Representative Ed Lewis's Capitol Report

October 18, 2023

Missouri Stands in Support of Israel

Following a series of tragic and deadly terrorist attacks in Israel, leaders from Missouri have reaffirmed their unwavering support for the state's ally in the region. These attacks, carried out by Hamas, a militant political faction of Palestinian Islamic extremist group identified by the US Government as a terrorist organization, has resulted in the loss of over 1,200 lives, including 30 Americans. Similar to the galvanizing effect the 9/11 Terrorist attacks had on the United State this unprecedented terrorist attack on the nation of Israel has mobilized Israel to respond to protect its citizens from more terrorist attacks.

Missouri's elected officials have issued statements expressing their support for Israel's right to defend its citizens against these senseless acts of violence and aggression. Simultaneously, they have unequivocally condemned all forms of violence and terrorism. In a joint statement, Governor Parson and Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe further denounced the terrorist attacks against the nation of Israel and expressed support for the Israeli people:

"The barbarism committed by Iran-backed Hamas terrorists has now claimed the lives of more than 1,200 people and 22 Americans, including one Missourian, in Israel. We mourn these innocent lives lost and pray for all those who have fallen victim to this merciless terror. This brutal, indiscriminate killing of civilian men and women, children, babies, and the elderly by Hamas terrorists cannot be ignored. Missouri, the United States, and the world must stand against these wicked atrocities. Together, we declare that the State of Missouri stands strong in solidarity with Israel and the Jewish people. Today, tomorrow, or however long it takes to root out this evil, Missouri supports our ally, Israel, in this fight and its right to defend itself."

The Missouri House and Senate led by Missouri House Speaker Dean Plocher and Senate President Pro Tem Caleb Rowden jointly issued a statement, urging a swift and equitable resolution to the ongoing conflict in the region. They also expressed their support for Missouri's ally and trade partner:

"We reiterate our unwavering support for the State of Israel and its inherent right to defend itself against acts of terrorism and aggression. The terrorists and terrorist regimes responsible for planning and executing these unprovoked and vicious acts of violence must face swift justice, both from Israel and its allies, including the United States of America."

As Missourians and Americans, we must stand in solidarity with the people of Israel during these challenging times. Our hearts and thoughts are with the innocent lives affected by these attacks, and we extend our deepest condolences to the grieving families. While we hope for a peaceful resolution through diplomacy and constructive dialogue, we must not forget the importance of standing alongside our friends and allies. Our unwavering support for Israel serves as a beacon of hope for a brighter and more peaceful future.

May peace prevail and terrorism be defeated and may the people of Israel find the security and stability they rightly deserve. I stand with Israel and I call for all Missourians to stand with steadfast solidarity with our ally as they tirelessly strive to create a more peaceful and stable Middle East.

Good News for Rural Missouri Roads

Some good news for Randolph and Macon County as far as our roads is concerned. MODOT has released information about how some of our worst roads are going to be worked on within 12 months. Route 3 has been closed in Southern Randolph County since 2021. The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has now let bids for the road realignment project on Missouri Route 3 between U.S. Route 24 and Route BB in Randolph County. They have worked through the right of way process with the project currently on schedule to begin construction in the Spring.

MODOT also issued a contract his month for many projects of interest in Randolph and Macon County. A $6.4M contract was awarded to Emery Sapp & Sons, Inc., for resurfacing projects in Macon, Monroe and Randolph counties at the locations listed below. The projects below are included in Gov. Parson’s Rural Road program.

Macon County, Route DD - From U.S. Route 63 to Route K

Macon County, Route T- From Missouri Route 3 to U.S. Route 63

Randolph County, Route CC - From Route J to Route K

Randolph County, Route K - From U.S. Route 63 at Cairo to Missouri Route 151

Macon County, Route AA - From Route K to the end of state maintenance

Randolph County, Route FF - From Route CC to the end of state maintenance

Randolph/Monroe County, Route M - From U.S. Route 63 in Randolph County to Missouri Route 151 in Monroe County

The Rural Road Program was included in our 2024 budget we passed in the house and Senate and signed by the Governor. It is nice to see rural roads getting some long-needed attention.

I was honored to receive the Legislative Champion Award for Missouri Centers for Independent Living this month at their annual meeting.