U.S. House of Representatives

Amtrak funding
8:56 am
Mon September 12, 2011

Proposed transportation budget could jeopardize Amtrak routes from St. Louis

A proposed federal transportation budget could eliminate Amtrak service between St. Louis and Kansas City.
(via Flickr/jpmueller99)

A proposed federal transportation budget could eliminate Amtrak service between St. Louis and Kansas City.

A report on KMOX radio says the House Appropriations subcommittee supports eliminating the federal operating subsidy for trains that also get state funding. That includes all routes between St. Louis and Kansas City and three of five trains between St. Louis and Chicago.

Flooding
9:49 am
Wed July 13, 2011

Bill offers break for properties in flood zone

(via Flickr/clip works)

Thousands of property owners facing the prospect of buying costly flood insurance as a hedge against aging levees could get a reprieve for years under a measure that has advanced in Congress.

The House on Tuesday night overwhelmingly signed off on a bill reauthorizing the debt-ridden federal flood-insurance program for five years.

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U.S. House of Representatives / Flooding
1:13 pm
Wed June 15, 2011

House panel backs $1B for flood project repair on Mississippi, Missouri rivers

A view of a levee break in Atchison County, Mo. off of the Missouri River on June 13.
(Courtesy Atchison County 911/Emergency Management on Facebook)

A House panel has approved $1 billion in emergency money to repair levees and other flood control projects damaged by the devastating flooding along the Mississippi and Missouri rivers.

Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen said billions of dollars more will be needed once full Army Corps of Engineers estimates are in for repairing breached levees and other flood control projects damaged by this year's devastating storms and floods.

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Disaster Relief / U.S. House of Representatives
11:03 am
Tue May 24, 2011

U.S. House GOP to advance $1B disaster aid package

The United States Capitol building in Washington, D.C.
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Republicans controlling the House are preparing a $1 billion aid package to make sure federal disaster relief accounts don't run out.

Rep. Robert Aderholt said the move would ensure that there's enough money for victims of the devastating tornado that leveled Joplin, Mo., on Sunday, as well as those suffering from flooding in the Mississippi Basin and from tornadoes that swept across Alabama last month.

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U.S. House of Representatives
11:34 am
Thu February 3, 2011

Freshmen Mo. lawmakers continue fundraising

Republican Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler. (Vicky Hartzler for Congress)

Missouri's newest members of the U.S. House have continued raising money.

Federal campaign finance reports show Republican Billy Long of Springfield raised roughly $15,000 from Nov. 23 to Dec. 31, 2010. Long reported starting 2011 with $29,000 in his campaign bank account.

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U.S. Census Data
9:23 am
Mon December 20, 2010

New Census numbers could mean bad news for Missouri, Illinois

A 2010 Census outreach event in July of 2010. New Census data will be released tomorrow which could result in fewer legislative seats for Missouri and Illinois. (Flickr Creative Commons User jennaddenda)

New 2010 U.S. Census figures will be released tomorrow.  And that could be bad news for the St. Louis region.

Some experts say the state is just shy of the population it would need to retain all nine of its seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. Washington University political science professor Steven Smith says it would be "a substantial loss" for Missouri's influence on Capitol Hill.

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