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Past articles by Jim:

House passes major reforms to public-housing programs 427 to 0

For those who see nothing but divisiveness in Congress, Tuesday’s vote backing the most significant changes in public housing policy in decades, may be a → Read More

Cleaver sees the possibility of Congress making criminal justice changes

Kansas City Democratic Congressman Emanuel Cleaver says there are real commitments from leaders on both sides of the aisle to pass a package of criminal → Read More

President's 'moonshot' effort against cancer touches Jerseyville family

Two sets of parents who lost sons to brain cancer last year were in the House chamber for the State of the Union speech when President Barack Obama announc → Read More

Blunt, Biden talk about boosting health-care research ahead of State of the Union speech

While U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., clearly has his philosophical and political differences with the president, last night he praised Barack Obama’s plan to → Read More

Area lawmakers use issues and friendships to select guests for president's final State of the Union

While the most prominent seat at Tuesday night’s State of the Union speech is likely to be the one left vacant in First Lady Michelle Obama’s guest box to → Read More

Missouri and Illinois driver's licenses do not meet federal security requirements

Beginning Sunday, Missourians and Illinoisans will no longer be able to use their state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards as acceptable → Read More

Blunt says boost in NIH funding will produce jobs, save tax dollars

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., says boosting investments in health care research now will be good for Missouri. The $1.1 trillion federal spending plan → Read More

Illinois Rep. Mike Bost says first year in Congress was about long-term goals

Shortly after arriving on Capitol Hill last year, Illinois Congressman Mike Bost, R-Murpysboro, told a story about how he and his new colleagues were told → Read More

Clay hopes to see more progress on police training in 2016

Rep. Lacy Clay, D- University City, says he hopes 2016 will see more progress in Congress on legislation that grew out of the shooting death of Michael → Read More

House committee approves Luetkemeyer bill to "reform" public housing

Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-St. Elizabeth, is sponsoring what he calls the biggest “reform” to the Department of Housing and Urban Development in more than → Read More

Missouri benefits from $1.1 trillion spending plan

While Senate Republicans had hoped to consider 12 separate appropriations bills to fund the government after winning the majority this year, lawmakers are → Read More

$1.1 trillion federal spending plan includes more than $1 billion for Missouri projects

While Senate Republicans had hoped to consider 12 separate appropriations bills to fund the government after winning the majority this year, lawmakers are → Read More

Durbin pushes Congress to allow states to collect online sales taxes

Consumers may like the ability to shop online and avoid paying state and local sales taxes, and many online retailers may like the competitive advantage → Read More

Lawmakers celebrate 150th anniversary of 13th Amendment

In 1865, President Abraham Lincoln saw his home state of Illinois become the first to ratify the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, banning slavery. He’d → Read More

What local experts, officials say about the new school bill that shifts more power to states

There isn’t much difference in the titles of the old and new federal education acts — from No Child Left Behind to Every Student Succeeds. But the bi → Read More

Senate antitrust subcommittee to question A-B InBev's planned purchase of SABMiller

With the world largest brewer poised to acquire the world’s second largest brewer, senators want to know what the deal will mean for competition in the U.S → Read More

Durbin requests DOJ investigation of Chicago Police

WASHINGTON - Just days after Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy stepped down, as part of the fallout from the police shooting death of 17-year → Read More

Missouri needs matching funds to maximize benefits of transportation plan

Even with Congress backing a $305 billion transportation bill, Missouri could lose out if state lawmakers don’t find matching funds to maximize the → Read More

Blunt, McCaskill provisions included in highway funding bill

If you drive a rental car, travel by rail, or need to turn on the AC on a hot summer day, you will be affected by provisions Missouri’s two U.S. senators → Read More

Wagner sees big changes under Speaker Paul Ryan

It might be hard to imagine that less than a month ago, House Republicans were in turmoil; sharply divided over their future and what they were looking for → Read More