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U.S. Rep Ann Wagner, a Republican from Ballwin, raised $804,000 from Jan. 1 to March 31.
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U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner of Missouri says coordination between private area transportation operations is crucial in the fight against sex trafficking, especially since St. Louis has become a hub in the illegal trade.

The Ballwin Republican met Thursday with representatives from rail and bus companies, along with Uber and Lyft ridesharing services. During the closed-door meeting, they discussed ways that drivers and employees can spot potential trafficking victims, who are often underage and forced into the sex trade.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: The national parks are open again. Panda Cam remained down after the shutdown, because of too much demand. (Let the record show that the editor had to check to make certain it was working.) Hundreds of thousands of federal employees are back at their jobs. In the end, the economic cost of closing the federal government for a few weeks has been estimated in the tens of billions. However, this only represents an insignificant dip in the GDP in the long run.

Rep. Lacy Clay
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Amidst the dual crises of the partial government shutdown and the swiftly approaching debt limit, Congressman Lacy Clay (D - St. Louis) is addressing the inaction and hearing from constituents.

Before traveling back to D.C. for an evening meeting of the House, Clay stopped by St. Louis Public Radio to discuss the latest on Capitol Hill with St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh.

Here's what he had to say on the partial government shutdown, the debt ceiling and more.

On the inaction of Congress:

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: The fight over raising the federal debt ceiling is occurring thousands of miles away in Washington, D.C. But Missouri state Treasurer Clint Zweifel says an inability to resolve the issue could have a far-reaching impact on the Show Me State.

The Democratic statewide officeholder told the Beacon Thursday that failure to raise the debt ceiling could make it harder for businesses to borrow money, spark panic in the financial markets and hinder the ability to administer programs using federal dollars.

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Hundreds of thousands of government employees went on furlough today, as the federal government began a partial shutdown. Thousands of those employees live and work in the St. Louis region. Meanwhile the debt ceiling deadline looms.

What kind of economic impact will the shutdown and debt ceiling have on the St. Louis region?

St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh spoke with economist Howard Wall, Colonel Kyle Kremer, Commander of the 375th Air Mobility Wing at Scott Air Force Base, and St. Louis Beacon reporter Jason Rosenbaum to find out.

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With a deal to avoid drastic spending cuts behind them, members of Congress are gearing up for what could be another grueling round of negotiations over the federal debt-ceiling.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) says members need to get to the bargaining table early this time.

The number two Democrat in the Senate told CNN’s Candy Crowley Sunday that he really doesn’t want to see a sequel to the so called “fiscal cliff” negotiations.

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Missouri Senator Roy Blunt says the failure of two balanced-budget amendments today shows Senate Democrats aren’t serious about dealing with the deficit.

The defeat of both bills – one from Democrats, one from Republicans – ends the current push to force a yearly balanced budget from Congress.  Blunt, who voted for the Republican-backed bill, says the fact that neither party could pass their amendment speaks to the heart of the Senate’s disfunction. 

Commentary: Solving the U.S. debt puzzle

Oct 5, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 5, 2011 - This summer, Americans witnessed the political theater of Congress and the president at loggerheads over raising the legal debt ceiling. While many liberals thought Obama caved in to the demands of the tea party-influenced GOP; Americans, on the whole, were dismayed when Standard and Poor's used the partisan wrangling over the debt ceiling as a pretext for downgrading the federal government's credit rating.

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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.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Aug. 10, 2011 - WASHINGTON - Founding father Thomas Jefferson liked the idea. Former U.S. Sen. Paul Simon, D-Ill., championed it for years. Germany has one, and so does nearly every American state. And proponents of one version or another range from tea party stalwarts to moderate Democrats.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Aug. 3, 2011 - Republican U.S. Senate candidate Sarah Steelman has a launched a web petition drive to ask members of Congress named to the new "super committee'' to refuse money from lobbyists and political action committees.

Steelman, a former Missouri state treasurer, said in an emailed message late Tuesday that she was concerned about a report on the news website Politico that "quoted an unnamed Democratic lobbyist who said he was preparing for the committee's eventual deliberations by 'writing 12 really large checks.' "

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Aug. 3, 2011 - After both chambers of the U.S. Congress had voted in favor of raising the federal debt ceiling, Republican congressional candidate Ann Wagner still felt it was necessary to weigh in with a public statement opposing the deal.

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 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.

Most area members of U.S. House vote for debt-ceiling deal

Aug 2, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacom, Aug. 2, 2011 - Shortly before they cast their votes, Missouri and Illinois members of the U.S. House, Republicans and Democrats, began to weigh in publicly about the tentative bipartisan deal between House and Senate leaders to raise the nation's debt ceiling by Tuesday's deadline for possible default.

Debt deal's done, but does it make sense?

Aug 2, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Aug. 2, 2011 - After weeks of speeches, posturing and negotiations, Congress has finally raised the nation's debt ceiling, just hours before the country could have been forced to default on its obligations.

But just because the deal is done doesn't mean that economists and others like it -- or even think that it was necessary.

Area senators vote 'yes,' but still disagree

Aug 2, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Aug. 2, 2011 - WASHINGTON - Even though all four senators from Missouri and Illinois voted Tuesday for the debt-ceiling deal, sharp differences exist in their attitudes toward what the framework means and what the next steps will be.

"My vote for this legislation does not come without some pain," said a tired-looking U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., who presided over the crucial Senate vote later that morning. "On this matter, my conscience is conflicted."

Update at 2:07 p.m. ET. President Signs Bill:

President Obama has signed into law a bi-partisan bill that raises the debt ceiling and avoids a government default that analysts as well as the White House warned could have had catastrophic effects on the American economy.

Earlier today, the Senate voted 74-26 to send the bill to the president's desk. The AP reports Obama signed the bill privately in the Oval Office.

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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, July 30, 2011 - WASHINGTON - With the hot air inside the Capitol surpassing the sweltering temperatures outside, the pink-jacketed lawmaker picked up the phone in her front office and answered with a crisp, "This is Claire McCaskill, can I help you?"

It took a minute to convince the St. Louis caller that the voice was, indeed, the senator, who then listened to a torrent of frustration about how Congress can't get its act together and solve the debt ceiling problem. "Believe me, you can't imagine how frustrating this is," sympathized McCaskill, D-Mo., explaining the impasse on Capitol Hill.

President Obama speaks on status of debt ceiling negotiations

Jul 29, 2011
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President Obama spoke this morning regarding the status of the debt ceiling negotiations.

In case you missed his remarks or would like to review them, see this live-blog of the news conference via NPR's "The Two-Way."

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, July 28, 2011 - WASHINGTON - With House Republicans divided over their own leader's plan and congressional Democrats sweating the fast-approaching deadline, the road to solving the debt-ceiling crisis seemed likely to turn on a last-ditch compromise.