Ann Wagner

Ann Wagner

MISSOURI's 2nd DISTRICT

House Reaffirms Wagner Policy to Protect Retirees

2016/04/28

For Immediate Release

Contact: Meghan Burris | (202) 225-1621

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO-02) applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for passing H.J. Res. 88, Protecting Access to Affordable Retirement Advice. This resolution, which was introduced by Wagner last week along with Reps. Phil Roe (R-TN) and Charles Boustany (R-LA) under the Congressional Review Act, will stop the Obama Administration and DOL from implementing its recently released “fiduciary” rule.

Following the passage of the resolution by a 234-183 vote, Congresswoman Wagner released the below statement:

“The DOL’s fiduciary rule is ObamaCare for your retirement savings, only hurting those its claims to protect: low- and middle-income families who are looking to responsibly save for retirement in the midst of a savings crisis.  I thank my colleagues for coming together to put a stop to this misguided rule that is the epitome of a top-down, Washington-knows-best power grab.

“Today’s vote is about Main Street, not Wall Street, and better protecting families today, who are living paycheck to paycheck, from a thousand pages of regulations, which would ultimately create two classes of investors: those who can afford help in saving for retirement and those who cannot.  We must do more to empower American families to plan and invest in their futures. I look forward to the Senate acting on this resolution and sending it to the President’s desk.”

Congresswoman Wagner’s Floor Speech on H.J. Res. 88

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Wagner Applauds Inclusion of Super Hornets in 2017 NDAA

2016/04/28

For Immediate Release

Contact: Meghan Burris | (202) 225-1621

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO-02) applauded the House Armed Services Committee for including funding for 14 additional F/A-18E Super Hornets in the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

Wagner recently testified before the Committee in support of the Super Hornets following the Chief of Naval Operations’ (CNO) declaration that the Navy faces a shortage of operational aircraft. The Super Hornets, which are currently produced and maintained by Boeing at a factory in St. Louis, Missouri, are critical in addressing this tactical aviation shortfall.

Funding for the additional 14 Super Hornets in the NDAA will continue the production and maintenance of the aircraft through the end of 2018 and into 2019, supporting approximately 5,000 jobs in the St. Louis area.

“I commend Chairman Thornberry and his Committee for addressing our current naval aviation shortfall and supporting funding for the additional 14 Super Hornets. The additional aircraft are not only critical in protecting our nation from rising foreign threats, but are an asset to our local economy, creating 5,000 jobs for the St. Louis area,” said Congresswoman Wagner. “In addition to providing our men and women in uniform with the support and tools they need, inclusion of the Super Hornets in the NDAA is a huge win for St. Louis, as continued production of the aircraft will protect Missouri jobs and put a local stamp on national defense.”

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Rep. Wagner’s Testimony before the House Armed Services Committee:
March 1, 2016


 

Background on Rep. Wagner’s support of Super Hornets and Growlers:

Fiscal Year 2016

  • 7 Growlers and 5 Super Hornets included in spending bill
  • Led Missouri and Illinois delegation letter to appropriations and armed services committee requesting more fighter jets
  • Testified before House Armed Services and House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense on importance of Growlers and Super Hornets in the fight against the Islamic State

Fiscal Year 2015

  • 15 Growlers included in spending bill
  • Led Congressional letter to appropriations and armed services committee signed by over 100 Members of Congress
  • Testified before House Armed Services and House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense on importance of Growlers to the warfighter

Fiscal Year 2014

  • Worked with House Armed Services Committee and House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense to obtain advanced procurement funding for future additional Super Hornets
  • Fought to protect full funding allocations for Growlers amid sequestration cuts to defense spending

 

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Members Move to Block Fiduciary Rule, Preserve Access to Affordable Retirement Advice

2016/04/19

For Immediate Release

Contact: Meghan Burris | (202) 225-1621

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO) along with Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN), chairman of the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions, and Rep. Charles Boustany (R-LA), chairman of the Subcommittee on Tax Policy, today introduced a resolution under the Congressional Review Act, to block the Department of Labor’s (DOL) controversial rule restricting access to investment advice. Known as the “fiduciary” rule, the rule will make it harder for low- and middle-income families to save for retirement and creates new obstacles for small business owners who want to offer employees options to save for retirement.

“The DOL’s fiduciary rule hurts those it claims to protect: low- and middle-income families who are looking for sound investment advice in the midst of a savings crisis. The unquestionably flawed rule raises costs, limits choices and restricts access to investments for hardworking Americans,” said Rep. Wagner. “The fiduciary rule is ObamaCare for retirement savings and our resolution will give Americans the freedom to choose how they plan and invest in their future.”

“In today’s economy, too many families are struggling to save for retirement. That’s why it’s crucial Americans have access to the retirement advice they need to make the best decisions for the future,” said Rep. Roe. “Unfortunately, the administration’s misguided rule does just the opposite. This new regulatory scheme will hinder access to retirement advice for low- and middle-income families and make it harder for small businesses to help their employees plan for retirement. Hardworking men and women should be able to look forward to retirement, and our resolution will help ensure they’re able to prepare for the years ahead.”

BACKGROUND: The Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule imposes a host of new mandates and regulatory requirements on retirement advisors. Since the drafting of a similar rule in 2010, bipartisan concerns have been raised about the negative effects the new mandates will have on individuals and small business owners. The rule’s far-reaching consequences include:

 

  • Restricting the ability of individuals to receive some of the most basic financial advice.
  • Creating new hurdles for small businesses that will have to pay more to offer their workers retirement options.

 

Under the Congressional Review Act, Congress may pass a resolution of disapproval to prevent, with the full force of the law, a federal agency from implementing a rule or issuing a substantially similar rule without congressional authorization. The resolution would block the Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule, which is scheduled to go into effect in April 2017. The resolution follows earlier efforts to enact a responsible, bipartisan alternative to the department’s flawed rule.

Led by Rep. Roe, lawmakers advanced complementary legislative proposals that would require financial advisors to act in the best interests of their clients, and ensure low- and middle-income Americans have access to quality, affordable retirement advice. The House has also taken action on legislation sponsored by Rep. Wagner that would have required the department to coordinate its actions with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

To read the resolution, click here.

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Wagner Bill Protects Taxpayers from ID Theft

2016/04/18

For Immediate Release

Contact: Meghan Burris | (202) 225-1621

 

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO-02) announced she introduced H.R. 4459, the Taxpayer Identity Theft Protection Act. This legislation would require the IRS to issue an identity protection personal identification number (IP PIN) to any individual taxpayer who requests one. This IP PIN would provide another level of security from identity theft as taxpayers submit their sensitive personal and financial information to the IRS.

"The Taxpayer Identity Theft Protection Act is commonsense legislation that puts Americans first, not the government, protecting taxpayers from identity theft and providing them with greater peace of mind as they file their taxes each year,” said Congresswoman Wagner. “At a time when government trust is at an all-time low, Missouri families are already hesitant to share their sensitive personal and financial information. I strongly urge my colleagues in the House to take up and pass this legislation, to finally hold the IRS accountable and better protect taxpayers from cyberattacks and identity theft.”

 

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Background on HR 4459:This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to require the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to issue an identity protection personal identification number to an individual taxpayer who requests one, after the taxpayer's true identity has been established and verified, to prevent the misuse of the taxpayer's social security account number on fraudulent income tax returns. IRS must then publicize the availability of such identification numbers, including through electronic means. https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/4459/

 

GAO Report:A March 2016 report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office issued 43 detailed recommendations for the IRS to patch vulnerabilities in their security system and better protect taxpayers. The report found the IRS “has not effectively implemented elements of its information security program.” Read the full report here: http://www.gao.gov/assets/680/676097.pdf

 

Extension on Tax Filing Deadline for MO Counties: In late January, the IRS reported that due to severe flooding, the deadline to file taxes would be extended until May 16, 2016, for several counties in the State of Missouri. Taxpayers in St. Louis County, St. Charles County and Jefferson County are all included in this extension period. https://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Provides-Tax-Relief-to-Missouri-Storm-Victims-Tax-Deadline-Extended-to-May-16

 

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Wagner: DOL Fiduciary Rule Harms Those it Claims to Protect

2016/04/06

For Immediate Release

Contact: Meghan Burris | (202) 225-1621

BALLWIN, MO – Today, Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO-02) released the following statement after the Department of Labor (DOL) issued the final version of its fiduciary rule: 

“Today, the Department of Labor (DOL) finalized its fiduciary rule that will only hurt those it claims to protect, jeopardizing the ability for millions of low- and middle-income Americans to receive sound investment advice.  During a time when we are already facing a savings crisis in this country, this misguided rule will only raise costs, limit choices, and restrict access for Missouri families as they save for retirement. This is why I sponsored, and the House passed, the Retail Investor Protection Act (RIPA), bipartisan legislation that would require the SEC to take the lead on crafting such a regulation, not the DOL.

“I am working closely with House Leadership and members of the Education and Workforce Committee on using the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to stop this ill-advised rule. Rest assured, I remain committed to fighting for, and protecting, American families’ right to choose how they invest in and plan for their future.”

 

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Wagner Statement on New NGA Location

2016/03/31

For Immediate Release

Contact: Meghan Burris | (202) 225-1621

BALLWIN, MO – Today, Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO-02) released the following statement after the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) selected North St. Louis City as the new location for its West Headquarters:

“Missouri has been home to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) for more than 70 years and their decision to stay here and move to North St. Louis City is a big win for the nearly 2,000 NGA West employees who live in the state. NGA West will continue to perform its critical role in our national security within a community that understands its needs and strongly supports its mission.”

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Wagner Responds to New EPA Report on West Lake

2016/03/25

Yesterday, the Environmental Protection Agency released its most recent monthly report on the status of the West Lake Landfill. The EPA reported further testing to determine the extent of the radiologically impacted material (RIM). Testing showed RIM is present in the north quarry of the Bridgeton landfill, showing the RIM is closer to the fire than previously thought. Upon learning the results of this testing, Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO-02) released the following statement:

"I am disappointed the EPA has once again proven they cannot be trusted to properly manage the danger to public health at the West Lake landfill. For years the Agency has assured families that the radioactive material was isolated to one area, and we now know that is not the case.

"We must prioritize the safety and security of those living in the West Lake Community, which is why I will not stop fighting until the EPA hands over management of the landfill to the trusted Army Corps of Engineers."

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Wagner: 40-Year Sentence for Genocide Leader is an Abomination

2016/03/24

For Immediate Release

Contact:Meghan Burris | (202) 225-1621

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO-02) released the below statement following this morning’s sentencing of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, who was found guilty of genocide in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre when 8,000 Muslim men and boys were killed:

“The more than 70,000 refugees who left their families and fled from Bosnia to St. Louis to escape the evil ethnic-cleansing campaign led by Radovan Karadzic deserve better than this pitiful verdict by a United Nations Criminal Court. Karadzic’s sentence of only 40 years for genocide and nine other charges related to war time atrocities is an abomination and deserves, at minimum, a life sentence in prison.

“The 1995 Srebrenica massacre is both heartbreaking and maddening. While we cannot rewrite this shameful history, we can seek justice for the families of these victims. I remain committed to fighting for justice and was pleased that the House passed H. Res 310, which asks that the Atrocities Prevention Board educate on how to prevent future genocides in vulnerable countries.” 

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Wagner Argues Importance of Women in International Peace Negotiations

2016/03/22

For Immediate Release

Contact: Meghan Burris | (202) 225-1621

 

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO-02) participated in a House Committee on Foreign Affairs hearing focused on women engaging in the international fight for peace at the invitation of Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA-39).

Wagner was invited by Chairman Royce to the hearing based on her unique perspective as a former U.S. Ambassador and fierce advocacy for protecting women, particularly those harmed by civil war and sectarian violence. She questioned the expert witnesses on the role of women in resolving these conflicts and how they can establish safer, more secure communities following a brokered peace.

One comprehensive review of more than 80 peace agreements found that the formal or informal inclusion of noncombatant civil society actors in peace negotiations decreased the odds of a return to conflict by 64 percent. The evidence that women’s participation greatly increases the likelihood of success is a key argument in favor of women’s inclusion in the peace process.

“As a former woman diplomat it is imperative that we be at the table on, I believe, all issues of the foreign policy peace process. It is imperative of the success of the negiotiations, but perhaps even more important and dually noted here today… in selling the policy and the peace back at home,” Wagner said during the hearing.  

Watch the Committee hearing here:

 

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Wagner Pushes for Additional Super Hornets in 2017 Budget

2016/03/16

For Immediate Release

Contact: Meghan Burris | (202) 225-1621

 

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO-02), along with members of the Missouri and Illinois Congressional delegations, sent a letter to the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the House Armed Services Committee and House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, urging them to add 14 additional F/A-18E/F Super Hornets to the President’s Fiscal Year 2017 Budget.

This request is in response to a U.S. Naval tactical aviation shortfall during ongoing wartime operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL). The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) provided Congress with an “unfunded requirement” request of 14 additional Super Hornets above the President’s budget to appropriately address this aviation shortfall.

In years past, your committees have been incredibly responsive to the warfighter’s most pressing needs.  The Navy’s budget and its unfunded requirement request demonstrate how important tactical aviation is to its mission, and the Super Hornet is providing that critical capability today at the most affordable cost,” the Members wrote.

Yesterday, Congresswoman Wagner testified before the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee to reiterate the serious need for additional Super Hornets.

“Each day we learn of a new threat from ISIS or a rogue terrorist regime, and the United States must stand ready to defend and protect,” said Congresswoman Wagner. “Given the critical capability that the Super Hornet provides for ongoing Navy wartime operations, any shortfall is dangerous to our ability to project force throughout the world.” 

Subcommittee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen shared his support for Congresswoman Wagner’s request. “At a time of growing threats to the U.S., it is critical that we provide our military with the tools and equipment necessary to defeat terrorism,” said Chairman Frelinghuysen. “I appreciate Congresswoman Wagner’s strong support for Super Hornets.  Her advocacy has been instrumental in ensuring naval aviation maintains a level of capability and readiness to defeat such foreign threats.”   

Earlier this month, Wagner testified before the House Armed Services Committee on the same issue. The Super Hornets are currently produced and maintained by Boeing at a factory in St. Louis, Missouri. 

 

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Full letter here: http://wagner.house.gov/sites/wagner.house.gov/files/Super%20Hornets.pdf

 

 

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Committee Assignments

Financial Services

Ann Wagner’s career is both deep and broad in service to her hometown, state and nation with over 25 years of work in the private sector, community and public service, and the political arena.

The 2nd District means family for Ann. It is where she and her husband of twenty-five years, Ray, grew up, went to school, raised their children, work, volunteer and go to church. This community has given her extraordinary opportunities to make a difference.

At an early age, Ann started working in the family business, a retail carpet store called Carpetime in Manchester. Working beside her parents she learned the value of a dollar, a strong work ethic, honesty, integrity, and that government ought not be in the way and on the backs of hard-working Americans trying to make a living.

Ann then took her firsthand experience to the University of Missouri-Columbia and received her BSBA from the Business School with an emphasis in Logistics.  After college, Ann went to work in the private sector and held management positions at Hallmark Cards in Kansas City and Ralston Purina in St. Louis.

Ann’s most important jobs, however, have always been as a wife and mother. Ann and Ray have three children: Raymond, a recent West Point graduate stationed at Fort Campbell with the 101st Airborne; Stephen, a Client Services Manager for a St. Louis area financial management company; and Mary Ruth, a freshmen at Miami University in Ohio.

Ann Wagner’s public service began at the grassroots level. She served for nine years as a local committeewoman in Lafayette Township and went on to Chair the Missouri Republican Party delivering historic Republican gains. She also served as Co-Chairman of the Republican National Committee during the first term of President George W. Bush.

In 2005, following nomination by President Bush and confirmation by the U.S. Senate, Ann was sworn in as the 19th U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. She served as U.S. Ambassador for four years before returning to her home in Ballwin, Missouri.

In 2010, Ann was asked to serve as the Chairman of Roy Blunt’s successful U.S. Senate campaign in Missouri. Bringing her high energy and political skills to the campaign, Ann helped unite existing and new conservative grassroots activists to produce a landslide victory.

Ann announced her first run for public office on April 26, 2011 and has attended hundreds of events including forums, debates, picnics, meetings and rallies.  Her signature grassroots “Table Tops” have been a listening and learning tour in homes all across the district. Her strong connection to her community has helped Ann recruit hundreds of volunteers from every corner of the 2nd Congressional District.

Ann won her 2012 Congressional race with over 60% of the vote and received more votes than any other Republican candidate for Congress in the State of Missouri this cycle.

Ann will serve on the House Financial Services Committee – a key committee for the 2nd District and St. Louis region.  St. Louis and its suburbs are national and regional centers for financial services activity.  Over 84,000 people in St. Louis and its suburbs are employed in the financial services industry with a total payroll of around $4.57 billion.

The St. Louis area is also home to national investment firms including Edward Jones, Scottrade, Stifel Financial and Wells Fargo Advisors, to name a few, making it one of the largest clusters of brokerage firms and personnel outside of New York.

Ann was also selected by the Freshman Class of the 113th Congress to be their representative on the Elected Leadership Committee.


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