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Sticking up for rural Missourians
Helping veterans in rural Missouri
Claire has always been particularly concerned with ensuring that veterans in rural areas have access to the healthcare they deserve. She:
- Won passage of a bill in 2010 that permanently increased the mileage reimbursement rate for veterans traveling to VA facilities from 28.5 cents per mile to 41.5 cents per mile; and,
- Allowed veterans to provide confidential feedback to improve care and customer service at Missouri’s VA hospitals in St. Louis, Kansas City, and Columbia.
Protecting postal services for rural communities
Claire prevented rural post offices in Missouri and throughout the country from being closed by the U.S. Postal Office. Recently, she:
- Spoke out against ending Saturday delivery to maintain the Postal Service’s competitiveness and standards of service Missourians rely on;
- Passed an amendment to impose a one-year moratorium on the closing of any rural post offices, including over 100 in Missouri; and,
- Sponsored a successful bipartisan amendment in 2011 to require the Postal Service to present rural communities with several alternative options to closing a post office, such as shortening hours of operation or relocating post offices.
Blocking labor regulations that would prevent children from working on family farms
Claire opposed the Labor Department’s plan to keep young adults from helping their family by working on farms. In doing so, she:
- Prevented the U.S. Labor Department from imposing rules on young adults being able to work on family farms and ranches; and,
Protecting rural Missouri communities from excessive farm dust regulations
When the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) pushed excessive regulations on farm dust, Claire took initiative and:
- Introduced legislation to prohibit the EPA from regulating so-called farm dust
- Cosponsored a bill to protect jobs in rural Missouri by preventing excessive federal regulations on farm dust for at least one year.
Fighting to expand broadband access for rural communities
Claire helped bring broadband access to rural communities in Missouri, increasing employment and businesses opportunities. As a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, Claire:
- Fought to reform the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) Broadband Loan and Loan Guarantee Program to better serve Missourians; and,
- Worked to include funding for rural broadband development in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.