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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.
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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.