Claire McCaskill

Claire McCaskill
10:36 am
Wed September 14, 2011

McCaskill not optimistic Obama’s jobs plan will pass House

Citing the hyper partisan climate in Congress, Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill is not optimistic President Barack Obama's job plan will pass the House.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill says President Obama’s jobs plan sent to Capitol Hill this week would provide a shot at improving an economy that continues to languish.

Speaking to reporters this morning, McCaskill said that she is not optimistic the bill will pass the House, citing the current hyper partisan climate. The democratic Senator said she’s hopeful the pressure Obama is bringing through public appearances will have some impact.

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Blunt and McCaskill
12:14 pm
Wed September 7, 2011

Mo. senators weigh in on President’s upcoming jobs speech

President Barack Obama in 2008. Obama will deliver a speech to a joint session of Congress Sept. 8 to present a jobs plan expected to toal about $300 billion in tax cuts and spending.
St. Louis Public Radio

President Barack Obama will be in a challenging position Thurs. night as he presents his jobs plan to a joint session of Congress, according to Mo. Sen. Claire McCaskill.

In a conference call with reporters Wed., McCaskill said most Missourians want Congress to cut spending, but it will be difficult for the federal government to embark on a giant jobs programs without spending money.

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New report shocks McCaskill
4:14 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

McCaskill shocked by government waste in Iraq and Afghanistan

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill
(St. Louis Public Radio/Bill Raack)

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill says a new report detailing the amount of waste and fraud in the use of contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan is "shocking."

McCaskill pushed Congress to create the Commission on Wartime Contracting. The panel says at least $31 billion – and perhaps as much as $60 billion -- has been wasted on projects run by private companies and individuals who were hired by the U.S. government. McCaskill is amazed by the number of mistakes that have been made.

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Trade Law / Claire McCaskill
4:58 pm
Mon August 29, 2011

McCaskill to introduce trade law enforcement legislation

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

Senator Claire McCaskill says after a month of traveling to Missouri businesses she’ll introduce legislation to better enforce U.S. trade laws.

The Democrat says too many foreign companies are engaging in unfair trading practices, such as mislabeling products to avoid paying duties.

McCaskill says her bill will require all importers to have a physical address to ensure easier tracking and new shippers will be required to pay cash for duties instead of posting bonds that sometimes go unpaid.

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Claire McCaskill / Debt Ceiling
2:00 pm
Fri August 12, 2011

McCaskill "embarrassed" by actions of Congress during debt ceiling debate

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

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri says she was embarrassed by the actions of Congress during the recent debt ceiling debate.

McCaskill visited a number of manufacturers around the state this week to learn how to create more jobs and stop work from being shipped overseas. And she says she got an earful from constituents upset with Congress' inability to compromise on extending the debt ceiling.

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Cochran V.A. Hospital improvements
4:40 pm
Wed August 10, 2011

VA secretary says Cochran hospital has "turned a corner"

The Secretary of Veterans Affairs says the John Cochran VAMC, pictured here, has "turned a corner" after a rough 2010.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

It's been a bad year for the John Cochran Veterans Administration Medical Center in St. Louis.

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Missouri River Flooding
4:07 pm
Mon August 8, 2011

Senators want to know Mo. River flood plan

Aerial views of the Missouri River in the Bismarck-Mandan, North Dakota area June 8, 2011. The upstream Garrison Dam was releasing water into the Missouri River at a flow of 140,000 cubic feet per second.
(Via Flickr/USACEPublicAffairs/Photo by Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk)

Senators from states lining the Missouri River are asking the Army Corps of Engineers to outline plans for next year's flood preparations.

The senators say in a letter sent to top Corps officials on Monday that the agency must learn from this year's devastating flood season and apply those lessons to next year's plan.

The delegation is also asking what authority the Corps has to make changes to its annual operating plan for the river, and whether any additional authority will be needed.

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Senators support debt deal
5:06 pm
Tue August 2, 2011

Missouri's senators back controversial debt measure

Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO)
(St. Louis Public Radio/UPI)

 Both of Missouri’s U.S. senators today supported the emergency bill that averts a first-ever government default. The measure, which was the source of months of contentious and partisan debate, raises the nation’s debt ceiling. Republican Senator Roy Blunt says he voted for the bill because it’s a good first step to rein in federal spending.

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Roy Blunt / Claire McCaskill / Debt Ceiling
3:12 pm
Wed July 27, 2011

Blunt, McCaskill share views on debt-ceiling plans

Missouri Senators Roy Blunt (L) and Claire McCaskill.
(St. Louis Public Radio/UPI)

Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri says Republicans need to offer more compromise regarding a plan on how to handle raising the debt ceiling.

McCaskill says Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's proposal includes spending cuts larger than the rise in the debt ceiling and no increased taxes.

She says those were the requirements Speaker of the House John Boehner put forward at the start of the debate. But he has come up with his own plan that McCaskill says is similar, but with a catch.

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Morning Round-up
9:25 am
Tue July 26, 2011

Morning headlines: Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Ill. Sen. Dick Durbin has announced that he opposes a short-term extension of the debt ceiling; he wants to extend it until after the 2012 election. Pres. Obama and Congress face an Aug. 2 deadline to avoid a potential government default.
(Elena Schneider/Medill News Service)

Durbin opposes short-term extension of debt-ceiling

Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Ill. has announced that he wants to extend the debt ceiling until after the 2012 election. He says Republican House Speaker John Boehner’s plan to raise the ceiling as budget cuts are made would do nothing to help the economy, and won’t keep credit agencies from downgrading the nation’s debt. Rather, he says it would lead to higher interest rates.

 New conservative ad campaign targets Mo. Sen. McCaskill, among others

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