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Senator Claire McCaskill: 15 in 15′

United States Senator Claire McCaskill
US Senator Claire McCaskill

Senator Claire McCaskill is the senior United States Senator from Missouri. This is a recap of 2015 that she sent out to start the year. For more information on our Opinion Section please click here.

2015 was a year that showed—even in a time when gridlock and paralysis seems like the norm in Congress—Claire gets things done for Missouri.

What did a year of action look like for Claire? It looked like…

Serving as an independent voice for Missouri…

1. Was ranked among the most independent Senators in likelihood to vote against her own party

Expanding job opportunities for Missourians…

2. Capping a two-year effort, successfully passed into law bipartisan legislation to boost job opportunities by reforming federal permitting—a plan praised by the Missouri and U.S. Chambers of Commerce as “a real breath of fresh air for infrastructure around the country”

Protecting Missouri consumers…

3. Capping a three-year-effort, successfully passed into law a plan requiring that rental cars subject to an open safety recall be grounded and repaired before rented to consumers

4. Announced a bipartisan Senate investigation into pharmaceutical drug pricing, following a series of dramatic drug price increases, and co-chaired the first in a series of hearings on dramatic drug price increases

Listening to Missourians and bringing their feedback to the Senate…

5. Launched a Missouri Agriculture Tour to farms, ranches, research facilities, and energy producers across the state that help make up Missouri’s vibrant agriculture economy—and held a series of Senior Listening Sessions in communities across Missouri to hear directly from seniors on issues facing older Americans

Delivering for Missouri veterans…

6. Launched an investigation into compensation programs for veterans who were subjected to a Department of Defense program that conducted mustard gas experiments on more than 60,000 U.S. servicemen during World War II

7. Backed new legislation—which gained committee approval—aimed at addressing workforce shortages and personnel challenges in the Veterans Administration, after the agency outlined specific obstacles it has faced installing a permanent medical director in the St. Louis region

8. Secured a series of medals and recognitions for Missouri veterans, including securing and presenting a posthumous Bronze Star Medal to Missouri World War II veteran Walter Wojcik, securing a Bronze Star Medal for World War II veteran Vernon C. Crecelius and securing for Vietnam War veteran Gene Haltenhof of Kirkwood, Missouri an Air Medal with Numeral “25”

Working to curb domestic and sexual violence…

9. Reintroduced a strengthened version of the Campus Accountability and Safety Act—landmark, bipartisan legislation crafted with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, that would curb sexual assaults on campuses by providing real accountability and transparency, professionalizing the response to and reporting of assaults to better protect and empower students, and protecting the rights of accused students—and testifying before the Senate’s education committee, garnering public support from more than one-third of the Senate, and beating back an alternative proposal in the U.S. House that would undermine efforts to stem sexual violence on campuses

10. Introduced and unanimously passed through the Senate bipartisan legislation with Republican Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina to close a legal loophole that enabled sex offenders convicted under the Uniform Military Code of Justice to evade registration with the National Sex Offender Registry.

Guarding America’s national security…

11. Helped shape and pass into law a sweeping defense bill that included priorities for Missouri such as: procurement of F/A-18 Super Hornets—built in St. Louis—that were requested by the Navy, $29.5 million for construction of a consolidated operations facility at Whiteman, a repeal of authority for the Army National Guard’s Recruiting Assistance Program which she investigated for widespread fraud, a strengthening of policies to curb sexual assaults in the military, and a provision that codified adoption of military working dogs by former handlers.

Strengthening Missouri education…

12. As part of the overhaul of the controversial “No Child Left Behind” law, successfully passed into law a measure supporting military spouses, among others, by improving teacher licensing mobility, equipping educators to transfer credentials across state lines, a move endorsed by the National Military Family Association—and successfully passed into law a plan along with Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia that improves health education in public secondary schools by focusing on preventing sexual assault, domestic, and dating violence

13. Joined a group of colleagues in introducing an amendment to make college more affordable for middle-class families by allowing borrowers with outstanding Federal and private student loans to refinance at the interest rates approved last year for new borrowers

And fighting for Missouri families…

14. Used a bipartisan Senate hearing to target sex trafficking, particularly trafficking of children, and demand answers from the website Backpage.com and highlight the story of a 15-year-old girl rescued from sex traffickers in St. Louis, Missouri

15. Successfully pressured the U.S. Postal Service to “indefinitely” postponed the closure of 68 mail processing facilities in Missouri—and introduced legislation to speed up rural mail delivery times, make the current six-day delivery standards permanent, and prevent more closures of mail processing facilities.

You can see a complete list of the Senator’s accomplishments by clicking HERE.

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