Claire McCaskill

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.
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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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Blunt and McCaskill
12:47 pm
Wed September 21, 2011

Blunt and McCaskill push for crack down on illegal trade practices

Mo. Senators Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill are pushing legislation to crack down on unfair trade policy.
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This week, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., introduced legislation aimed at cracking down on unfair trade practices and boosting manufacturing jobs in the state.

McCaskill says many Missouri companies have expressed frustration that an increasing number of foreign shippers are using unscrupulous and illegal tactics to avoid paying penalties they owe for illegal trade practices.

She says the legislation will help in pursuing and successfully collecting duties.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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