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Votes for week of April 20-24 by St. Louis-area members of Congress

stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * How St. Louis-area members of Congress voted during the week of April 20-24. The votes and descriptions are compiled by "Voterama in Congress" a legislative tracking organization. House Steps to Combat Cyber Attacks : The House on April 22 passed, 307-116, a bill encouraging companies struck by cyber attacks to voluntarily share sensitive data on the incident with U.S.

Raasch: McCaskill and the power and peril for Clinton surrogates

stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., has become an early surrogate for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, a volunteer job rich with power potential and fraught with political peril. It gets McCaskill invited to top TV talk shows and makes her an early ally of the most powerful Democrat in a post-Obama world.

White House conference on worker training will look at St. Louis apprenticeship program

stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * A White House conference Friday will include discussions about a new program in St. Louis to train non-traditional workers through apprentice programs in construction, manufacturing and other trades. John Gaal, director of training and workforce development for the Carpenters' District Council of Greater St.

Luetkemeyer gets firearms industry award for opposing Justice Department initiative

stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * A national sports shooting organization has given Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer its "Legislator of the Year" award for his work against a Justice Department program called Operation Choke Point. The award was given by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a Connecticut-based trade association for the American firearms industry.

Nixon in DC pushing Missouri site for new Geospatial facility

stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon was here this week making the case to keep a new National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) facility in Missouri. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., also said he had made the same argument with NGA Director Robert Cardillo in a meeting on Tuesday.

Senate finally passes human trafficking with Kirk, McCaskill amendments

stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * The Senate Wednesday broke a logjam on a bill to fight human trafficking, and in doing so passed amendments on sexual assault and sex trafficking sponsored by St. Louis-area members of Congress. The Justice for Victims of Human Trafficking Act passed 99-0, after being held up for weeks over disputes between Republicans and Democrats on language restricting abortions.

McCaskill contemplating legislative action on NCAA 'one and done' rule

stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said Tuesday she is contemplating legislative action to address what she called a "phony, phony, phony" college sports rules that allow basketball players to leave after one year for the NBA. McCaskill sparked debate earlier this month when she Tweeted her opposition to the "one-and-done" rule on the night of the NCAA men's basketball championship.

St. Louis-area members of Congress depended heavily on PACs for early '16 fundraising

stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * Six St. Louis-area members of the House of Representatives fattened their campaign coffers in the first three months of the year by collectively raising more than $1 million in donations from Political Action Committees (PACs), according to their latest Federal Election Commission reports. Three of the six - Reps.

Wentzville Obamacare contractor paid 13,000 hours of overtime

stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * The contractor who runs the Affordable Care Act application processing facility in Wentzville paid more than 13,000 hours of overtime to catch up with a backlog created by computer problems after the initial sign-up period, according to documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. From May 1 through Aug.

Wentzville Obamacare contractor had to pay overtime to catch up from early enrollment problems

stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * The contractor who runs the Affordable Care Act application processing facility in Wentzville paid more than 13,000 hours of overtime to catch up with a backlog created by computer problems after the initial sign-up period, according to documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. From May 1 through Aug.
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Apr 26, 2015

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