April 11th, 2017
U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill’s Newsletter 4/11/17
Last week, I was proud to take to the Senate floor with my Missouri colleague, Senator Roy Blunt, to mark the Senate's bipartisan 85–12 approval of our bill to bring the historic Delta Queen back to Missouri.
Getting the Delta Queen sailing again will bring an infusion of jobs and economic growth to Jefferson County, and will allow tourists to once again enjoy the rich history and heritage of an iconic Missouri landmark.
But before she can set sail, the Delta Queen will need support in the U.S. House... and I hope she gets it. Built in the 1920's, the Delta Queen has carried thousands of passengers through the tributaries of the Mississippi River, and served as a naval ship during World War II. Due to its historic nature, it had long been exempted from certain congressional regulations imposed on passenger vessels—but those exemptions expired in 2008. My bill with Senator Blunt would restore the long-standing exemption, while ensuring that the steamboat complies with federal safety law requirements.
READ MORE in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch
All the best,