What’s Happening Report: August 7, 2019

If we were having coffee, I would talk with you about what we are doing to our country. Hateful rhetoric comes from our nation’s leaders and creates an us-vs-them mentality. I am now hearing that Mexico is going to sue under international law about the United States’ lax gun laws. No other country sees gun violence like we have in the United States, both in terms of mass shootings and by the fact that the term “everyday gun violence” has entered our vocabulary.

Let me tell you about some of the things I have been doing over the past month.

I went to the Public Leadership Institute at the beginning of July. At that conference, we talked about gaining momentum for progressive policies in Missouri. Since then, I have been working on improving the Democratic message in Missouri.

Earlier this month, I had a chance to visit Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, to speak about the planned opening of an immigrant children’s detention facility. I have included a copy of the letter I wrote to the federal delegation below.
Together with the Metropolitan Sewer District, I visited a property in St. Louis that is eroding into the nearby creek. MSD explained how they prioritize stormwater projects and how they are using tree roots and other natural resources to assist with stormwater maintenance.

I continue to push for an investigation into why so many people have lost access to Medicaid. Over the past year, over 90,000 children and nearly 20,000 low-income parents have lost their Medicaid. I have heard some horrific stories about families who have lost their Medicaid, families who are in poverty–because sometimes Medicaid is the only way they can afford medication that costs tens of thousands of dollars for their children. It is unconscionable for these families to lose their Medicaid coverage with no warning or notification. If you or anyone you know has lost Medicaid coverage, please let me know. We want to make it right for families, and we need stories from people to make this happen.

Soon we will begin planning for Make a Difference Day in Shrewsbury/Webster Groves. This is a day of good deeds, when neighbors are encouraged to volunteer to help their neighborhood. Make a Difference Day is held the fourth Saturday in October. If you are interested in being a sponsor for this year’s event, please e-mail me.

I went to the Public Leadership Conference in Washington, DC in July.

At the beginning of August, I went to Oklahoma with a group from the Heartland for Human Justice to speak out about the atrocities at the border.

MSD showed me a property that had significant stormwater damage in St. Louis.

The damage was really bad!
My Letter to Senator Blunt, Senator Hawley, and Congresswoman Wagner:

Last Thursday, I attended an interfaith service in Lawton, Oklahoma.
I wish you could have been there. There were two full charter busses that traveled from St. Louis to attend this service, and the ride was about 10 hours each way. We got to know one another very well.

At the service, we heard the stories of children. We heard stories of children are were sick and not given medicine. We heard stories of children who are cold at night and who are given shoes but no socks. We heard stories of young children who are not allowed to go outside for days and who, separated from their families, spend their days crying.All this is being done by our government.

These children did not choose to leave their homelands to come here, and they had a very difficult journey. They are being separated from their families at the hands of the United States Government.

I am asking you, as a Missouri elected official, to insist we treat these innocent children with Christian hospitality. As Jesus said, “what you do for the least of these, you do for me.” I ask that you feed, clothe and house these children as you would want your own children to be fed, clothed and housed.I thank you for your prompt attention to this matter. I hope that we will do better for the children.
RealID Update
RealID compliant drivers and nondrivers licenses are now available with properdocumentationYou can go to the DMV and request a replacement for yourcurrent license with the Real ID for a $5 processing fee. If you renew yourlicense at the time of the request you will be charged the renewal fee. You need a RealID compliant Identification Card to board an airplane and enter federal buildings; Missouri issued Identification Cards (including drivers’ licenses) will be accepted in lieu of RealID until October 1, 2020.
Capitol Construction
The Missouri Capitol will be under construction for the next two years. Many streets around the Capitol are closed, with signs directing an alternate route. The Capitol Dome is also closed. Construction is expected to be complete by the end of 2020.
Even though I will not be in Jefferson City regularly, you are welcome to stop by my office if you are there. If you have an issue to talk with me about, it is best to make an appointment through my assistant, Nancy, at 573-751-1285.

I enjoy opportunities to meet with people in the community and participate in local events. It’s one of the best parts of my job!
Thanks for reading. Have a great week!
SarahRepresentative Sarah Unsicker91st District