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Sen. Claire McCaskill shouts about Tuesday’s upbeat economic news


Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill trumpeted the positive economic news Tuesday that median household income rose more than 5 percent to $56,516 in 2015.

That was the biggest bump ever recorded, she said.

Also cheering the senator: The number of uninsured Americans fell by 4 million from 2014 to 2015, to an all-time low of 9.1 percent.

There’s more: The poverty rate fell from 14.8 percent to 13.5 percent. This ties the largest such drop in history.

That the nation is fewer than two months from the next presidential election was all the more reason for McCaskill, a Democrat, to shout.

Said McCaskill in a statement:

“These numbers show us the resiliency of America’s workers and of our economy in the aftermath of the economic crisis that gripped our country for years—as well as the continued success of the Affordable Care Act in providing life-saving health insurance to millions of Americans.

“Too much over-heated political rhetoric has included calls to move America backward, but these numbers are a good reminder that we have many reasons to be optimistic about our country’s future.”