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Politics
4:09 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Sen. McCaskill supports Hillary Clinton super PAC

Sen. Claire McCaskill.
Credit Kristofor Husted / KBIA

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill says she is supporting a super political action committee encouraging Hillary Rodham Clinton to run for president in 2016.

McCaskill is the first sitting member of Congress to endorse the group, called Ready for Hillary.

The organization does not have official ties to the former secretary of state but it's trying to lay the foundation for another Clinton campaign.

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Politics
5:30 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Sen. McCaskill continues look into military justice system

Sen. Claire McCaskill.
Credit Kristofor Husted / KBIA

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill says she continues to support a cautious approach to modifying how the military justice system and the armed forces handle the sexual assault of women.

A recent Pentagon report estimates nearly 26,000 people in the armed forces experienced unwanted sexual contact last year. McCaskill, a Democrat  sitting on the Armed Services Committee, says the military can fix its problem while supporting the victims. 

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Politics
8:51 am
Wed May 8, 2013

McCaskill holds hearing on 'Kafkaesque' credit report system

Screenshot from a Senate stream of the hearing.

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 6:36 pm

Millions of consumers have an error on their credit report. In response, Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri held a hearing Tuesday on the consumer report industry.

One out of every five consumers has an error on at least one of their major credit reports, according to a study released a few months ago by the Federal Trade Commission. Those errors can cause consumers to pay more or be denied credit or housing.

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Politics
1:00 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Army plan would cut as many as 4,000 Ft. Leonard Wood troops

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A U.S. Army plan for possible personnel cuts could significantly affect Fort Leonard Wood and the economy in the surrounding area.

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Politics
8:51 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Blunt, McCaskill In Agreement On Internet Sales Tax

Blunt – Flickr/Gage Skidmore , McCaskill – Flickr/SenatorMcCaskill

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 7:35 pm

Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo) is one of many co-sponsors of a bill that would allow states to collect sales taxes for online purchases.

Under current law, states can only require stores to collect sales taxes if the store has a physical presence in the state.

As NPR's Planet Money puts it:

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Politics
6:01 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

McCaskill pushes for tougher punishments for military sexual assaults

Credit Kristofor Husted / KBIA

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill returned to Missouri to push for tougher punishments of military sexual assaults.

The Democratic senator and former Jackson County prosecutor met Wednesday with top officials from the Missouri National Guard at the Guard's Jefferson City headquarters.

Her appearance came one month after senior military leaders were chastised at a Senate hearing because an Air Force commander dismissed the conviction of a lieutenant colonel for sexually assaulting a civilian employee at Aviana Air Force Base in Italy.

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Politics
4:53 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

McCaskill announces support for gay marriage

Kristofor Husted KBIA

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill says she believes gay couples should be able to marry.

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Politics
9:02 am
Mon March 11, 2013

McCaskill Crafting Legislation To Allow Electronics On Flights

(Senator McCaskill's Flickr Account)

Originally published on Fri March 8, 2013 5:18 pm

After receiving a tepid response from the FAA on the prospect of changing rules to allow electronic devices like iPads and Kindles to be used throughout a flight, Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) announced that she is beginning to craft legislation instead.

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Politics
8:54 am
Mon March 4, 2013

McCaskill: Why Congress should see a reduction in pay in the event of sequestration

Kristofor Husted KBIA

Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri said she's planning to introduce a bill that would cut pay for members of Congress if federal employees are furloughed because of the so-called “sequestration,” or across-the-board spending cuts.

The bill calls for a reduction in Congressional salaries once federal furloughs begin. As the sequestration goes into effect, many federal workers are expected to be subject to furloughs because Congress and the White House did not reach an agreement on a deficit reduction plan.

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Politics
9:05 am
Mon February 25, 2013

McCaskill: Sequester Cuts Likely

(via Flickr/Senator McCaskill)

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 10:37 am

Democratic Senator from Missouri, Claire McCaskill, says the so-called sequester will likely go into place this Friday.

On Fox News Sunday McCaskill said the Senate will take action to avoid the spending cuts, she then pointed the finger at the House Republicans for not doing the same.

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Politics
5:46 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

McCaskill and Blunt to split votes on Hagel as Secretary of Defense

Credit Blunt – Flickr/Gage Skidmore , McCaskill – Flickr/SenatorMcCaskill

U.S. Senators Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt will split their differences on former Senator Chuck Hagel’s prospects to be the next Secretary of Defense.

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Agriculture
12:34 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Now That Beef With Japan Is Over, Missouri's Economy Stands To Gain

Veronique LaCapra/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 11:45 am

Japan's decision to ease restrictions on U.S. beef imports will provide a boost to the American meat industry, but tight supplies may limit how much exports can grow this year.

Beef producers hope to restore Japanese sales to where they were before the first case of mad cow disease was found in the United States in 2003.

Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill commended Japan’s decision to ease restrictions on U.S. beef imports, saying it will be a boost for Missouri's economy.

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Politics
3:32 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Sen McCaskill calls for closure in levee gap

Sen. McCaskill has teamed up with two Republicans to push for the closure of a levee gap.
Credit Kristofor Husted / KBIA

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill is joining two Republican colleagues in calling for federal agencies to move ahead with plans to close a 1,500-foot gap in a southeast Missouri levee, a project long delayed over environmental concerns.

McCaskill sent a letter in mid-December to the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, calling uncertainty and delays in the project "unacceptable."

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Politics
8:49 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Blunt, McCaskill take opposing views on Senate rule changes

U.S. Capitol
KBIA

Averting big, abrupt tax increases and spending cuts isn’t the only issue pressing in Washington this week.

The U.S. Senate may soon move to fundamentally change the way it does business, and Missouri’s two senators are on opposing sides of that debate.

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