Pennsylvania’s two U.S. senators are beginning the 114th Congress in new places.
Democrat Bob Casey is in the minority for the first time. Republican Pat Toomey is in the majority for the first time.
It changes the strategy for both men.
Toomey sees his leadership’s promises to allow amendments as an avenue to achieving victories for Pennsylvania. Casey hopes to pick up GOP supporters by persuading them that his bills are popular with voters and can help Republicans show they’re capable of leading the Senate when the 2016 election rolls around.
Toomey has the added pressure of running for another six-year term while his party controls the Senate. He says if he pursues policies that are good for Pennsylvania families and the economy, then the politics will take care of itself.