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McCaskill aims to require ‘plain English’ for federal regulations

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill


McCaskill aims to require ‘plain English’ for federal regulations
WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 23, 2012) — In her ongoing fight for stronger accountability and transparency in government, U.S Senator Claire McCaskill is aiming to shine more sunlight on public documents by making them available “in plain English.” McCaskill today introduced the bipartisan Plain Writing Act for Regulations to require authors of federal regulations to use language that is clear, concise, well-organized and follows best practices appropriate to the subject or audience. McCaskill’s bill is cosponsored by Senators Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), and supported by the National Small Business Association and the Center for American Progress. “Any time we make it easier for folks to access and understand government information that’s a good thing,” McCaskill said. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...


By Press Office of U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill

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U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler
Hartzler objects to gay marriages on military bases, lack of flood control
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 2, 2011) — It’s been a while since the waters of the Missouri River receded, but the threat of future flooding is first and foremost in the minds of many Fourth District residents living along the river. With possible 2012 flooding on the horizon, the House Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee met this week to assess the 2011 Missouri River flooding and to consider operational plans for the future. I testified before the committee, calling on the Army Corps of Engineers to take steps to prevent future flooding similar to what damaged property this spring and summer. Many residents of the Fourth District feel that these floods could have been reduced, if not completely avoided, by earlier action and better prioritization of uses by the Army Corps of Engineers. In another hearing, this week, I joined the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel for a briefing examining the legal and policy rationale leading the Department of Defense (DOD) to issue guidance, earlier this year, allowing same sex marriage ceremonies on military bases. The guidance issued by the DOD directly violates the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which defines marriage for all federal purposes to be only between a man and a woman. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
By U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler

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Brown comments on newly announced state legislative district borders

State Senator Dan Brown
Brown comments on newly announced state legislative district borders
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Dec. 2, 2011) — After failing earlier in the session to come to an agreement towards drawing new legislative district boundaries, the Missouri Apportionment Commission has concluded its task, and filed the new boundaries with the office of the Missouri Secretary of State. Despite many hours of debate and hearings, the Missouri Senate, House and governor failed to agree on the boundaries by the end of session in mid-May. In addition, the bipartisan citizen apportionment commissions also failed to reach an amicable solution on the district lines in September. As a result, the state constitution mandates the lines be drawn by the six Missouri appellate judges. The decision marks only the second time in Missouri history that redistricting of both chambers were created by the judicial panel. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
By State Sen. Dan Brown

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Blunt glad Supreme Court will review arguments against ObamaCare

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt
Blunt glad Supreme Court will review arguments against ObamaCare
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 14, 2011) — In response to the news that the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in 2012 surrounding President Barack Obama’s health spending bill, U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt has issued the following statement: “I’m pleased that the Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments over ObamaCare, which the majority of Missourians and Americans have soundly rejected... I hope the Supreme Court will come to the same conclusion next year.”  Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
By Press Office of U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt

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Hartzler thanks veterans, promotes adoption, defends Lake of the Ozarks

U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler
Hartzler thanks veterans, promotes adoption, defends Lake of the Ozarks
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 12, 2011) — This week America paused to thank our men and women in uniform who have fought to keep our country free. Veterans Day gives all Americans the opportunity to pay tribute to those who have sacrificed on our behalf. While in Warrensburg, I had the privilege of presenting the 2011 Angels in Adoption award to Dr. Curt and Lisa Dyer for their long-time advocacy for foster care and adoption. The Dyers, who have eight children and four foster children, were chosen because of their personal commitment and dedicated work to find loving homes for all children. In other news, there were major developments in the fight to protect the rights of Lake of the Ozarks homeowners whose homes are threatened by a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) edict which effectively ordered electric utility Ameren, the company that owns the Lake, to tear down thousands of homes and other lakefront structures. I followed up the filing of my bill (H.R. 3244) to rein-in the power of FERC with a visit to the Lake where I met with more than 100 frustrated and concerned residents. I was happy to meet with residents who are pleased that FERC’s overreach is being challenged. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
By U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler

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Hartzler chooses former Warrensburg mayor for 'Angels in Adoption' award

U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler
Hartzler chooses former Warrensburg mayor for 'Angels in Adoption' award
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 9, 2011) — Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler has chosen a Warrensburg couple to receive the 2011 Angels in Adoption award for their long-time advocacy for foster care and adoption and will be presenting the award to them on Nov. 11. Curt and Lisa Dyer, who have eight children and four foster children, were chosen because of their personal commitment and dedicated advocacy for finding loving homes for all children. The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute orchestrates the annual Angels in Adoption program. As a passionate advocate for adoption and a member of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption and the Congressional Foster Care Caucus, Hartzler believes the Dyers embody the types of families needed to care for our nation's foster children. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
By Press Office of U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler

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Blunt applauds veterans jobs bill, repeal of 3 percent withholding tax

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt
Blunt applauds veterans jobs bill, repeal of 3 percent withholding tax
WASHINGTON D.C. (Nov. 10, 2011) — U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt released the following statement regarding the bipartisan repeal of the 3 percent withholding tax and passage of the veterans jobs bill: “The Senate took an important step to reduce economic uncertainty with the passage of these bipartisan bills, both of which passed the House with overwhelming support and President Obama has signaled his willingness to sign it into law. I was proud to cosponsor the repeal of the onerous 3 percent withholding tax, which places an unnecessary financial burden on numerous job creators across America... I was also proud to support important tax incentives for businesses that hire veterans who are coming home and in need of work. As we mark Veterans Day this week, we’re reminded of the incredible sacrifices that our nation’s servicemen and women make each and every day to protect our freedoms. We owe it to these brave heroes to ensure they have the opportunity to earn a living once they return home.” Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
By Press Office of U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt

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National News / Hartzler issues Veterans Day statement
« on: November 11, 2011, 01:06:19 PM »
Hartzler issues Veterans Day statement

U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler
 
Hartzler issues Veterans Day statement
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 10, 2011) — Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler has issued the following Veterans Day statement: "Veterans Day allows America to pay tribute to our men in women in uniform who have sacrificed to keep us free. Since its origin as Armistice Day marking the end of World War One — at the 11th hour ... of the 11th day ... of the 11th month — November 11th has been a day for Americans to honor those who have served at home and abroad. As the daughter of an Army Reservist, I learned the importance of this day early on in life..." Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
By Press Office of U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler

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Hartzler introduces legislation to help small businesses grow, create jobs

U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler
Hartzler introduces legislation to help small businesses grow, create jobs
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 3, 2011) — Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler has introduced legislation to eliminate some of the negative provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act in an effort to make it easier for locally-owned banks to lend money to small and medium-sized local businesses so they can grow and create jobs. “Dodd-Frank was supposed to more closely monitor the big banks and create consumer confidence,” said Hartzler. “Instead, this overreaching government regulation has harmed smaller, regional banks by making it difficult for them to lend to small and mid-sized businesses through fixed rate loans.” Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
By Press Office of U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler

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Blunt applauds bipartisan passage of disaster relief, agriculture funding

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt
Blunt applauds bipartisan passage of disaster relief, agriculture funding
WASHINGTON D.C. (Nov. 1, 2011) — U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, the ranking member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, released the following statements today regarding the bipartisan passage of the agriculture appropriations bill for fiscal year 2012 and on passage of his amendment to help fund disaster relief efforts. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
By Press Office of U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt

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Senators introduce bill barring EPA from costly regulations on farmers, ranchers

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt
Senators introduce bill barring EPA from costly regulations on farmers, ranchers
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 19, 2011) — U.S. Senators Roy Blunt of Missouri and Mike Crapo of Idaho introduced the "Superfund Common-Sense Act of 2011" (S. 1729) this week, which would prevent the Obama Administration from imposing yet another needless and burdensome regulation on America's food producers. The legislation would clearly exempt manure, poultry litter, and their nutrient components from liability and regulation under the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA or Superfund law) laws. The bill would also eliminate any reporting requirements by livestock and poultry producers under CERCLA and the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA) for manure emissions. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
Press Office of U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt

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Senators urge Obama to protect Georgian sovereignty In Russia WTO discussions

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt
Senators urge Obama to protect Georgian sovereignty In Russia WTO discussions
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 19, 2011) — U.S. Senators Roy Blunt of Missouri and James Inhofe of Oklahoma sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk this week urging the Obama Administration to protect America's national interests by fully considering the sovereignty of our ally, the Republic of Georgia, before endorsing Russia's membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO). "We are concerned about reports that the United States may endorse Russian membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO) in spite of larger strategic challenges in the U.S.-Russia relationship," the senators wrote. "As you are well aware, the United States continues to oppose the presence of Russian troops in the Georgian provinces of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which were invaded by Russia in August 2008." Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
Press Office of U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt

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Hartzler warns defense cuts could downgrade USA to regional power

U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler
Hartzler warns defense cuts could downgrade USA to regional power
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 19, 2011) — Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler is urging members of the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction — the so-called "supercommittee" that will offer its recommendations to Congress by November 23rd — to refrain from further cuts to America's national defense. In a letter to "supercommittee" members, Hartzler and fellow members of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) warn further cuts to the military will put our country's national defense at risk. "If further cuts to the military are implemented ... these cuts would pose a serious threat to the nation's readiness to respond to current and future global security challenges, break the back of our Armed Forces while slowing our economic recovery, and do little to resolve our debt crisis," stated Hartzler and other HASC members in the letter. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
Press Office of U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler

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Hartzler commends Congress for recent votes on trade, abortion in House

U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler
 
Hartzler commends Congress for recent votes on trade, abortion in House
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 14, 2011) — The House passed a very important piece of pro-life legislation this week. The Protect Life Act upholds the sanctity of human life by ensuring taxpayer dollars are NOT used to fund abortions under President Obama's health care law that was passed last year. The health care law would have permitted funding for abortions in private health plans by skirting the normal appropriations process and avoiding the protections contained in the Hyde Amendment. It's been quite a busy week on the trade front as Congress approved three free trade agreements that had sat on the President's desk for years and were finally voted on and approved by the House and later the Senate. The agreements with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama have wide bipartisan support. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
By U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler

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Blunt says Washington shouldn't play politics with disaster assistance

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt
Blunt says Washington shouldn't play politics with disaster assistance
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 30, 2011) — Over the past year, Missouri and the nation have faced numerous natural disasters that devastated entire communities and the livelihoods of people nationwide. As we work to rebuild in the aftermath of those disasters, the scope of these events has placed unusual logistical and financial pressures on our nation's funding, response, and rebuilding efforts. Over the last nine months, Missourians have withstood flooding and tornadoes across the state. The most deadly of these struck in Joplin, where the tornado stayed on the ground for six miles and destroyed approximately 30 percent of the buildings in a town of 50,000 people. More than 8,000 homes and apartments were destroyed in Joplin and more than 500 commercial properties were demolished by this devastating tornado. As a southwest Missourian, I have witnessed a lot of tornado damage, but I've never seen anything like this. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
By U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt

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Blunt applauds bipartisan advancement of job-promoting international trade

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt
 
Blunt applauds bipartisan advancement of job-promoting international trade
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 3, 2011) — U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt released the following statement today commending the recent bipartisan progress on the pending trade deals with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama, which President Barack Obama submitted to Congress today: “As I’ve said for some time, Washington must work together if we’re going to get Americans back to work. That’s why I’m pleased the White House has agreed to send Congress these job-promoting trade deals, which have garnered strong bipartisan support on Capitol Hill. The bipartisan progress on these free trade agreements is a great example of what we can do if we come together and work across the aisle to help spur economic development and private sector job growth nationwide.” Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
By Press Office of U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt

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Hartzler hosts 2011 Missouri Business Conference this week in Warrensburg

U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler
 
Hartzler hosts 2011 Missouri Business Conference this week in Warrensburg
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 30, 2011) — On Wednesday, I had the pleasure of hosting the 2011 Missouri Business Conference at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, talking to entrepreneurs about growing their businesses, networking, and creating jobs. It was a wonderful event attended by more than 300 people who shared best business practice ideas through one-on-one contacts and who picked up some valuable tips through a series of four panel discussions. As I listened to many of these entrepreneurs, I was reminded of a major concern I have addressed with my House colleagues in Washington: the government's burdensome regulations. Men and women who want to succeed by prospering and creating jobs are hindered in their efforts by regulations and mandates that stand in the way. These businessmen and women spoke with me about the need to eliminate many of these hurdles — and I agree! Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
By U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler

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Hartzler says balanced budget amendment is crucial for country

U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler
 
Hartzler says balanced budget amendment is crucial for country
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 24, 2011) — As I write this newsletter, America is on the brink of a government shutdown — but it can be avoided. Early Friday morning, the House passed a bipartisan bill that doubles President Obama's request for emergency disaster aid to Missouri and elsewhere and will keep the government running through Nov. 18. Sadly, Senate Leader Harry Reid allowed politics to get in the way of what is needed by declaring this bipartisan legislation dead on arrival. The Senate must not be allowed to play politics with the people of Joplin who are recovering from May's devastating tornado, residents of northwest and southeast Missouri who have coped with devastating flooding, and Americans in other parts of the country that have been hit with hurricanes, wildfires, and droughts. There can be no doubt that the only real solution to our budget problems is a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. I am leading efforts in the U.S. House to pass such an amendment. As part of the August debt limit agreement, the House and Senate will have to vote between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31 on that amendment, and I am urging representatives and senators to approve what is truly the only effective way to get a grip on out-of-control Washington spending. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
By U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler

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National News / Hartzler returns from visit to Israel
« on: September 01, 2011, 04:20:06 PM »
Hartzler returns from visit to Israel

U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler
Hartzler returns from visit to Israel
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Aug. 31, 2011) — Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler has completed a week-long congressional visit to Israel to learn more about the special relationship between the United States and Israel, that country's security situation, and the Middle East peace process. "America shares a special partnership with Israel," said Hartzler upon her return. "It is America's greatest ally in the Middle East and the only democracy in the region. We share the same values regarding individual rights and liberties." Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
By Press Office of U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler

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Blunt urges continued FEMA disaster recovery funding for Joplin tornado

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt
 
Blunt urges continued FEMA disaster recovery funding for Joplin tornado
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Aug. 29, 2011) — U.S. Senator Roy Blunt released the following statement regarding the reallocation of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding in the wake of Hurricane Irene recovery efforts: "My staff and I are regularly communicating with Joplin officials to make sure that they're getting the immediate help they need... If FEMA can't fulfill its promise to our state because we have other disasters, that's unacceptable, and we need to take a serious look at how our disaster response policies are funded and implemented." Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
By Press Office of U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt

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Hartzler outlines recent congressional action on health care, other issues

U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler
Hartzler outlines recent congressional action on health care, other issues
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Aug. 26, 2011) — Good Day. Congress is in the middle of its August work time in the district, with the D.C. session set to resume in September. I've been thinking this might be a good time to bring you up to date on some of the legislation the House of Representatives has moved forward during the year's first eight months. One of the first major bills passed by the U.S. House was the repeal of the government health care takeover - delivering on a promise endorsed by most Missourians. Unfortunately, the Senate refused to follow suit and left us with an expensive health care program that fails to make good on a pledge to make quality health care more affordable. On a positive note, a federal appeals court in Georgia recently became the latest court to strike down all or parts of the law on constitutional grounds. There is no doubt this troublesome law will soon end up before the U.S. Supreme Court. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
By U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler

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Brown says students are going back to school with new social networking rules

State Senator Dan Brown
Brown: Students going back to school have new social networking rules
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Aug. 26 2011) — As the school year begins, and the fall season nears, I would like to offer a friendly reminder to drivers to watch out for kids walking to and from school, or entering and leaving school buses. In today's fast-paced world, it's easy to forget that children are returning to their classes, and the college towns are again filling up with students. Please be aware, and more importantly, patient, with school buses and young pedestrians around. Students, after all, are our most valuable resource for the future of our state and country. On a related note, we have been receiving a lot of correspondence regarding SB54;, also known as the "Amy Hestir Student Protection Act." Ms. Hestir testified in support of this bill at the committee hearing, saying that she had endured sexual abuse from her junior high teacher for two years. She told the committee that he had changed school districts several times before retiring in southeast Missouri, and was even named "Teacher of the Year" by his last employer. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
By State Sen. Dan Brown

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Breaking News / The sun will go out in Missouri on Aug. 21, 2017
« on: August 19, 2011, 02:37:37 PM »
No, this is not a joke. A total solar eclipse will happen in Missouri six years from now on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017.
 
The edge of the total eclipse path will come as close to us as St. James and Vienna, but to get the maximum time of the eclipse, you need to be in a path whose closest approach to us will be in a line running from Boonville to Ashland to St. Clair and DeSoto.
 
Here's a link to a NASA website with the exact eclipse path. In Missouri, it runs from St. Joseph southeast toward Cape Girardeau, which is just inside the southern edge of the total eclipse path. Kansas City and St. Louis are near the edges of the path: http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEgoogle/SEgoogle2001/SE2017Aug21Tgoogle.html
 
If you're in Waynesville, the partial eclipse will start at 10:46 a.m., reach eclipse maximum at 12:15 p.m., and end at 1:42 p.m. (times UT/Greenwich Mean: 16:46/18:15/19:42).

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State News / Brown comments on federal budget
« on: August 16, 2011, 01:50:09 PM »
Brown comments on federal budget

State Senator Dan Brown
Brown comments on federal budget
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Aug. 10, 2011) — Missouri’s state statutes require the budget to be balanced each fiscal year. Although the budget may become more or less stable due to unforeseen circumstances, we have a certain amount of money with which to fund the expenses of the state, and we must appropriate within that framework. Should the nation be held as accountable as the states? We think so. The federal budget is still trillions of dollars out of balance, and the promise of voluntary spending cuts is a very weak solution for the benefit of this country’s fiscal strength. The compromise, recently reached in Washington, D.C. includes a provision to bring an amendment mandating a balanced federal budget to be voted on by federal lawmakers and sent to the states for ratification. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
By State Sen. Dan Brown

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Hartzler says Congress hasn't worked hard enough to cut federal spending

U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler
 
Hartzler says Congress hasn't worked hard enough to cut federal spending
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Aug. 12, 2011) — This was my first full week back in the 4th District since Congress passed the deficit reduction bill that I believe did not go far enough — and I have heard quite a bit from citizens offering their thoughts on the bill and my vote against passage. I have met a lot of people, read quite a few emails and letters from others, and took numerous telephone calls from still others who offered their thanks for what many see as a principled stand on my part. These citizens are tired of out-of-control government spending and believe the agreement that was reached does not do enough to address our rising deficits. Like me, they view the agreement as a small step on the road to changing the Washington way of thinking — but they want to see more done. Part of my reason for voting “no” was my fear that this insufficient cut would lead to a downgrade of our credit rating. That is exactly what happened when Standard & Poor’s made it clear the government’s action did not meet S&P’s demand for $4 trillion in cuts plus permanent reforms to change our budget trajectory. What’s worse is that we could be downgraded further if substantial cuts are not realized in the future. There is no time to lose. We must begin this important task and begin soon. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
By U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler

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Blunt grateful congressional leaders moving toward debt limit agreement

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt
 
Blunt grateful congressional leaders moving toward debt limit agreement
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Aug. 1, 2011) — While congressional leaders were discussing a framework to raise the federal debt limit, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt issued the following statement on Sunday night: “I'm pleased that Senate and House leaders have agreed on a framework that cuts spending and does not raise taxes, and I look forward to meeting with my Senate Republican colleagues tomorrow to discuss this agreement in further detail.” Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
By Press Office of U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt

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Hartzler votes against raising debt ceiling over defense cut concerns

U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler
 
Hartzler votes against raising debt ceiling over defense cut concerns
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Aug. 1, 2011) — Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler says she has taken a stand for fiscal discipline and a strong national defense, voting against the latest bill to increase the nation’s debt ceiling. “The solution approved by Congress and sent to President Obama dramatically cuts our national defense,” said Hartzler. “This agreement strips $350 billion from the Base Defense Budget and has the Obama Administration bragging that this is, ‘the first defense cut since the 1990’s.’ The package also leaves the door open to the possibility of $500 billion in defense cuts down the road.” Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
By Press Office of U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler

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Brown reminds constituents of next weekend's state sales tax holiday

State Senator Dan Brown
Brown reminds constituents of next weekend's state sales tax holiday
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (July 28, 2011) — Soon, many area businesses in the 16th District, as well as statewide, will participate in the Missouri Back to School Sales Tax Holiday. By law, the holiday begins on the first Friday in August and continues through the following Sunday. This year, that gives shoppers from midnight Aug. 5 to midnight Aug. 7 to purchase school-related items, such as school supplies, computers, clothing and other items exempt from state sales tax. Although state sales tax will not be charged during the designated weekend, local county and city governments, as well as certain transportation, improvement and development districts, may elect to opt out of their portion of the sales tax holiday. In these cases, local city, county and district taxes may still be collected. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
By State Sen. Dan Brown

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Blunt says Congress needs to move forward on job-producing trade deals

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt
Blunt says Congress needs to move forward on job-producing trade deals
WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 28, 2011) — With the debt limit deadline looming in Washington and national unemployment still hovering above 9 percent, it’s clear that we are facing a critical moment in America’s financial future — a turning point that requires our nation’s leaders to pass policies that will help spur private sector job creation and drive down our record debt and deficit. One of the most obvious solutions to move our country’s economy in the right direction is expanding global exports. A quick look at the facts reminds us how important global trade is to job creation and economic development in Missouri and nationwide. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
By Press Office of U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt

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Senate OKs naming federal courthouse after former U.S. Senator Kit Bond

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt
Senate OKs naming federal courthouse after former U.S. Senator Kit Bond
WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 27, 2011) — Last night the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bill to name a new federal courthouse in Jefferson City in honor of former U.S. Sen. Christopher (Kit) S. Bond. The bill, S. 846, was introduced by U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt and cosponsored by U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, both of Missouri. The legislation will now move to the U.S. House of Representatives. “I’m proud that my colleagues in the Senate passed this bill to honor my friend and Missouri statesman Kit Bond. As we look forward to the completion of the courthouse, I hope my colleagues in the House will move forward with this bill as soon as possible,” said Blunt. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
By Press Office of U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt

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