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Honoring Those Who Have Served
Starting next year, and for the years to come, schools here in Missouri will be required to devote classroom time to teaching our young people about the importance and significance of Veterans Day. This requirement is part of legislation (SB 600) we passed during the 2014 legislative session that is meant to place an emphasis on honoring and remembering the contributions made to our great nation by the men and women of our Armed Forces. And while we hope our schools were already taking time to honor our nation’s heroes, the requirement is another way of ensuring the many sacrifices they have made to preserve our freedoms will not be forgotten or overlooked by our younger generation.
As we head into Veterans Day this year, I hope you and your family will also take time to talk about the significant contributions our veterans have made, and continue to make. We must take time to appreciate the willingness of our veterans to leave behind the comforts of home to fight on foreign soil and to put their lives in harm’s way in order to defend our way of life. Whether they served in World War II, Korea, Vietnam or in the current War on Terror, they deserve our respect, our gratitude, and our commitment to preserving the memory of their deeds.
Speaking of our current generation of soldiers and veterans, the post-9/11 veterans are the first generation of soldiers to have served in sustained combat operations as an all-volunteer force. This is not to diminish the service of previous generations that included many who were drafted into service, but instead to serve as a reminder that the men and women serving today have done so out of a personal choice to defend our nation from those who would do it harm.
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A heartfelt thanks to the voters in our district for their support in tonight's election. I have the honor of serving the citizens of our district once again.
Missouri Rep. Anne Zerr was honored with the Emory Melton Legislative Award, presented annually to a legislator or tourism industry leader who works closely with the legislative process in support of the tourism industry. Among her duties, Zerr chairs the House Economic Development Committee and serves on the House Tourism and Natural Resources Committee. She is a staunch supporter of tourism and is acknowledged for working with members of both the House and Senate to help restore tourism funding to pre-recession levels.
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EVERETT, Wash., Oct. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) announced today it will produce 777X parts at its site in St. Louis, Mo., bringing back inside the company work that is currently performed at suppliers or performed overseas for the current 777 program.
The design for these parts will be done in St. Louis, Boeing Aerostructures Australia (BAA) and other Boeing sites.
The parts built by the St. Louis team will support 777X work at the composite wing center in Everett, Wash., home of the 777X program. The new composite wing center is currently under construction and will be more than 1 million square feet.
"Boeing has outstanding capability, resources and experience across the company and the 777X program will leverage that skill base," said Bob Feldmann, vice president and general manager, 777X program, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "A program of this size requires that we bring together all of the talent that Boeing has to offer."
Earlier this year, Boeing selected its Everett, Wash. site as the location for a new composite wing center for the 777X program. In this wing center, Boeing will perform fabrication and assembly of the 777X's composite wing. Additionally, Boeing will perform final assembly of the 777X in Everett.
To accommodate this production work, Boeing will expand its current St. Louis composites facility, which will begin producing parts for the 777X program in 2017.
"This is a fantastic opportunity for Boeing St. Louis and we look forward to being a partner on the 777X program," said Bob Ciesla, Boeing Military Aircraft Cross-Enterprise Design/Build vice president. "Placing this work in St. Louis optimizes resources, skills and technology in St. Louis and creates high technology jobs in the region."
"As the House carrier of Senate Bill 1, I was pleased to be able to play a part in Missouri's successful bid for this contract," adds Representative Anne Zerr (R-65) of St. Charles. "This addition of 700 new jobs an exciting move forward for our state."
The 777X builds on today's passenger-preferred, market-leading 777 and offers more market coverage and revenue capability than the competition. First delivery is targeted for 2020.
Greetings! Hope you are enjoying the cooler temperatures, I just wanted to share an update on our recent Veto Session in Jefferson City:
Budget Veto Overrides Authorize Funding to Benefit Some of Missouri’s Most Vulnerable Citizens
As the veto session came to a close the House and Senate had agreed to override the governor’s vetoes of 47 spending items in the state operating budget. These items represent approximately $35.5 million in state general revenue with another $18 million in funds from federal or other sources. In total, the overrides approved by the General Assembly authorize nearly $53.5 million in spending for programs that help some of our state’s most vulnerable citizens such as children who have suffered abuse, senior citizens, developmentally disabled children and adults, and victims of sexual assault.
A brief look at some of the spending items vetoed by the governor and overridden by the legislature:
· $2.5 million for an intensive reading instruction program for kids in failing school districts
· $150,000 for the Bright Futures Program that empowers communities to meet the needs of their children
· $1.45 million to provide forensic exams for physically abused children
· $1.3 million for programs to help children with Autism
· $948,381 for a Medicaid waiver for individuals with brain injuries
· $125,000 for services for Missourians with Alzheimer’s
· $400,000 for the Area Agencies on Aging to provide home delivered meals to Missouri seniors
· $500,000 to provide assistance to victims of sexual assault
· $5.2 million for services to Missourians with asthma
· $500,000 for the Alternatives to Abortion Program
· $455,000 for Missouri’s 22 Centers for Independent Living
· $500,000 in state aid for sheltered workshops
· $200,000 to provide dental care to developmentally disabled young people
· $191,400 to enhance and expand newborn screening services