The second week of the 115th Congress proved to be just as busy as the first one and I expect this pace and momentum to increase when President Trump is inaugured in a few days and we start to tackle the priorities of the American people and have a partner in the White House, instead of a roadblock. I’m very much looking forward to working with the new administration from day one. Below are a few items of note for this week.
It may be the middle of January but my staff and I are already looking ahead to February and Valentine’s Day. Last year, over 9,000 cards and messages for our country’s heroes were sent to my offices for our inaugural year Valentines for Veterans initiative. After such amazing support from across the 3rd District, we’ve decided to bring the program back again for 2017. We will be collecting and receiving valentines from all over the district to be distributed to VA hospitals and veterans service organizations that serve your community. If you have any questions, please call my Jefferson City office or visit my website for all of the information. I look forward to seeing all of the creative designs and thoughtful messages before they are sent out to our veterans!
I’m also working on another project to honor one of our district’s heroes. This week, I was able to start the process of dedicating a United States Post Office in Pacific in honor of U.S. Army Specialist Jeffrey L. White, Jr. Specialist White grew up in Catawissa and attended Pacific High School. In 2009, he joined the U.S. Army where he graduated from basic training, advanced training, and the basic airborne course at Fort Benning, GA. Specialist White served his country honorably until he passed away in 2012 from injuries sustained by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan. Dedicating the Pacific Post Office after Specialist White is just one small act of thanks that we, as a country, can do to honor him for the ultimate sacrifice that he made on behalf of our nation to keep us safe. His service, and that of all of those who have perished in the line of duty, should always be remembered and honored.
Lastly, another topic that has always been important to Missourians is the management of the Missouri River – especially as much of it runs through the 3rd District. Recently, I authored a letter that gained the support of the Missouri delegation and a number of Senators and Representatives from surrounding states to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regarding the Missouri River Recovery Management Plan. Many key stakeholders and Missourians have been involved in this plan and our letter simply requests that the Corps extend the public comment period for at least 120 days. This plan will impact thousands of Missourians and each voice deserves a chance to be heard. In addition, it is necessary that the public be given additional time to analyze and comment on how it will affect them.
January has proven to be an extremely busy month at home and in Washington. To find out everything I am working on, and to always be in the know, please find me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
CONTACT US: As always, for those of you with Internet access, I encourage you to visit my official website. For those without access to the Internet, I encourage you to call my offices in Jefferson City (573-635-7232) Washington, Mo. (636-239-2276), or Wentzville (636-327-7055) with your questions and concerns. If you want even greater access to what I am working on, please visit my YouTube site, Facebook page, and keep up-to-date with Twitter and Instagram.