Our Voices in Washington

Posted on August 5, 2015 14:37 pm CDT

Marshfield Mail
By: Scott Kerber

U.S. Sen. Boy Blunt, after the Senate passage of the Adoptive Family Relief Act, of which Blunt is a co-sponsor, which will allow the State Department to waive costly visa renewal fees for families adopting children from abroad during special circumstances:

“Families seeking to adopt abroad should not have to navigate additional unnecessary financial burdens in order to bring their adopted children home. The Adoptive Family Relief Act provides much-needed financial relief and support to adopting families. Every child deserves a loving home, and I’m pleased this bipartisan legislation has passed the Senate to help families in Missouri and across our country provide homes for children in need through adoption.”

Sen. Blunt also spoke in responce to the Obama administration’s announcement of the P5+1 reaching a nuclear agreement with Iran:

“Today’s (July 14) announcement marks a dangerous step forward in the advancement of Iran’s illicit nuclear program and confirms that the president was desperate to get a deal with Iran, at any price. This is a bad deal for the United States and one that will embolden our adversaries and jeopardize the security of our allies. The stated goal of the negotiations was to ensure Iran never develops the capability to produce a nuclear weapon, yet the president agreed to a deal that does the opposite.

“By allowing Iran to become nuclear weapons capable and failing to provide for ‘anytime anywhere’ inspections, this deal gives Iran a free pass to cheat at its military sites with no access to U.S. inspectors. In return, the president agreed to give Iran hundreds of millions of dollars in sanctions relief. Meanwhile, just last week, Iran continued its calls for the destruction of Israel and ‘death to America,’ as Iran’s supreme leader stood by calling for the need to fight the U.S., even if there is an agreement. This deal undermines the security of our friends and allies and legitimizes Iran’s unapologetic sponsorship of terrorism throughout the Middle East.”

U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler, also in reponse to the nuclear deal with Iran:

“Any deal that ends in a nuclear Iran is a bad deal and should be rejected. This agreement jeopardizes our national security and that of our allies by giving Iran the ability to continue its march towards nuclear capability. Additionally, this deal will hand Iran billions in sanctions relief for it to continue funding terrorism and promoting instability in the region. This agreement relies on the hope that Iran, which has proven to shirk agreements in the past, complies with the terms — only to extend the break-out time by less than a year. In short, this agreement does not stop Iran from being at the doorstep of nuclear capability. I am glad we have 60 days to review the deal and get the full picture; but the fact remains Iran is a designated sponsor of terrorism and should be verified much more than trusted.”

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recent announcement of a one-year delay in enforcing new menu labeling requirements for supermarkets, grocery stores and similar retail locations:

“Making policy that works and gives flexibility to businesses, starts with listening. Today (July 13), the FDA listened. I’m glad they did.”

Sen. McCaskill, on the benefits of Rural Postal Act of 2015, which she introduced in the Senate last week:

“Restoring critical delivery benchmarks such as overnight delivery and First-Class mail standards, would help ensure that our small towns and rural communities get the same high level of postal service that folks in urban areas enjoy. Fighting for all Missourians’ access to consistent, reliable postal service is personal for me, and it’s a goal I’m not giving up on.”

U.S. Rep. Billy Long, following passage of H.R. 6, the 21st Century Cures Act, which includes the streamlining of the FDA review process for breakthrough medical devices and treatments:

We have seen massive growth in medical breakthroughs in the 21st Century. These discoveries have great potential to increase the quality of life of Americans living with incurable or untreatable diseases. The long, drawn out government approval process hurts our potential to get these innovations through the federal approval process and on to patients. With only 500 of the known 10,000 diseases having treatments, Americans cannot afford delayed access for proven health care solutions. Many American lives could depend on 21st Century Cures to heal American health science’s affliction red tape and uncertainty. It is past time to move us into this new century.”


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