ST. LOUIS–(KMOX)–Pushing a plan to help veterans get back to work, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill stood outside the Soldiers Memorial downtown.
“We do have a recovery underway; it’s sustained,” McCaskill said, “but we can’t forget there are people that don’t have a way forward and up.”
The Workforce Investment Act would help veterans get training for high-tech manufacturing jobs, and give them credit for military skills that are transferable to civilian work.
“It’s not like employers don’t want to hire veterans,”McCaskill said, “They do. It’s about marrying a workplace with a potential hire.”
The bill has passed out of a Senate committee with strong bi-partisan support. McCaskill hopes the legislation will pass both the House and Senate by this summer.
Meanwhile, McCaskill confirmed reports that the EPA is now “in talks” with the Army Corps of Engineers about helping handle the burning Bridgeton landfill and the nearby radioactive material at the West Lake Landfill.
“It’s clear they’re talking,” McCaskill said.
But beyond that, she offered no clues as to the substance of the talks. Two weeks ago, Missouri Senators McCaskill and Blunt, and Missouri Congressmen Clay and Wagner sent a letter to the EPA requesting it hire the Army Corps to help clean up the site.
On the subject of a Hillary Clinton supporter, who lashed out at her, McCaskill shrugged it off, saying, “She’s been mad at me for a long time.”
McCaskill says Hillary Clinton mega-donor Susie Tompkins Buell has been upset with her ever since she supported Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton for President.
Now, Buell is criticizing McCaskill for failing to support a Senate bill that would have cracked down on sexual assaults in the military. McCaskill says she voted against plan because it wasn’t tough enough.
Asked if she has any plans herself to run for President in 2016, McCaskill laughed.
“No, let me be a statewide official who is absolutely clear ,”McCaskill said, “I am not running for President.”