Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Response from Lacy Clay, Candidate for U.S. Representative (Dist. 1)

1. What do you view as the key role, and/or attributes needed for this position? What experience/attributes do you have that qualify you for this position?

I am proud to be ranked as the 4th most progressive Member of the U.S. House (based on my voting record).

I am the only candidate in this race who has a proven track record of saving and creating thousands of jobs for St. Louis City and County.

That includes protecting 14,000 jobs at Boeing; and 5,000 jobs at Washington University Medical Center which are funded by the over $500 million in federal grants that I support each year from the National Institutes of Health.

Most recently, I led the fight to retain 3600 top federal jobs at the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, which-instead of going to Illinois, will be relocated at the new NGA –West headquarters in North St. Louis (corner of Jefferson and Cass)…a $1.75 billion project, the largest single federal investment in St. Louis history.

I am the only candidate in this race who has helped thousands of St. Louisans gain healthcare coverage. I helped write the provision in the Affordable Care Act that doubled the federal investment in community-based primary care at Federally Qualified Health Centers like People’s Health Centers, Forest Park Southeast, Myrtle Hilliard Davis and Grace Hill.

I also provided a $3 million federal investment to help fund the new Lacy Clay Center for Children’s Health at People’s Health Centers to treat young people and their families who have been exposed to trauma and toxic stress.

I’m also the only candidate who has actually helped clean up three environmental threats to our community.

-St. Louis Army Ammunition Plant site (I-70 and Goodfellow) $5 million
-Carter Carburetor site (Grand and St. Louis Ave.) $30 million
-West Lake landfill (Bridgeton) $260-$300 million, final Record of Decision Pending

I am also proud to cosponsor and champion:
Medicare for All;
Net Neutrality;
The Marijuana Justice Act;
The African American Civil Rights Network Act;
And the Assault Weapons Ban of 2018

Finally, I’m leading the fight across Missouri to repeal Right to Work and to Raise the Minimum Wage.

2. Why do you think you are the best person for this position? What differentiates you from your opponent(s)?

As stated above, the difference between my opponents and myself is that I actually have a record as a fierce progressive advocate in Congress who gets results, and I’m happy to run on it.

3. What do you feel are the most pressing issues currently facing this office and what plans do you have to address these issues? (please be specific)

My core Congressional priorities remain Jobs, Healthcare, Housing, Education, Criminal Justice Reform, Economic Justice, defending our Environment and protecting the Right to Vote, which is currently under assault.

4. Describe how you work with, or will work with, others to address your priorities.

I have always enjoyed strong, bipartisan working relationships on both sides of the aisle in Congress, within the Missouri congressional delegation, and with local and state officials.

We have many political differences at times, but ultimately, our job is to advance this community, our state, and our nation. That requires building bridges with all kinds of people to find common ground, something I have always worked hard to accomplish.

5. Who are your 3 largest campaign contributors? Are there donors from whom you will not accept campaign contributions?

I have never accepted one dollar in blood money from the NRA and I never will.

My contributors are evenly divided between individuals, labor groups, major employers, and progressive organizations in Missouri and across the nation

6. Since the shooting death of Michael Brown and the national rise of the Black Lives Matter Movement, criminal justice reform has become a national topic of conversation, yet few changes have been made on a national level. If elected, will you make criminal justice reform, and racial equity, a priority in Washington? If so, how?

My personal appeal to then U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder resulted in two urgent DOJ investigations in Ferguson.

That strong, direct action resulted in a sweeping consent decree between the City of Ferguson and DOJ, which transformed the Ferguson Police Department, the Ferguson Municipal Court and the City of Ferguson Municipal Government.

I also led the team from the Congressional Black Caucus that helped elect three African Americans to the Ferguson City Council for the first time.

Finally, I have introduced federal legislation that would transform how local law enforcement is trained to deescalate potentially violent situations, show more sensitivity towards minorities, the mentally ill, new immigrants and the disabled; and my legislation would also incentivize the use of body cameras for all local police agencies who compete for Department of Justice Grants.

Lastly, my post-Ferguson legislation would require the appointment of an independent prosecutor when police use deadly force.

7. What do you believe is the biggest danger posed by the Trump administration, and how do you plan to fight it?

I will be leading the fight to win a new Democratic Majority in the U.S. House to finally hold Donald. J. Trump and his enablers responsible for the horrendous damage they continue to inflict upon our democracy.

The President has assaulted the separation of powers, the freedom of the press, and the rule of law.

He continually violates the emoluments clause at will, with no consequences.

He eagerly sought the help of a foreign adversary to help his candidacy and to harm his opponent.

But history tells us that abuse of executive power ends in failure.

No one is above the law, and President Trump is about to learn that hard lesson.

8. Are there any issues you believe you could work with the Trump administration on? Which ones?

If the President was truly interested in bipartisan cooperation, he would offer a wide-ranging infrastructure package to build up America’s roads, bridges, schools, ports, sewer systems and airports. I would be willing to work with his administration if the bill would positively impact my constituents.

9. If you could ask each of your opponents one question, what would it be? (You may specify a different question for each opponent or the same question for both.)

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