U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-St. Elizabeth) is optimistic that a federal government shutdown can be avoided. Congressman Luetkemeyer, whose sprawling district includes Columbia, Jefferson City, Boonville and Fulton, joined us live this morning on 939 the Eagle’s “Wake Up Mid-Missouri.” Congressman Luetkemeyer tells listeners that a shutting the government down is not an option, saying it would cost billions of dollars and would empower Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-New York). Luetkemeyer describes last night’s two-hour closed-door GOP caucus meeting as productive. He says a few members of his party want the government to shutdown and are trying to raise money off of it. Congressman Luetkemeyer also blasted President Joe Biden (D), saying whistleblowers have been providing information to House committees about the Biden family. Congressman Luetkemeyer accused the Biden family of abusing their power “for a long, long time”:
Columbia’s city council has voted to suspend transportation fares for GoCOMO bus riders for the fourth straight year.
GoCOMO has been operating fare-free since the March 2020 COVID emergency declaration. Columbia Public Works officials say current transportation sales tax (TST) funding and a Federal Transit Administration (FTA) operating grant can keep the bus system fare-free for at least another year.
Columbia Public Works spokesman John Ogan tells 939 the Eagle that the Columbia transit budget is $7.4 million, and that budget includes expected GoCOMO expenditures on fixed routes, Paratransit and the Tiger Line. Mr. Ogan notes Columbia transit receives its funding from state and federal grants, the transportation sales tax and also from Mizzou. The University of Missouri pays the city of Columbia about $839,000 for the operation of the Tiger Line shuttle service for students.
Mr. Ogan notes GoCOMo also receives about $2.5 million in federal grants, about $245,000 in state grants and about $2.5 million in transportation sales tax money.
Columbia used federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) money and federal CARES Act funding for the past two years to remain fare-free, but those monies have run out. President Joe Biden (D) signed ARPA into law, and former President Donald Trump (R) signed the federal CARES Act into law.
GoCOMO has been a priority for city manager De’Carlon Seewood, who’s encouraged residents to ride the buses.
U.S. Rep. Mark Alford (R-Raymore) represents north Columbia and northern Boone County on Capitol Hill, as well as a large portion of west-central Missouri, including Sedalia and Warrensburg. He joined us live this morning on 939 the Eagle’s “Wake Up Mid-Missouri”, telling listeners that he supports an impeachment inquiry against President Biden. “USA Today” reports U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-California) plans to endorse an impeachment inquiry. The White House has rejected allegations from some Republicans who allege that Biden benefited from his son Hunter’s business dealings. A White House spokesman says House GOP investigations have turned up no evidence of wrongdoing. Congressman Alford welcomes the news about Speaker McCarthy, telling listeners that the American people deserve answers. He emphasizes that Congress must have unredacted records. Congressman Alford also addressed agriculture and Missouri’s I-70 expansion on the program. Alford, who serves on the House Agriculture Committee, says the massive Swift Foods plant on Columbia’s Route B will help the food corridor that’s growing in that area:
An east-central Missouri congressman who represents Jefferson City, Fulton, Boonville and parts of Columbia on Capitol Hill doesn’t expect President Joe Biden to seek re-election in 2024. U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-St. Elizabeth) tells 939 the Eagle’s “Wake Up Mid-Missouri” that President Biden has virtually no ground game, and questions if he’s electable in 2024. Congressman Luetkemeyer also addressed an issue that’s been a big topic in Jefferson City: the aging tri-level. Congressman Luetkemeyer tells listeners that he appreciates the efforts of House Transportation Committee chair Rep. Sam Graves (R-Tarkio) to obtain federal funding for the project. Congressman Graves tells 939 the Eagle that he’s had conversations with Governor Parson’s office about the project:
Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey (R) says he’s filed 28 lawsuits against President Joe Biden. General Bailey joined us live this morning on 939 the Eagle’s “Wake Up Mid-Missouri”, telling listeners that Missouri vs. Biden will be in circuit court this week. Bailey describes the case as the most important First Amendment case in a generation. He also discussed abortion and his office’s cold case unit. The unit helped secure the recent conviction of Kirby King for the 1987 Franklin County murder of Karla Delcour. General Bailey praises the cold case unit’s multiple prosecutors, saying they have a combined experience of hundreds of years: