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Standing with Israel

June 18, 2021
Newsletter

This week was filled with birthdays, anniversaries, and other important dates, as we celebrated the 246th birthday of the United States Army, Flag Day, and President Trump’s 75th birthday!

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As always, I am amazed by the American spirit that is constantly displayed on the front porches of our Fourth District on Flag Day, as we pay respect to the sacrifices made by our service members in the name of freedom and prosperity.  May God bless our men and women fighting overseas for America.

Please see below for more information from my congressional office.

Censuring Anti-Semitic Members of Congress

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Anti-Semitism has no place in the halls of Congress — or America. That’s why I am proud to stand with Israel and show our office’s support in Washington.

Over the past few months, however, our nation has experienced a disgraceful rise in the prevalence of attacks on our Jewish brothers and sisters. A contributing factor in these tragedies has been the rhetoric espoused by members of the “Squad” such as comparing Israel to the terrorist group, Hamas. Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar went even further, equating the actions of the United States to the Taliban, who have murdered our nation’s service members.

Truly shocking and disheartening to hear from sitting members of Congress.

This pattern of misleading, offensive, and patently false comments have further fanned the flames of hate and must be condemned. As such, I was proud to wholeheartedly support a House resolution which calls for these members to be censured.

Combating Sex Trafficking

During the pandemic, women and children have been increasingly susceptible to the victimization of the ever-growing human trafficking industry. Now more than ever, children are connected to the online world, families are out of work, and overall mental health is on the decline — creating a perfect breeding ground for human trafficking crime. Since 2007, the National Human Trafficking Hotline has reported a total of 63,380 total sex trafficking cases in the United States. Here at home, Missouri ranked 15th in the nation for reported human trafficking crimes in 2019.

That’s why my bill, the Empowering Law Enforcement to Fight Sex Trafficking Demand Act, is so vital, providing law enforcement with the necessary tools to protect our communities from sexual predators. In particular, this bipartisan legislation I introduced this week would expand the authority of the Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grants Program (Byrne JAG) to enable law enforcement agencies to compete for federal funding, specifically in developing and implementing sex trafficking demand reduction programs.

It is my hope that Congress will pass this bill and we may finally rid our nation of this terrible criminal activity.

Taiwan Defense Act

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As I’ve showcased through our office’s four-part series outlining the threats posed by China and what the world has seen pertaining to the origins of COVID-19, there are no lengths the Chinese Communist Party won’t go to in its harmful abuses.

This is very apparent in regards to its hostile treatment of Taiwan. That’s why the Taiwan Defense Act is vitally needed to combat China. This legislation identifies our military capabilities against China, pushes back on their aggression, and stands up for freedom and liberty.

As a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, I stand committed to supporting efforts to push back on China and support democracies like Taiwan.

Next Week’s Mobile Office Hours

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The second week of our district’s mobile office hours begin on Tuesday, June 22nd and run through Thursday, June 24th.  These sessions, held by my staff, are designed to help address any problems you may be having with a federal or state agency and listen to your concerns. If you have questions and are unable to come to these sessions, I encourage you to call my district offices and set up an appointment.

Week 2’s scheduled dates are as follows:

Tuesday, June 22nd

  • Benton County: 10:00am-11:00am – Benton County Courthouse, 316 Van Buren Street, Warsaw, MO 65355
  • Barton County: 11:00am-12:00pm – Barton County Courthouse, 1004 Gulf St., Lamar, MO 64759\
  • Moniteau County: 12:00pm-1:00pm – California City Hall Meeting Room, 500 South Oak Street, California, MO 65018

Wednesday, June 23rd

  • Bates County: 10:00am-11:00am – Bates County Public Administration Building, 103 W. Dakota St., Butler, MO 64730
  • Vernon County: 11:00am-12:00pm – Vernon County Courthouse, 100 W. Cherry St., Nevada, MO 64772
  • Cooper County: 12:00pm-1:00pm – Cooper County Courthouse, 200 Main Street, Boonville, MO 65233

Thursday, June 24th

  • Pulaski County: 10:00am-11:00am – Waynesville City Hall Conference Room, 100 Tremont Dr, Waynesville, MO 65583
  • Henry County: 11:00am-12:00pm – Henry County Courthouse, 100 W Franklin St., Clinton, MO 64735
  • Boone County: 12:00pm-1:00pm – Columbia District Office, 2415 Carter Ln., Ste. 4, Columbia, MO 65201
  • St. Clair County: 1:00pm-2:00pm – St. Clair County Courthouse, 655 2nd St., Osceola, MO 64776
  • Cedar County: 2:00-3:00pm – Cedar County Courthouse, 113 South Street, Stockton, MO 65785