Claire McCaskill

Winter Storm Disaster Declaration
1:13 pm
Fri March 4, 2011

McCaskill, Blunt ask for federal disaster declaration after winter storms

Highway 70 was closed due to heavy snow from Wentzville to Kansas City, Mo. on Feb. 1. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri's U.S. Senators have sent a joint letter to President Obama urging the president to grant Governor Jay Nixon's request to declare 64 Missouri counties federal disaster areas after this winter's heavy snowfall.

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Claire McCaskill
12:05 pm
Wed March 2, 2011

McCaskill joins others in approving legislation to postpone government shutdown

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill.
(Rachel Lippmann, St. Louis Public Radio)

The U.S. Senate has approved legislation that cuts $4 billion in spending, forestalling a government shut-down for the next two weeks.

Missouri Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill joined all but one of her colleagues in approving the measure.

McCaskill says she hopes Senators use the next two weeks to negotiate cuts that don't simply target discretionary spending, which is only 12-to-15 percent of the budget.

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Claire McCaskill / John Cochran VAMC
1:50 pm
Tue February 22, 2011

McCaskill unveils "Healthcare Experience" program for Mo. VA facilities

As veterans stand near, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo) unveils her new program, Veterans Healthcare Expirence Program (VHEP), that is intended to improve healthcare at the John Cochran Medical Center in St. Louis on Feb. 22, 2011. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Amid continued sterilization problems at John Cochran Medical Center in St. Louis, Sen. Claire McCaskill announced a new program today to try to improve veterans’ experiences at VA facilities in Missouri.

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Other News
8:32 pm
Sun February 20, 2011

McCaskill unveils new Congressional reforms

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill speaks to reporters at her St. Louis office on Sunday. (Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill says Congress needs to play by the same rules as everyone else.

Speaking at her St. Louis office on Sunday, the Democratic Senator unveiled a package of reforms she says will help bring transparency and accountability to Congress.

McCaskill proposed creating an independent watchdog office to oversee Senate operations and take complaints from the public.

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Morning round-up
8:55 am
Thu February 17, 2011

Morning headlines: Cochran officials say hospital is safe, McCaskill raises concerns about Chrysler North Plant demolition, Pujols arrives at spring training

Cochran VA officials say despite sterilization concerns, the hospital is safe. Surgeries have been on hold since Feb. 2. (SLPRnews)
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Claire McCaskill
2:19 pm
Wed February 16, 2011

McCaskill: Obama's budget a "starting point" for conversation between Democrats, Republicans

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill. (Rachel Lippmann, St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill is calling President Obama's budget a starting point to begin the conversation between Democrats and Republicans.

The Democratic senator says she is anxious to see the Republicans' budget plan in the House. But McCaskill is also criticizing the GOP for focusing on the discretionary domestic budget, which, she says, is only 18 percent of the budget.

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Election 2012
3:12 pm
Mon February 7, 2011

McCaskill pays $4K for website rights

A screen capture of U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill's 2012 campaign website, The domain name of the site was purchased from a Columbia, Mo. graphic designer. (Screen Capture of

Claire McCaskill has a great name for politics - well, at least it's a profitable one for a Columbia, Mo. graphic designer.

The online domain name "" was snatched up by 39-year-old Brennan Hobart in anticipation of McCaskill's 2012 U.S. Senate campaign, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

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Cochran VAMC
4:12 pm
Fri February 4, 2011

Congressional reaction to new problems at John Cochran VA Medical Center

The director of John Cochran VA Medical Center in St. Louis says surgeries could resume next week at the facility. The center stopped performing surgeries because of concerns over contamination on some operating-room equipment. 

Meanwhile, congressional reaction to the new problems has been harsh.

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Election 2012
11:44 am
Fri February 4, 2011

Steelman raises $200K for U.S. Senate bid

U.S. Senate hopeful Sarah Steelman has raised $200,000 for her campaign, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

According to the paper, Steelman raised the sum in about a month.

So where does that put Steelman among her fellow U.S. Senate candidates? The Post-Dispatch lists the candidates' fundraising progress as follows:

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Democratic National Convention
5:20 pm
Wed February 2, 2011

McCaskill disputes reports she worked against St. Louis DNC bid

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill on Jan. 18, 2011. (St. Louis Public Radio/Rachel Lippmann)

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri is coming under fire after a report in the New York Times accuses her of working against bringing the Democratic National Convention to the state.

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