Ann Wagner

Ann Wagner

MISSOURI's 2nd DISTRICT

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             

Member of Congress       

 

Carolyn Maloney

Member of Congress       

 

Ted Poe

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Joyce Beatty

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Michael M. Honda

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Jackie Walorski

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Joe Heck, D.O.

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Randy Weber

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Kristi Noem

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Tom Marino

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Gwen Moore

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Sean Patrick Maloney

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Erik Paulsen

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Karen Bass

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Rosa DeLauro

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Chuck Fleischmann  

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Walter Jones

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Trent Franks

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David Joyce

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Juan Vargas

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Chris Gibson

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Sheila Jackson Lee

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Sam Graves

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Bill Posey

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Ryan Costello

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Bill Foster

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Tom Cole

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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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Wagner Commends Congressional Funding for Super Hornets

2016/05/12

For Immediate Release

Contact: Meghan Burris | (202) 225-1621

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO-02) commended the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee for providing funding for 16 F/A-18E Super Hornets in the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). 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.

While the Pentagon originally requested funding for just two Super Hornets, the Committee provided funding for 14 additional aircraft following the Chief of Naval Operations’ (CNO) declaration that the Navy faces a shortage of operational aircraft. Wagner recently met with several workers from the St. Louis plant responsible for building these jets to discuss the direct and indirect impact the Super Hornets have on the local economy in St. Louis and across the state, and as a necessary component within the Navy’s strategy to protect our nation from foreign threats.

“Yesterday, I met with some of the men and women who are building these vital jets in St. Louis to thank them for the work they are doing for our nation and our warfighters,” said Congresswoman Wagner. “With 16 additional Super Hornets ordered, these critical jets will address the Navy’s shortfall and better protect our families. Additionally, we are protecting 5,000 direct jobs in St. Louis and tens of thousands of indirect jobs across Missouri for years to come. I thank Chairman Frelinghuysen and the members of his committee for providing the necessary funding to ensure the Navy has the Super Hornets it needs to protect our country from rising terrorist threats and these vital Missouri jobs.”   

     

 

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Background on Rep. Wagner’s support of Super Hornets

As a leading proponent of the Boeing Super Hornets, Wagner testified before the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee last month 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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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.

To learn more, 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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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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Sam Graves

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Billy Long

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