Backbone for Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Backbone for Wednesday,

November 22, 2017

By Congressman Lacy Clay (D) Missouri     

“Progressive politics, positive leadership 

for Missouri’s 1st Congressional District 

 

Welcome to this special Holiday edition of “Backbone.” 

Let’s go to press…

THE TRUMP TAX PLAN IS MUCH WORSE THAN YOU THOUGHT. A NEW ANALYSIS CONFIRMS IT.

Last week, the House passed the shameful Trump-GOPTaxScam which would be a disaster for up to 82 million middle-class households who would receive a tax increase over the next decade. Debate on the Senate version will begin next week.

As this breaking analysis by Greg Sargent in the Washington Post (11.21.17) reports…the Trump-GOPTaxScam robs Medicare of $25 billion.  It explodes the debt by at least $1.5 trillion.  It punishes students by eliminating the deduction for interest paid on student loans, and in the cruelest blow of all to middle-class families…it eliminates the deduction for state and local taxes.

As yesterday’s story in the Washington Post noted: 

The fate of the Senate GOP tax plan now rests in the hands of a few undecided Republican senators, and next week, they will make up their minds.

But a new nonpartisan analysis of the plan will make it much, much harder for them to embrace it — or at least it should, if their stated principles mean anything at all.

Here is the key takeaway from the new analysis, which is the work of the Tax Policy Center: By 2027, around 50 percent of taxpayers will see a tax hike.

The whole purpose of this tax increase is to make it possible for Senate Republicans to pass a tax cut that overwhelmingly benefits the very wealthiest taxpayers.

By 2027, most of the benefits for lower- and middle-income taxpayers vanish, even as the corporate tax cuts continue delivering a massive reduction to the top:

To read the full story on this truly awful tax bill that I voted against in the House, please go to:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/11/21/the-trump-tax-plan-is-much-worse-than-you-thought-a-new-analysis-confirms-it/?tid=pm_pop&utm_term=.032354e3f5e8

  1. LOUIS POLICE UNDER FEDERAL INVESTIGATION FOR ALLEGED CIVIL RIGHTS VIOLATIONS

What I saw on the streets of St. Louis after the Jason Stockley verdict was shocking and in her recent ruling, U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry agreed with my assessment that the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department overreacted and violated the 1st Amendment rights of citizens who were protesting this unjust verdict.  Judge Perry ordered the SLMPD into mediation with the ACLU, mandated that they stop making mass arrests, and severely limited the use of chemical munitions as a means of crowd control.

Immediately after Judge Perry’s ruling, I reached out to newly confirmed U.S. Attorney for Eastern Missouri Jeff Jensen to request a DOJ investigation into allegedly unconstitutional actions by the police.  I am truly thankful that U.S. Attorney Jensen and the Dept. of Justice granted my request so quickly.

As this front-page story in the St. Louis American (11.22.17by Chris King noted:

Jeff Jensen, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri, told The St. Louis American on Monday, November 20 that his office, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and the FBI St. Louis Division have opened the investigation, which had been requested by U.S. Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay (D-St. Louis).

Jensen said the FBI St. Louis Division would collect evidence relevant to the accusations made by Clay, the ACLU of Missouri and others, and “ensure there is a fair, thorough and impartial investigation.”

Clay requested the investigation in a letter dated November 14, following a ruling on that date by federal District Judge Catherine Perry that criticized aggressive policing of protests and restricted the indiscriminate use of chemical agents against protestors and bystanders.

“I am deeply troubled by the numerous reports and documented allegations of civil rights violations by law enforcement,” Clay wrote to Jensen.

“An investigation into alleged unlawful police actions could be a powerful example of how the federal government ensures justice is administered without bias and an acknowledgment that all rights must be respected. 

St. Louis is the poster child for the need of federal intervention to address decades of bad police relations that reinforce the decline and erode the trust of police-community relations.”

To read the full story, please go to:

http://www.stlamerican.com/news/local_news/st-louis-police-under-federal-investigation-for-alleged-civil-rights/article_994f840a-ce0d-11e7-898c-d79e84060532.html

REP. CLAY ORGANIZES DREAM ACT SUMMIT AT SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY

President Trump’s misguided and mean-spirited decision to end DACA (Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals) means that unless Congress acts quickly, up to 800,000 young Americans will be subject to deportation starting in March of next year.  And over 700 of them live the St. Louis area.

I was honored to host a DACA Summit at Saint Louis University with my special guest, Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chair Congressman Raul Grijalva (D) Arizona, to demand the passage of H.R. 3440, the Dream Act of 2017, which we are pleased to cosponsor, along with 198 of our colleagues from across the nation, and from both sides of the aisle.

We’re demanding an up or down vote on our bill and have signed a discharge petition to force action on the House floor.  And we have both pledged to withhold support from any year-end spending agreement that fails to include Clean Dream Act language.

To see more about this outstanding event, please check out this video report by Kelly Hoskins of KTVI-TV Fox 2 St. Louis:  http://fox2now.com/2017/11/10/rep-clay-organizes-dream-act-summit-at-saint-louis-university/

 

GOLD STAR FAMILIES DESERVE A PRESIDENT WHO SALUTES THEIR SACRIFICE INSTEAD OF HIS OWN EGO

Nothing that a Member of Congress and his or her staff does is as difficult or important as comforting families whose loved one has been killed in action while defending this country.  I have had to perform that duty too many times over the last 16 years since the United States first went to war against the Taliban in Afghanistan.

In this guest op-ed, which appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (11.2.17) I responded to the shameful, insulting and completely unpresidential conduct of President Trump as he accused the family of Sgt. La David Johnson of lying; started a twitter war with his widow; and then insulting their Member of Congress, my friend, Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (D) Florida.

My op-ed read in part:

The conduct of the president of the United States regarding the death of Army Sgt. La David Johnson in Niger was insulting and hurtful to his family, devoid of any real human empathy, and beneath the dignity of his office.

When reports of President Donald Trump’s coldly cruel comment during a condolence call — “Well, he knew what he signed up for” — was reported by media and then confirmed by Sgt. Johnson’s widow, his mother and U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., I was stunned by the absence of any real compassion from the commander in chief.

And I was appalled by his vengeful, ego-centric Twitter tantrum that followed, essentially calling Sgt. Johnson’s family liars and insulting Rep. Wilson by describing her as “wacky.”

What kind of man bullies a widow of a fallen soldier via social media by insinuating that she is a liar, even when there are multiple witnesses who corroborate her recollection of their phone conversation?

What kind of chief executive allows his press secretary to accuse a member of Congress of politicizing the death of her brave constituent when he himself cannot stop tweeting about it, repeatedly doubling down on his own lie to protect his fragile ego while she faces numerous death threats from his white supremacist supporters?

What kind of president allows his chief of staff to verbally assault the integrity of a member of Congress with provable falsehoods from the White House press room podium without a shred of remorse or apology?

Only our unfit, unhinged, five-time deferred and chronically truth-challenged commander in chief.

To read my full op-ed, please go to:

http://www.stltoday.com/opinion/columnists/gold-star-families-deserve-a-president-who-salutes-their-sacrifice/article_bc30c815-17f8-57d5-9dc7-3d3b0bfacd90.html

DEATH IN LAS VEGAS, DENIAL IN CONGRESS

How many more? How many more innocent Americans have to die before we find the courage to stop the never ending carnage of gun violence being inflicted at concerts; in movie theaters; at worksites; in schools and even in church?

In this guest op-ed which appeared in the St Louis American (10.19.17) I challenged my colleagues in Congress to overcome their fear of the NRA and a possible primary challenger to join me in passing universal background checks; a renewal of the assault weapons ban; a limit on high-capacity ammunition magazines; and the prohibition of all online sales of firearms and ammunition 

In my guest op-ed, I said in part:

Since the horrific mass shooting in Las Vegas that killed 58 Americans and wounded over 500 more, I’ve been thinking a great deal about turning points, moments when if we had summoned the collective national courage to do the right thing, history would have been different.

In 2004, when I was just in my second term in the U.S. House, I witnessed just such a moment, when a majority of my congressional colleagues, who clearly feared the National Rifle Association more than they cared for their constituents safety, allowed the assault weapons ban to expire.

That shameful failure of leadership has cost many American lives. It exposed innocent citizens to massive and deadly firepower in tragedies like Las Vegas; Sandy Hook Elementary; Aurora, Colorado; Virginia Tech; Charleston; and too many others. And it has also resulted in the deaths of local police, most recently five brave officers in Dallas who were outgunned and woefully under-protected against assault rifles.

As in previous years, I will once again cosponsor legislation to renew the assault weapons ban; to mandate universal background checks for all firearms purchases; to prohibit high-capacity ammunition magazines and to end the sale of firearms and ammunition on the internet.

Critics of my common-sense legislative proposals to curb gun violence often argue that no law can prevent every mass shooting. That’s true. But what is equally true is that Congress has the power, the ability, and the responsibility to prevent some of them – and we should just do it, without delay or excuses. What some members lack is the courage to act.

To check out my full op-ed, please go to:

http://www.stlamerican.com/news/columnists/guest_columnists/death-in-las-vegas-denial-in-congress/article_955f7552-b473-11e7-8106-13a2ba39d0a0.html

IN MEMORY OF SISTER MARY ANTONA EBO 1924-2017

I was honored to offer a congressional proclamation memorializing the remarkable life of my friend and long-time mentor, Sister Mary Antona Ebo, who died at the age of 93.

For those of you who never met Sister Ebo, you missed an amazing soldier in the struggle…a true champion of the Civil Rights Movement.

For those of you who knew her, you’re probably asking the same question that I have asked myself…how could God pack so much courage into this small woman?

From Selma to St. Louis, Sister Ebo lighted the pathway of freedom and equality with her remarkable bravery, dignity, compassion, boundless faith and a kind heart.

Rest in Power.

 

THANKFUL FOR ALL OF YOU

 As we gather together to give thanks, it gives me the opportunity to once again thank you for giving me the great honor and responsibility of representing you in the U.S. House.

I know who hires me to do this job, and I never forget it.

Have a wonderful, peaceful holiday season, and let’s remember to give thanks for family, friends and all of God’s blessings.

===

BACKBONE BUCKS 

There is really only one way to stop Donald Trump and his hateful supporters.

We need to out-fundraise them, out-organize them, and then defeat them on Election Day.

The President and his alt-right extremists are waging an all-out assault on healthcare, the 1st Amendment, science and voting rights.

I’m asking you to take action today to help me stop them.

Please step up with your donation to help me defend our values, our essential freedoms and the future of this country against those who are trying to take us back in time. 

Your donation would be greatly appreciated at this secure link.  And remember, your generous support not only helps my re-election, it allows me to help other progressive Democrats around the country too.

Thanks again for all your friendship and support.

https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/c4c2016

=== 

Please remember to follow me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/lacy.clay.3 

And on Twitter @LacyClayMO1

Thanks!

LC

 

 

 

Paid for by Clay Jr. for Congress, Willis Lloyd, Treasurer

By Congressman Lacy Clay (D) Missouri     

“Progressive politics, positive leadership 

for Missouri’s 1st Congressional District 

 

Welcome to this special Holiday edition of “Backbone.” 

Let’s go to press…

THE TRUMP TAX PLAN IS MUCH WORSE THAN YOU THOUGHT. A NEW ANALYSIS CONFIRMS IT.

Last week, the House passed the shameful Trump-GOPTaxScam which would be a disaster for up to 82 million middle-class households who would receive a tax increase over the next decade. Debate on the Senate version will begin next week.

As this breaking analysis by Greg Sargent in the Washington Post (11.21.17) reports…the Trump-GOPTaxScam robs Medicare of $25 billion.  It explodes the debt by at least $1.5 trillion.  It punishes students by eliminating the deduction for interest paid on student loans, and in the cruelest blow of all to middle-class families…it eliminates the deduction for state and local taxes.

As yesterday’s story in the Washington Post noted: 

The fate of the Senate GOP tax plan now rests in the hands of a few undecided Republican senators, and next week, they will make up their minds.

But a new nonpartisan analysis of the plan will make it much, much harder for them to embrace it — or at least it should, if their stated principles mean anything at all.

Here is the key takeaway from the new analysis, which is the work of the Tax Policy Center: By 2027, around 50 percent of taxpayers will see a tax hike.

The whole purpose of this tax increase is to make it possible for Senate Republicans to pass a tax cut that overwhelmingly benefits the very wealthiest taxpayers.

By 2027, most of the benefits for lower- and middle-income taxpayers vanish, even as the corporate tax cuts continue delivering a massive reduction to the top:

To read the full story on this truly awful tax bill that I voted against in the House, please go to:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/11/21/the-trump-tax-plan-is-much-worse-than-you-thought-a-new-analysis-confirms-it/?tid=pm_pop&utm_term=.032354e3f5e8

  1. LOUIS POLICE UNDER FEDERAL INVESTIGATION FOR ALLEGED CIVIL RIGHTS VIOLATIONS

What I saw on the streets of St. Louis after the Jason Stockley verdict was shocking and in her recent ruling, U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry agreed with my assessment that the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department overreacted and violated the 1st Amendment rights of citizens who were protesting this unjust verdict.  Judge Perry ordered the SLMPD into mediation with the ACLU, mandated that they stop making mass arrests, and severely limited the use of chemical munitions as a means of crowd control.

Immediately after Judge Perry’s ruling, I reached out to newly confirmed U.S. Attorney for Eastern Missouri Jeff Jensen to request a DOJ investigation into allegedly unconstitutional actions by the police.  I am truly thankful that U.S. Attorney Jensen and the Dept. of Justice granted my request so quickly.

As this front-page story in the St. Louis American (11.22.17by Chris King noted:

Jeff Jensen, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri, told The St. Louis American on Monday, November 20 that his office, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and the FBI St. Louis Division have opened the investigation, which had been requested by U.S. Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay (D-St. Louis).

Jensen said the FBI St. Louis Division would collect evidence relevant to the accusations made by Clay, the ACLU of Missouri and others, and “ensure there is a fair, thorough and impartial investigation.”

Clay requested the investigation in a letter dated November 14, following a ruling on that date by federal District Judge Catherine Perry that criticized aggressive policing of protests and restricted the indiscriminate use of chemical agents against protestors and bystanders.

“I am deeply troubled by the numerous reports and documented allegations of civil rights violations by law enforcement,” Clay wrote to Jensen.

“An investigation into alleged unlawful police actions could be a powerful example of how the federal government ensures justice is administered without bias and an acknowledgment that all rights must be respected. 

St. Louis is the poster child for the need of federal intervention to address decades of bad police relations that reinforce the decline and erode the trust of police-community relations.”

To read the full story, please go to:

http://www.stlamerican.com/news/local_news/st-louis-police-under-federal-investigation-for-alleged-civil-rights/article_994f840a-ce0d-11e7-898c-d79e84060532.html

REP. CLAY ORGANIZES DREAM ACT SUMMIT AT SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY

President Trump’s misguided and mean-spirited decision to end DACA (Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals) means that unless Congress acts quickly, up to 800,000 young Americans will be subject to deportation starting in March of next year.  And over 700 of them live the St. Louis area.

I was honored to host a DACA Summit at Saint Louis University with my special guest, Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chair Congressman Raul Grijalva (D) Arizona, to demand the passage of H.R. 3440, the Dream Act of 2017, which we are pleased to cosponsor, along with 198 of our colleagues from across the nation, and from both sides of the aisle.

We’re demanding an up or down vote on our bill and have signed a discharge petition to force action on the House floor.  And we have both pledged to withhold support from any year-end spending agreement that fails to include Clean Dream Act language.

To see more about this outstanding event, please check out this video report by Kelly Hoskins of KTVI-TV Fox 2 St. Louis:  http://fox2now.com/2017/11/10/rep-clay-organizes-dream-act-summit-at-saint-louis-university/

 

GOLD STAR FAMILIES DESERVE A PRESIDENT WHO SALUTES THEIR SACRIFICE INSTEAD OF HIS OWN EGO

Nothing that a Member of Congress and his or her staff does is as difficult or important as comforting families whose loved one has been killed in action while defending this country.  I have had to perform that duty too many times over the last 16 years since the United States first went to war against the Taliban in Afghanistan.

In this guest op-ed, which appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (11.2.17) I responded to the shameful, insulting and completely unpresidential conduct of President Trump as he accused the family of Sgt. La David Johnson of lying; started a twitter war with his widow; and then insulting their Member of Congress, my friend, Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (D) Florida.

My op-ed read in part:

The conduct of the president of the United States regarding the death of Army Sgt. La David Johnson in Niger was insulting and hurtful to his family, devoid of any real human empathy, and beneath the dignity of his office.

When reports of President Donald Trump’s coldly cruel comment during a condolence call — “Well, he knew what he signed up for” — was reported by media and then confirmed by Sgt. Johnson’s widow, his mother and U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., I was stunned by the absence of any real compassion from the commander in chief.

And I was appalled by his vengeful, ego-centric Twitter tantrum that followed, essentially calling Sgt. Johnson’s family liars and insulting Rep. Wilson by describing her as “wacky.”

What kind of man bullies a widow of a fallen soldier via social media by insinuating that she is a liar, even when there are multiple witnesses who corroborate her recollection of their phone conversation?

What kind of chief executive allows his press secretary to accuse a member of Congress of politicizing the death of her brave constituent when he himself cannot stop tweeting about it, repeatedly doubling down on his own lie to protect his fragile ego while she faces numerous death threats from his white supremacist supporters?

What kind of president allows his chief of staff to verbally assault the integrity of a member of Congress with provable falsehoods from the White House press room podium without a shred of remorse or apology?

Only our unfit, unhinged, five-time deferred and chronically truth-challenged commander in chief.

To read my full op-ed, please go to:

http://www.stltoday.com/opinion/columnists/gold-star-families-deserve-a-president-who-salutes-their-sacrifice/article_bc30c815-17f8-57d5-9dc7-3d3b0bfacd90.html

DEATH IN LAS VEGAS, DENIAL IN CONGRESS

How many more? How many more innocent Americans have to die before we find the courage to stop the never ending carnage of gun violence being inflicted at concerts; in movie theaters; at worksites; in schools and even in church?

In this guest op-ed which appeared in the St Louis American (10.19.17) I challenged my colleagues in Congress to overcome their fear of the NRA and a possible primary challenger to join me in passing universal background checks; a renewal of the assault weapons ban; a limit on high-capacity ammunition magazines; and the prohibition of all online sales of firearms and ammunition 

In my guest op-ed, I said in part:

Since the horrific mass shooting in Las Vegas that killed 58 Americans and wounded over 500 more, I’ve been thinking a great deal about turning points, moments when if we had summoned the collective national courage to do the right thing, history would have been different.

In 2004, when I was just in my second term in the U.S. House, I witnessed just such a moment, when a majority of my congressional colleagues, who clearly feared the National Rifle Association more than they cared for their constituents safety, allowed the assault weapons ban to expire.

That shameful failure of leadership has cost many American lives. It exposed innocent citizens to massive and deadly firepower in tragedies like Las Vegas; Sandy Hook Elementary; Aurora, Colorado; Virginia Tech; Charleston; and too many others. And it has also resulted in the deaths of local police, most recently five brave officers in Dallas who were outgunned and woefully under-protected against assault rifles.

As in previous years, I will once again cosponsor legislation to renew the assault weapons ban; to mandate universal background checks for all firearms purchases; to prohibit high-capacity ammunition magazines and to end the sale of firearms and ammunition on the internet.

Critics of my common-sense legislative proposals to curb gun violence often argue that no law can prevent every mass shooting. That’s true. But what is equally true is that Congress has the power, the ability, and the responsibility to prevent some of them – and we should just do it, without delay or excuses. What some members lack is the courage to act.

To check out my full op-ed, please go to:

http://www.stlamerican.com/news/columnists/guest_columnists/death-in-las-vegas-denial-in-congress/article_955f7552-b473-11e7-8106-13a2ba39d0a0.html

IN MEMORY OF SISTER MARY ANTONA EBO 1924-2017

I was honored to offer a congressional proclamation memorializing the remarkable life of my friend and long-time mentor, Sister Mary Antona Ebo, who died at the age of 93.

For those of you who never met Sister Ebo, you missed an amazing soldier in the struggle…a true champion of the Civil Rights Movement.

For those of you who knew her, you’re probably asking the same question that I have asked myself…how could God pack so much courage into this small woman?

From Selma to St. Louis, Sister Ebo lighted the pathway of freedom and equality with her remarkable bravery, dignity, compassion, boundless faith and a kind heart.

Rest in Power.

 

THANKFUL FOR ALL OF YOU

 As we gather together to give thanks, it gives me the opportunity to once again thank you for giving me the great honor and responsibility of representing you in the U.S. House.

I know who hires me to do this job, and I never forget it.

Have a wonderful, peaceful holiday season, and let’s remember to give thanks for family, friends and all of God’s blessings.

===

BACKBONE BUCKS 

There is really only one way to stop Donald Trump and his hateful supporters.

We need to out-fundraise them, out-organize them, and then defeat them on Election Day.

The President and his alt-right extremists are waging an all-out assault on healthcare, the 1st Amendment, science and voting rights.

I’m asking you to take action today to help me stop them.

Please step up with your donation to help me defend our values, our essential freedoms and the future of this country against those who are trying to take us back in time. 

Your donation would be greatly appreciated at this secure link.  And remember, your generous support not only helps my re-election, it allows me to help other progressive Democrats around the country too.

Thanks again for all your friendship and support.

https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/c4c2016

=== 

Please remember to follow me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/lacy.clay.3 

And on Twitter @LacyClayMO1

Thanks!

LC

 

 

 

Paid for by Clay Jr. for Congress, Willis Lloyd, Treasurer