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Congressman Emanuel Cleaver

Representing the 5th District of MISSOURI

Oversight and Government Reform

Information related to Issues concerning Oversight and Government Reform itself.

Strong government oversight strengthens our political process and improves the function of our government. It is important that the citizens of our nation always hold our government responsible for its actions, whether they are positive or negative. My duty as your Congressman is to represent you, my constituents, and your concerns. I understand that Congress's current situation can be frustrating. While partisan politics can be detrimental in some cases, strong differences of opinion have made our nation great, cultivating and nurturing different viewpoints. It is only through a respectful exchange of these ideas that we can truly engender a thriving and strong democracy.


An ethical and accountable government is imperative to keeping our country great. Transparency and strong whistleblower protection are both important in a well-functioning government. 

More on Oversight and Government Reform

May 13, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II wants to remind citizens that during this time of the year, residents may receive phone calls from individuals claiming to be with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). This information from the IRS warns of continued scams and varied tactics. Even after the tax deadline passes, taxpayers should know the signs of a scam including those online.

If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money and you don’t owe taxes, here’s what you should do:

May 6, 2016

The Supreme Court is in the midst of deciding one of the most important immigration cases in years – at stake is the unity of millions of families with undocumented members. And yet, the case will be heard with only eight Supreme Court Justices.

May 4, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The following op-ed, written by Congressman Cleaver, appeared in the May 4, 2016 edition of The Hill.

The Supreme Court is in the midst of deciding one of the most important immigration cases in years -- at stake is the unity of millions of families with undocumented members. And yet, the case will be heard with only 8 Supreme Court Justices.

As of this week, it has been 48 days since President Barack Obama put for the nomination of Merrick Garland for the Supreme Court.

Mar 16, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – Today, President Obama announced that he is nominating D.C. Circuit Court Chief Judge Merrick Garland to serve as the next Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.  Congressman Cleaver called on the Senate to hold a fair hearing and timely vote on Judge Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

Feb 17, 2016

Retirees are facing extreme pension cuts, some up to 60 percent, from the Central States Pension Fund plan. A town hall meeting of nearly 1,000 retirees was held in Kansas City, February 16, 2016. They told their life stories and hoped for a change. 

Jan 15, 2016

On Tuesday night both Houses of Congress, the Senate and the House of Representatives, gathered to receive the last State of the Union address from President Obama. This year’s speech was very forward looking and not simply a “victory lap,” as last State of the Union speeches have been for previous presidents. President Obama made it clear that he wants to infuse everything he does for his last year in office with the possibility of the American spirit, and that we cannot take our foot off the gas pedal; he will continue to work until his last hour in office next January.

Jan 30, 2015

Missouri’s Fifth District is what I like to call a microcosm of our country. Our urban and rural communities depend on and derive strength from one another in a symbiotic, beneficial relationship. We have a vibrant city center so cool that the Huffington Post named it the coolest city in America. We have abundant farmland where our farmers grow soybeans and corn, and ranchers tend livestock. We have beautiful and welcoming suburbs where families flourish.

May 9, 2014

Today, Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II introduced legislation that will honor former President Harry S. Truman and bring national attention here at home. The legislation would rename Washington D.C.’s Union Station as the “Harry S. Truman Union Station.”

In an extraordinary show of bipartisan cooperation, this legislation is cosponsored by the entire Missouri delegation in the House of Representatives, and is a companion to Senate legislation introduced by Missouri Senators Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill.

Feb 12, 2014

Congressman Cleaver comments as the President signs an Executive Order raising the minimum wage for federal contract workers to $10.10 an hour: