During a town hall meeting in Monroe City Senior Center on Thursday, U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) took dead aim on the Missouri Legislature's refusal to pass prescription monitoring laws.
During a town hall meeting in Monroe City Senior Center on Thursday, U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) took dead aim on the Missouri Legislature’s refusal to pass prescription monitoring laws.
“Missouri has the welcome mat out for heroin dealers,” she said. “Missouri is the only state that does not have a prescription monitoring law.”
Efforts to pass a prescription drug monitoring program again floundered in the Missouri Legislature this year.
Her remarks came during a whirlwind town hall meeting tour of northeast Missouri on Thursday, which included stops in Monroe City and Paris.
An overwhelmingly friendly audience of about 65 people packed the tiny meeting room of the Monroe City Senior Center to hear the senator answer questions on topics that mostly centered on health care, foreign policy, secret money in elections, federal farm policy and trade.
She told the crowd that health care reform is bogged down in secrecy in the Senate, and that efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act — known by some as Obamacare — were going nowhere. McCaskill said that while Republicans were accusing Democrats of blocking reform of the health care, Republican Senate leaders have not shared any of their legislative drafts with Democratic members of the body.
Later in the meeting, she told the audience that “98 percent of the calls” coming to her office about the version of health care reform passed by the U.S. House of Representatives are running against the legislation.
“We haven’t seen a bill,” she said.
McCaskill said that she expects upward of $50 million in secret money from political action committees and private individuals.
“I’m not saying that people should not be able to spend money on elections…but how can you stroke a $40 million check and not have to talk about it?” she said, adding that the Citizens’ United Supreme Court decision, which allowed for secret money in campaigns, “is the worst Supreme Court decision in my lifetime.”
McCaskill faces a tough re-election campaign in a state that went for President Donald Trump by 19 points. On Monday, Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Ballwin) announced she would not seek a seat in the Senate. Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley is being urged to run for McCaskill’s seat.