Despite frustration, 113th Congress makes mark on Missouri economy

The $1.1 trillion spending bill that passed the Senate over the weekend will keep the federal government running through the end of its budget year, but many Missouri legislators in Washington were left shaking their heads as the 113th Congress concluded its work.

Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-St. Louis, said the Congress had a “sad legacy.” Sen. Roy Blunt, a Republican, called it one of “the least productive and the most needlessly obstructed Congress(es) in the history of the country.”

Even so, lawmakers passed some legislation that will have important effects on Missouri’s economy and businesses. Those measures include a new farm bill that dedicates more than $2.4 billion to agricultural research; close to $1.5 billion in funding for the production of Boeing’s EA-18 Growler in St. Louis; and expedited planning for projects on some of the state’s most important waterways.

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