Claire McCaskill

Claire McCaskill
12:57 pm
Wed November 30, 2011

McCaskill introduces legislation for permanent ban on earmarks

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. answers a reporter's question during a press conference announcing the Earmark Elimination Act of 2011. The proposal seeks to permanently ban earmarks.
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Missouri's Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill introduced legislation Wednesday to put a permanent ban on earmarks, the legislative practice of funding specific projects.

Currently, there is a temporary ban on earmarks in place.

Speaking to reporters during a conference call this morning, McCaskill says projects need to compete on merit.

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Claire McCaskill / Boeing /Supercommittee
5:56 pm
Mon November 21, 2011

McCaskill, at Boeing, reacts to supercommittee failure

Senator Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. at Boeing in St. Louis on Nov. 21, 2011.
(Maria Altman/St. Louis Public Radio)

Senator Claire McCaskill says since the supercommittee failed to come to an agreement, Congress should follow through with the automatic budget cuts.

The $1.2 trillion in cuts would come from defense and non-defense spending, but would not affect Social Security or programs for low-income people such as Medicaid.

Already some Republican senators, including John McCain, have said Congress can reverse the cuts.

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Sen. Claire McCaskill
12:46 pm
Tue November 15, 2011

McCaskill "glad" SCOTUS taking up health care overhaul

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) says she is "glad" the Supreme Court is taking up the health care overhaul.
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Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) says she is “glad” the Supreme Court will hear arguments over President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

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McCaskill & Blunt
12:29 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

McCaskill and Blunt give updates on veterans issues

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo (l) and Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.
(Combined photos - both by UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Sen. Claire McCaskill, (D-Mo.) says she’s cautiously optimistic that management problems at Arlington National Cemetery have been solved.

The democratic senator visited the cemetery on Friday to assess changes made there following the revelation that thousands of graves were mislabeled or unmarked.

McCaskill co-sponsored a law that requires congressional oversight of the burial grounds, and requires cemetery officials to submit a grave site analysis. She says that report will be delivered December 22nd and so far, is 86 percent complete.

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Claire McCaskill
2:24 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

McCaskill meets with Arlington Cemetery officials

Senator Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Officials at Arlington National Cemetery say they have so far found no further evidence of misplaced gravesites as they continue to individually check each of the cemetery's nearly 260,000 markers.

The cemetery briefed Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., Friday on its ongoing reform efforts following revelations last year of more than 200 misidentified gravesites.

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Claire McCaskill
1:03 pm
Wed November 2, 2011

McCaskill to visit Arlington Friday

Senator Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., will visit Arlington National Cemetery on Friday to assess changes made since the revelation that thousands of graves were mislabeled or unmarked.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill will visit Arlington National Cemetery on Friday to assess changes made there following the revelation that thousands of graves were mislabeled or unmarked.

McCaskill cosponsored a law that requires congressional oversight of the burial grounds.

The Democrat  says major changes have been made including the way the cemetery tracks various burial ground locations.

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Claire McCasill / Airplane
9:53 am
Wed October 26, 2011

McCaskill sells private plane

Mo. Sen. Claire McCaskill.
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Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri has sold a private plane she co-owns with her husband, months after her use of it for official business and failure to pay back taxes created a political headache.

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Claire McCaskill
1:52 pm
Wed October 19, 2011

McCaskill on failed China trade hub efforts, use of contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri's Democratic Senator, Claire McCaskill, is expressing disappointment with the state legislature for failing to agree on a proposal for millions of dollars of tax credits to transform the St. Louis airport into a trade hub with the Chinese.

During a conference call with reporters Wednesday, McCaskill said most of the blame falls on Missouri Republicans. She says she hopes they can get their act together before January.

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Sen. Claire McCaskill
12:45 pm
Wed October 12, 2011

McCaskill: Republicans most concerned about denying Obama a victory on jobs

Sen. Claire McCaskill D-Mo., is accusing Senate Republicans of playing politics when they blocked President Obama's jobs bill. Forty-six Republicans and two Democrats voted against it.
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Sen. Claire McCaskill D-Mo., is accusing Senate Republicans of playing politics when they blocked President Obama’s jobs bill.

The president’s plan died yesterday when all 46 Republicans and two Democrats voted against it. Republicans opposed its stimulus-style spending and the tax surcharge for the very wealthy.

In a conference call with reporters Wednesday morning, McCaskill said it’s important that Congress try to set aside the election next year and focus on improving infrastructure and creating jobs.

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Claire McCaskill
12:33 pm
Wed October 5, 2011

Prior commitment kept McCaskill from Obama’s St. Louis fundraisers

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., says that she wishes she could have attended President Barack Obama's fundraisers in St. Louis Tuesday night, but she had a fundraiser of her own that had been scheduled long before the president's visit.
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Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill says that she wishes she could have attended President’s Barack Obama’s fundraisers in St. Louis Tuesday night, but she had a fundraiser of her own that had been scheduled long before the president’s visit.

Earlier this week, Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and other Republican Party officials pointed out that McCaskill and Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, both democrats, would not attend. Nixon did meet the President at the airport and appeared at the downtown fundraiser with Obama.

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