Claire McCaskill

Spring Flooding/Claire McCaskill
1:55 pm
Wed May 4, 2011

McCaskill: farmers' lawsuit against levee blast will be difficult to win

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

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill says that while she sympathizes with southeast Missouri farmers whose land has been swamped by the Birds Point levee breach, a lawsuit filed on their behalf against the federal government will be difficult to win.

The lawsuit claims the government violated the farmers' rights by taking their land without adequate compensation.

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Bin Laden death
2:26 pm
Mon May 2, 2011

Local politicians react to death of Osama Bin Laden

Updated 2:15 p.m. May 2 with information from conference call with Sen. Blunt

From Senator Roy Blunt:

"Osama bin Laden's death is a major victory for America. This development is the culmination of the sacrifices and dedication from our brave troops and intelligence professionals. After nearly a decade, it also brings a great measure of justice and closure for all Americans who lost loved ones as a result of the brutal attacks against our nation on 9/11. While this does not mean the end of our fight against global terrorism, bin Laden's death is a major blow to al-Qaeda and the terrorist organizations he financed."

In a Monday conference call, Blunt praised the president for sending Special Forces into bin Laden's Pakistani compound, rather than conducting a bombing raid.

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Spring Flooding
12:29 pm
Fri April 29, 2011

Lawmakers weigh-in on pending decision on levee from Army Corps of Engineers

Mo. State Highway Patrol's Roger Shikles keeps watch while passing a mailbox in Butler County, Mo. on April 26, 2011. A levee had breached in the area. A decision to intentionally break a levee in another flood-threatened area, Cairo, Ill. is pending.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Updated 12:29 p.m. April 29:

Via the Associated Press:

Missouri officials are appealing a federal judge's ruling that says the Army Corps of Engineers can break a levee and flood Missouri farmland if necessary to spare an Illinois town upstream.

U.S. District Judge Stephen Limbaugh Jr. ruled Friday that the corps' plan to breach the Birds Point levee is appropriate to ensure flood-control along the Mississippi. Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster appealed to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis a short time later.

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Tornado Cleanup
5:41 pm
Wed April 27, 2011

FEMA teams in St. Louis to assess damage from tornadoes

Resident Ron Henderson walks away from his home, totally destroyed, three days after a tornado devastated this area of Bridgeton, Missouri on April 25, 2011. Teams from FEMA are now in the St. Louis area to assess damage from last week's tornadoes.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency are on the ground in St. Louis to assess the damage from last week's tornadoes. Their findings will be part of Missouri's request for Federal assistance.

FEMA investigators are gathering data on a variety of factors-including the number of displaced people, effects on the local economy, and how much property was uninsured.

Josh DeBerg is a spokesperson for FEMA. He says the main criteria for federal aid boils down to a question of resources.

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Morning round-up
9:33 am
Wed April 13, 2011

Morning headlines: Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Missouri Capitol Building. State lawmakers have given final approval to a bill renewing federally funded jobless payments for thousands of Missourians.
Flickr/David_Shane

Missouri Lawmakers Give Final Approval to Federally Funded Jobless Payments

Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to a bill renewing federally funded jobless payments for thousands of people who lost their benefits because of a protest against federal spending by several Republican state senators. The House voted 138-13 Tuesday to send the legislation to Gov. Jay Nixon.

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Election 2012
5:37 pm
Tue April 12, 2011

McCaskill raises more than $1 million for campaign

Mo. Sen. Claire McCaskill in February 2011.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Sen. Claire McCaskill reports raising more than $1 million for her re-election campaign in the first quarter in 2011, a strong showing for the first-term incumbent.

The Missouri Democrat's campaign released the numbers on Tuesday. Candidates are required to submit their fundraising reports to the Federal Election Commission by April 15.

McCaskill raised $1.05 million in 2011. Her campaign also reported that she had nearly $1.8 million cash on hand.

Claire McCaskill
2:35 pm
Mon April 11, 2011

Report: McCaskill spent less on travel than others

Mo. Sen. Claire McCaskill in February 2011.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

A newspaper's review of travel records has found that U.S Sen. Claire McCaskill spent far less for four years of flights on her private plane than two former Missouri senators spent for travel over similar time spans.

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Federal Government Shutdown
5:48 pm
Wed April 6, 2011

Blunt, McCaskill sound-off on possible government shutdown

Missouri's U.S. senators, Republican Roy Blunt (L) and Democrat Claire McCaskill.
(UPI/St. Louis Public Radio)

Congressional budget talks appear headed in a positive direction today, but conservative spending cuts remain obstacles as Congress seeks to avert a government shutdown this weekend.

Missouri Republican Senator Roy Blunt continued to heap blame on Democrats for not passing a budget last year.

"They could have resolved them any way they wanted to last year,” Blunt said. “So their negotiating position is dramatically impacted by their unwillingness to deal with these issues when they were totally in control of everything."

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Arlington oversight
1:34 pm
Thu March 31, 2011

McCaskill wants Arlington update after new revelations of burial mistakes

Sen .Claire McCaskill (D-MO) wants the Army to provide information about what it's doing to correct burial mistakes at Arlington National Cemetery.
(via Flickr/Rob Crawley)

A new report in TIME Magazine has spurred Sen. Claire McCaskill to demand an early accounting of the Army's efforts to clean up problems at Arlington National Cemetery.

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Missouri's Senators on Libya
1:27 pm
Wed March 30, 2011

Missouri's U.S. Senators weigh-in on Libya

Missouri's Senators, Republican Roy Blunt (L) and Democrat Claire McCaskill.
(St. Louis Public Radio/UPI)

Via two conference calls today, Missouri's Senators shared their opinions on the continuing situation in Libya.

Democrat Claire McCaskill says she's concerned about conditions in Libya.

While the Senator is awaiting briefings from military officials, she says it appears there has been a reversal over the last 24 hours.

McCaskill says the U.S. effort must have a clear timeline.

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