Category Archives: FEDERAL

McCaskill Voices Opposition to Pension Cuts for 2.6 Million Workers

Written on June 28, 2018 at 9:01 am, by

Senator: Sharply cutting worker pensions, including for 50,000 Missourians, mid-career or mid-retirement isn’t fair WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill recently called on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to maintain retirement benefits for 2.6 million federal workers, approximately 50,000 of whom live and work in Missouri. She joined 25 of her Senate colleagues in […]

Graves Applauds Creation of Opportunity Zones in North Missouri 

Written on May 3, 2018 at 9:10 am, by

The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the IRS announced that Missouri had been officially added to the list of states with Qualified Opportunity Zones, a program designed to spur investment in economically distressed communities with tax incentives for investors. The program was created by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. Missouri’s 6th […]

Fixing Missourians’ Postal Addresses

Written on April 3, 2018 at 5:56 pm, by

 by U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill There are a lot of head-scratchers I come across in Congress, and every time I think I’ve seen it all, I’m blown away by a new example of government waste or just plain stupidity. The latest addition to my list is that there are folks who live in Missouri, have […]

Graves Seeks to Hold Army Corps’ Accountable for Mismanagement of the Missouri River 

Written on March 22, 2018 at 9:03 am, by

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Recently, a U.S. Federal Claims Court found that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (Corps) gross mismanagement of the Missouri River led to five floods between 2007-2014. In response, Representative Sam Graves, (MO-06), is leading an effort to eliminate funding for the Army Corp’s Missouri River Recovery Program (MRRP). “Fish and wildlife […]

McCaskill Bill Would Fix Bizarre Quirk, Ensure Missourians Don’t Have Iowa Mailing Addresses  

Written on January 18, 2018 at 9:42 am, by

After recently discovering that some Missouri residents along the Missouri-Iowa border have been assigned Iowa mailing addresses for decades, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill has introduced legislation forcing the United States Postal Service to discontinue the practice in Missouri and anywhere in the United States. According to research conducted by McCaskill’s office, some residents of Atchison, […]

Tax Reform Should Put Missouri’s Working Families First

Written on October 31, 2017 at 11:26 am, by

by U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill I’ve done a lot of town halls around Missouri—nearly 50 of them just this year—many in rural areas that remind me of where I grew up, in Houston, and Lebanon, Missouri. These are communities of working families, some of whom are living paycheck-to-paycheck, trying to earn enough money to pay […]

Blunt, Rounds Introduce Bill to Allow Community Banks to Better Serve Rural Areas

Written on October 24, 2017 at 7:00 pm, by

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Mike Rounds (S.D.) recently introduced legislation to support and strengthen lending in local communities. The Community Bank Access to Capital Act of 2017 would roll back burdensome financial regulations to make it easier for community banks to serve their customers, who often reside in rural areas with […]

Democrats’ Unprecedented Obstruction Is Hamstringing Congress, Trump’s Agenda

Written on July 24, 2017 at 10:43 pm, by

by U.S. Senator Roy Blunt President Trump was sworn into office six months ago. Senate Democrats have had plenty of time to come to terms with the election results. Unfortunately, they are channeling their disappointment through the confirmation process by engaging in an unprecedented level of obstruction of President Trump’s well-qualified nominees. It’s nearly August, […]

Scotland County Lobbyists Visit Nation’s Capitol to Talk Climate Solutions

Written on July 6, 2017 at 9:35 am, by

Current Scotland County resident Sharon Bagatell and former residents Rachel Katz and Tony Sirna went to Capitol Hill in Washington DC last week to promote bipartisan climate solutions.  They joined almost 1,000 US citizens in visiting 500 Congressional offices on June 13 as part of the annual Citizens’ Climate Lobby National Conference and Lobby Day. […]

President Trump Declares Major Disaster in Missouri as Result of Historic Flooding

Written on June 6, 2017 at 5:05 pm, by

President Donald Trump on June 2nd approved Gov. Eric Greitens’ request for a major disaster declaration for a total of 48 Missouri counties. The declaration is in response to historic flooding that began April 28 and led to the destruction or major damage of more than 1,200 homes and at least $58 million in damage […]