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US Senator Claire McCaskill

Claire's Comments

Claire McCaskill is Missouri's senior U.S. Senator and the top-ranking Democrat on the Senate Committee on Aging.

Putting Missourians Back in the Driverís Seat

Friday, January 12, 2018

So many Missourians are worried, mad at the dysfunction in Washington, concerned that their voices arenít being heard.

Thatís why it was so important to me to go out to every corner of Missouri and listen. To show up, get chewed on, and talk with Missourians about whatís going on in their livesóand hear how I can best fight for them.

My goal in holding public town halls is to put Missourians back in the driverís seat of their government, and ensure their voices are heard in Washington. And I went all over the state. I listened to thousands of Missourians, who shared with me their hopes, their fears, their anger, and their ideas.

50 town halls later, Iíve heard a lot, learned a lot, and am a better Senator for Missouri because of it.

In Farmington, Annie shared her fears that her husbandís pensionóthe one heís paid into for decadesóis now staring down the possibility of drastic cuts just as theyíre getting ready for retirement. At my town hall in West Plains, Robert was worried about potential cuts to Medicare, scared of the negative effects that would have on his savings. Marissa in Maryville shared her concerns that the support she relies on for her higher education may be pulled out from under her.

When one of our military veterans in Rolla stood up to thank me for my work helping and serving our veterans, it was a heartfelt reminder of the importance of this jobóthe importance of ensuring our veterans are receiving the benefits theyíve earned, of helping families and students prepare for their futures, of making sure seniors can retire with dignity.

These arenít political talking points from pundits on cable news. These are the lives of hardworking Missourians. Folks worried about their healthcare, their retirement, their education, their futures. I heard their voices and I share their worries.

Iíve learned from each one of the 50 town halls I held across Missouri. And the voices of these Missourians stay with me when Iím at work in the Senate.

When Iím in a hearing with the Secretary of the Treasury about pension funds facing bankruptcy, Iíll remember Annie in Farmington who impressed on me that the problems the pension funds are facing are not the fault of folks like her husbandóand yet itís their livelihoods on the line.

Or if my colleagues in Congress try to make cuts to Medicare or critical support for higher education, the voices of Robert from West Plains and Marissa from Maryville will stiffen my resolve as I fight on their behalf.

When Iím traveling the state, hearing directly from the people I work for, Missourians are riding shotgun. What Missourians told meótheir ideas, their concerns, their criticismsóall of it makes me a better Senator, better equipped to achieve the results they expect. And Iím ready as ever to fight for the state I love.

Claire McCaskill was born in Rolla, and raised in Houston and Lebanon, Missouri. She represents Missouri in the U.S. Senate.