Claire McCaskill

Energy / Claire McCaskill
6:09 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

McCaskill visits St. Louis, Wash. U. on state-wide energy tour

Senator Claire McCaskill (at right) takes a look at an ultrafast laser system with Christine Kirmaier, PhD, (at left) research professor of chemistry, at Washington University in St. Louis' Ultrafast Laser Facility.
(Joe Angeles/WUSTL)

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.

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Morning round-up
9:24 am
Fri December 16, 2011

Morning headlines: Friday, December 16, 2011

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

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.

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Claire McCaskill
12:12 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

McCaskill expresses outrage over government phone program

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

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.

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Claire McCaskill/Earmarks
5:42 pm
Mon December 12, 2011

McCaskill report concludes US House members circumvented earmark ban

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.
(Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio)

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.

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Claire McCaskill
3:28 pm
Tue December 6, 2011

McCaskill proposes bill designed to boost jobs

Sens. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. (at right) and Susan Collins, R-Maine announce their legislation to cut payroll taxes, boost transportation funding and restrict regulation.
(via Flickr/Senator McCaskill)

Two U.S. senators are proposing legislation to cut payroll taxes, boost transportation funding and restrict regulation.

Missouri Democrat Sen. Claire McCaskill and Susan Collins, a Republican from Maine, on Tuesday announced their proposed legislation.

The federal lawmakers say the legislation will boost jobs. They also called it an example of what bipartisanship can produce.

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Claire McCaskill / Afghanistan
2:03 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

McCaskill: Move funds from Afghanistan to US roads

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. in July 2011.
(via Flickr/Senator McCaskill)

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. has proposed shifting money from development in Afghanistan to roads and bridges in the U.S.

The U.S. Department of Defense pays for projects through the Commanders' Emergency Response Program and the Afghanistan Infrastructure Fund.

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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.
(via Flickr/Senator McCaskill)

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.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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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