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TheChat: Emanuel Cleaver champions major housing bill

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▪ “This bill serves as an example of bipartisanship compromise.” — Missouri Congressman Emanuel Cleaver on a public housing reform bill that he co-authored and one that his office called “one of the largest sweeping reforms of our nation’s housing programs in the last two decades.”

The measure passed the House 427-0 and goes to the Senate. It is designed to add efficiencies to programs for low-income families and aid veterans and foster children. Another key leader on the measure: Missouri Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer, a Republican.

▪ “If Rubio beats him badly in New Hampshire, Jeb is toast.” — South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican who backs Jeb Bush for president, on the need for Bush to beat Marco Rubio in New Hampshire next week.

If he doesn’t, many Republicans, including Graham, say Bush should end his campaign. Bush finished sixth in Iowa, and establishment Republicans continue to fret about either Ted Cruz or Donald Trump running away with the nomination. Slimming the field may be one way to prevent that, they believe.

▪  “All eligible and qualified men and women should register for the draft.” — Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley responding to a question from Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill on his belief that it’s time for women to register for future military drafts.

McCaskill favors the change, which follows the Pentagon’s recent decision to open all jobs in combat units to female service members. (link courtesy of

▪ “For years, student reporters have been treated as second-class journalists. And that’s a shame, because they are often the only ones tackling crucial issues in schools and on campuses.” — Tim Tai, a University of Missouri journalism student, speaking in favor of a bill in Jefferson City that would limit the reasons for blocking publication of articles by school-sponsored media.

Tai won praise for standing his ground and asserting his First Amendment rights last fall during student demonstrations at MU. The legislation under review is titled the “Cronkite New Voices Act.”