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Sen. McCaskill Denies Missouri Law Enforcement Critical Funding

December 4th, 2007 by mopns · No Comments

We told you last week about Sen. McCaskill getting a little national attention last week on the CBS Evening News. McCaskill bragged on the program that she was one of 12 Senators who did not request earmarks for FY 2007. On the surface, this declaration sounds great, we all know that earmark reform is a big issue in the Congress right now. But for McCaskill to not request continued funding for Missouri’s MoSMART anti-meth program is simply irresponsible. This program has been used effectively to protect Missouri families against the evils of the highly addictive drug.

McCaskill’s failure had led to Gov. Matt Blunt’s commitment to provide supplemental state funding for the Missouri Sheriff’s Methamphetamine Relief Team to make up for the lack of funding. The failure of McCaskill to fund these critical anti-meth efforts has led the governor to announce plans to provide $1.8 million in supplemental state funding to protect MoSMART.

“Claire McCaskill is obviously more interested in national media self-promotion than protecting essential federal funding for Missouri’s sheriffs who have spent years risking their lives in order to protect Missouri families from the scourge of methamphetamine,” said Paul Sloca, communications director for the Missouri Republican Party. “Claire McCaskill is more interested in protecting her own political interests rather than protecting the interests of our members of law enforcement who continue to wage an intense battle against this deadly and highly addictive drug.”

The governor’s budget request to supplement MoSMART will provide critical funding for 48 sheriff’s offices and drug task force employees around Missouri. Sen. Bond strongly objected to Democrats taking money away from Missouri law enforcement.

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  • 1 tom // Dec 4, 2007 at 5:56 pm

    As a conservative and someone who is very fiscally astute I say GOOD JOB Claire. If the state of MO wants to fight METH, then the state should figure out a way to fund it not the feds. It isn’t the feds job to fund this crap and it is high time the states reassert states rights and stop feeding a the trough of the feds.

    Claire you have done the correct and should be given KUDO’s for doing what is Constitutional.

  • 2 Jackson // Dec 4, 2007 at 8:25 pm

    Have never voted for Claire – will never vote for Claire – but she is indeed doing the right thing here.

    The state should never have accepted the federal money to begin with knowing that it was going to run out eventually.

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