Missourians should be given a fair shot

By U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill
    When it comes to trade in the global marketplace, there will always be winners and losers. And when Missouri businesses have a fair shot, they win.
     But with the threat of a recklessly escalating trade war posed by steel and aluminum tariffs, Missouri’s small businesses, manufacturers, and agriculture producers stand to lose, and lose big.

National Trail designation needed for ‘Mother Road’

    Although most area residents probably missed it, the National Trust for Historic Preservation (www.savingplaces.org) recently listed Route 66 as one of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. Following the announcement, an effort began to get the “Mother Road” designated as a National Historic Trail, which it richly deserves.

Farm Bill making progress in Congress

By Eric Bohl
    After months of negotiations, hearings, debate, partisan wrangling and general exasperation, the farm bill has only one more hurdle to clear before heading to President Trump’s desk. On Thursday, June 28, the U.S. Senate approved its version of the bill with an overwhelming 86-11 vote. This comes on the heels of the House’s much more divisive 213-211 squeaker the week before.

Some regulations are just plain dumb

By U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill
    Some regulations are just plain dumb. One of the more egregious examples I’ve encountered is a rule that required a Springfield-area magician to register his rabbit—Casey—with the government, create a disaster contingency plan for his rabbit, anticipate surprise visits from federal regulators, and create travel contingency plans anytime they leave the state.