Ann Wagner

Ann Wagner

MISSOURI's 2nd DISTRICT

Wagner Statement on Latest ObamaCare Ruling

2014/07/22

Washington, D.C. –Congresswoman Ann Wagner issued the following statement after the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision in Halbig vs. Burwell: “Today’s decision is yet another major blow to President Obama’s disastrous health care law.  This decision means the Obama Administration has taken billions of taxpayer dollars, not authorized by law, through the federal exchanges to hide the true costs of ObamaCare.  It should come as no surprise that President Obama would unilaterally act outside the rule of law and expose millions of taxpayers for this fraudulent behavior.” “ObamaCare premiums are already expected to rise steeply for millions of Americans, and now this ruling will cause premiums to skyrocket even more, putting low and middle-income families in jeopardy of not being able to afford quality health care.  Without real patient-centered reforms, ObamaCare will continue to corrode the doctor-patient relationship, increase taxes and cause premiums to skyrocket for hardworking middle-class families.  This announcement just confirms what the American people already know:  ObamaCare must be replaced immediately.  House Republicans remain ready with free market solutions to fix our broken health care system.” ### Read More

Wagner Statement on the Supreme Court's HHS Mandate Ruling

2014/07/01

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congresswoman Ann Wagner issued the following statement today applauding the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on two cases challenging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate: "Today is a major victory for religious freedom.  Our government should not force anyone to choose between violating their religious beliefs or being forced to comply with ObamaCare," said Rep. Wagner.  "This decision sends a direct message to the president and his administration that they cannot continue to trample on American liberties and expect to get away with it.  I applaud today's decision, and I will always fight to protect religious freedom and our constitutional rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." ### Read More

Wagner Statement on VA Report

2014/06/09

(Washington, DC) Congresswoman Ann Wagner issued the following statement after the VA reported that more than 57,000 veterans are still waiting for an initial medical appointment at VA health facilities: Read More

Wagner Statement on EPA's Cap-and-Trade Proposal

2014/06/02

(Ballwin, MO)  Today, Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO) released the following statement after the EPA issued a plan to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants: “Once again, President Obama is governing by executive fiat and waging a war on affordable energy and hardworking Americans.  The president’s plan would cause energy prices to skyrocket, cost millions of jobs and cause irreparable damage to our already fragile economy.  This proposed rule would be especially devastating on hardworking, middle-class families.   “In Missouri, coal is responsible for over 80% of the electricity generated.  As a result, we enjoy some of the most affordable energy prices in the country.  These abundant resources allow us to keep the factory lights on, power our homes, and keep our families warm during the cold winter months.  However, if President Obama gets his way, Missourians would be left in the dark.   “Four years after a Democrat-controlled senate rejected cap-and-trade, the administration should stop this war on affordable energy and listen to the American people.” Background: The US Chamber of Commerce published a report on the potential negative consequences of the proposed rule: •    Lower US GDP by $51 billion on average every year through 2030 •    Lead to 224,000 fewer US jobs on average every year through 2030 •    Force US consumers to pay $289 billion more for electricity through 2030 •    Lower total disposable income for US households by $586 billion through 2030 Read More

Wagner Statement on Shinseki Resignation

2014/05/30

(Washington, DC)  Today, Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO) released the following statement after Eric Shinseki resigned as the Secretary of Veteran Affairs: “The Obama Administration has created a culture of failure.  This failure of basic governance has permeated throughout all of our federal agencies, resulting in unelected bureaucrats putting their own interests above the American people.  Secretary Shinseki resigned today not because President Obama required it, but because millions of outraged veterans and Americans demanded it.   While I commend Eric Shinseki’s service to our country, the atrocities unfolding at the VA demand new management and leadership. “Our veterans deserve the highest level of care which they have earned through their valor and military service.  We need a new leader at the VA who will demand action and fix the problem independent of this incompetent administration.  Our veterans deserve action by integrating superior private sector care to get the treatment they earned through their sacrifices to a grateful nation.” Background: In 2013, President Obama promised to eliminate the VA backlog ‘once and for all.’  Yet the VA knew of these improper scheduling practices as early as 2010 and showed no leadership to remedy these egregious practices. The IG report this week showed that there is evidence of a ‘systemic’ failure in scheduling practices.  Additionally, the number of facilities now under investigation totals 42, including our own center in St. Louis regarding mental health care.  As a result, Rep. Wagner has serious concerns about the President’s competence to deliver the mission of providing timely services and superior care for our veterans.    Last week, Congresswoman Wagner demanded Eric Shinseki’s resignation.   On May 21st, Rep. Wagner sent a letter to Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki regarding recent allegations that the St. Louis VA system created an ‘artificial backlog’ for treatment of veterans seeking mental health care.  The letter is in conjunction with the recently announced Veterans Health Administration Nation-wide Access Review.  It provides specific questions to Secretary Shinseki regarding these allegations in the VA St. Louis system relating to mental health care access, and requests full transparency into their system and guidelines pertaining to mental health care scheduling.   The House of Representatives passed the VA Management Accountability Act.  This legislation will give the Secretary of the VA more authority to remove and terminate employees who contribute to this agency’s culture of failure and lack of transparency.  However, Senator Harry Reid has refused to take up this legislation to bring accountability to the American people.   Read More

Wagner Statement in Honor of Memorial Day

2014/05/26

Ballwin, MO – Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO) released the following statement in honor of Memorial Day: “On Memorial Day, we honor all of the brave men and women of our Armed Forces who have fought so valiantly to defend our nation’s freedom.  From Washington crossing the Delaware to the sacred grounds of Gettysburg and the distant mountains of Afghanistan – we pause and give thanks to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice so we can be the land of the free and home of the brave.  Their legacy lives on in the hearts and memories of our mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, friends and neighbors, and all Americans who cherish their service and sacrifice to a grateful nation. “As we honor our fallen heroes, let us not forget those currently serving in our Armed Forces today.  We pray for their safe return and remain solemn in our covenant to serve them as well as they have served the United States of America. As a mother of a soldier currently serving in the 101st Airborne, I believe it is our moral obligation to fix the atrocities unfolding at the Department of Veterans Affairs - because those that have fought for our freedom deserve the very best care our nation has to offer. Let us all stand together and give thanks to our fallen heroes on this sacred day, and recommit ourselves to honoring our veterans as much as they have honored us.” ### Read More

Wagner Calls for the Resignation of Secretary Shinseki

2014/05/22

(Washington, DC)  Today, Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO) called for the resignation of the Secretary of Veteran Affairs, Eric Shinseki:    “For over six years, Secretary Shinseki has been in charge of the Department of Veteran Affairs.  And for six years, Secretary Shinseki has failed to provide timely services and care for our veterans.  Secretary Shinseki has failed to fulfill his mission at the VA.  The Core values of the VA are:  Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect, and Excellence.  Secretary Shinseki has failed to uphold these values, and I am therefore left with no choice but to call for Secretary Shinseki’s immediate resignation.   Our veterans deserve the highest level of care which they have earned through their valor and military service.  We need a new leader at the VA that will demand accountability, and cut through the bureaucracy to get the job done.   “To make matters worse, President Obama indicated he only heard about the scandals at the VA through the news.  Whether it’s the botched ObamaCare rollout or the IRS targeting conservatives for political gain, this Administration has shown incompetence and mismanagement at every turn.   Mr. President, you don’t need another study at the VA; you need to look in the mirror and start leading the American people.”   ### Read More

Wagner Statement on the Passage of the Small Business Freedom to Grow Act

2014/05/22

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Ann Wagner (MO-2) released the following statement after the Financial Services Committee passed the Small Business Freedom to Grow Act, which would allow smaller companies to have access to many of the capital-raising advantages enjoyed only by larger companies: “Today’s bipartisan passage of the Small Business Freedom to Grow Act is another step in the right direction to unlocking the entrepreneurial spirit.  The Small Business Freedom to Grow Act will help create an environment for smaller public companies to raise more capital and hire more workers,” said Rep. Ann Wagner.  “This legislation will level the playing field currently enjoyed by larger companies, and maintain investor protections.   I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to pass this common-sense legislation out of the House of Representatives in the near future.” Background:  •Since being elected to represent the people of Missouri’s 2nd District, Congresswoman Wagner has helped author three bills that have been voted out of the Financial Services Committee in bipartisan fashion. •Just last year, the Retail Investor Protection Act passed the House of Representatives with bipartisan support.  The Small Business Freedom to Grow Act would give smaller public companies access to many of the capital-raising advantages currently enjoyed only by larger companies. •Allows S-1 Registration Statements to Automatically Update, which eliminates excessive filing requirements and costly red tape.  •Expands shelf registration for smaller public companies under $75 million, which allows for expedited stock registration. •Gives eligible companies more control over the timing of their offerings. Read More

Wagner Sends Letter to Secretary Shinseki

2014/05/21

(Washington, DC) Today, Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO) sent a letter to Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki regarding recent allegations that the St. Louis VA system created an ‘artificial backlog’ for treatment of veterans seeking mental health care.  The letter is in conjunction with the recently announced Veterans Health Administration Nation-wide Access Review.  It provides specific questions to Secretary Shinseki regarding these allegations in the VA St. Louis system relating to mental health care access, and requests full transparency into their system and guidelines pertaining to mental health care scheduling: May 21, 2014 The Honorable Eric K. Shinseki Secretary of Veterans Affairs 810 Vermont Ave, NW Washington, DC 20420 Dear Secretary Shinseki, In light of recent allegations made regarding availability of mental health services within the VA St. Louis Health Care System, I am writing to urge you to look into these claims as part of your recently announced Veterans Health Administration Nation-wide Access Review.  These allegations, if true, suggest that mental health workers have not been working efficiently, only scheduling appointments for a few hours a day, and as a result are creating an artificial backlog for mental healthcare service.  If our veterans are unable to obtain timely mental health care, it can also potentially contribute to subsequent issues that my constituents have shared with me regarding high veteran suicide rates and under-treatment of pain management plans, resulting in overmedication in some cases.  For these reasons, it is absolutely critical that both veterans already in the system and new veterans returning from wars overseas are granted the treatment and attention they deserve.   In terms of patient access for our veterans, the issue of productivity with specialty care providers within the VA system is a significant contributor, among many others, to the national scheduling crisis the VA faces when it comes to dealing with excessive wait times.  If federal workers who are being paid by taxpayers are not working efficiently and seeing as many patients as they reasonably can, it negatively affects the health and safety of our veterans while limiting patient access for those who need these important services, like mental health care.  Taking care of the health and well-being of our veterans who have given up so much for us and our country is of the absolute utmost importance to me. While the VA is in the process of coming up with formal productivity standards for specialty care practices, I believe that there are steps that can be taken in the meantime to address these potential allegations and ensure that there is a system in place to make sure providers are allowing veterans timely access.  I ask that you look at this issue in the St. Louis VA system as part of your audit relating to access and additionally provide my office with the following information: -    What percent of the mental health full-time-equivalent (FTE) workforce in the St. Louis VA system is providing direct patient care to veterans? -    What is the status of the St. Louis VA system in implementing productivity and staffing standards for specialty care providers, particularly mental health care? -    What standards are in place to assure reliable data is obtained regarding timeliness of access for mental health providers, specifically relating to demand for mental health services, treatments and providers; the availability and mix of mental health staffing; provider productivity; and treatment capacity? -    What benchmarks and measures are available to decision makers for effective planning and service provision at the national, Veterans Integrated Service Network, and facility level in St. Louis in terms of access to VHA mental health care and how do they allow for analysis and comparison to each other?  How does this compare to the private sector? -    What accountability and reporting provisions are in place to ensure that timely access to VHA mental health care is being attained in the St. Louis VA system and are there any data thresholds or other triggers in place that would prompt a review of process and/or protocol? -    Please outline the specific steps the VA St. Louis Health Care System has taken following the VA OIG report of April 2012 that found the VHA’s first time access to full evaluations were not accurate or reliable, that follow up appointments for treatment were not scheduled within 14 days, that schedulers did not consistently follow procedures, and that mental health staff vacancies did not allow the VA to meet its goals and properly serve veterans?  I appreciate and look forward to viewing your response to these inquiries.  In light of this allegation and others being made across the country, it is my duty as a US House Representative to ensure that veterans are receiving the proper care that they deserve.   Sincerely, Ann Wagner Member of Congress CC:      Mr. Marc A. Magill, Acting Director VA St. Louis Health Care System Chairman Jeff Miller, House Veterans Affairs Committee   Read More

Wagner Demands Accountability For Our Veterans

2014/05/21

(Washington, DC)  Today, Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO) released the following statement after President Obama’s remarks on the ongoing Veterans Administration scandal:  “Our veterans deserve the highest quality of care.  The atrocities unfolding at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are not about one man, but a culture of failure and corruption that must be reversed.   “Once again, President Obama has demanded yet another study to get to the root of this administration-wide epidemic.  What the president fails to recognize is that no study can replace leadership and accountability.   “Today, the House will take action by passing the VA Management Accountability Act.  This legislation will give the Secretary of the VA more authority to remove and terminate employees who contribute to this agency’s culture of failure and lack of transparency.  I urge the president to call on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to act on this bill immediately.   “As a mother of a soldier currently serving in the 101st Airborne, I will do everything in my power to restore trust amongst our nation’s heroes and hold those responsible for this failure accountable.”  ### Read More

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Contact Information

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Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-1621
Fax 202-225-2563
wagner.house.gov

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

MISSOURI's 4th DISTRICT

Sam Graves

MISSOURI's 6th DISTRICT

Billy Long

MISSOURI's 7th DISTRICT

Jason Smith

MISSOURI's 8th DISTRICT