the other side of the state, the hulking mayor of Braddock, John Fetterman, who created buzz with his antiestablishment style, racked up a surprise win in his home county of Allegheny, and drew more than twice as many votes statewide as polls suggested he would.
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