Claire McCaskill

US Senator Roy Blunt reiterated concerns Thursday of the Defense Department’s claim that they don’t have the legal authority during the government shutdown to provide immediate death gratuity payments to the families of fallen soldiers. KSMU’s Scott Harvey has more.

Update at 8:10 a.m. Fri: President Obama signed a bill reinstating death gratuity benefits into law Thursday night.

Claire McCaskill
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Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill says recently introduced legislation that will allow construction projects to cut through federal red tape will create Missouri jobs. KSMU's Scott Harvey has details.

The bill, dubbed a bipartisan approach to help expedite these plans, is co-sponsored by Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, a Republican.

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) Tuesday criticized state lawmakers for failing to pass a transportation bill, while previewing federal legislation to improve the nation’s infrastructure. KSMU’s Scott Harvey has details.

McCaskill said the U.S. transportation system is deteriorating, especially in Missouri, calling the state’s $600 million construction budget to oversee 33,000 miles of roadways a “recipe for disaster.”

Need to report a scam? U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri says use her website to do so. During a stop in Springfield Wednesday, she announced the launch of the fraud reporting tool, which comes after her recent appointment as chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection. KSMU’s Scott Harvey reports.

Last week, the Senator held a hearing on financial and contracting oversight related to aggressive medical equipment sales calls.

U.S. Congressman Billy Long donned his auctioneer hat Tuesday in front of the Springfield Rotary Club, helping generate donations for a local cause, before offering remarks on the latest from Washington. KSMU’s Scott Harvey reports.