Ann Wagner

Ann Wagner

MISSOURI's 2nd DISTRICT

Wagner on President’s Final Budget Proposal

2016/02/10

For Immediate Release

Contact: Meghan Burris | (202) 225-1621

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO-02) released the below statement following yesterday’s release of President Obama’s final budget proposal:

“The President’s budget proposal not only increases taxes on American families, but piles onto our national debt and never balances.  In addition, President Obama continues to target the pocketbooks of low- and middle-income Americans and their ability to save for retirement.  While the President’s budget claims to boost workers’ ability to save, this Administration instead pushes policies that take away choices, crowd out the private sector, and claim that government knows what’s best for everyday Americans.  That is why I introduced, and the House passed, the Retail Investor Protection Act (RIPA) to help families better invest in retirement and protect them from this Administration’s continual power grab.  I look forward to passing a responsible budget that actually tackles the national debt and doesn’t put a further burden on our children’s future.”

 

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Wagner on Supreme Court Decision to Halt Obama’s Clean Power Plan

2016/02/10

For Immediate Release

Contact: Meghan Burris | (202) 225-1621

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO-02) released the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court made the decision to temporarily halt the enforcement of President Obama’s Clean Power Plan:

“For a state like Missouri, which generates more than 80 percent of its electricity from coal and has some of the lowest rates in the country, President Obama’s EPA rule would take money away from our hardworking families and small businesses through radically higher electricity rates. Yesterday’s Supreme Court decision was a positive step, but I will work to build on this decision and won’t rest while this job-killing money grab still exists.”

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Super Bowl and sex trafficking: The fight to end modern-day slavery must happen every day

2016/02/04

Kimberly Ritter, an anti-sex trafficking advocate, describes the horror: “They take little girls and walk them from truck to truck, they call them lot lizards. The pimp needs to keep control of the girls, that pimp can sell her up to 20 times a day, 7 days a week.” The girls can be 12 and 15 years old; they are our neighbors, nieces, sometimes our daughters or sisters. Take a moment; picture the pain, the torment, the hopelessness and anguish. The stories are real. Modern day slavery is happening right here in the United States of America…hiding in plain sight. 

Sunday night, Americans across the country will tune into what is arguably the biggest sporting event of the year – the National Football League’s Super Bowl 50. As Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos fans stream to California for the big game, innocent children and women will be forced into modern-day sexual slavery rings right there in Santa Clara.

According to the McCain Institute, a non-profit organization focused on advancing democracy and human rights, large sporting events in concentrated urban areas become prime locations for traffickers to exploit victims.

While conversations about human trafficking escalate around Super Bowl Sunday, we also know that this heinous practice happens every single day in nearly every city and town across the country. According to Polaris, a non-profit organization recognized as the global leader in the fight against this modern day slavery, tens of thousands of women, girls, and boys are trafficked each year in the United States, with millions more falling victim worldwide.

Over the years, we have increasingly seen sex trafficking transactions made through online sites and advertisements. Now, predators can browse websites and have child prostitutes sent to their hotel rooms or homes as easily as ordering pizza.

As mothers, as sisters, and as lawmakers, it is our duty to raise awareness and work to eradicate this horrific practice that generates billions of dollars for pimps and criminals annually in the United States and beyond.

In May, for the first time in 13 years, Congress passed, and the President signed, legislation to address human trafficking.  An issue that for too long festered in the shadows, this legislation included many individual bills we authored and supported that aim to better identify and protect victims while also cracking down on this cruel exploitation of women, girls, and boys. 

The laws we passed will increase penalties for predators and provide resources for law enforcement to better investigate sex crime rings, also allowing them to prosecute those who knowingly profit from online advertisements that exploit the victims of sex trafficking. It improves law enforcement’s collection of trafficking data, and provides for much-needed training to federal employees and health professionals, all while allocating more resources to survivor shelters. Most importantly, this new law will increase the identification of victims and provide support for survivors as they heal and rebuild their lives. 

As legislators, we believe these new laws are a step in the right direction, however more can and must be done. Without awareness and education, many of these victims will never be freed and will be forced to endure a life of endless abuse.

We are thankful that so many organizations across the country are willing to speak out and educate others. Public and private partnerships are crucial to breaking this heinous cycle of exploitation and victimization and we applaud the NFL for their efforts to raise awareness around Super Bowl Sunday.

While our work on this issue has revealed the most depraved and evil segments of our society, it has also shed light on the bravest and most courageous among us.

We draw inspiration from law enforcement professionals who are on the front lines every day protecting our nation’s children from pimps and traffickers.  We are filled with hope by those who work in victims’ services and grateful for their tireless efforts to help survivors recover, heal, and establish new lives following the horrors of sexual enslavement. 

Most importantly, we are inspired by survivors themselves whom we have met in our hometowns. Their courage and strength to speak out, refusing to let their past experiences define them, is nothing short of heroic. They work each and every day to help educate, raise awareness and speak the truth of this evil underbelly within our society.

We are dedicated to this work, legislatively and beyond, to provide a voice for these victims until human trafficking is eradicated in the United States. We urge you to contact your members of Congress, state and local officials to learn how you can become more involved in educating your community about the evil of modern-day sex slavery.

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Wagner Questions Debt Ceiling Negotiations

2016/02/03

For Immediate Release

Contact: Meghan Burris | (202) 225-1621

 

Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing focused on whether the Obama Administration misled Congress and the public while negotiating the national debt.

During the hearing, Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO-02) reiterated her commitment to cutting the national debt, which is now above $19 trillion, and to finding meaningful solutions that provide financial relief for American families. While addressing witnesses, the Congresswoman questioned the political motivations behind the Obama Administration’s public attack on Republican efforts to cut the debt and the President’s unwillingness to negotiate responsible fiscal policy.

“For Congress, the debt ceiling should be an important and necessary tool to look back on our spending policies in order to find ways to cut this massive federal government. Instead, this Administration has used the debt ceiling as simply a blank check and a political attack vehicle.”

“The American people are tired of the dysfunction in Washington and tired of their elected officials and leaders failing to get things done – and cutting our out-of-control and irresponsible debt is something the American people want done. In 2013 when I and a number of my House colleagues had the privilege of going to the White House to negotiate in very good faith with the President on the debt ceiling, he decided to use the opportunity to lecture and pontificate, not negotiate.”

Watch the hearing here:  

 

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Wagner Applauds Passage of Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act

2016/02/02

For Immediate Release

Contact: Meghan Burris | (202) 225-1621

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO-02) released the below statement following the House passage of the Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act. Under this legislation, the White House would be required to certify to Congress that sanctioned individuals or foreign banks are no longer supporting Iranian weapons development or terrorist activities before easing restrictions:

“President Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran empowers our enemies while rewarding the bad behavior of a proven terrorist sponsor and jeopardizing the safety and security of American families and our allies. Today, Congress took a necessary step to ensure that U.S. sanctions on Iran remain intact and enforced. The United States needs stronger leadership on the global stage and today’s vote will not only hold the President accountable, but more importantly, continue to hold Iran accountable.”

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Wagner Speaks in Support of International Megan’s Law

2016/02/01

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO-02) spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in support of H.R. 515, bipartisan legislation that aims to prevent child exploitation and other sexual crimes both in the United States and worldwide. Wagner is an original cosponsor of this legislation, which passed the House today.

Watch the Congresswoman’s remarks here:

 

 

Full Remarks as Prepared:

Mr. Speaker, I rise today in strong support of H.R. 515, the International Megan’s Law to Prevent Child Exploitation.

I’d like to thank Congressman Chris Smith for introducing this important legislation to protect innocent children from the evils of sexual predators, in the United States and worldwide.

As a mother who raised three beautiful children, I can tell you that the constant concern for their safety and protection never goes away. When they were young, I worried if they were safe at the playground down the street, if they were safe at the shopping mall, or Movie Theater.

Named after a young girl who was kidnapped, raped and murdered at just 7 years old by her neighbor, Megan’s Law and the public knowledge of predators in our communities have been critical tools in protecting our children and easing some of the many fears parents feel every single day.

I cannot fathom the anger and anguish felt by Megan’s parents and all parents whose children fall prey to such sick predators. 

I would do anything to protect my children and all children from sexual predators and I feel blessed that my colleagues and I are in a position where we can make a difference.

We will be able to better identify and scrutinize sex offenders’ activity, ensuring that they do not engage in the ghastly practice of “sex tourism,” either in our own neighborhoods or in any neighborhood around the world.

The U.S. must take a leading role as a global defender of children from sexual abuse. Often planning their trips around locations where the most vulnerable children can be found, sex offenders should not be allowed to use the anonymity provided by foreign travel to help hide their hideous crimes.

A 2010 Government Accountability Office report showed that, in a single year, at least 4,500 registered sex offenders received U.S. passports to travel internationally. This is absolutely unacceptable.

During my time as a United States Ambassador, I was exposed firsthand to the horrors of child sexual abuse and human trafficking on an international level.

Mr. Speaker, as elected members of Congress we must stand up for the powerless and we must provide a voice for the voiceless, and today we are doing just that.

Passing the International Megan’s Law, which will provide advance notice of foreign travel by registered sex offenders, is critical.

We owe it to the innocent angels like Megan to take these crimes out of the shadows, and do everything we can to prevent future crime both in the United States and across the globe.

Today I will vote to pass the International Megan’s Law and I encourage my colleagues to join me in providing protection for potential victims world-wide and greater peace of mind for those who love them.

Thank you, I yield back.

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Wagner Responds to Fiduciary Rule Heading to OMB

2016/01/29

For Immediate Release

Contact: Meghan Burris | (202) 225-1621

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO-02) released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Labor submitted the updated Fiduciary Rule to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB):

“American families are already facing a savings crisis and the President’s insistence on pushing this rule forward will only make the problem worse. The Department of Labor has ignored Congress, thumbed its nose at the thousands of Americans who have expressed concerns about the impact this Rule will have on family savings and jobs, and has charged blindly forward with this executive overreach. It’s imperative that we preserve low- and middle-income Americans’ access to sound investment advice and the House passed Retail Investor Protection Act will do just that. This fight is far from over.”

 

BACKGROUND: H.R.1090 – Retail Investor Protection Act

Legislation:

  • The Retail Investor Protection Act would prohibit the DOL from issuing new fiduciary rules under ERISA unless the SEC first issues a rule under Section 913 of Dodd-Frank.
  • Before issuing a rule for a uniform fiduciary standard, the SEC would have to provide a report to the House Financial Services and Senate Banking Committee on whether current standards are a source of investor harm and whether such a rule would limit access to financial advice. 
    • Additionally, as part of the report the SEC would be required to look at alternative remedies to a uniform fiduciary standard that would address investor confusion, including simplifying titles used by professionals and enhancing disclosures. 
  • These requirements will ensure that any potential SEC rulemaking is actually solving the problem it seeks to address, and that the SEC and DOL are able to coordinate with each other.  

 

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Wagner Applauds Law Enforcement Efforts, Recognizes Anniversary of Human Trafficking Law

2016/01/27

For Immediate Release

Contact: Meghan Burris | (202) 225-1621
 

Washington, D.C. – Today marks the one-year anniversary of the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of Congresswoman Ann Wagner’s (R-MO-02) Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation (SAVE) Act.

The SAVE Act, which criminalizes the knowing advertisement of the victims of human trafficking, was included in a human trafficking legislative package that was signed into law in May, 2015.

“I applaud our law enforcement officials in St. Louis and across the country for their bravery and dedication to finding predators and protecting victims of human trafficking. As trafficking transactions are increasingly happening via the Internet, I am so proud that the SAVE Act became law, criminalizing online sites that knowingly advertise victims of human trafficking,” said Congresswoman Wagner.

“With tens of thousands of human trafficking victims in our country, we must do more to educate ourselves and our neighbors of these heinous crimes. I will continue to work in Congress to protect and provide a voice for both the victims and survivors.”

Background on the SAVE Act:

  • The SAVE Act is designed to criminalize knowingly advertising the victims of commercial sexual exploitation, including through the use of Internet marketplaces that host advertisements for these illegal activities.
  • The SAVE Act amends the federal criminal code’s “offenses” section to make it unlawful for websites to knowingly distribute advertising that offers a commercial sex act in a manner prohibited under existing federal sex trafficking statutes.
  • The protections included in the SAVE Act apply to two classes of victims: underage children and those who are being forced to engage in commercial sex acts against their will.
  • In May 2015, as part of the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (S. 178), the SAVE Act was signed into law by President Obama. This was the first time human trafficking legislation had been signed into law in 14 years.

Recent Human Trafficking Arrests in St. Louis:

Last year alone, there were numerous arrests in relation to sex trafficking and prostitution across Missouri, several of which occurred in St. Louis and surrounding areas. Those charged engaged in illegal activity that included but not limited to online advertising of women and children as well as luring young girls into prostitution.

 

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Wagner Responds to Supreme Court Announcement on Obama Amnesty Case

2016/01/19

For Immediate Release

Contact:
Meghan Burris | (202) 225-1621

WASHINTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO-02) released the below statement following the U.S. Supreme Court announcement that it will hear President Obama’s request to restore his deportation amnesty program:

“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. However, the solution to this issue will be solved only when the President enforces existing law and works with the elected members of Congress, not by undermining the Constitution through an executive power grab.

“While lower courts have already ruled the President’s unilateral action to grant amnesty as unlawful, he continues to prioritize his personal agenda, ignoring the rule of law and the American people. I was proud to cosponsor the Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act, which passed the House last Congress, and to join 112 of my colleagues in filing a brief in support of Congress in this case. Congress has spoken time and again, clearly demonstrating our intent that forcing amnesty on the American people is unacceptable. I look forward to the Supreme Court upholding congressional intent and ending the President's illegal executive amnesty.”

Background:

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.  

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Wagner Legislation Helps Save Small Businesses $84 Million

2016/01/15

For Immediate Release

Contact: Meghan Burris | (202) 225-1621

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last month, Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO-02) secured the inclusion of The Small Company Simple Registration Act of 2015 within the FAST Act highway funding bill. The legislation would require the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) to streamline the registration process for a small business to file for an initial public offering (IPO).

Yesterday, the SEC announced that through the adoption of Wagner’s legislation, small businesses would save $84 million annually and more than 70,000 personnel hours in filing paperwork with the Commission.

“I am thrilled that the SEC has adopted this new law to help small businesses, which create almost seven out of every 10 new jobs in the United States, grow and remain competitive in the marketplace,” said Congresswoman Wagner. “Saving companies $84 million and 70,000 hours of work are real figures that will provide invaluable opportunities for growth.  As Americans worry about a stagnant economy and fewer jobs, I am pleased we are providing real, meaningful solutions to help our small businesses.”

Background:

By amending the SEC’s Form S-1 registration statement, which is the basic registration form for new securities offerings, small businesses will no longer need to submit paperwork for each subsequent filing. This practice of “forward incorporation by reference” will lower compliance costs and allow eligible companies to direct resources toward business growth.

The figures for savings are based on Wagner’s Form S-1 provision in combination with a Form F-1 provision, which can be found on page 7 here: https://www.sec.gov/rules/interim/2016/33-10003.pdf

 

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Wagner Questions Hearing Witnesses on Debt Ceiling

2016-02-03 15:11:54


Congresswoman Wagner Speaks on International Megan's Law

2016-02-01 22:46:27


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2016-01-12 20:22:27


Congresswoman Wagner on Defunding Planned Parenthood

2016-01-06 16:06:30


Christmas Greeting from Congresswoman Ann Wagner

2015-12-22 15:52:14


Rep. Wagner - Retail Investor Protection Act

2015-10-27 21:11:12


Rep. Ann Wagner statement on H.R. 1090, Retail Investor Protection Act

2015-09-30 22:33:39


Rep. Wagner speaks with Kay Quinn (KSDK) regarding the visit with Pope Francis.

2015-09-25 16:56:19


Rep. Ann Wagner speaks in honor of 1st Lt. Daniel P. Riordan

2015-09-24 18:37:38


Rep. Wagner speaks in honor of Sgt. Zachary Fisher

2015-09-24 18:36:31


Rep. Wagner speaks in honor of Sgt. Amanda N. Pinson

2015-09-24 18:35:06


Rep. Wagner Introduction on Protecting Investment Choices for Americans

2015-09-10 19:50:47


Rep. Wagner testimony: Preserving Investment Choices for Americans

2015-09-10 19:45:37


Rep. Wagner Statement before Bipartisan Task Force to Investigate Terrorist Financing

2015-07-24 17:33:29


Rep. Wagner Speaks during a Special Order on July 21, 2015

2015-07-21 23:52:20


Rep. Wagner questions Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen

2015-07-15 16:03:27


Rep. Wagner Floor Speech on Iran Nuclear Deal

2015-07-14 21:06:50


Rep. Wagner Testimony in favor of Small Company Simple Registration Act

2015-07-14 19:55:59


Rep. Wagner speaks in Committee markup in favor of HR 2357

2015-05-27 19:40:15


Rep. Wagner speaks in favor of the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act

2015-05-18 21:36:08


Contact Information

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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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