Saturday, December 05, 2015

McCaskill: Senate scores three victories for Missouri jobs

(From Sen. Claire McCaskill)

Some say it's hard to get anything done in Congress these days, and believe me, it can be tough, but this week we scored three major victories for Missouri jobs.

The Senate reached a crucial agreement to pass a long-term U.S. highway bill that not only includes a five year extension of highway funds, but renews theExport-Import Bank - a resource that provides critical support for our small businesses.

In this bill are three provisions I crafted for Missourians, which are now on their way to the President for his signature into law:
Federal Permitting Reform: My bipartisan plan - one I've emailed you about before - to boost job opportunities by streamlining the federal permitting process, which is currently bogged down by red tape and uncertainty hindering investment and job-creation. I'm proud this provision has the support of a number of Missouri groups including the Missouri Chamber of Commerce, Missouri Realtors, and the Missouri Soybean Association.
Rental Car Safety: My plan requiring that rental cars subject to an open safety recall be grounded and repaired before they are rented to consumers. We've brought together and earned the support of the rental car industry, auto safety groups, and General Motors.
Grid Reliability: My bipartisan legislation that provides more certainty for power grid reliability by protecting utilities from potentially conflicting statutes - preventing a situation in which a utility is penalized for running a power plant when the utility has been ordered to run a plant for reliability purposes

These victories are for Missouri jobs, businesses, and consumers - folks I'll never stop fighting for - and for our country's energy future.

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