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McCaskill, Blunt at odds on permanent earmark ban

Sep 22, 2019

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 24, 2013 - WASHINGTON – Warning that U.S. Senate leaders may be planning to bring back earmarks, U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill on Thursday revived her legislation from last year that would impose a permanent ban on such pet projects.

“I think [earmarking] is a ‘gateway drug,’ and I fear a relapse” in Congress, McCaskill, D-Mo., told reporters at a news conference. In the last Congress, both the Senate and House imposed a temporary moratorium on earmarks, but the Senate has yet to do so this year.

Blunt Will Vote Against Hagel's Confirmation

Jan 31, 2013
(Screenshot via CSPAN)

Updated 2/1/13 9:44 with news that Senator Blunt will be voting "No" on former Senator Hagel. Updated 2/1/13 3:03 with additions throughout.

Missouri Senator Roy Blunt says it was a bad day for former Senator Chuck Hagel, as he appeared before the committee that will consider his nomination to be defense secretary. Bad enough that he will be voting against Hagel's nomination. 

Blunt, Kirk oppose Pentagon nominee Hagel

Jan 31, 2013

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 31, 2013 - WASHINGTON – Sparring with Republicans about prior statements on Israel and Iran, Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel defended his record at his confirmation hearing Thursday and agreed with Missouri senators' comments related to wartime contracting and the defense industrial base.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 7, 2013 - WASHINGTON – When former U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel, the nominee for Secretary of Defense, faces what is likely to be a contentious confirmation hearing by the Senate Armed Services Committee, both of Missouri’s senators will be there.

President Obama Makes Cabinet Announcements

Jan 7, 2013
(via White House photographer Pete Souza)

President Obama made announcements today on two new members of his cabinet: