As the top-ranking Democrat on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and a senior member of the Armed Services Committee, Claire has taken a leading role in bolstering our security at home and abroad, and retaining Missouri’s leadership role in our national defense.
Claire believes that we need to do more to defeat ISIS, and has cosponsored legislation to strengthen our response to this growing threat. She has also cosponsored legislation to address the threat of homegrown extremism and worked to increase funding and training for our first responders.
Claire strongly supports the F/A-18 Super Hornet and the EA-18 Growler. She is also a strong advocate for Whiteman Air Force Base, working to protect the base from closures; Fort Leonard Wood, praising its leading role in opening more military jobs to female servicemembers; and the St. Joseph 139th Airlift Wing, helping to secure funding for upgraded facilities. In both Senate hearings and one-on-one meetings with military brass, Claire has demonstrated the capabilities of Missouri’s military installations and has helped shape national defense bills to invest in those facilities.
A former auditor and prosecutor, Claire believes we can strengthen our national security while being smart with taxpayer dollars. She has investigated countless allegations of waste, fraud, and abuse in the federal government, including a six-year fight to rein in wasteful wartime contracting practices in Iraq in Afghanistan — an investigation modeled on Harry Truman’s famous fight against war profiteering.