Missouri First: McCaskill Sets Aside Party Politics to Deliver for Missourians
More than 20 pieces of legislation authored or shaped by McCaskill have been signed into law in the past year; Senator—ranked one of the most independent—continues bipartisan work on behalf of Missouri families and businesses
Throughout her time the U.S. Senate, Claire McCaskill has always focused on working to achieve results for Missouri families—and has been willing to work with anybody to get those results—which is why she was recently named one of the most independent Senators by a nonpartisan analysis. As she has said at her 50+ town halls across Missouri in the past year, Claire knows her job is not to fight the President or those in the opposite party, but to fight for Missourians.
So it’s no surprise that Claire has seen more than 20 bills she’s authored, cosponsored, or helped shape be signed into law by President Trump.
Highlights of McCaskill-backed legislation signed into law by President Trump:
- Fighting for Veterans: McCaskill’s Arla Harrell Act—named for the last living Missouri veteran deliberately exposed to mustard gas experiments—is now delivering decades-overdue relief to World War II veterans, after it was included in the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017.
“The amendment to a broader veterans bill signed by Trump was pushed through Congress by Sen Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and others. It essentially shifts the burden of proof from the veterans to the Department of Veterans Affairs. “Every once in a while, Congress gets it right,” McCaskill said. The legislation was co-sponsored by Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo. McCaskill said the legislation did not get its final boost for approval until Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Georgia, who chairs the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, got behind it.” St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/16/17
- Lowering the Costs of Prescription Drugs: McCaskill teamed up with Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine to increase competition for generic drugs and help curb spikes in prescription costs. Their legislation built upon the only bipartisan investigation into the causes, impacts, and potential solutions to the egregious price spikes for certain drugs, which was led by McCaskill and Collins when they led the Senate Aging Committee last Congress. Their legislation, Making Pharmaceutical Markets More Competitive Act, was included in a larger bill which also included a McCaskill-backed provision to lower the costs of hearing aids.
“A bill sponsored by Senators Susan Collins, Republican of Maine, and Claire McCaskill, Democrat of Missouri, aims to streamline the approval process for generic drugs by requiring, for example, that the Food and Drug Administration set a deadline of eight months to approve new generic drugs where there is little competition.” New York Times, 5/29/17
- Guarding Against Agro-Terrorism: McCaskill, the top-ranking Democrat on the Homeland Security Committee, and Republican Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas, fought to protect the nation’s agriculture industry by addressing the threat of agro-terrorism, and mitigating the risks to food put on tables across the country. The Securing Our Agriculture and Food Act mandates the Department of Homeland Security to help protect livestock, limit the spread of contagious diseases, and keep food from being contaminated in the event of terrorist attacks and/or natural disasters.
“The Kansas City forum took place less than two months after Trump signed legislation, which was co-sponsored by Roberts and McCaskill, that requires the Department of Homeland Security to coordinate efforts to secure the nation’s food supply against terrorist and other high level threats. ‘If you want to pick somebody to work in a bipartisan manner and get something done … you ask Claire McCaskill because she does get the job done,’ Roberts said about their collaboration on the legislation.” Kansas City Star, 8/18/17
- Protecting America’s Borders: McCaskill has seen first-hand how important it is to protect our border, prevent drugs like fentanyl from flooding our streets, and ensure Border Patrol agents have the tools necessary to do their jobs. McCaskill co-sponsored the bipartisan Interdict Act which arms Customs and Border Protection with chemical screening devices to help stop the flow of the illicit synthetic opioid fentanyl across the U.S.-Mexico border.
“McCaskill said the real problem is that drugs such as fentanyl are getting through the nation's ports in the first place. She said Customs and Border Protection needs more personnel and more fentanyl-detecting technology. President Donald Trump earlier this month signed the INTERDICT Act, which provides an additional $9 million to purchase such equipment.” KRCG, 1/26/18
- Bolstering our National Security: As a senior-member of the Armed Services Committee, McCaskill has consistently played a key role in shaping the annual National Defense Authorization Act. In this year’s bill, McCaskill helped secure new resources for Missouri’s military installations, as well as the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency in St. Louis, childcare services for the National Guard, and resources for new F/A-18 Super Hornets for the U.S. Navy.
“The Missouri Air National Guard base in St. Joseph found some of its priorities addressed as House and Senate negotiators resolved their differences in the 2018 Defense Bill on Wednesday night. Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill and Rep. Sam Graves, both of whom took part in the conference committee that reconciled legislation from the two chambers, said the 139th Airlift Wing will see money for C-130 upgrades and construction of a new communications facility while getting new funding assistance for a full-motion training simulator.” St. Joseph News-Press, 11/9/17
Bottom line: Claire is willing to put party aside in her fight to achieve results for Missourians.
Full list of legislation signed into law by President Trump that was sponsored, cosponsored, or that included provisions by McCaskill:
- S. 1083: A bill to amend section 1214 of title 5, United States Code, to provide for stays during a period that the Merit Systems Protection Board lacks a quorum (lead Democratic cosponsor)
- H.R. 72: GAO Access and Oversight Act of 2017 (lead Democratic cosponsor)
- S. 810: A bill to facilitate construction of a bridge on certain property in Christian County, Missouri, and for other purposes (lead Democratic cosponsor)
- S. 1617: Javier Vega, Jr. Memorial Act of 2017 (lead Democratic cosponsor)
- H.R. 1238: Securing our Agriculture and Food Act (lead Democratic cosponsor)
- H.R. 4708: DHS Blue Campaign Authorization Act (lead Democratic cosponsor)
- S. 1438: Gateway Arch National Park Designation Act (lead Democratic cosponsor)
- H.R. 3364: Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (cosponsor of Senate companion)
- H.R. 3218: Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 (cosponsor of Senate companion)
- H.R. 657: Follow the Rules Act (original cosponsor of Senate companion)
- S. 1616: Bob Dole Congressional Gold Medal Act (cosponsored)
- S.J. Res. 49: A joint resolution condemning the violence and domestic terrorist attack that took place during events between August 11 and August 12, 2017, in Charlottesville, Virginia, recognizing the first responders who lost their lives while monitoring the events, offering deepest condolences to the families and friends of those individuals who were killed and deepest sympathies and support to those individuals who were injured by the violence, expressing support for the Charlottesville community, rejecting White nationalists, White supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis, and other hate groups, and urging the President and the President's Cabinet to use all available resources to address the threats posed by those groups (cosponsored)
- H.R. 2519: The American Legion 100th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act (cosponsor of Senate companion)
- H.R. 3243: FITARA Enhancement Act of 2017 (cosponsor of Senate companion)
- H.R. 4661: United States Fire Administration, AFG, and SAFER Program Reauthorization Act of 2017 (cosponsor of Senate companion)
- H.R. 2142: Interdict Act (cosponsor of Senate companion)
- H.R. 2331: Connected Government Act (cosponsor of Senate companion)
- S. 534: Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act (cosponsored)
- H.R. 2430: FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017 (included a McCaskill provision to lower costs of prescription drugs, as well as a McCaskill backed-provision to lower the costs of hearing aids)
- H.R. 244: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017 (included McCaskill-backed provision to provide retired miners healthcare)
- H.R. 2810: National Defense Authorization Act for FY18 (included McCaskill provisions mentioned above)
- H.R. 1892: Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (included the McCaskill-backed Federal Disaster Assistance Non-Profit Fairness Act)