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April 5, 2011ST. JOSEPH |  By: Compton

St. Joe Delegates

Delegates from St. Joseph are in Washington, DC today.

Each year, a delegation of local business and community leaders visit the nation's capitol as part of the St. Joseph Metro Chamber's Washington DC fly-in. While in DC, the delegation meets with members of congress and legislative staff. Since 2003, national lobbying efforts have garnered nearly 28 million dollars in federal assistance for St. Joseph projects in the areas of flood control, transportation, and much more. This year, 26 representatives from various St. Joseph businesses and community leaders will spend today and tomorrow talking directly to senator Roy Blunt, senator Claire McCaskill, and representative Sam Graves and their respective staff members about needs of the St. Joseph community. Kristi Rasmussen, is spokeswoman for the St. Joseph Metro Chamber and says the legislators can not always make it to northwest Missouri, so it is important to go to them. This year there is a change in policy in Washington, DC. The senate committee on appropriations will follow the House Republican Conference and implement a moratorium on congressional earmarks for the unfinished fiscal year 2011 and 2012 spending bills. According to Steve Johnston, executive director of the community alliance of St. Joseph, although it appears legislators will not have the power to earmark funds to their hometown communities, it is still important to make the trip.