International Institute President Anna Crosslin is impressed by the bipartisan support in Missouri for the bipartisan bill.
McCaskill heads a Senate subcommittee on financial oversight and contracting.
The bill, sponsored by U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark S. Kirk threatens up to a 15-year prison sentence for those who illegally purchase a gun for someone.
Both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives are considering plans to raise the penalty for straw purchasing a gun.
“John Boehner, the speaker of the House, basically threw in the towel. He said ‘we can’t do it here, do it in the Senate'”
The proposal would allow the governor to appoint an officeholder until an election could be held. The appointee would be then be barred from running.
Hagel’s nomination has caught some flack because of charges that he is a weak supporter of Israel.
McCaskill admitted the deal “isn’t perfect” but said “it achieves what’s most important here by protecting middle class families.”
St. Louis Area Foodbank President and CEO Frank Finnegan says passing the farm bill is critical.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that’s the largest number of U.S. senators from one state-supported school.