Federal Government

Missouri AG joins e-book antitrust lawsuit against Apple Inc.

BY TIM SAMPSON
Missouri News Horizon

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Americans have paid more than $100 million more than they otherwise would have for e-books, and Missourians are no exception says Attorney General Chris Koster.

This week, Koster joined with 15 other state attorneys general to file suit against Apple Inc. and three of the nation’s largest book publishers for conspiring to fix the prices of electronic books.

McCaskill continues to push for end to big oil subsidies after failed vote

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., speaks to reporters outside a Shell gas station in Columbia, Mo. in her continued support of a failed effort last week to end federal subsidies to the nation’s five largest oil companies. Photo by Tim Sampson/Missouri News Horizon.

BY TIM SAMPSON
Missouri News Horizon

COLUMBIA, Mo. – A week after the U.S. Senate blocked President Barack Obama’s call to end federal subsidies to the nation’s five largest oil companies, Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill toured the state to keep on pushing the president’s message.

Infographic: Gas Prices, The Blueprint for a Secure Energy Future

Heather Zichal, The White House One year ago, the President put forward a comprehensive plan in the Blueprint for a Secure Energy Future that outlined the Administration’s all-of-the-above approach to American energy – a strategy aimed at reducing our reliance on foreign oil, saving families and businesses money at the pump, and positioning the United States as the global leader in clean energy.

President Obama to speak at Joplin H.S. graduation

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Nearly a year to the day after a deadly tornado tore through Joplin, President Barack Obama will speak at the high school graduation ceremony.

McCaskill praises revised Keystone pipeline plan

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – In response to Monday’s news that TransCanada would move forward with construction on part of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline, Missouri’s Democratic Senator announced her support for the project going forward.
Photo courtesy of Rick Z.

Watch the humorous video of President Obama launching a Marshmallow Cannon

Yesterday, President Obama hosted the second-ever White House Science Fair. 

McCaskill: Jeff City lawmakers "nuts" for health care vote

By Tim Sampson

Missouri News Horizon
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.
– Sen. Claire McCaskill has one word to sum up actions taken by the Missouri State Senate this week – “nuts!”

2012 State of The Union - what will be addressed

Tonight, President Obama will deliver the 2012 State of the Union Address to millions of Americans from the nation's capitol.

Postage price to go up this Sunday

The Postal Service handles more than 44% of the world's mail volume, delivering more mail to more addresses and to a larger geographic area than any other postal administration in the world.  Photo courtesy usps.com.

Senator Blunt undergoes heart surgery

Missouri News Horizon
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo
-- Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt is said to be fine after
undergoing a heart procedure.

Missouri’s junior senator underwent a procedure Thursday to implant a
stent in the front of his heart. Doctors at George Washington University Medical Center detected a blockage in Blunt’s heart during a routine physical earlier this week.

Blunt criticizes Obama for appointment of "another unaccountable czar with unlimited power”

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt joined the chorus of Congressional Republicans on Wednesday who criticized President Barack Obama for circumventing the Senate and naming a director to head up the newly created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Obama used a recess appointment to name former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray as the head of the new agency, which is aimed at imposing new rules on banks and financial institutions to make their dealings with customers more transparent.

Utility rates likely to rise with new EPA Rules

Misssour News Horizon
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.
-- Spokesmen for the state’s two largest generators of electricity say rates are likely to rise now that the Environmental Protection Agency has announced new limits on air pollution from coal fired power plants. 

The limits are aimed at slashing the emissions of pollutants such as mercury and toxic air pollution like arsenic, acid gas, nickel, selenium, and cyanide. The rules are aimed at coal-fired power plants in 27 states.

USPS considering closing 252 processing centers - Senators seek to delay cuts.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – In her ongoing fight to prevent the closure of some 3,700 post offices nationwide, Sen. Claire McCaskill joined other members of Congress on Friday in asking for a six-month moratorium on any postal facility closures while the Congress attempts to implement cost saving procedures.

McCaskill and Blunt argue over extending federal tax cut.

STORY BY TIM SAMPSON
Missouri News Horizon

Missouri River senators look for answers from the Government Accountability Office

Missouri News Horizon
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.
-- Sens. Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill are among a group of D.C. lawmakers asking the Government Accountability Office to assess the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers performance in managing the river during the last 12 months.

McCaskill Proposes Tax Cut for Those Making Less Than One Million - 2 Percent Surtax if Making Over 1 Million

Missouri News Horizon
JEFFERSON CITY
, Mo. – Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill has thrust herself into the middle of the ongoing national debate over extending the current federal payroll tax cut.

On Tuesday, McCaskill and Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine introduced “The Bipartisan Jobs Creation Act – an omnibus bill that would immediately impact American workers who are about to see their payroll tax increase by nearly half its current rate.

The Employment Situation from November released today from the White House


The White House - Alan B. Krueger -
 
 Today’s employment report provides further evidence that the economy is continuing to heal from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, but the pace of improvement is still not fast enough given the large job losses from the recession that began in December 2007. 

Blunt, McCaskill at odds over reintroduction of U.S. horse slaughter

BY TIM SAMPSON
Missouri News Horizon

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – After a five-year moratorium on the slaughter of horses in the United States, Missouri’s two Senators are at odds over reintroducing the controversial practice.

Blunt sponsors internet sales tax bill

Missouri News Horizon
JEFFESON CITY, Mo.
– In what could be a tectonic shift in the world of online retailing, a bipartisan group of senators in Washington are expected to file a bill this week that would pave the way for state and local governments to begin reaping tax revenue from purchases made over the internet.

Missouri Senators weigh in on trade deals

 

Missouri News Horizon
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri Sens. Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt each weighed in on the proposed free-trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama that are due for Congressional approval next week.

Both chambers are expected to take up the long-delayed bills next week, which would relax trade regulations with the three countries. The trade bills were signed during the Bush administration, but the Obama administration held them up for further negotiation.

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