November 3, 2018 Press Releases

Emanuel Cleaver, Kiki Curls, and Alvin Brooks Join Claire McCaskill for a Get Out the Vote Rally in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY — Today, Grammy-nominated musician Glenn Jones, Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, State Senator Kiki Curls, and Alvin Brooks joined Senator Claire McCaskill for a Get Out the Vote rally hosted by Darron Story from 107.3FM, where they called on Missourians to vote on Tuesday.

The speakers rallied a large crowd in Kansas City, talking to them about what’s at stake next week and urging them to get to the polls — and to get their friends, neighbors, and loved ones to do the same.

“I’m waiting anxiously for my opportunity to walk into a polling place and express my opinion on the Senate race here in Missouri. We need somebody in Washington like Claire who stands up, who’s tough, who’s extremely bright and she will not back up on anything or on anybody. That’s why I’m on Team Claire,” said Congressman Emanuel Cleaver.

Claire discussed the stark contrast in this election, and described her clear record of working with members of both parties to strengthen our health care system, bring down the cost of prescription drugs, and fight for higher wages.

“I am so proud and grateful to have such strong support here in Kansas City. Folks understand what’s at stake in this election and how critical it is for people to get themselves and their loved ones to the polls — and they know that I will never stop working for them,” said Senator Claire McCaskill.

Senator Claire McCaskill has a clear record of working with members of both parties to strengthen our health care system. President Trump recently signed legislation of Claire’s to repeal the pharmacy gag clause, so that pharmacists can tell consumers if their prescriptions would be cheaper by paying out-of-pocket, and her legislation to bring greater oversight to air ambulance costs is on the President’s desk for signature. Claire has also introduced bipartisan legislation to address unfair Medicare reimbursements, allow pregnant women to buy health insurance year-round, and allow states to help small businesses by changing the definition of a “small group market.” McCaskill has been a consistent supporter of efforts to raise the federal minimum wage, and supported bipartisan legislation that successfully provided tax credits to small businesses that hired workers who had been unemployed for more than six months. And Claire strongly opposes Right to Work, which was rejected by 67% of Missouri voters in August.

Meanwhile, Josh Hawley — backed by his network of dark-money donors — used Missouri taxpayer dollars to file a lawsuit to remove all of the current consumer health care protections, including protections that prevent insurance companies from denying coverage to nearly 2.5 million Missourians with pre-existing conditions. Hawley’s lawsuit would also remove protections for Missourians who are on their parents’ health insurance plans and reopen the Medicare Part D donut hole. Hawley’s proposal for protecting those with pre-existing conditions has been slammed by editorial boards as “incoherent,” “unworkable,” and “doesn’t deserve to be taken seriously.” Just last week, Hawley again stated his opposition to even a modest increase for Missourians earning minimum wage. And he is a strong supporter of Right to Work — because it’s a priority of his biggest donor, who poured millions of dollars into getting Hawley elected Attorney General.