• Jefferson City Post Office Staffer Wins National Award, Meets with McCaskill »

    U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill today met with April Burger of Jefferson City to congratulate her on her award of Passport Acceptance Agent of the Year by the U.S. State Department. Burger was selected from more than 40,000 passport agents in the United States, and is the first Missourian and first woman to receive this award. “I’m really proud of April—this award speaks to her deep knowledge and superior customer service skills as she assists Missourians with their passport applications,” McCaskill said. “We’re fortunate to have April’s dedication to serving her community and helping Missourians—whether sorting out stressful travel situations, or helping kids and new citizens get their passports for the very first time.” McCaskill is the top-ranking Democrat on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, which has jurisdiction over postal service, and has long worked to improve rural postal service. McCaskill is widely credited with having waged a successful campaign over several years to save rural post offices in Missouri and maintain delivery standards. McCaskill, a longtime advocate for postal service in rural communities, previously co-sponsored the Rural Postal Act, a bill that aims to improve postal service, delivery times, and standards in rural communities that have been disproportionately affected by cuts to the Postal Service.

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      • ‘Pork: Eat it, Don’t Spend it’ Says McCaskill, Unveiling Bipartisan Plan to Permanently Ban Earmarks Over BBQ »

        “Pork: Eat it, Don’t Spend it” was the theme of a bipartisan barbeque pork lunch hosted today by U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill and Republican Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona, to discuss the introduction of their bill to make permanent the temporary moratorium on congressional earmarks that McCaskill helped put into place in 2010. At the lunch, which featured Arthur Bryant’s original Kansas City barbeque sauce and special guest former Republican Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, the Senators focused on recent hearings in the House of Representatives to explore lifting Congress’ self-imposed, temporary ban on the practice of earmarking. McCaskill and Flake’s Earmark Elimination Act would permanently ban the practice. “Earmarks are the Washington swamp creature that just never seems to die—emerging from the lower depths every few years in an effort to waste taxpayer dollars on politicians’ pet projects,” said McCaskill, who has never requested an earmark and has been the leading Democratic voice opposing them. “Our bipartisan bill would ban their return by permanently ending the practice of pork-barrel patronage so we can ensure Missourians’ taxpayer dollars are protected, and projects are prioritized on merit.” “It’s time to stick a fork in congressional pork with a permanent ban on earmarking,” said Flake. “Republicans were beaten like a borrowed mule in the 2006 elections largely because of the corruption associated with earmarks. Let’s not test the voters again by leaving the door open for a return to the pork barrel politics that sent members of Congress to prison and saddled taxpayers with a bridge to nowhere, a teapot museum, and countless other wasteful pet projects.” For years, the earmarking process was notorious for its secrecy and lack of oversight or accountability, with funding for politicians' pet projects often awarded based on political influence instead of on merit. McCaskill’s legislation would expand the ongoing temporary moratorium on earmarks to a permanent ban. Specifically, the legislation would ban all earmarks, and define earmarks as any congressionally directed spending item, limited tax benefit, or limited tariff benefit. McCaskill, the Senate’s leading Democratic opponent of earmarking, has led the fight to permanently ban earmarks from the legislative process. In 2010, McCaskill worked with bipartisan colleagues to put in place the current moratorium on earmarks. Additionally, a provision included in a recent highway bill, based on legislation McCaskill introduced with Senator Flake, is allowing Missouri to claw back more than $72 million in previously unspent earmarked funds that would never have otherwise been used—giving the state the resources to spend on critically needed transportation and infrastructure projects within a 50-mile radius of the project site of the original earmark.

        • On Pensions, McCaskill Tells Missouri Retirees: ‘I won’t stop fighting for you’ »

          Retired Missouri truck drivers and their families met with U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill today to discuss her efforts to protect pension promises made to more than 32,000 Missourians and protecting them from the potential collapse of the Central States Pension Plan. “Thousands of Missourians were promised that after decades of working hard, playing by the rules, and paying into their pension, they would be able to retire with dignity,” McCaskill said. “Now, through no fault of their own, they’re facing drastic cuts, breaking the promises made to them. That’s just wrong, and I won’t fighting for these Missourians to get the pensions they earned.” Cynthia McDaniel of Appleton City, Mo., Connie Marascuilo of Kansas City, Mo., and John Carey, of Kansas City, Mo. were among those meeting with McCaskill to discuss how cuts to their promised pensions would impact their lives. Mrs. McDaniel also attended a meeting with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin earlier this year, after McCaskill requested Secretary Mnuchin meet with affected Missourians. Mrs. McDaniel’s husband drove trucks for 40 years, the majority of which was with Consolidated Freightways in Kansas City. Mrs. Marascuilo’s husband has been a truck driver for more than 30 years and is counting on his pension in retirement. Mr. Carey is a retired truck driver. McCaskill’s legislation, the Butch Lewis Act, would create a new office within the U.S. Treasury Department that would allow pension plans to borrow the money they need to remain solvent and continue providing retirement security for retirees and workers for decades to come, and all without cuts to pensions. McCaskill was the only member of the Missouri Congressional delegation to vote against legislation that allowed for deep cuts to retiree benefits for the more than 32,000 Missourians who participate in the Central States Pension Fund. Earlier this year, Missouri workers and retirees joined McCaskill for a roundtable discussion on the importance of protecting pension plans from deep cuts. McCaskill also hosted a February listening session with retirees to discuss the importance of guaranteeing pension benefits.

          • Missouri Biodiesel Producers Meet with McCaskill After Her Testimony on Their Behalf Against Unfair Trade Practices »

            U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill met with Missouri biodiesel producers today to discuss the important role soybean farmers and biodiesel producers have on Missouri’s economy—which has created and supported more than 17,000 jobs in Missouri—and the importance of standing up against unfair trade practice that harm American companies. Earlier this month, McCaskill testified directly to the International Trade Commission—the legal body that decides whether American companies have been harmed—on behalf of Missouri’s biodiesel companies that Missouri workers and businesses have been harmed by the hundreds of millions of gallons of Argentinian and Indonesian biodiesel that are unfairly being dumped into the U.S. markets. “Agriculture is the cornerstone of Missouri’s economy, and we’ve got to keep it that way.” McCaskill said. “I’m going to fight like hell for Missouri farmers and producers to make sure foreign companies and governments aren’t undercutting the markets, because I know when Missourians compete on a level playing field, we are second to none.” Missouri is the third-largest producer of biodiesel and one of the major producers of soybeans in the United States. These two industries support more than 17,000 jobs in Missouri, with the soybean industry alone creating 3,000 direct jobs and 6,400 indirect jobs in Missouri, adding $1.7 billion in economic benefits to the state. Continuing her bipartisan advocacy for domestic renewable fuel production, McCaskill joined a bipartisan group of Senators in urging the Trump Administration to continue increasing the Renewable Volume Obligations for biomass-based diesel. The bipartisan effort focuses on encouraging continued development of the biodiesel industry, to increase jobs, spur economic growth and lead to more energy security.

            • In Testimony, McCaskill Stands Up for Missouri Soybean Farmers, Biodiesel Producers Against Unfair Foreign Trade Practices »

              In testimony delivered today, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill stood up on behalf of Missouri’s soybean and biodiesel workers and producers—which support more than 17,000 jobs in Missouri—against unfair foreign trade practices before the government agency that decides whether American companies have been harmed. “These workers, and my state’s economy, are being harmed by the hundreds of millions of gallons of Argentinian and Indonesian biodiesel that is unfairly being dumped into the United States,” McCaskill testified before the International Trade Commission. “The biodiesel and the soybeans we’re talking about today aren’t just products of commerce—they represent jobs for folks in my state. And when those jobs are threatened by unfair trade practices on the part of a foreign competitor, I’m not just going to sit by, and neither should you.” The biodiesel market in Missouri supports more than 8,000 jobs. The soybean industry has created 3,000 direct jobs and 6,400 indirect jobs in Missouri, and adds $1.7 billion in economic benefits to the state. McCaskill testified that Missouri workers and businesses have been harmed by the hundreds of millions of gallons of Argentinian and Indonesian biodiesel that are unfairly being dumped into the U.S. markets. The state of Missouri is the third-largest producer of biodiesel and a major producer of soybeans. There are six active biodiesel plants in Missouri, with a combined capacity of 235 million gallons. These plants, and their related crushing facilities, are located in towns like Deerfield, St. Joseph, Moberly, and Mexico and support hundreds of jobs in rural Missouri. McCaskill is a longtime advocate for Missouri workers and businesses against unfair trade practices. Last year, after urging from McCaskill on behalf of Missouri manufacturers Bull Moose Tube Company and EXLTUBE, the International Trade Commission voted to level the playing field for Missouri and U.S. manufacturers by finalizing duties against foreign steel pipe and tubing producers found to be illegally dumping in the international market. McCaskill has also testified on behalf of die-casting companies in Palmyra, Mexico, and Perryville fighting against unfair magnesium tariffs benefiting Chinese and Russian importers, as well as for a steel-wheels company in Sedalia in support of their case against Chinese government subsidies on foreign products. These companies employed more than 1,300 Missourians combined.

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