Senator Claire McCaskill's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Claire McCaskill
Current Office: U.S. Senate - Sr, Democratic
First Elected: 11/07/2006
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2018
Gender: Female
Family: Husband: Joseph; 3 Children: Austin, Maddie, Lily; 4 Stepchildren: Benjamin, Carl, Marilyn, Michael
Birth Date: 07/24/1953
Birth Place: Rolla, MO
Home City: Jefferson City, MO
Religion: Catholic
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Claire McCaskill refused to tell citizens where she stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Vote Smart's Research

  • Claire McCaskill. Letter to Michael Leavitt, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Re: Abandon Attempt to Undermine Women's Health. 23 July 2008. "By medical definition, a pregnancy does not begin until a fertilized egg implants in a woman's uterine wall. Most modern forms of birth control work, among other ways, by blocking a fertilized egg from doing so. Calling a fertilized egg 'before implantation' a 'human being in utero' is factually and biologically incorrect. Confusing the definitions of contraception and abortion could have profound implications, leading to disarray in law, regulations, and policy." (votesmart.org)
  • Claire McCaskill. Letter to Barrack Obama, President of the United States of America. 22 January 2009. "We look forward to your leadership in ensuring that access for millions of American women to affordable and effective reproductive health care is not threatened by this dangerous and misguided rule. Again, we urge you to proceed with a formal rule-making process to rescind the rule." (votesmart.org)
  • Claire McCaskill. Senate Could Live Without Stupak Amendment. 9 November 2009. "Obviously, I have been a pro-choice candidate for my entire political career, and obviously there is controversy always surrounding this issue. But we are talking about whether or not people that get public money can buy an insurance policy that has a coverage for abortion. And that is not the majority of America. The majority of America is not going to be getting subsidies from the government [...]" (www.huffingtonpost.com)
  • Claire McCaskill. ABC's This Week With George Stephanopoulos. September 14 2008. "Let me say I think Sarah Palin has an incredibly winning personality. She's a very skilled politician. And I understand a post-convention bump. And she's a great role model for working women. I'm talking as a woman who took my breast pump to work for all three of my children. So it's terrific. But if women of America are going to kick the tires the next 55 days, George, and they're going to find out that this is a ticket that wants to put women in prison for having an abortion after they had been raped, this is a ticket that is opposed to equal pay for equal work, this is a ticket that does not embrace early childhood education, this a ticket that is not good." (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Claire McCaskill a rating of 94 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Claire McCaskill. S Amdt 3896. 110th Congress. Prohibiting the Funds in S 1200 from Being Used for Abortions. Claire McCaskill voted Nay on 02/26/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Claire McCaskill supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Claire McCaskill supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Claire McCaskill supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Claire McCaskill supported the interests of the Family Research Council 4 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

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  • Claire McCaskill. FOX "Fox News Sunday" - Transcript. 19 April 2009. "I've got to say that I do think that our enemies, the Taliban and al Qaeda, knew that we were torturing. And it was a great recruitment tool for those who want to do harm to our country. We have removed that recruitment tool. And this president has shown his commitment to going after the enemy by what he is doing in Afghanistan right now. Even though some on the left of our party are chewing on him pretty good, he has said very clearly we will continue our commitment to fight terrorism and to root out those people around the world that want to do America harm. People should relax. This isn't a president who's going to back down from a fight if someone's trying to hurt America." (votesmart.org)
  • Claire McCaskill. MSNBC - Transcript. 1 July 2008. "Well, Senator Obama is traveling first to visit with some of our strongest allies in the world and make sure that he begins this process focusing on building alliances and a strong principle diplomacy that will ultimately keep us much safer than this administration's policies. And when he goes to Iraq and Afghanistan, he's going to be focusing on the situation in Pakistan and Afghanistan as it relates to the Taliban and al Qaeda, which has allowed really to get a foothold again because of the fact that we have been pinned down in Iraq. And I think that he is fully committed to what he has talked about through this entire campaign, and that is quickly, carefully and reasonably getting out of Iraq so we can focus on the bigger picture, and that is the rise of al Qaeda across the world, not just in Iraq." (votesmart.org)
  • Claire McCaskill. McCaskill: Contracting Must Be Considered In Defense Strategy Review. 3 August 2010. "'We will never again have a contingency operation where our military is really executing logistics support. It is questionable whether or not we will ever again have a military that is executing some of the important missions that must be undertaken in a conflict like Afghanistan. The best example I can give you is police training,' McCaskill said to the hearing witnesses, former Defense Secretary Bill Perry and former National Security Advisor Steve Hadley, who chaired an independent review of the QDR. She continued, 'Clearly training the Army and police is one of the primary missions we have in [Afghanistan], yet I can give you example after example of failure of contracting in this regard.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Claire McCaskill. Senators Bond-McCaskill Praise New Predator Mission to Whiteman. 21 June 2010. "As the home of the B-2 bomber, Whiteman Air Force Base already plays a critical role in defending our nation. The decision is further testament to the capabilities of the world class team at Whiteman. I'm proud that we will be operating these Predator missions out of Missouri and that Whiteman will continue to be at the forefront of the fight against terrorism and our efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq." (votesmart.org)
  • Claire McCaskill. McCaskill Statement on President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize. 9 October 2009. "We had to go it alone in Iraq for so long, but since he took office President Obama has spent a lot of time building the involvement of NATO and instructing Secretary Gates and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mullen to make sure that NATO is as involved in Afghanistan as we are. That's a huge change from the mentality of we don't need anybody else, we can go it alone. I try very hard not to look back, but clearly there has been a change in leadership and a change in attitude. President Obama is not going to lose grip for a moment. No one is going to push us around. No one is going to be an aggressor to the United States of America. Our strength rests on our principles, the example we set for the world, and our alliances along with the excellence and strength of our military, rather than exclusively the latter." (votesmart.org)
  • Claire McCaskill. McCaskill Takes Blackwater Security To Task Force For Repeated Failures in Afghanistan. 24 February 2010. "She stressed that the U.S. mission in Afghanistan requires winning the hearts and minds of Afghans, and Paravant/Blackwater's actions undermine the military's ability to achieve victory and endanger the lives of American military and civilian personnel." (votesmart.org)
  • Claire McCaskill. Issue Position: National Security and the Military - Iraq and Afghanistan. 1 January 2012. “Recently, Claire has supported increases in resources for troops in Afghanistan at President Barack Obama's behest in order to fight resurgent Taliban and al Qaeda militants in Afghanistan and continues to closely monitoring the issue to ensure our troops and commanders on the ground have the tools they need for success. She is also closely scrutinizing the draw down of our forces in Iraq in order to ensure our troops safety and security is ensured and that the billions of dollars in American equipment in Iraq is not lost to fraud, waste and abuse.” (votesmart.org)
  • Claire McCaskill. FOX "Fox News Sunday" - Transcript. 30 November 2008. "So the Obama national security team is going to be looking how we strengthen the entire region and continue to focus on where the terrorism threats are. And this attack should remind everyone that what Barack Obama's been saying for 18 months is really ringing true right now, that the terrorist threat that our nation faces is really Pakistan and Afghanistan right now, as opposed to the single-minded focus we've had on Iraq over the last several years." (votesmart.org)
  • Claire McCaskill. Op-Ed: Getting Outside of Washington. February 26, 2010. "I want to make sure we are making progress in achieving America's goals in Afghanistan: eliminating remaining terrorists, the Taliban, which has supported them, and any ability for terrorist forces trying to organize attacks against the United States." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Claire McCaskill supported the interests of the Peace Action 85 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Claire McCaskill. S Amdt 4204. 112th Congress. Requiring Afghanistan Troop Redeployment Plan and Timetable. Claire McCaskill voted Nay on 05/27/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Claire McCaskill supported the interests of Peace Action West 85 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Claire McCaskill. Hearing Of The Ad Hoc Subcommittee On Contracting Oversight Of The Senate Homeland Security Committee - Allegations Of Waste, Fraud, And Abuse In Security Contracts At The U.S. Embassy In Kabul. 10 June 2009. "Well here's what I'm trying to figure out. I mean, you know, the reason we have these unusual situations in Iraq and Afghanistan is because there was a decision made that nationals were too dangerous. We couldn't hire nationals because of the nature of the threat." (votesmart.org)

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  • Claire McCaskill. HR 2206. 110th Congress. Emergency Departmental Supplemental Appropriations Bill of 2007. Claire McCaskill voted Yea on 05/24/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Claire McCaskill. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Claire McCaskill voted Yea on 01/22/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Claire McCaskill. McCaskill Statement On GOP SUpport Of Spending Caps. 13 July 2010. "The measure would restrict increases in non-defense discretionary spending to an average of 1 percent and defense discretionary spending to an average of 1.7 percent each year. The caps exclude funding for Congressionally-authorized military action, and they can be waived in other cases of emergency with 60 votes. Outside of those exceptions, Congress would be required to limit growth in spending for the next three years. Similar statutory spending caps in place during the 1990s helped Congress reach a balanced budget." (votesmart.org)
  • Claire McCaskill. McCaskill: We Need to Find Places to Cut at the Pentagon. 18 March 2011. "As far as I am concerned, however, every hearing that we hold will be an efficiencies hearing. Earlier this week, the Congressional Budget Office reported that the DOD budget has grown by 75 percent over the last decade - and that is the base budget, not including the cost of overseas contingency operations. I do not believe there is anything the Department is doing that we cannot do better, and I do not believe that there is any part of the budget that can be off limits as we look for savings." (votesmart.org)
  • Claire McCaskill. Aimed at Protecting Taxpayer Dollars, McCaskill and Coburn Take Next Step Toward Pentagon Audit. 6 August 2012. “As Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight, McCaskill has consistently fought to crack down on wasteful spending of taxpayer dollars, recently introducing bipartisan legislation to overhaul wartime contingency contracting, after it was revealed that $60 billion dollars had been wasted in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.” (votesmart.org)
  • Claire McCaskill. Issue Position: National Security and the Military - Keeping the Pentagon Accountable. 1 January 2012. “Claire firmly believes that holding government contractors and federal agencies accountable for the way they spend money will help save the taxpayers money, and eliminating waste, fraud, and abuse will help provide America's men and women in uniform with the resources they need in a fiscally responsible way. In the Senate Armed Services Committee and in SOCO, Claire will continue her fight to reign in the abuses in defense spending, and particularly in defense contracting.” (votesmart.org)
  • Claire McCaskill. S Amdt 4818. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Claire McCaskill voted Yea on 05/22/2008. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Claire McCaskill supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 24 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Claire McCaskill. Fox News Sunday Transcript. October 17, 2010. "I'm always open to compromise, Chris. I will go to the mat for the middle class. No one wants any tax increases for the middle class. As I said earlier, we've cut taxes by over $300 billion in the last 18 months. And everyone understands that we've got to be very careful in this economy to not stymie any job growth. That's why we've worked so hard for small businesses. And I'm open to compromise for the top 3 percent. It's not 50 percent of the taxpayers. It's 3 percent of the taxpayers that would be impacted by the very top bracket. But I will say this, Chris, we've got to look at spending, we've got to look at entitlements, and we've got to look at all of the corporate welfare that's out there as we address our deficit problem." (votesmart.org)
  • Claire McCaskill. A Reply RE: Bush Tax Cuts from Sen. Claire McCaskill. 11 June 2012. “Under current tax rules, many individuals who make more than $1 million annually pay a lower tax rate than middle class families. This is because our complicated tax code allows some individuals to take huge deductions while others are stuck with a higher tax bill. That's why I support what has become known as the Buffett Rule. The Buffett Rule is the name that has been given to a simple principle: anyone who makes more than $1 million should pay at least as high a tax rate as a middle class family, and certainly not a lower tax rate, which is so frequently the case today. For most people, this is a matter of fairness and simple common sense.” (www.dailykos.com)
  • Claire McCaskill. McCaskill Votes to Keep Tax Cuts for Middle Class Families. 25 July 2012. “U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill today released the following statement after voting to keep in place tax cuts for middle class families through the end of next year: 'This is a win for Missouri's middle class families who can't afford a tax increase right now. We've still got work to do to get this plan across the finish line-but as we keep working to create more jobs and keep the economic recovery moving, I'm going to fight as hard as I know how to make sure these tax cuts remain in place for the folks who need them most. Now it's up to the U.S. House to follow our lead.' The proposal approved today by the Senate extends current tax cuts for all Americans on their first $200,000 of income-$250,000 for a couple-through 2013. Currently, those tax cuts are set to expire at the end of the year.” (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Claire McCaskill supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 10 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)

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  • Claire McCaskill. Cap Gains Momentum, Sens. Joe Lieberman and Ron Johnson Added as Co-Sponsors. 14 April 2011. "We need to look at long-term comprehensive restraints on spending to address our debt and deficits. I will continue to work with my colleagues to ensure that as we address these issues, we work to strengthen, not cut, Medicare and Social Security for current beneficiaries and ensure these programs are around for our grandchildren." (votesmart.org)
  • Claire McCaskill. Letter to The Honorable John Kerry, The Honorable Lindsey Graham, and The Honorable Joseph Lieberman. April 15, 2010. "We appreciate your efforts to build a bipartisan consensus on comprehensive clean energy legislation that promotes American jobs, reduces carbon emissions, and lessens our dependence on foreign energy. We write to express our strong belief that comprehensive clean energy legislation must include a plan to address the challenges that face manufacturing. Without such a plan, we are concerned that the legislation will ultimately be unsuccessful. We are convinced that successful legislation must include a multi-pronged strategy to maintain and strengthen our industrial base and the millions of manufacturing jobs critical for our economic recovery. This plan must promote manufacturing competiveness, create and maintain American jobs, and recognize that a strong manufacturing base is a prerequisite for both a domestic clean energy economy and long-term economic recovery and growth." (votesmart.org)
  • Claire McCaskill. Fox News Sunday Transcript. October 17, 2010. "I'm always open to compromise, Chris. I will go to the mat for the middle class. No one wants any tax increases for the middle class. As I said earlier, we've cut taxes by over $300 billion in the last 18 months. And everyone understands that we've got to be very careful in this economy to not stymie any job growth. That's why we've worked so hard for small businesses. And I'm open to compromise for the top 3 percent. It's not 50 percent of the taxpayers. It's 3 percent of the taxpayers that would be impacted by the very top bracket. But I will say this, Chris, we've got to look at spending, we've got to look at entitlements, and we've got to look at all of the corporate welfare that's out there as we address our deficit problem." (votesmart.org)
  • Claire McCaskill. Letter To Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Senators Robert C. Byrd, and Thad Cochran. 7 January 2009. "I request that any services GAO performs to oversee the use of funding included in the economic stimulus package be reimbursable. I also request that the economic recovery package includes additional funding for GAO to meet its fiscal year 2009 funding request of $545.5 million (a 7.4 percent increase), as well as any additional funding GAO needs to perform aggressive oversight.” (votesmart.org)
  • Claire McCaskill. MSNBC Morning Joe Transcripts. 10 June 2009. "Joe, the problem is, is if you look at the deficit -- there's a pretty good analysis in The New York Times this morning about what makes up the deficit -- about 37 percent of it is cyclical. Because we've got to spend a whole bunch of money right now on unemployment, more Medicaid, because of the downturn in the economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Claire McCaskill. Statements on Introduced Bills and Joint Resolutions. 1 February 2011. "Anyone who understands economics and understands the balance sheet of the U.S. Government knows this problem was not the stimulus. One-third of the stimulus was tax cuts. The last time I looked, unpaid-for tax cuts were the way of the world. One-third of the stimulus was tax cuts. Another third of it, almost, was unemployment benefits. That is not the problem. And TARP? Let's be honest. It was a genius decision in many ways because it stabilized our financial sector, and it has cost us a mere fraction of the money that was used on a temporary basis to make sure our economy did not twist down the drain, as it was likely to do had President Bush not intervened with his economic team to ask us on a bipartisan basis to do something that was in the best interest of our Nation." (votesmart.org)
  • Claire McCaskill. Letter To President Elect Barack Obama. 16 January 2009. "There is no question that we face hard choices in every area of priorities in the economic recovery package. But various experts have agreed that the hallmark of a good stimulus is that it is well-targeted, temporary and timely. Fiscal relief through a temporary increase in federal Medicaid payments to the states effectively meets all these criteria. A number of economists have called for substantial fiscal relief to the states including Mark Zandi, Paul Krugman, Jared Bernstein, and Alan Blinder." (votesmart.org)
  • Claire McCaskill. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Claire McCaskill voted Yea on 10/01/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Claire McCaskill supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 8 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Claire McCaskill. S Amdt 3301. 112th Congress. Ending the Troubled Asset Relief Program. Claire McCaskill voted Nay on 01/21/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Claire McCaskill a rating of 18 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Claire McCaskill. Increasing The Statutory Limit On The Public Debt - Continued. 26 January 2010. "I voted for the stimulus, and I think the tax cuts in the stimulus, which don't get talked about enough, and the help to the States, which doesn't get talked about enough, and the jobs that will be created this year are very important to the progress we have made in terms of climbing out of the economic hole we found ourselves in a year ago." (votesmart.org)
  • Claire McCaskill. MSNBC Morning Joe Transcript. 11 March 2009. "I think it's way too early to talk about a second stimulus. I think, as hard as it is, we've got to keep working on this financial credit system right now, make sure that we get credit flowing again, and work on the housing issue. And then maybe, down the line. But I think it's way too early to talk about that. The thing about the stimulus is everybody agreed that we needed one. Some thought it was too big; some thought it was too small. It was kind of like Goldilocks. But everyone needs to remember there was not any Republican that I ever heard or any economist that didn't support the notion that stimulative spending by the government is what's called for in this kind of recession.” (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Claire McCaskill. Increasing The Statutory Limit On The Public Debt - Continued. 26 January 2010. "I voted for the stimulus, and I think the tax cuts in the stimulus, which don't get talked about enough, and the help to the States, which doesn't get talked about enough, and the jobs that will be created this year are very important to the progress we have made in terms of climbing out of the economic hole we found ourselves in a year ago." (votesmart.org)
  • Claire McCaskill. McCaskill-Backed Bill Provides Tax Relief for Companies "Insourcing' Jobs to U.S., Ends Tax Breaks for Those Shipping Jobs Overseas. 19 July 2012. “As the Senate debates crucial legislation to boost jobs by rewarding companies that bring jobs back the U.S., Senator Claire McCaskill today is moving to shape the bill and strengthen accountability by requiring companies that ship jobs overseas to report how many workers they employ in each country […] The Bring Jobs Home Act creates a special 20 percent tax credit for the moving expenses of companies who shift operations back to the U.S. from abroad […] McCaskill's Fight for Missouri Jobs […] Wrote the Bipartisan Jobs Creation Act with Republican Senator Susan Collins to create jobs by cutting taxes for businesses, investing in the nation's critical infrastructure, and extending the Payroll Tax Cut […] Freed up small business resources to boost employment with the Small Business Jobs Act, cutting taxes for small businesses by more than $12 billion without adding to the national deficit.” (votesmart.org)
  • Claire McCaskill. S 3816. 112th Congress. Tax Law Amendments. Claire McCaskill voted Yea on 09/28/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Claire McCaskill. MSNBC "Morning Joe" - Transcript. 14 January 2009. "In fact, one of the things that's happened this week, because of the discussions between some of the Republican leaders and some of us in the Democratic Caucus, is maybe moving some of this tax policy in energy, alternative job creation -- doing more tax incentives to stimulate that sector of our economy, as opposed to just a blanket $3,000 tax credit for job creation, which could be abused. It could be used by businesses that were already on a growth pattern. We want to make sure we're stimulating a new kind of job in this country that will also be a win-win for our environment and also for getting out from underneath the thumb of foreign oil." (votesmart.org)
  • Claire McCaskill. McCaskill Votes to Extend Tax Credits for Alternative Energy Production. 24 September 2008. "The only way we can truly fix the high cost of gasoline is to create competition in the market. We can do that through investments in alternative sources of energy. It's about time we finally passed this package that provides much needed incentives for companies to development alternative energy and create green jobs in these tough economic times." (votesmart.org)

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  • Claire McCaskill. Letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee. 9 May 2011. “During my travels, no one said to me that the current law should remain untouched...There is no question that NCLB was created with the best intentions in mind, as it sought to improve both access to quality education and educational outcomes for students of all types. However, NCLB failed to address some issues and, indeed, proved to create new obstacles for families and educators […] The weight that NCLB places on standardized testing was consistently cited as harmful by stakeholders of all stripes.” (votesmart.org)
  • Claire McCaskill. Letter To The Honorable Tom Harkin, Chairman, And The Honorable Michael B. Enzi, Ranking Member, Committee On Health, Education, Labor And Pensions. 26 April 2010. “The core provision of ESEA/NCLB is the requirement that states test students in grades 3-8 and once in high school and that schools make adequate yearly progress (AYP) toward the eventual goal of having all students proficient in reading and math. As the HELP Committee prepares for a hearing dedicated to addressing the provisions dealing with standards, assessments and accountability, we ask that you explore many of the issues our constituents have raised over the years regarding these particular provisions. Specifically, we ask that your planned hearing focus on: Developing Better Assessments […] the need to fund assessments that better measure critical thinking skills and that provide more timely feedback to teachers so they can improve their instruction, including performance-based assessments and formative assessments […] Designing Accountability Models That Help Schools Improve […] the need to develop accountability models that encourage schools to focus on all students, not just the so-called "bubble kids" who are on the cusp of proficiency, by designing a system that rewards schools for improvements and growth in all their students […] the unique needs of rural and smaller school districts, including districts that serve Native American students, as well as larger urban districts, and how school district size and location affect their ability to implement NCLB's mandates including the accountability and improvement mandates […] We look forward to working with you to revise and reform the ESEA so that the accountability and assessment systems in place better help teachers, school leaders, superintendents, and parents improve the quality of education for all our students and meet these important goals.” (votesmart.org)
  • Claire McCaskill. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2011. “Claire believes substantial reforms are needed to No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Despite its good intentions, NCLB has failed because it has led to a one-size-fits-all approach. Additionally, many of NCLB's mandated programs have been chronically underfunded. Congress will soon have the opportunity to reassess the program during its funding reauthorization. Claire will approach the reauthorization evaluation with the following core principles in mind: * Determining whether a school is effective should be based upon more than just the students' performance on a single, statewide test; * A student's growth ought to be measured over time, rather than at a single point in time; * Instead of punishing low-performing schools, the federal government needs to offer financial resources, technical assistance and other supportive interventions.” (votesmart.org)
  • Claire McCaskill. McCaskill Unveils Education Plan. 24 August 2012. “Missouri students and educators deserve an education policy that works for them […] Unfortunately, No Child Left Behind, which was designed by Washington bureaucrats, has hurt Missouri schools with its one-size-fits-all standards. If we are going to improve Missouri schools, we need to put education policy back in the hands of Missouri educators and parents […] No Child Left Behind was designed to close the gap between good and bad schools, not widen it […] By underfunding our public schools and punishing those that cannot meet its standards, No Child Left Behind has prevented resources from getting to the schools and students who need them the most. I will ensure that low-performing schools receive the funding, technical assistance, and supportive interventions they need to improve." (votesmart.org)

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  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Claire McCaskill supported the interests of Environment America 86 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Claire McCaskill. S 953. 112th Congress. Offshore Production and Safety Act. Claire McCaskill voted Nay on 05/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Claire McCaskill. Springfield News-Leader - Energy Stances Made with Missouri in Mind. 20 June 2012. “For years, we've employed a common sense approach to energy production that has provided affordable energy for families across the state, while also working to avoid burdensome federal regulations that drive up costs and stifle job creation. That's why, as Missouri's senator, I've always fought for energy solutions over what activists in Washington think is best for us […] I've stood my ground when other senators or the EPA pushed me to support policies I know aren't right for Missouri.[...] When it comes to energy production, to put it simply, I support an all-of-the-above approach. Our domestic oil production has never been greater, but we need to reduce our dependence on foreign oil by utilizing all the resources we have at our disposal. This includes the use of wind, solar, coal, nuclear and natural gas.” (votesmart.org)
  • Claire McCaskill. Gas Prices / Energy Myths and Facts. 28 August 2012. “Myth 2: The federal government has blocked new offshore drilling. Fact: Since new safeguards were put in place, following the BP oil spill in 2010, more than 400 permits for new shallow- and deepwater drilling operations have been issued Myth 3: The United States can't break its dependence on foreign oil. Fact: Increasing production has reduced our dependence on foreign oil, a trend expected to continue. Since 2005, U.S. net petroleum imports (imports minus exports) have fallen by more than 4.5 million barrels per day, a decline of more than 36 percent. This is more than we currently import from Saudi Arabia, Venezuela and all other OPEC countries combined. In 2005, we relied on imports to meet 60 percent of our petroleum needs. By boosting production, we now produce more than half our fuel here at home, and, we are on pace to reduce imports to less than 40 percent of our needs by 2035.” (mccaskill.senate.gov)
  • Claire McCaskill. Offshore Production and Safety Act of 2011 - Motion to Proceed. 17 May 2011. “So while my constituents are suffering mightily at the gas pump, week after week, these guys are sending the oil they have produced with our tax goodies to another country, instead of putting that additional supply into our supply chain, which, in turn, reduces the price. The more supply, the less the price. So, one, they have cut back refining capacity. Two, they are exporting more. And they want to say it is about drilling. Really? We have more rigs drilling right now in this country than we have had in many years. We have production higher at this point--domestic production--than it was at the end of the Bush administration. We just issued 12 new deepwater permits in the last few months. There are all kinds of leases out there that are not being explored. Meanwhile, cha-ching, cha-ching--these big oil companies are continuing to make profits that make your jaw drop.” (votesmart.org)
  • Claire McCaskill. Missour Energy Issues. 28 August 2012. “Drastic fluctuations in the price of gas emphasize that Americans can no longer rely on oil to fuel our country. Americans need alternatives to oil, and we need them as soon as possible. That's why Claire has supported measures like the Energy Independence and Security Act, which was signed into law (P.L.110-140) in 2008. This measure will help decrease the demand of world oil by investing in alternative fuels and making automobiles more fuel efficient. Claire also supports investments in new technologies like plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and advanced batteries that will help vehicles go farther on less gasoline. In order for Congress to be part of the solution toward our energy crisis, Claire believes there must be a focus on reforms that get alternatives out to the energy market faster, rather than near-sighted proposals that prolong our addiction to oil.” (www.mccaskill.senate.gov)

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  • Claire McCaskill. Resolution Of Disapproval Of EPA Rule-Motion To Proceed. 10 June 2010. "I believe that the best way to address climate change is to allow Congress time to pass comprehensive legislation, not rely on regulations handed down by the EPA. A legislative approach would allow us to mitigate what likely would result from EPA regulation of stationary sources: unfair cost increases that will be borne by millions of Americans who have no choice but to rely on energy produced from coal. This is my biggest concern, as eighty-five percent of the energy produced in Missouri comes from coal." (votesmart.org)
  • Claire McCaskill. McCaskill Continues Effort to Help Missouri Businesses, Put Regulations on Hold. 24 July 2012. “U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill is keeping up her fight to allow Missouri companies more time to prepare for proposed environmental rules. In a bipartisan letter to the President, McCaskill and a group of Senators including Missouri Senator Roy Blunt, told the Administration that it should provide additional time for facilities to comply with proposed environmental rules known as Boiler MACT rules. 'If we work together in a bipartisan way we can protect Missouri jobs and public health at the same time-that's really what this effort is all about" said McCaskill, who recently led a successful fight against EPA regulations on Missouri's farmers and ranchers. "I'm fighting to make sure these regulations aren't enacted in a way that could cost Missouri jobs.' Traditionally, industry is allowed three years to comply with new EPA regulations. McCaskill is requesting that the rules allow facilities subject to the new regulations to obtain, if warranted by circumstance, an extra year to comply. The letter also requests changes to the rules to encourage the productive use of biomass and to ensure that certain emission standards are achievable.” (votesmart.org)
  • Claire McCaskill. McCaskill’s Fight for Missouri Manufacturer Pays Off. 26 June 2012. “McCaskill has consistently led the fight to delay or stop unreasonable EPA regulations on Missouri businesses, including legislation she introduced with Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) to create jobs and boost business opportunities partly by delaying federal Boiler MACT rules.” (mccaskill.senate.gov)
  • Claire McCaskill. Springfield News-Leader - Energy Stances Made with Missouri in Mind. 20 June 2012. “For years, we've employed a common sense approach to energy production that has provided affordable energy for families across the state, while also working to avoid burdensome federal regulations that drive up costs and stifle job creation. That's why, as Missouri's senator, I've always fought for energy solutions over what activists in Washington think is best for us […] Similarly, when activists and members of my own party pushed me to support cap and trade legislation that would have devastated Missouri's families and businesses, I simply said no.” (votesmart.org)
  • Claire McCaskill. Standing up for Missouri’s energy producers and consumers. 28 August 2012. “Opposing 'cap and trade' legislation […] During the 2008 climate change debate, Claire strongly advocated for states – like Missouri – that generate most of their electricity from coal-fired power plants. In doing so she: Broke with Senate Democratic leaders and did not support “cap and trade” legislation; and, Defended Missouri manufacturers and consumers from damaging rate increases […] Opposing new regulations on coal-fired power plants […] Claire advocated for delaying the implementation of damaging new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations against power plant emissions. The EPA regulations would result in unfair and burdensome rate increases for states like Missouri that generate most of their electricity from coal. Claire has: Cosponsored legislation twice to delay EPA regulations of greenhouse gas emissions from sources such as power plants for two years; and, Voted in favor of an amendment to block the EPA from regulating carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases for two years.” (clairemccaskill.com)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Claire McCaskill supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 43 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Claire McCaskill supported the interests of Environment America 86 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Claire McCaskill. S J Res 26. 112th Congress. Statement of Opposition to EPA Greenhouse Gas Rule. Claire McCaskill voted Nay on 06/10/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Claire McCaskill. Letter to Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader, and Barbara Boxer, Chairman of the Committee on Environment and Public Works, Re: Climate Change. 6 June 2008. "We believe a federal cap and trade program must not only significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions but also ensure that consumers and workers in all regions of the U.S. are protected from undue hardship. A federal cap and trade program is perhaps the most significant endeavor undertaken by Congress in over 70 years and must be done with great care. To that point we have laid out the following principles and concerns that must be considered and fully addressed in any final legislation." (votesmart.org)
  • Claire McCaskill. Letter to The Honorable John Kerry, The Honorable Lindsey Graham, and The Honorable Joseph Lieberman. 15 April 2010. "Greenhouse gas emissions are a global problem requiring strong national and international action. Existing state laws and initiatives should be integrated into a federal program where policies are consistent. Where inconsistencies exist, federal laws should prevail. Federal uniformity is necessary to prevent inconsistencies in regulation, preserve overall efficiency, and ensure harmonization of policies. New federal programs governing regulation of greenhouse gas emissions should supersede existing federal law and avoid overlapping regulations. " (votesmart.org)

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  • Claire McCaskill. S Amdt 1067. 111th Congress. Allowing Loaded Guns in National Parks. Claire McCaskill voted Nay on 05/12/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Claire McCaskill. McCaskill revises gay marriage comment. 23 July 2009. "In talking about my recent vote against the gun provision offered in the Senate, I wasn’t clear when I stated that my vote against that provision was because it came down to a states’ rights. I was expressing my frustration in that some who argue that states shouldn’t respect the laws, certificates, or permits from other states when it’s convenient, like with gay marriage, but then argue that they should when it’s convenient on another issue, like gun rights. They can’t have it both ways.” (www.politico.com)
  • Claire McCaskill. S Amdt 1618. 111th Congress. Authorizing Concealed Firearms Across State Lines. Claire McCaskill voted Nay on 07/22/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Claire McCaskill. S Amdt 4070. 110th Congress. Prohibiting Funds in the Bill S 1200 from Being Used to Decrease Gun Ownership. Claire McCaskill voted Yea on 02/25/2008. (votesmart.org)

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  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Claire McCaskill supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 80 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Claire McCaskill. S Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Repealing the Federal Health Care Law. Claire McCaskill voted Nay on 02/02/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Claire McCaskill. Issue Position: Healthcare. 14 June 2011. "Claire is committed to policies that provide access to affordable, quality health care to Missouri families and seniors." (votesmart.org)
  • Claire McCaskill. New Site Will Help Americans Learn More About Healthcare Options. 1 July 2010. "When people visit healthcare.gov, I think people will see what the new healthcare law is all about. A big goal of the bill was to connect people to affordable healthcare options, so they can make the best choice for their family, and that's exactly what this website does." (votesmart.org)
  • Claire McCaskill. Letter to Barak Obama, President of the United States of America. 14 May 2011. "The Republican budget proposal would not keep pace with the rate of inflation for health care, meaning seniors would pay ever higher out-of-pocket costs. Under the proposal, the annual increase for the vouchers will fall short of the actual rate of inflation for health care -- meaning out-of-pocket expenses for seniors will continue to soar. And to make matters worse, the Republican budget would repeal the only credible means of restraining health care costs -- the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act." (votesmart.org)

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  • Claire McCaskill. Issue Position: Immigration. 14 June 2011. "Claire supports legal immigration. However, she opposes measures that reward illegal immigrants for their unlawful behavior. That includes granting illegal immigrants amnesty or allowing illegal immigrants to receive federal assistance. Claire also opposes giving driver's licenses to illegal immigrants." (votesmart.org)
  • Claire McCaskill. S Amdt 3117. 110th Congress. Border Fence and Customs Appropriations. Claire McCaskill voted Yea on 10/03/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Claire McCaskill. S Amdt 4231. 110th Congress. Immigration Enforcement and Border Fence Amendment. Claire McCaskill voted Yea on 03/13/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Claire McCaskill supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 43 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Claire McCaskill supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 47 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Claire McCaskill. Immigration Bill was not the answer, Ending Amnesty for Employers is. 8 June 2007. "In fact, I voted against the Senate immigration bill for a number of reasons, but there were two that really stuck out at me. I could not support the expansion of a broken guest worker program and I did not think the employer sanctions were tough enough. Despite the fact that the immigration bill failed, we can still be effective at curbing the illegal immigration problem we have in this country if we are serious about cracking down on employers." (votesmart.org)

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  • Claire McCaskill. McCaskill revises gay marriage comment. 23 July 2009. "In talking about my recent vote against the gun provision offered in the Senate, I wasn’t clear when I stated that my vote against that provision was because it came down to a states’ rights. I was expressing my frustration in that some who argue that states shouldn’t respect the laws, certificates, or permits from other states when it’s convenient, like with gay marriage, but then argue that they should when it’s convenient on another issue, like gun rights. They can’t have it both ways.” (www.politico.com)
  • Eli Yokley. Missouri News Horizon: McCaskill: Court decision on gay marriage ban about states’ rights. 4 June 2012. “Speaking with reporters in, McCaskill, who, has said in the past that she believes marriage is defined as between a man and a woman, said she agrees with the court’s ruling that the issue is one of states’ rights “The way it has been crafted is one that I think most Missourians agree with the principles of limited government and states’ rights,” McCaskill said. “I think maybe on this particular subject, they want the Defense of Marriage Act, but I for one think it is much better for these decisions to be made at the state level like we have here in Missouri.” McCaskill added that she thinks 'it will be interesting to see how this states’ rights decision is handled by the Supreme Court because I think they are anxious to talk about a limited intervention with states rights when it suits their ideology.'” (missouri-news.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Claire McCaskill supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 80 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Claire McCaskill supported the interests of the American Family Association 4 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

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  • Claire McCaskill. MSNBC - Transcript. 1 July 2008. "Well, Senator Obama is traveling first to visit with some of our strongest allies in the world and make sure that he begins this process focusing on building alliances and a strong principle diplomacy that will ultimately keep us much safer than this administration's policies. And when he goes to Iraq and Afghanistan, he's going to be focusing on the situation in Pakistan and Afghanistan as it relates to the Taliban and al Qaeda, which has allowed really to get a foothold again because of the fact that we have been pinned down in Iraq. And I think that he is fully committed to what he has talked about through this entire campaign, and that is quickly, carefully and reasonably getting out of Iraq so we can focus on the bigger picture, and that is the rise of al Qaeda across the world, not just in Iraq." (votesmart.org)

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  • Claire McCaskill. 77th Anniversary of Social Security: Akin Would Let Reckless Wall Street Banks Control Missouri Seniors’ Retirement Benefits. 14 August 2012. “As the nation marks the 77th anniversary of the signing into law of the Social Security Act, McCaskill for Missouri spokesman Erik Dorey released the following statement in response to Congressman Todd Akin’s pledge to end Social Security benefits and, instead, put retirement security for one million Missouri seniors at the mercy of Wall Street: 'Todd Akin's plans for Social Security are far outside Missouri's mainstream and would have a devastating impact on our seniors if he had his way. It’s only been a few years since reckless Wall Street banks nearly brought our economy to its knees, and the only thing that saved millions of our seniors in Missouri and across the country from financial ruin was Social Security. But instead of protecting Social Security’s guarantee for our kids and grandkids, Congressman Akin wants to hand this safety net over to the big banks on Wall Street. The choice in this election couldn’t be clearer — Claire McCaskill, a proven champion on the side of Missouri’s seniors and working families, or Todd Akin, who would subject our seniors’ livelihoods to the whims of a volatile stock market. Who do you want on your side?'” (clairemccaskill.com)
  • Claire McCaskill. Accomplishments. 28 August 2012. “Claire believes the promises we made to our senior citizens through programs like Social Security and Medicare must be honored, but Claire also understands the importance of balancing our budget. That's why she: Helped write a constitutional amendment that would require the federal government to balance its budget every year, while protecting Social Security by preventing politicians from raiding the program or cutting benefits.” (clairemccaskill.com)
  • Claire McCaskill. McCaskill Votes to Protect Medicare, Social Security, Pell Grants. 21 May 2012. “It's astonishing to me that so many Washington politicians want to cut vital services for our working families in order to provide new tax-goodies for millionaires, billionaires, and powerful corporations," McCaskill said. "These people need to drop their obsession with dismantling Medicare, Social Security, and Pell Grants, and instead turn their focus to putting more folks back to work with new job opportunities, and balancing the budget in a responsible way." (votesmart.org)
  • Claire McCaskill. McCaskill highlights differences with Akin on Medicare. 27 August 2012. “She said privatizing Social Security would be a bad idea too. People who make bad investment decisions might find themselves without support after retirement, she said.” (www.whig.com)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Claire McCaskill supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 78 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)

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