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Wednesday, 30 October 2013 14:45

Funeral arraignments set for Rep. Ike Skelton

LEXINGTON, Mo. (AP) - Funeral services have been announced for former Missouri congressman Ike Skelton.

The Walker-Nadler-Fuller Funeral Home says visitation is scheduled from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday in Grondyke Hall at Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington.

Skelton's funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Wikoff Hall, also on the Wentworth campus. A burial service with military rites is to occur at the Machpelah Cemetery in Lexington.

Skelton died this past Monday of complications from pneumonia at a hospital in Virginia. He was 81.

Skelton served in the U.S. House for 34 years before losing re-election in 2010. He never served in the military but was chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and a staunch advocate for the armed forces.

 

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   U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D) is chiding House Republicans for failing to allow an up-or-down vote on a so-called "clean funding" bill.  

   McCaskill released a statement as the midnight deadline passed in Washington, saying the government shutdown will upset economic recovery.  She criticized House Speaker John Boehner (R), calling his handing of the budget process "irresponsible political posturing."  

   The St. Louis County Democrat says the federal government shutdown will hurt Missourians by delaying veterans' benefits, causing  furloughs for 39,000 federal employees in Missouri, delaying loans for small businesses and Social Security checks for seniors enrolling in the program for the first time.

   During an interview with CNN's Wolfe Blitzer Monday evening, 2nd District Congresswoman Ann Wagoner (R) said the House GOP were the only ones working to avoid the shutdown.  

   The St. Louis County Republican criticized Senate leadership and President Obama for failing to negotiate over the weekend.  

   Wagoner issued a statement after the midnight deadline saying that she has waived her salary for the duration of the government shutdown "because congress didn't get the job done."  Wagoner blamed the deadlock on "partisan bickering."

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The Associated Press compared how the budget proposals by Senate Democrats and House Republicans stack up over the next decade:

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Total spending

Senate Democrats: $46.5 trillion
House Republicans: $41.7 trillion

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Total revenue

Senate Democrats: $41.2 trillion
House Republicans: $40.2 trillion

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10-year deficit

Senate Democrats: $5.4 trillion
House Republicans: $1.4 trillion

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National debt at end of 2023

Senate Democrats: $24.4 trillion
House Republicans: $20.3 trillion

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Social Security

Senate Democrats: $11.3 trillion
House Republicans: $11.3 trillion

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Medicare

Senate Democrats: $6.8 trillion
House Republicans: $6.7 trillion

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Health, including Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program

Senate Democrats: $6.6 trillion
House Republicans: $4.0 trillion

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National defense

Senate Democrats: $6.0 trillion
House Republicans: $6.2 trillion

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Income security, including housing assistance, cash benefits and food stamps

Senate Democrats: $5.6 trillion
House Republicans: $5.0 trillion

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Interest on national debt

Senate Democrats: $5.2 trillion
House Republicans: $4.5 trillion

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Veterans benefits and services

Senate Democrats: $1.7 trillion
House Republicans: $1.7 trillion

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International Affairs, including foreign aid

Senate Democrats: $506 billion
House Republicans: $431 billion

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Education, training, employment and social services

Senate Democrats: $1.1 trillion
House Republicans: $906 billion

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Transportation

Senate Democrats: $919 billion
House Republicans: $801 billion

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Agriculture

Senate Democrats: $205 billion House Republicans: $196 billion

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Natural resources and environment

Senate Democrats: $474 billion
House Republicans: $385 billion

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Community and regional development

Senate Democrats: $268 billion
House Republicans: $88 billion

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Sources: Senate Democratic and House Republican budget proposals.
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