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▪ “Unfortunately, some people in Washington refuse to acknowledge just how important it still is to rural communities.” — Missouri Congressman Sam Graves, a Republican from northwest Missouri, on the need for continued six-day mail delivery.
A Graves resolution on the matter reached 218 signatures this week, a House majority. Graves said he’s now confident that the Postal Service will drop its consideration of dropping Saturday delivery.
▪ “I need the numbers.” — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, on how many Veterans Administration workers have been fired for retaliation against whistleblowers.
She called for the passage of her bill that mandates the firing of employees found to have retaliated against the watchdogs. She also said the VA needs a permanent inspector general. The position has remained vacant for more than six months.
▪ “We need to let politicians know that most of us aren’t hateful. Does Trump really understand the American people? No. But I think he understands a sliver of the American people and those are the people who are active in politics, and they show up. I don’t think that’s where most people actually are.” — former Missouri Sen. Jack Danforth on Donald Trump.
The problem today, Danforth says, is there’s no sense of “we are in this together.” The senator has a new book coming out — “The Relevance of Religion: How Faithful People Can Change Politics.”
▪ “Baseball is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical.” — Yogi Berra.