Mo. Senator seeks to transfer funding to U.S. road repair
Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill says she will try to amend a transportation bill to strip funding for large construction projects in Afghanistan. The money would instead be used for roads and bridges in the U.S.
McCaskill hopes to attach her proposal to legislation re-authorizing the federal highway funding program.
Turnout is expected to be low for Tuesday's presidential primary. That's partly because the votes for the GOP candidates won't count.
Missouri has gotten little attention from Republican candidates this election year. Newt Gingrich isn't even on the ballot.
The Missouri Republican Party made the decision after the national GOP threatened to cut delegates from states that held their elections before March. Yet the head of Missouri's GOP, Lloyd Smith, is still encouraging voting in the primary.
Senator Claire McCaskill says she is disappointed that a permanent ban on earmarks failed in the U.S. Senate Thursday.
The Missouri Democrat and a Republican colleague, Pat Toomey from Pennsylvania, attempted to attach the ban as an amendment to a bill outlawing insider trading by Congress. The attempt fell short of the 60 votes needed.
In a recorded statement provided by the Senator's office, McCaskill called earmarking a flawed process.
U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill was in St. Louis Monday as part of her state-wide energy tour.
The Democratic senator participated in a roundtable discussion at Washington University about the nation's energy future. At the table were some of Missouri's energy industry leaders, along with university administrators and researchers.
McCaskill says their feedback reinforced for her the need to keep all energy options on the table.
Nixon wants Mo. universities to consider tapping into reserves to plug hole in budget
Gov. Jay Nixon wants five Missouri universities to consider tapping their reserves and provide funding to the state's higher education system. Nixon's proposal would call for the universities to provide the state $107 million from their reserves. The state would use that money to help avoid deep funding cuts to Missouri's public colleges and universities. The state would repay the schools over seven years with money from the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority.
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) is expressing outrage at the Lifeline government phone program operated by the Federal Communications Commission. The program provides free cell phones to low income people who qualify for welfare and food stamps.
McCaskill says that no one is making sure that people don’t receive more than one phone and there is no way to keep people from selling them.
The democrat says there appears to be no accountability between Lifeline and those distributing the phones.
A report issued Monday by Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri concludes that US House members circumvented a ban on earmark spending more than 100 times. (read full report here)
House Republicans banned earmarks last fall for two years to curb government spending. But, McCaskill's report finds that the Republican chairman of the House Armed Services Committee used tricks to allow more than $800 million in earmarks be inserted in the 2012 Defense authorization bill.