Aerial photo of a road and farmland

Rural Missouri

Hawley Demands Answers from USPS on Mail Service Delays in Kansas City, Across Missouri

Today U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, sent a letter to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, raising concerns over the United States Postal Service's (USPS) inconsistent mail service to Missourians in Kansas City and across the state. 

"Recent reports show Missourians are continuing to experience delayed mail delivery. Some have even allegedly stopped receiving mail altogether. This is unacceptable," wrote Senator Hawley.

...

Hawley Warns Aluminum Plant Owner of Potential Labor Law Violation, Urges Him to Resume Production, Save Missouri Jobs

Today U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) sent a letter to Matt Lucke, owner of Magnitude 7 Metals in Marston, Missouri. Senator Hawley urged Mr. Lucke to re-open the plant and warned him of his potential violation of the WARN Act that deprives his workers of compensation they are owed under federal law.

Last week, Senator Hawley urged President Biden to use the Defense Production Act to prevent the shutdown of Magnitude 7 Metals to preserve good-paying union jobs and safeguard national security.

...

Hawley, Peters Urge Postal Service to Reopen Post Office Destroyed in Baring, Mo., Tornado & Prioritize Rural Communities' Infrastructure

Today U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) – a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) – and HSGAC Chairman Gary Peters (D-Mich.) sent a letter to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy urging the United States Postal Service (USPS) to reopen the Baring, Mo., Post Office. The Senators also requested that the USPS reopen other post offices it has placed under “emergency suspension” due to natural disasters or the need for repairs. Senators Hawley and Peters' letter...

Hawley Introduces New Legislation to Justly Compensate Landowners & Stop Federal Confiscation of Farmland

Today U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) introduced the Just Compensation Act of 2023 to prevent the federal government and private companies from confiscating Missourians' property without just compensation.

"Missouri farmers work tirelessly to keep our state, and country, fed. The last thing they should have to deal with is big corporations and the federal government coming to try and take their land,” said Senator Hawley. “Congress must make it a priority to protect Missouri landowners and...

Hawley Introduces New Legislation to Protect Livestock Producers & Tackle Rising Costs

Today U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) introduced the Protecting Interstate Commerce for Livestock Producers Act to protect farmers from costly regulations – made in other states – that will hurt their business and drive-up costs for consumers.

In 2018, California voters passed Proposition 12 which would ban the sale of pork, eggs, and calves for veal that were not produced with certain space requirements. It is estimated that California accounts for 13 percent of all pork consumption in the...

Hawley Demands Invenergy Compensate Missouri Landowners Affected by Grain Belt Express and Tiger Connector Construction Project

Today U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) sent a letter to Invenergy CEO Michael Polsky, standing up for Missouri farmers and demanding the company make commitments to operate in good faith, as well as adequately compensate landowners affected by the Grain Belt Express construction campaign. Senator Hawley's letter follows the Missouri Public Service Commission’s decision last month to approve the Tiger Connector amendment to the Grain Belt Express Line Project.

"Your company’s Grain Belt Express...

Hawley Introduces Legislation Requiring the Timely Reconstruction of Damaged Rural Post Offices

Today U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) introduced the Rural Post Office Reconstruction Act of 2023, new legislation that would establish a clear timeframe for reopening rural post offices that experience closure due to natural disaster damage or other unforeseen circumstances.

On August 4, 2023, in Baring, Mo., an EF-2 tornado almost completely destroyed the town’s Post Office, in addition to damaging nearby homes and businesses. There is still no public timetable for the reconstruction of the...

Hawley Urges Postal Service to Prioritize Rebuilding Post Office Destroyed in Baring, Mo., Tornado

Today U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) sent a letter to Postmaster General Louis Dejoy of the United States Postal Service (USPS) seeking an update on the status of the Post Office in Baring, Mo., after it was destroyed by a tornado on August 4, 2023.

"Losing a functioning Post Office is more than an inconvenience for Baring’s citizens. They risk losing access to reliable medical delivery, payment disbursements, and indispensable communications," wrote Senator Hawley.

He continued, "United...

Hawley, Graves, and Missouri Members Urge the USDA to Assist with Drought Impacting Farmers and Ranchers

Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) joined Representative Sam Graves (MO-06), Senator Eric Schmitt (R-Mo.), and Representatives Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03), Jason Smith (MO-08), Mark Alford (MO-04), and Eric Burlison (MO-07) in sending a letter to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack urging the USDA to open Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands for emergency haying in order to provide immediate relief for Missouri's farmers and ranchers.

"Over 80 percent of Missouri is...

Hawley, Peters Bill to Improve and Protect Rural Hospitals' Cybersecurity Advances in Senate

Today U.S. Senator Josh Hawley's (R-Mo.) Rural Hospital Cybersecurity Enhancement Act, cosponsored by Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) Chairman Gary Peters (D-Mich.) and Senator Jon Ossoff (D-Ga.), passed through committee and now heads to the Senate floor.

This legislation was originally introduced in May 2023. It addresses the critical need for skilled cybersecurity professionals and digital security enhancement protocols in rural healthcare settings.

In...