Ann Wagner

Ann Wagner

MISSOURI's 2nd DISTRICT

Wagner Statement on Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt Ruling

2016/06/27

For Immediate Release

Contact:Meghan Burris | (202) 225-1621

BALLWIN, MO – Today, Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO-02) released the following statement after the Supreme Court struck down a Texas law in the case of Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt:

“I am shocked by the Supreme Court’s failure today to protect the lives of this nation’s unborn children and their mothers. I cannot understand the logic employed by the court in overturning a commonsense Texas law that protects women’s health. As a legislator, but more importantly as a woman and mother, I believe that our courts must consider the consequences for women’s health of negligent standards of care at abortion clinics that do not meet the minimum standards for ambulatory surgical centers. This is why I signed onto an amicus brief supporting the state of Texas in this case. I will continue to fight for improved women’s health and to protect the life of our innocent unborn children.”

 

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Wagner Statement on United States v. Texas Decision

2016/06/23

For Immediate Release

Contact: Meghan Burris | (202) 225-1621

Today, Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO-02) released the following statement after the Supreme Court ruled against President Obama’s plan to implement executive amnesty, which would grant legal status to an estimated four million illegal immigrants:

“Today, the Constitution won. The Supreme Court’s decision reaffirms the vision of the Founders that the Congress makes law, not the President. For nearly 300 years, our democracy has represented the People, and President Obama’s plan for executive amnesty not only threatened our nation’s security and economic opportunity, but undermined the spirit of self-governance for which our nation was founded.

“Over the past several decades, it has become clear that our immigration system is broken and we must find meaningful solutions to secure our borders and fix the de-facto amnesty we see today. The solution to this issue will be solved only when the President enforces existing law and works with the elected members of Congress. I am pleased the Supreme Court today reminded the President there are three branches of government and he cannot legislate on his own.”

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Wagner’s Opposition to Executive Amnesty:

In November, 2014, Congresswoman Wagner was one of 17 cosponsors of the Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014, which passed the House in December. (113th Congress)

In May 2015, Congresswoman Wagner joined 112 other members of Congress in signing an amicus brief on behalf of Texas v. the United States, challenging President Obama's executive actions on immigration.  

Last week, Congresswoman Wagner spoke on the House floor to express her opposition to the President’s plan to grant executive amnesty and his disregard for Article I of the Constitution:

 

 

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Wagner Remarks on Fiduciary Veto Override

2016/06/22

For Immediate Release

Contact: Meghan Burris | (202) 225-1621

 

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Wagner (R-MO-02) released remarks she was unable to deliver due to House Democrats’ occupation of the Floor of the United States House of Representatives. The remarks were prepared in response to President Obama’s veto of a Joint Resolution to stop the Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule but were disrupted by Democrats refusing to allow the House to conduct its business.

In response to today’s House insurrection, Congresswoman Wagner said, “By refusing to debate, or even allow the House to conduct the people’s business, House Democrats have denied America’s average investors the opportunity to be heard. I hope that my colleagues will read these remarks and hear the voices of all the people they are harming.”

 

Floor Remarks, As Prepared:

“Mr. Speaker,

 

Today I rise to urge my colleagues to override the President’s veto of a bipartisan piece of legislation passed this Congress to protect low- and middle-income investors.

 

By overturning this veto, we are standing up for American families and protecting them from the Department of Labor’s ill-advised fiduciary rule.

 

I’d like to thank my colleagues, Congressman Roe and Congressman Boustany, for working with me to protect Americans’ freedom to choose how they invest in their future by introducing the Joint Resolution to stop this rule.

 

The Administration calls it the “fiduciary rule,” but it is really just Obamacare for Americans’ savings accounts, and another power grab by Washington bureaucrats to control our retirement savings.

 

You see, this rule will make financial advice more costly and less available to millions of middle-income workers and retirees. With a number of organizations already in court making their case why this rule is unworkable, it’s clear that jobs are on the line, and more importantly, families will lose access to sound professional financial advice.

 

Mr. Speaker, the United Kingdom implemented a similar “fiduciary rule” years ago and evidence shows that confusion, uncertainty, and fees have led financial advisors to drop nearly 300,000 customers. Additionally, research shows that approximately 60,000 people were denied initial advice from an advisor.

 

Today, more than ever before, Americans are worried about their future. They are struggling to save for their retirement, to put a child through college, to cover an unexpected medical expense, or to fix their broken air conditioning today, the hottest day of the year in St. Louis. And as difficult as that is today – Washington is going to make that even more challenging with this one thousand page regulation.

 

Simply put, we know these regulations do not work. We’ve seen them fail. We’ve seen them hurt those who can least afford it during this savings crisis.

 

Both Chambers of Congress, Republicans and Democrats, came together and recognized the harm this rule will have on those looking to save for retirement. But with his veto pen, the President chose to stand with Washington, rather than countless American families. 

 

Congress cannot stand by as this Administration does to America’s savings accounts what it has done to our health care system – raise costs and eliminate choices. We must protect the retirement security of all Americans. We must put families first.

 

Colleagues, I ask that you vote today to override this reckless veto that will negatively impact every single one of your constituents for years to come.

 

Thank you, Mr. Speaker, I yield back.”

 

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Wagner Applauds House Passage of Defense Funding Bill

2016/06/16

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO-02) commended the House passage of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act (H.R. 5293). This legislation approves necessary funding for the U.S. Department of Defense, and included in the bill was funding for 16 F/A-18E Super Hornets in the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

“I am thankful that we are another step closer to securing additional Super Hornets for production and maintenance in St. Louis. At a time of increased fear and threats of violent Islamic extremism, these jets are critical in supporting our war fighters abroad and protecting our families at home,” said Congresswoman Wagner. “In addition to addressing the Navy’s tactical aviation shortfall, these 16 Super Hornets will provide 5,000 direct jobs in St. Louis and thousands of jobs across the state, boosting our local economy for years to come.”

 

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Background:  

The $1.35 billion in funding provided for the Super Hornets will allow for continued production and maintenance of the aircraft through the end of 2018 and into 2019, supporting approximately 5,000 jobs in the St. Louis area and more than 15,000 jobs across the state of Missouri.

As a leading proponent of the Super Hornets, Wagner testified before the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee in April to underscore the shortage of aircraft and need for increased funding.

 

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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Reps. Wagner, Cohen, Kinzinger and Cárdenas Introduce Bipartisan Human Trafficking Bill

2016/06/09

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO) along with Congressmen Steve Cohen (D-TN), Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Tony Cárdenas (D-CA) yesterday introduced H.R. 5405, the Stop, Observe, Ask and Respond (SOAR) to Health and Wellness Act. This bipartisan legislation would provide health care professionals at all levels training on how to identify and appropriately treat human trafficking victims. It is a companion bill to S. 1446, which was introduced by Senators Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Susan Collins (R-ME).

 

“Education and awareness are critical in the fight to end human trafficking. This legislation will provide health care providers on all levels with the appropriate training and tools necessary to identify and report potential cases of human trafficking,” said Congresswoman Wagner. “With tens of thousands of victims being trafficked in the United States each year, I am happy to work with my colleagues across the aisle to introduce and quickly pass this legislation.” 

 

“Human trafficking is a hidden crime that impacts hundreds of thousands of people across the U.S., and many of these victims end up in a health care setting while being exploited,” said Congressman Cohen. “Our bill aims to ensure health care professionals are trained to identify victims of human trafficking and provide them with critical, victim-centered health care.  Our bill also enables health care providers to implement protocols and procedures to work with victims, service organizations, and law enforcement so that victims can get proper support and perpetrators of human trafficking are brought to justice. I would like to thank Reps. Kinzinger, Cárdenas and Wagner for joining me in introducing this bill.”

 

“It is critical that our health care providers are trained to recognize cases of human trafficking and have the proper procedures to best help those most vulnerable,” said Congressman Kinzinger. “I’m proud to be an original cosponsor of the SOAR Act and I believe this pilot program will have a significant impact towards identifying cases of human trafficking and helping more victims across the country from this disgusting crime.”

 

“Human trafficking has grown into a large scale industry that is disproportionately geared towards women,” said Congressman Cárdenas. “This is just one of the many reasons why I did not hesitate to become an original cosponsor of the SOAR bill. Victims of trafficking suffer long-term effects, and with the introduction of new research, it is evident that the people who seek help can be identified and properly cared for by trained professionals. It is time to use this information in order to help stop the growth of the trafficking industry and facilitate the well-being of both survivors and victims.” 

 

“Victims of human trafficking are hidden in plain sight – making those in captivity unrecognizable even to our most trusted professionals like doctors and nurses,” said Senator Heitkamp. “By implementing across the country the successes of health worker pilot training programs in North Dakota, my bipartisan bill with Sen. Collins would help provide the critical tools medical professionals need to recognize and protect victims of human trafficking. Today’s introduction of our bill in the U.S. House of Representatives is a critical step toward putting an end to human trafficking by identifying victims and getting them the support they need.”

 

“Sex trafficking is a heinous crime that tragically affects every corner of America.  Human traffickers prey upon the most vulnerable, often homeless or runaway children,” said Senator Collins. “Identification is a crucial, and frequently missed, step in helping victims and stopping these atrocities.  This bipartisan legislation would expand a successful pilot program at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to ensure that more health care providers have the training to identify, report, and treat these cases, which will help us shine a light on some of the darkest stories imaginable and protect victims of these detestable crimes.”

 

The Stop, Observe, Ask and Respond (SOAR) to Health and Wellness Act supports efforts underway at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to combat human trafficking by directing the Secretary to establish a pilot program to be known as ‘Stop, Observe, Ask and Respond to Health and Wellness Training.’ While human trafficking victims are often difficult to identify, a reported 68 percent of trafficking victims end up in a health care setting at some point while being exploited, including in clinics, emergency rooms and doctor’s offices.  Despite this, out of more than 5,680 hospitals in the country, only 60 have been identified as having a plan for treating patients who are victims of trafficking and 95 percent of emergency room personnel are not trained to treat trafficking victims. The SOAR Act will help close the gap in health care settings without plans for treating human trafficking victims.  

 

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Wagner Applauds Final NGA Decision to Keep Agency in Missouri

2016/06/02

For Immediate Release

Contact: Meghan Burris | (202) 225-1621

Ballwin, MO – Following today’s announcement that the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s West headquarters would remain in Missouri, Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO-02) released the below statement:

"I am hopeful that today's announcement will put an end to the regional debate of the new NGA West Headquarters. More importantly, I am pleased that the more than 2,000 employees who currently live in Missouri will remain in close proximity to the new headquarters. St. Louis has the best technological, academic, and professional environment for the agency, and I am thrilled the NGA 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 Supports Financial Industry Lawsuit to Kill Fiduciary Rule

2016/06/02

For Immediate Release

Contact: Meghan Burris | (202) 225-1621

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO-02) released the following statement after five national financial industry associations filed a lawsuit to challenge the Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule:

“While I regret that the industry has resorted to litigation to reverse the ill-advised fiduciary rule, I am proud these associations are standing with Americans, unlike President Obama who remains loyal to big government special interests in Washington. Today’s lawsuit is a testament to the extreme consequences this rule will have on low- and middle-income families looking to save for retirement. 

“I am proud that earlier this week Congress sent a bipartisan bill to the President’s desk that would repeal the fiduciary rule. Unfortunately, I anticipate he will opt for his veto stamp over American families who deserve to choose how they invest in their future. The Department’s fiduciary rule is simply Obamacare for retirement savings, limiting choices and access to sound investment advice.”

 

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Background:

Earlier today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Financial Services Institute, Financial Services Roundtable, Greater Irving-Las Colinas’ Chamber of Commerce, Insured Retirement Institute, Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce, Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, and Texas Association of Business filed a legal challenge to the Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule for brokers and registered investment advisers serving Americans with Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and 401(k) plans.

On Tuesday, May 31, Congress sent President Obama the Protecting Access to Affordable Retirement Advice Act, a resolution that passed with bipartisan support, which repeals the President’s harmful fiduciary rule. Congresswoman Wagner, along with Congressmen Roe and Boustany, introduced this resolution in the House in April 2016. 

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Members of Congress Urge DOJ to Fully Implement Human Trafficking Law

2016/05/25

For Immediate Release

Washington – Today, Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO-02), along with Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY-12), Ted Poe (R-TX-02), and Joyce Beatty (D-OH-03), held a joint press conference to call on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to fully implement the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (JVTA) of 2015. Nearly a year after JVTA became law, the Members expressed concern that the DOJ has yet to implement the entirety of the law. Lack of implementation would thwart Congressional efforts to combat modern day slavery.

In addition to the press conference, Wagner, Maloney, Poe and Beatty sent a bipartisan letter signed by 37 Members of Congress, to Attorney General Loretta Lynch urging DOJ to immediately act and shed light on several areas of delayed implementation, including the prosecution of buyers and populating the Domestic Trafficking Victims’ Fund.

“Whether victims are manipulated online or abducted off the streets, we have a responsibility to protect our most vulnerable from this form of modern day slavery,” said Congresswoman Wagner. “I am grateful for the steps the DOJ has taken thus far to implement portions of the JVTA. However, there is more work ahead of all of us, and as an advocate, I refuse to pass this law and just walk away. The DOJ must implement every portion of JVTA, including my legislation within the package—the Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation (SAVE) Act.”

“Human trafficking is modern-day slavery, and it is happening every day in every state, generating billions of dollars in illegal profits by stripping women, men, and children of their freedoms, of their dignity, and for some, their lives.  And, until last year, our laws were backwards. Instead of going after the traffickers our laws were punishing the victims,” said Congresswoman Maloney. “That’s why passing the JVTA was a milestone in the campaign to end human trafficking. I am proud to join my colleagues in this call to the Department of Justice to fully implement this landmark legislation that will bring traffickers to justice and justice to victims.”

“JVTA clarifies that those who buy sex from trafficking victims are human traffickers, can and should be punished under federal law, and are subject to the same penalties as sellers,” said Congressman Poe. “JVTA has done a lot to change the mindset of people in this country. But we need the law to be fully implemented by all the agencies charged with executing the law including DOJ, HHS, and DHS. We anxiously await the response to our letter. A society will be judged by how it treats the most vulnerable.”

“I consider the passage of the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act to be one of my proudest moments in Congress. As we mark the Act’s one year anniversary, several provisions have yet to be implemented,” said Congresswoman Beatty. “I join my Congressional colleagues in calling on the Department of Justice to expedite implementation of outstanding JVTA provisions to help eradicate human trafficking and to provide services for victims.”

The Members expressed their gratitude for the support and advice of: Coalition Against Trafficking and Exploitation; Coalition Against Trafficking in Women International; Courtney’s House; The Covering House; Crisis Aid International; Demand Abolition; ECPAT-USA; Eastern North Carolina Stop Human Trafficking Now; Equality NOW; National Children's Alliance; Rights4Girls; Second Life Chattanooga; and Shared Hope International.

 

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Bipartisan Letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch:

May 24, 2016


The Honorable Loretta Lynch
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, D.C. 20530

 

Dear Attorney General Lynch,

 

As Members of Congress fighting to protect the most vulnerable members of our society against human trafficking, we were proud to support the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (JVTA) last year. The JVTA was signed into law on May 29, 2015, and we are delighted to celebrate its one-year anniversary this month. The JVTA was a landmark bill that modernized American efforts to combat modern day slavery and provided essential resources to survivors and law enforcement officials.

We are grateful for the important achievements of this legislation over the past year. The JVTA has reinvigorated America’s commitment to protecting our children from cruel exploitation. Educators, law enforcement officials, and service providers are raising awareness in our communities that human trafficking is not merely an international phenomenon. It is a heartbreaking tragedy right here at home.

The JVTA created the United States Advisory Council on Human Trafficking to give survivors an official forum to share recommendations on U.S. anti-trafficking efforts. We eagerly await the Council’s report this spring, and expect it will provide advice on demand reduction and primary prevention in the domestic arena. The JVTA also enabled interagency cooperation between federal, state, and local officials to better locate missing children and put criminals behind bars.

We are particularly heartened that the JVTA has revolutionized efforts to undercut demand for sex trafficking by holding buyers of sex accountable for their choices. Sexual predators can no longer torture and rape victims sold into trafficking with impunity. Only when we aggressively halt the demand for human trafficking that drives this destructive industry will we be able to eliminate exploitation in our cities and on our streets. Over the past year, we have been encouraged to see cases where sex buyers have been prosecuted under the federal trafficking law.

However, these are only the first steps toward implementation of the JVTA. There is much more work ahead of us, and it is not acceptable for us as advocates to pass this law and walk away. We will employ concerted due diligence until every child, woman, and man is safe from modern day slavery.

Under the JVTA, the Department of Justice has been directed to ensure that victims receive appropriate services and criminals are justly penalized. While we are grateful for the work of the Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention and the stalwart anti-trafficking leaders within the Department, some provisions of the JVTA have yet to be implemented. Our efforts to end human trafficking will be rendered useless until the Department implements the entirety of the law. We thus urge you to immediately act and shed light on the following delayed areas of implementation:

Prosecuting buyers. The JVTA clarifies that those who solicit and patronize victims of trafficking can and should be prosecuted as sex trafficking offenders under 18 U.S. Code § 1591.

1) Has the Department of Justice issued a directive and guidance to U.S. Attorneys making this clarification known and actionable across all districts?

2) Sex buyers who have exploited trafficking victims have been arrested over the past year; how many prosecutions and convictions have resulted in these types of cases?

Populating the Domestic Trafficking Victims’ Fund. The JVTA mandates that the Department create the Domestic Trafficking Victims’ Fund and levy a $5,000 assessment on convicted offenders.

1) Explain whether the Domestic Trafficking Victims’ Fund has been established and populated.

2) Why has the Department not assessed all convicted offenders under covered crimes?

3) Has the Department issued a directive and guidance to U.S. Attorneys on implementing the assessment in each and every case, including not only cases with offenders convicted under the 18 U.S. Code § 1591 trafficking statute but also cases with those convicted of other trafficking, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation of children, illegal sexual activity, and human smuggling offenses?

4) Has the $5 million provided in section 101 for health care and services to victims been transferred to the Trafficking Victims’ Fund from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act?

Issuing directives. To our knowledge the Department of Justice has neglected to issue necessary directives and guidance crucial to implementing JVTA across the country.

1) Has the Department issued guidance to prosecutors and federal law enforcement on victim restitution; using forfeited assets for restitution; and training on the clarified definition of sex trafficking offenders under 18 U.S. Code § 1591?

Establishing grant programs.

1) Which office within the Department will lead the child trafficking block grant program established in section 203?

2) When will the request for proposals be released to begin the child trafficking block grant and other grant programming covered by the JVTA?

3) Has the Department updated the trafficking victim services provision in section 107 of the TVPA to include programs that provide housing to victims, as clarified in section 224 of the JVTA?

Prosecuting offenders who knowingly advertise victims of human trafficking.

1) Has the Department opened any investigations as a result of Section 118 that clarifies that those who advertise victims of trafficking should be prosecuted under 18 U.S. Code § 1591?

Ensuring the Bureau of Justice Statistics fulfills requirements to report on state enforcement of human trafficking laws. Section 114e requires the Bureau of Justice Statistics to submit annual reports on the rates of arrests, prosecutions, and convictions related to human trafficking and other covered offenses.

1) Please provide a status update on the report due in 2016 as we determine whether it is on schedule and when it will be released.

2) To the extent feasible, consistent with section 237 of the Trafficking Victims in Persons Reauthorization Act of 2008, will this report clearly subcategorize statistics on covered offenses so that Congress has the necessary data to continue efforts to curb demand for sex trafficking?

Implementing the National Strategy for Combating Human Trafficking. The JVTA requires the Department to implement a national strategy focused on, among other initiatives, coordinating federal, state, local, and tribal efforts to prosecute human trafficking cases. Section 606 requires appointing an assistant U.S. attorney general in each district to prosecute trafficking cases or implement the national strategy.

1) Please provide an update on the status of the national strategy.

2) Have assistant U.S. attorney generals in each district been appointed and may we access the names of these officials?

Implementing the Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking. The JVTA requires the task force to issue a public report within one year of passage of the JVTA on how best to prevent trafficking and deter individuals from committing trafficking offenses. 

1) What is the status of the task force review of federal and state government efforts to prevent trafficking and will this report be released on schedule?

We thank you for your time and effort on providing these answers by July 1st, 2016. This information is critical as we work together to provide justice to survivors. We look forward to the Department’s expedient implementation of the law.

Sincerely,

Ann Wagner             

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Carolyn Maloney

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Ted Poe

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Joyce Beatty

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Michael M. Honda

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Tom Marino

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Gwen Moore

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Wagner Applauds Senate Passage of Resolution to Block Fiduciary Rule

2016/05/24

For Immediate Release

Contact: Meghan Burris | (202) 225-1621

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO-02) released the below statement after the Senate passed a resolution to block the Department of Labor’s (DOL) controversial fiduciary rule, which restricts access to investment advice. In April 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the same resolution under the Congressional Review Act, which Wagner introduced.

“American families deserve the freedom to choose how they invest in their future. The fiduciary rule is ObamaCare for your retirement and only hurts those it claims to protect: low- and middle-income investors looking for sound savings advice,” said Congresswoman Wagner. “I am glad Congress has finally come together, in both Chambers, to protect hardworking Americans from yet another executive power grab by the Obama Administration. As this measure now heads to President Obama's desk, he must choose whether he will stand with low- and middle-income families, or once again stand with big government liberals in Washington.” 

 

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Background:

In early 2015, Wagner introduced the Retail Investor Protection Act (RIPA), which passed the House with bipartisan support. After the Depart of Labor released its final fiduciary rule in April 2016, Congresswoman Wagner, along with Congressmen Roe and Boustany, introduced a resolution under the Congressional Review Act to block implementation of the rule.

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. 

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Wagner Recognizes National Police Week

2016/05/18

For Immediate Release

Contact: Meghan Burris | (202) 225-1621

Washington, D.C. – In recognition of National Police Week, Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO-02) recently spoke with Detective Casey Lambert of the St. Louis County Police Department to thank her for her work combatting the growing opioid epidemic in our community. Detective Lambert is leading an initiative to raise awareness in St. Louis County, including administering the overdose drug, Naloxone, which stops the effects of heroin overdoses. Since initiating the program in March 2016, Det. Lambert and her team have already saved 10 lives.

“Our law enforcement officers spend their days and nights on the front lines, risking their own lives to protect us,” said Congresswoman Wagner. “As our country faces a growing opioid epidemic, it is the work by Detective Lambert and countless others that will save lives, and keep our neighborhoods safe and drug-free.”

Det. Lambert dedicates her time to raising awareness and educating others on the increased risk of heroin abuse in our local communities. She has met with high school health classes and our local colleges and has presented critical information at rotary clubs, town halls, citizen police academies and neighborhood watch meetings. An additional component of this education and awareness effort, the St. Louis Police Department has run advertisements on various media outlets across the St. Louis region to highlight the increase in opioid and heroin abuse in the area. 

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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.


Serving With

Blaine Luetkemeyer

MISSOURI's 3rd DISTRICT

Vicky Hartzler

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