“Never let a crisis go to waste.”

Those famous words were uttered by an Obama-Biden administration official not long before they jammed through an unneeded, partisan piece of legislation that spent a whole bunch of money we didn’t have. That was in 2009. 50 days into the Biden administration and here we go again.

This week, President Biden signed his “American Rescue Plan” into law. He billed this legislation as a silver bullet to cure America of COVID and get our country back on track—unfortunately, it’s anything but.

Instead of building on the work of...

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There’s some good news for all Missourians this week: COVID-19 is on the retreat. Missouri now ranks second lowest amongst all fifty states in average daily case rate over the last 7 days according to the Centers for Disease Control.

That’s good news for a couple of reasons. For one, it means fewer Missourians are getting sick, fewer are going to the hospital, and fewer are needing intensive care. I’m glad Missourians are healthier, but I’m also glad this is taking pressure off our doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers that have been fighting on the front lines of this...

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It’s National Public Schools Week and I’m proud to once again serve as Congressional Co-Chair to honor the many teachers, administrators, staff members, bus drivers, board members, parents, and volunteers that continue to make our public schools a great place for our children to learn.

After all, more than 90 percent of Americans get their education in our public-school system. That includes me, my parents before me, and my children—some of whom have gone on to teach in our public schools. One of the things I’m most proud of is how our public schools in North...

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It’s been a rough week across North Missouri with bitter cold, snowstorms, and slick roads causing havoc. Many students have been at home for several days and temporary rolling blackouts and propane issues have made a difficult week even more challenging. We’re used to winter weather, but this has been tough.

While we work to assess how we prevent these challenges in the future, I’m reminded that a lot of folks simply don’t get snow days. That’s certainly the case for our many farmers across the district. There are no days off to escape the sweltering heat or bitter cold, no...

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On January 20, 2021, millions of Americans watched as Joseph R. Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States of America. While the President spoke of unity and healing at the time, his actions since have failed to live up to his lofty words. Instead, we now have another politically motivated impeachment and we’re in the process of getting a hyper partisan $1.9 trillion spending bill rammed down our throats. The last Administration talked about promises made and promises kept. The hallmark of the first month of the Biden Administration has been promises made, promises...

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It’s no secret that we have an infrastructure problem in Missouri and there’s no place we’ve seen this failure more clearly than on our roadways. Particularly concerning is the state of our bridges with 900 bridges being rated “poor” by the Federal Highway Administration. Given that 60 percent of our bridges are currently beyond their originally intended lifespan and the average Missouri bridge is 48 years old, the maintenance, repair, and replacement problem is only going to get worse the longer we wait.  

The good news is that it doesn’t have to be like this...

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The Mississippi River is more than just a river. The waterway connects North Missouri and the Midwest to the rest of America and the rest of the world. It’s estimated that roughly 60 percent of all grain that American farmers export is shipped down the Mississippi River. It isn’t just a one-way street though; we also depend on the river to get fertilizer to the field. Nor is it just important for those of us that farm for a living, we all rely on the oil, gas, and coal shipments that regularly travel by barge.

That said, the Army Corps of Engineers’ new Work...

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There’s been a lot of talk about what’s going on in Washington over the last week—from the lawlessness at the Capitol to the beginning of another impeachment with just days left until the upcoming inauguration. While it dominates the news cycle, it doesn’t help the American people.

As we all know, in the midst of what was a peaceful protest, violence and lawlessness broke out, interrupting Congress’s proceedings and tearing up the Capitol.  Tragically, several Americans lost their lives, including a United States Capitol Police Officer. It was shocking and...

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Next week, your 117th United States Congress will convene for the first time. After the election of Speaker and the adoption of the Rules of Congress, the action will quickly move to reading aloud the electoral votes submitted by each state from this past November's election - counting them, and declaring the vote tally for President and Vice President. During that process, the question will be put before your elected officials - does anyone object to the certification of electoral votes of a state. We will object. Our hope is that others will join us.

We don't take this decision...

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