Claire McCaskill

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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Election 2012 / Todd Akin / Claire McCaskill
4:22 pm
Mon July 25, 2011

Mo. Rep. Akin adds real estate to federal reports

U.S. Rep. Todd Akin (R-St. Louis).
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri Congressman Todd Akin is revising a decade of federal ethics reports to note his stake in some family real estate matters.

The House Republican, who's running for U.S. Senate, is amending his personal financial disclosure reports for 2001 through 2010 to show his stake in property owned by family partnerships in the St. Louis area and Cape Cod, Mass.

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Morning round-up
8:43 am
Thu July 21, 2011

Morning headlines: Thursday, July 21, 2011

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon has announced he will lead a trade delegation to China later this year.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Nixon to lead trade delegation to China

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon plans to lead a trade delegation to China later this year. The governor's office on Wednesday confirmed a report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about the trade mission.

No date has been set.

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Sen. Claire McCaskill
12:17 pm
Wed July 20, 2011

McCaskill: "Gang of Six" plan makes sense

Sen. Claire McCaskill says the "Gang of Six" plan to solve the looming deficit crisis makes sense.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill says the bipartisan “Gang of Six” plan to steer the government away from a first-ever default on its financial obligations makes sense because it helps the deficit and lowers corporate and personal tax rates.

The democratic Senator attended the meeting on Capitol Hill Tues. where some 50 senators from both parties were briefed on the plan. McCaskill says most of the senators are excited about the compromise that was presented.

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Claire McCaskill
12:01 pm
Wed July 13, 2011

McCaskill accusing GOP of playing politics

Senator Claire McCaskill is accusing GOP leadership of playing politics during budget negotiations with the president.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

As budget talks continue in Washington, Sen. Claire McCaskill is accusing GOP leadership of playing politics during negotiations with the president.

 Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell, the top Republican in the Senate, is proposing to give President Obama sweeping power to, in effect, unilaterally increase the nation’s debt limit to avoid a first-ever default on U.S. obligations.

 McCaskill, a Democrat, says McConnell’s plan is purely political.

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Missouri River - flooding
5:00 am
Mon July 11, 2011

Senators seek to improve flood control on Missouri River

Water from the Missouri River overtops a levee in Atchison County, Mo., on June 19.
(flickr/U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo by Carlos J. Lazo)

The Missouri River Working Group is holding its first meeting on Wednesday to come up with a policy on flood control.

Missouri Senators Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill launched the group with senators from North Dakota to look for ways to improve flood control along the Missouri River and keep this year’s flooding from happening again.

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