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Missouri's stewards of the land
Posted Thursday, March 3, at 7:59 AM
It's about that time of the year again, when most of us are just about finished with the cold of winter, and want nothing more than for the warmth of spring to start rolling in. Nevertheless, the impending change of seasons has much greater implications for rural Missourians than it does in the urban metropolis of the nation's capital. For citizens of urban areas, it means time to go to the pool or enjoy a picnic. For most rural Missourians, it means time to get to work...

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Memorializing World War I
Posted Thursday, February 4, at 12:41 PM

(February 1, 2016) -- Last week was a tumultuous week in Congress. And this time, I am referring to the weather rather than the D.C. dysfunctionality. Snow fell on the nation's capital, reaching up to 2 feet, but that didn't stop the citizens' work from being done...

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It's about the farm, food and the future
Posted Friday, April 4, at 4:19 PM

Finally, a Farm Bill! This is a leading line that says so much here in Missouri's Fifth District. And it says a lot in Washington, as well, where I was honored to speak at the Missouri Farm Bureau's Breakfast. Of course, the Farm Bill is really a Food Bill, and is not only about farm programs, but also about feeding America...

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Inspiration from Ike - Even in the Snow and Ice
Posted Monday, March 10, at 9:22 AM

On January 7, I had surgery on an earlier left knee replacement. Recovery is always slow and painfully difficult. I ought to know, I have had six big time operations that cut short my college football aspirations. Although, to be entirely accurate, the defensive back coach might have also cut it short -- by cutting me...

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It's Time to Give Hardworking Missourians a Pay Raise
Posted Sunday, March 2, at 9:11 PM

People working full time jobs should not have to raise their families in poverty. This week I fought hard in Washington to bring the issue of raising the minimum wage to the House Floor for a vote. And I will continue to do this. Why? *Raising the minimum wage will increase pay for at least 25 million American workers...

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The future of communtiy banks
Posted Friday, January 17, at 3:39 PM

Community banks are absolutely necessary in keeping our small businesses, rural areas, and local economies strong and vital. *They provide almost half of all small loans to our nation's farms. *They supply credit that is critical for small businesses...

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Congressman Cleaver urges immediate action to help Missouri's fifth district
Posted Friday, January 10, at 3:26 PM

We need to be allowed to vote immediately on extending emergency unemployment insurance. And I am urging the Speaker of the House to let Members do just that. Hardworking men and women in Missouri's Fifth District are struggling. They have played by the rules and have lost their jobs through no fault of their own. To cut off their lifeline right now, while they continue to look for work and still must feed their families, is mean-spirited and just plain wrong...

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Holidays and Hope
Posted Thursday, December 19, at 12:37 PM

There is something about the holiday season that seems to inspire us with hope. Without a doubt, this is a time of year that can be difficult. Inevitably, each year brings with it a dose of disappointment, frustration, sometimes, even utter heartbreak. But it is always darkest before the dawn. And the holiday season, along with the promise of a new year, seems to also pledge a new beginning...

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A concern with the EPA
Posted Monday, December 16, at 3:24 PM

There is an important issue that isn't grabbing headlines, but it is critical to revitalizing rural communities, growing the economy, and creating jobs nevertheless. I am very concerned with the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) recent decision to reduce the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) requirement for next year. It would be lowered by almost 3 billion gallons in 2014, to a level, in fact, that is below the legal requirement...

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The latest on the Affordable Care Act
Posted Friday, December 6, at 4:21 PM

As promised, I wanted to continue to keep you updated on the very latest concerning the Affordable Care Act. The website problems have been frustrated, but are continuing to be fixed. In fact, the site successfully handled more than 725,000 visitors recently in just one day...

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Fix the problem or fight about it?
Posted Friday, November 22, at 4:35 PM

There is so much mud-slinging and myth spreading swirling around the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in Washington right now, it's hard to see what real, and what is simply political posturing. What I do know is there are some problems with the ACA. I will not be one of those Democrats who refuse to admit, or even see, that there are important issues that need to be addressed. And quite frankly, they need to be fixed right now...

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An earmark by any other name ...
Posted Friday, November 15, at 3:41 PM

With great vexation, but with a deep understanding of the need for water development projects throughout our nation, I recently voted for H.R. 3080. This is the Water Resources Reform and Development Act, often referred to as WRRDA. Overall, this is an important bill, make no mistake about that...

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Nov. 8, 2013
Posted Monday, November 11, at 4:33 PM

In my many years of service, it is not often I have been able to bring someone like EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to town, sit her down at a table, and let area residents express concerns, ask questions, and get answers. I was pleased to be able to do so for my constituents recently. We began the day meeting in Oak Grove with farmers and others from Saline, Ray, and Lafayette Counties. Our goal was to open a dialogue that, in my opinion, is sorely needed...

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Oct. 14, 2013
Posted Friday, October 18, at 3:47 PM

What a long 16 days it was. But as you know, the United States government is finally back open. In my opinion, it was an unnecessary, frustrating, and very expensive ordeal that brought our country to the brink of economic disaster. I am pleased we have avoided risking the full faith and credit of the United States by not defaulting on our debt. That being said, there is, quite obviously, much work yet to do...

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Open the government
Posted Monday, October 14, at 2:44 PM

We need to re-open the government. It is that simple. This is ridiculous. I don't know how to make my position any more clear, and I have been working, negotiating, meeting, discussing, and trying, to do just that. I know many of you are frustrated, angry, and getting more worried by the day. I join you in those emotions. I have directed the Chief Administrative Officer to withhold my pay until federal workers are back on the job where they should be. I figure that is only right and fair...

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The President visits with a message -- No government shutdown
Posted Friday, September 27, at 3:30 PM

President Obama recently visited our area to talk about the improving economy, the importance of growing the middle class, and the looming issue of a government shutdown. I believe the dysfunction in Washington and the ideological demands we are hearing, are threatening to take this nation down a very dangerous and partisan path. ...

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Hunger is not a game
Posted Monday, September 23, at 12:34 PM

This week I spoke out, again, on the House Floor to fight for food. I am sickened and saddened by this professed "Nutrition Reform" bill that the House voted on and passed. I voted against the bill. This is not nutrition "reform". And hunger is most certainly not a game. This shouldn't be a talking point or a messaging strategy...

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What to do in Syria?
Posted Friday, September 6, at 5:53 PM

I recently held a town hall regarding the issue of Syria. What should we do there? What should we not do? It is extremely important to me to hear the thoughts and concerns of my constituents in Missouri's Fifth District -- to really listen to what you have to say. That was my sole purpose in holding the town hall and I appreciate all who came. We had a standing room only crowd and everyone, as far as I know, who wanted to speak, got the opportunity to do so...

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Congressman Cleaver is moving into Higginsville (Aug. 26, 2013)
Posted Wednesday, September 4, at 12:49 PM

I am absolutely thrilled to be opening a new Congressional office in Higginsville. And I hope you will take the opportunity to come by and see it, visit, and talk to me about your concerns. I am having an Open House on September 4th -- and please consider this your personal invitation. ...

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Working together to avert sequestration disaster (Aug. 19, 2013)
Posted Wednesday, September 4, at 12:47 PM

This week brought the opportunity to sit down with my colleague, Representative Kevin Yoder, a Republican from the Third District of Kansas, in what was billed as a non-debate debate. We have done this together often, in hopes of showing our common belief that both parties can and should work together. ...

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Emanuel Cleaver II is now serving his fourth term representing Missouri's 5h Congressional District Having served for twelve years on the city council of Missouri's largest municipality, Kansas City, Cleaver was elected as the city's first African American mayor in 1991. During his eight year stint in the Office of the Mayor, Cleaver distinguished himself as an economic development activist and an redevelopment craftsman. Cleaver has received five honorary Doctoral Degrees augmented by a bachelor's degree from Prairie View A&M, of the University of Texas, and a master's degree from St. Paul Theology of Kansas City. Cleaver was unanimously elected the 20th chair of the Congressional Black Caucus of the 112th Congress. Cleaver, a native of Texas, is married to the former Dianne Donaldson. They have made Kansas City home for themselves and their four children.