Several issues with Missouri ties are still unresolved as Congress leaves town Thursday for a seven-week summer break.
Per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, these issues include:
- A $1.1 billion bill to fund a federal response to the Zika virus that Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., helped write remained in the Senate over attachments added by the House of Representatives that Democrats denounced, including provisions that would allow Confederate flags to fly at national cemeteries. There were also amendments in the bill that would prohibit federal funding for Planned Parenthood clinics in Puerto Rico, where Zika rates have risen, and would send money instead to non-Planned Parenthood health clinics there.
- Funding for up to 14 additional F/A-18E Super Hornets built by Boeing in St. Louis will remain unresolved because of disagreements over spending. Blunt said that the Democrats blocked “Missouri priorities” when using procedural maneuvers to hold up appropriations bills for the Super Hornets. McCaskill said that the Super Hornets will be funded either in compromise appropriations bills this September, or in short-term resolutions to fund the government at current level past September.
- Funds for the relocation of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency to a site north of St. Louis are also on hold. Eleven Illinois members of the House wrote letters to negotiators regarding differences in defense spending, asking them to withhold spending on the NGA until government auditors had examined the decision to relocate the facility. The Illinois legislators wanted the NGA to be relocated to a site near Scott Air Force Base in St. Clair County in Illinois, rather than just north of St. Louis.