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Missouri publishes plan for covering expanded Medicaid enrollment

BY: - January 29, 2021

Missouri will enroll most adults who apply for expanded Medicaid services in a managed care plan, with an option to purchase employer-provided coverage if it makes financial sense. That’s just two of the items in a draft plan for the program that begins July 1 posted online Thursday for public comment. The comment period ends […]

Missouri health director says he’ll testify to lawmakers on vaccine rollout next week

BY: - January 28, 2021

Democratic lawmakers expressed frustration this week when two key figures leading Missouri’s vaccine distribution abruptly canceled their scheduled testimony before a House committee Wednesday evening. However, Randall Williams, the director of the Department of Health and Senior Services, said the time of the hearing was changed without checking with him — and that he offered […]

Democrat floats idea of Trump censure as Senate prepares for impeachment trial

BY: - January 28, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine says he’s been talking privately with his Senate colleagues about censuring former President Donald Trump for his role in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol. Kaine, a Virginia Democrat, told Capitol Hill reporters on Wednesday that he views censure as a possible “alternative” to Trump’s upcoming impeachment trial […]

Biden to pause new oil and gas leases on public lands in sweeping climate order

BY: - January 27, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is set to sign a host of executive orders on climate Wednesday that will put a hold on new oil and gas leases on federal property, place environmental justice in the center of climate reform and set goals of conserving nearly a third of the nation’s land and water.  On […]

Missouri House budget committee signs off on $320 million for rental assistance

BY: - January 26, 2021

Missouri lawmakers are hoping to quickly approve about $320 million in funding for rental assistance — part of the $25 billion in rental assistance passed by Congress in December’s COVID-19 relief package. The House Budget committee unanimously voted to advance the funding bill Tuesday afternoon. House Budget Committee Chairman Cody Smith, R-Jasper County, expects the […]

Biden administration unveils boost to state COVID-19 vaccine shipments

BY: - January 26, 2021

WASHINGTON — Amid frustrations at the slow pace of the national COVID-19 vaccination effort, President Joe Biden says his administration is boosting the number of doses sent to states each week and will be giving state officials more certainty on the number of doses they can expect in future shipments. Starting next week, a minimum of […]

Conservative caucus staffer tests positive for COVID; Two Missouri senators in quarantine

BY: - January 26, 2021

A staffer for the Missouri Senate’s conservative caucus has tested positive for COVID-19, and two state senators announced that they will quarantine because of possible exposure. Republican Sen. Bill Eigel will self isolate after coming into close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, he announced Tuesday afternoon. Eigel participated in a committee hearing […]

FEC flags Hawley fundraising committees for lacking disclosures

BY: - January 25, 2021

WASHINGTON — As if U.S. Sen. John Hawley and his staff don’t have enough going on this month, Missouri’s junior senator had to clear up a little misunderstanding with federal campaign finance regulators, too. Hawley has faced calls to resign from some of his Senate colleagues, donation boycotts from a host of corporations and falling […]

Buttigieg puts greenhouse gas reduction at center of Biden transportation policy

BY: - January 22, 2021

Former South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg offered an unapologetic defense of President Joe Biden’s vision for improved transportation and greenhouse gas reductions during a Senate hearing to consider Buttigieg’s nomination for U.S. transportation secretary on Thursday.  “We need to build our economy back, better than ever, and the Department of Transportation can play a central […]

Biden yanks Keystone XL permit in first-day order, citing climate change

BY: - January 21, 2021

In one of his first official acts after taking office, President Joe Biden revoked the federal permit for the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline that would have traversed eastern Montana on its way from the Alberta oilfields to the Gulf of Mexico. The Wednesday move at least temporarily halts the construction on the highly contentious […]

Experts: Joe Biden likely to take slow approach on China trade

BY: - January 19, 2021

Agricultural experts don’t expect President-elect Joe Biden to quickly reverse the United States’ chilly relationship with China. They are split on whether Biden will quickly loosen some tariffs on China to ease negotiations that could build on recent increases in the price of corn and soybeans. “In the short term, we will not likely see […]

Missouri COVID-19 case numbers down as lawmakers begin work on pandemic-related bills

BY: - January 19, 2021

Amid signs that COVID-19 is loosening its grip on Missouri, the state Senate this week will hold hearings on coronavirus liability protections while the state House is home as leaders attempt to control a Capitol Building outbreak. The Department of Health and Senior Services on Tuesday reported 1,357 new COVID-19 infections and it marked the […]