Congressman Russ Carnahan (MO-3) cast two votes in recent days that will be critical to the St. Louis region.
Wednesday, Carnahan voted to reauthorize funding of the Export-Import Bank.
"The Export-Import Bank is critical to achieving President Obama's goal of doubling United States exports," said Carnahan. "We will create more opportunities for American industries to manufacture products here at home and sell their products overseas, supporting hundreds of thousands of American jobs. Here at home, the crucial financing provided by the Export-Import Bank allows local businesses and manufacturers, including Boeing, to stay competitive on a global playing field and market St. Louis-made products all across the world. I was pleased to vote for the bipartisan agreement to reauthorize and expand this crucial tool for American commerce."
Carnahan also cast a deciding vote Tuesday night to increase funding to the Community Oriented Policing Service (COPS) program, which had been decimated by the Republican budget. The amendment to increase COPS funding passed by one vote (206-204).
"Putting more police on the beat will make our streets safer, will protect our young people and will allow more flexibility to react in emergencies," said Rep. Carnahan. "The COPS program is a priority to me and has been during my entire time in the House of Representatives. I understand that safer streets means a better St. Louis, and I am committed to ensuring that our law enforcement officers have the tools they need to do their jobs right."
Carnahan did disapprove of forcing a reduction in NASA funds in order to fund the COPS program.
"America can do more than one thing at once," said Carnahan. "We can keep our citizens safe while we increase research and development of the technologies that keep us on the cutting edge of science and space exploration. NASA is an agency that has developed hundreds of products that have created jobs and billions of dollars of economic growth in our nation. Rather than damaging our future to keep our streets safe, we must fund our priorities by getting rid of special interest loopholes and unfair tax schemes."