MO House once again rejects Congress card

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Nominations for the August primary are closed, and those running for Congress still do not know the lines of the district in which they are running.

Five days after the Senate passed its version of the Congressional map, the House rejected it and moved a motion to send it to the conference. “Conference” means that a group of bipartisan members from both houses work together to find a compromise.

Missouri is one of the last states in the country to approve a map, which must be done every ten years. Filing closed Tuesday night, which means congressional candidates don’t know the lines of the districts they’re running in.

The House and Senate version is a Republican-2 Democratic 6, similar to what is already in place. Unlike the House, the Senate put the two military bases, Fort Leonard Wood and Whiteman Air Force Base in the same district. This also puts more St. Charles County in the same district.

In the current map, the population of the county is divided from 65% to 35%. This new version would divide the county from 80% to 20% with the most population in the 3rd congressional district.

The map also significantly changes the 2nd District, which contains St. Louis County, held by U.S. Representative Ann Wagner. Senate leadership said it hopes the change will make it more Republican.

Another change, Jefferson Couty would go from the 3rd district to the 8th district which extends to the Popular Bluff, to Branson. Franklin County would also be split in two. The county currently resides in the entire 3rd District, but under the Senate version it sits in the 2nd and 3rd.

The Senate version also preserves U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver’s Democratic district in the Kansas City area, which when the debate began months ago was a concern for Democrats.

Representatives highlighted their frustration with the Senate during the floor debate on Tuesday afternoon, saying senators waited until the last minute to get it done.

“They waited two days before the filing deadline to send it back to us,” Rep. Jerome Barnes (D-Raytown) said. “They read books, they do everything but do their job. Whenever you deliberately draw a map not to represent Missouri state members but to satisfy your own political game, that is not Missouri’s way.

Rep. Dan Shaul (R-Imperial) led the legislation in the House. He said on Thursday afternoon that there was an urgent need to get the map approved before the close of applications on Tuesday. He said members have been waiting nearly three months for the Senate to do the job.

“I think it was on the floor of the Senate that someone said that maybe it wasn’t the best map he could have come up with, but it was at least the one he was able to adopt. “, said Shaul on Tuesday. “It’s not good enough for me. I would like to get the best possible map for the state of Missouri.

The state’s population after the census was 6,154,913, meaning the increase in each of the eight congressional districts was 20,000. The 1st District, which represents the city of St. Louis, and the 8th District, in southeastern Missouri, both needed more people, while the 7th District, covering southwestern Missouri like Joplin, needed less.

“It’s an absolute shame that something as important to the state of Missouri as these maps is that people make a personal interest out of it for their future,” Rep. Don Rone (R-Portageville) said. “It’s an absolute shame. We should be embarrassed for those people there and the people of Missouri should know that it’s not our body doing this, it’s the body on the other end.

Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O’Fallon), who initially tried to change the House version to a 7 Republican-1 Democrat map, voted against sending the map to the conference, saying the Senate won’t would make no compromise.

“Returning this to a volatile body whose members from both parties have already told me that if it comes back they will filibuster the motion to bring it to the conference,” Schroer said.

The House voted 115 to 19 to reject the map and send it to the conference, but it is now up to the Senate to accept this motion. There have already been two lawsuits filed against the state for this reason, and more may be pending since the filing is complete and there is no map.

According to the secretary of state’s office, 68 candidates have come forward to run in one of the eight congressional districts. If the members failed to find a compromise in conference, the card would be in the hands of the court.

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