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St. Louis-area members of Congress votes for March 23-27

stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * How St. Louis-area members of Congress voted in the week of March 23-27. The votes and descriptions are compiled by "Voterama in Congress" a legislative tracking organization.

Reid announces retirement in '17, endorses Schumer as leadership successor

stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's retirement leaves the Senate's top leadership position open, with Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., among those mentioned as a replacement. But in an interview with The Washington Post Friday morning, hours after Reid said he would not seek re-election in 2016, Reid endorsed Sen.

Reid's retirement could open Senate leadership door for Durbin, but challenges could come

stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's retirement, announced Friday morning, opens up a potentially competitive battle over his replacement, with Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., a leading contender. Durbin, currently Reid's top deputy in Senate Democratic leadership, is not the only one being mentioned as a possible Reid replacement. Sen.

Senate's 'vote-a-rama' satisfies traditionalists, but exposes chasms

stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * The Senate on Thursday worked well into the night, running through a gauntlet of dozens of budget-related amendments known as a "vote-a-rama." It's like Congress' version of spring training in baseball. The votes are nonbinding, but senators test partisan pitches, and the resulting budget blueprint sets expectations on federal spending priorities for the entire year.

Black unemployment in Missouri, Illinois, among highest

stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * Missouri and Illinois had among the highest rates of black unemployment in 2014, according to a new study by the Economic Policy Institute. Missouri's rise of 3.2 percentage points in black unemployment from 2013 to 2014 year was the second highest among the states, according to the study by EPI economist Valerie Wilson, which was released Thursday.

St. Louis teen among exhibitors at White House science fair

stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * A St. Louis teenager was among exhibitors expected at the White House's fifth annual science fair Monday. Joschula Page, 16, designed a business plan around a bracelet that wirelessly charges cell phone batteries. She also presented her idea last October in California at the Silicon Valley National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge, where she became a semi-finalist.

St. Louis area votes in Congress for week of March 16-20 Vot

stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * How St. Louis-area members of Congress voted in the week of March 16-20 The votes and descriptions are compiled by "Voterama in Congress" a legislative tracking organization. House Science Advisory Board * The House on March 17 voted, 236-181, to reshape the Environmental Protection Agency's 52-member Science Advisory Board, in part by reducing its academic membership while expanding corporate representation on the panel.

Wagner criticizes McCaskill for not bucking Democrat filibuster

stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * Fresh Senate gridlock over abortion has sparked another public disagreement between two Missouri members of Congress who could someday face one another on a statewide ballot. With Senate Republicans preparing again Thursday to try to break a Democrat filibuster threat on legislation to fight human trafficking, Rep.

McCaskill wants to ax office she says offers reports you can get elsewhere

stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * Sen. Claire McCaskill is introducing legislation this week to end a federal office she says exemplifies government waste and duplication. The National Technical Information Service is supposed to help sell and make available government-funded scientific, technical, engineering and business information. But the Missouri Democrat said much of that is readily available in the public domain.

Gridlock over trafficking bill has special effect on St. Louis region

stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * Human trafficking has become an issue du jour in Congress and has been pushed by several St. Louis-area politicians. But for now, it's being trumped by the politics of abortion. The Senate's latest gridlock involving both those issues has also held up the nomination of Loretta Lynch for attorney general.
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