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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

Feb 8, 2019

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II (D-MO), Chair of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on National Security, International Development, and Monetary Policy, issued the following statement on President Trump’s nomination of David Malpass, Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs, to serve as President of the World Bank.

Feb 6, 2019

Today the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means held a hearing entitled “Improving Retirement Security For America’s Workers” in an effort to find solutions to the pension crisis facing the Central States Pension Fund (CSPF).

Jan 29, 2019

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II has been appointed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi to serve on the new Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress. The committee was established to investigate, study, make findings, hold public hearings, and develop recommendations on modernizing Congress, including:

• rules to promote a more modern and efficient Congress;

• procedures, including the schedule and calendar;

• policies to develop the next generation of leaders;

Jan 9, 2019

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II (D-MO) released the following statement regarding President Trump’s address to the nation regarding security on our southern border and the continued government shutdown.

Jan 4, 2019

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II voted to approve a legislative package that would reopen the federal government and end the Trump shutdown. The new Democratic House passed two bills late into the evening yesterday to reopen government services.

• The first bill will reopen all government agencies except for the Department of Homeland Security with full fiscal year funding through September 30th – with the bipartisan funding levels and language that have advanced in the Senate with overwhelming bipartisan support.

Jan 3, 2019

(Washington, D.C.) - Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II, (D-Missouri) was sworn in today for his eighth term as a United States Congressman. He also delivered the opening prayer for the historic occasion.

“The mid-term election brought a new era for the American people. It has been eight years since a Democratic majority ruled the House. As I took my oath today, I was reminded that now more than ever, members of Congress must demonstrate civility and respect for one another and work together through our disagreements,” said Congressman Cleaver.

Jan 3, 2019

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II (D-MO) will be sworn into the 116th Congress on Thursday afternoon, January 3rd, by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Congressman Cleaver has been asked to deliver the opening prayer at the ceremonial swearing-in set to begin at noon EST today.

Speaker Pelosi will conduct an individual ceremonial swearing-in ceremony for Congressman Cleaver following the en masse oath of office on the Floor of the House of Representatives.

Dec 20, 2018

(Washington, D.C. ) - Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II opposes President Trump’s proposal to change key components of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which provides assistance to families to help put food on the table. The Administration is now proposing to implement, through executive action, additional work requirements for some applicants and restrictions to SNAP.

Aug 17, 2018

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II announced today the findings of his investigation into the small business lending practices of Financial Technology (FinTech) companies. Last year, Congressman Cleaver launched an investigation to study the methods that FinTech companies use to protect consumers against discriminatory practices. One of the primary focuses of the survey was the use of automated algorithms in loan applications.

Jun 5, 2018

June 5, 2018

(Washington, D.C.) - Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II announced the results of a two-year study released yesterday from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) regarding how the Central States Pension Fund handled thousands of pensions that are facing insolvency.