The struggle continues to hold our government accountable to the people. Through my actions, I have proved to the constituents of the 1st Congressional District that I am working to uphold our constitutional rights, and that the betterment of LIFE, the promise of LIBERTY and the PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS will always be the top priorities under my leadership.
(#1) I hosted a President’s day blood drive in Florissant, MO, to provide hospitals with critical resources for their Missouri patients in dire need.
($$) I worked to implement $5.5 million in Recovery Act Grants to expand quality primary and specialty care for St. Louis city and county patients.
($$) I yielded $19.4 million in federal stimulus funding for transportation projects in the St. Louis area through my outreach to MODot.
($$) I secured $1.5 million for special projects in St. Louis city and county, resulting in the creation of jobs, uplifting of at risk youth, healthy lifestyle promotion, and cultural institution support.
($$) I worked with the airport commission to find funding for Lambert- St. Louis International Airport, resulting in a $3.1 million grant awarded to upgrade the baggage screening system and find explosives quickly.
($$) I secured $24.99 million in funding after almost 10 years of pursuit for the Loop Trolley, which connects two of my represented neighborhoods: U-City and Forrest Park. The funding generated new jobs and attracted local residents and visitors.
(#7) I was elected as one of 12 house democratic deputy whips, where I ensured the stability of social security and Medicare, consumer protection, and safeguarding of healthcare continued in the Midwest region.
($$) I helped create a $6.2 million grant specifically for HIV relief programs in the city of St.Louis.
($$) I assisted in awarding the St. Louis City Drug Court a $200,000 grant to expand its reach and enhance vital offender intervention services like treatment for substance abuse, healthcare, mental health services, and job training.
(#10) I helped secure 8.4 million in unused funds to help local nonprofit agencies and supportive services to end the cycle of homelessness in St. Louis.
(#11) With the Promise Zone Designation in 2015, St. Louis and the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership were one of six out of 123 competitors nationwide to win the preferred status, giving the region access to the expertise of 12 federal agencies, 35 programs and access to grants and technical assistance to job training, education, healthcare, law enforcement, urban agriculture and community-based efforts to reduce violence.
(#12) My ongoing efforts to renew the environment are excellent and since 2015 includes a role on the Natural Resource Committee in Congress where I am fighting for environmental justice and combating climate change, calling President Trump’s removal of the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement a “shameful” betrayal of the planet’s future and jobs for American workers.
(#13) Success in repairing the urban environment is also a hallmark of my career; key among my efforts was the former Carter Carburetor site in north St. Louis that was chosen for chemical contamination clean-up using $33 million to make the site development ready.
(#14) I was the first member of Congress to call for the removal of nuclear waste from the Westlake Landfill, a 75-year old World War II Manhattan Project nuclear waste site. Through the EPA, the expertise of the Army Corps of Engineers and activist groups including Just Moms STL, the Missouri Coalition for the Environment and others, a solution appears eminent.
(#15) I am working to renew the assault weapons ban in an effort to prevent the loss of lives in mass killing incidents; also supports improving gun laws to plug loopholes allowing guns to get into the wrong hands.
(#16) I dedicated the new Lacy Clay Center for Children’s Health.
(#17) I worked to defeat Trump Care legislation that would have left many thousands of Americans without medical insurance protection.
(#18) I support the Affordable Care Act and health insurance coverage for all Americans.
(#19) I helped post a Congressional reward for the capture of the suspect in the shooting of police in Ferguson.
(#20) I supported the restoration of relations with Cuba during the Obama Administration.
(#1) I advocated for the working middle class by fighting against legislation destroying the ability of working people to organize and protest, specifically given through collective bargaining rights.
(#2) I led a community service day to restore St. Louis’ first Black designated cemetery and resting place of civil rights hero and activist, Harriet Scott.
(#3) I combatted issues pertaining to racial intolerance, including police brutality and discriminatory business practices.
(#4) I protected the first amendment rights of first congressional district members, specifically by filing a federal lawsuit on behalf of a young St. Louisan whose artwork was wrongfully censored for its strong political content.
(#5) I teamed up with Tennessee and Illinois representatives to introduce the Police Training and Independent Review Act of 2017 in the wake of multiple catastrophic incidents involving police brutality, which would require sensitivity training in the areas of race, ethnic bias, disabilities, and interactions with new immigrants.
(#6) I opposed the Census Bureau’s gerrymandering rule affecting inmates of prisons and denying home-communities badly needed census numbers; as well as the addition of a citizenship question to the upcoming 2020 designed to disenfranchise minorities and new immigrants.
(#7) I led a bi-partisan endorsement of legislation to establish the African-American Civil Rights Network, a system of historic sites nationwide intended to promote research and education tied to the modern African-American civil rights movement.
(#8) I asked for and got a Justice Department review of the 2014 police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., resulting in an agreement that directly addresses the multiple constitutional violations as part of the patterns and practices of the Ferguson Police Department and the Ferguson Municipal Court.
(#9) I worked to secure a future in America for tens of thousands of immigrant Dreamers, living and prospering under the President Obama Administration but who are facing the dire threat of deportation under the Trump Administration.
(#10) I called for the censure of President Trump for making “vile, racist” statements regarding refugees and immigrants from Africa, Haiti, El Salvador and other non-European countries.
(#11) I opposed President Trump’s Muslim travel ban calling it “cruel, ineffective and counterproductive to our national security.
(#12) In the wake of extreme reaction by police to Ferguson protests, I continue to work to demilitarize the police nationwide.
(#13) I support efforts to eliminate foreign tampering in American elections.
(#14) I worked to preserve and restore Greenwood Cemetery, the historic African-American cemetery in Hillsdale, Mo.
(#15) I spoke out against the desecration of the historic Chesed Shel Emeth Jewish cemetery in University City, Mo., and helped secure nearly $300,000 in Homeland Security grants to protect local Jewish community institutions; as well as condemning racism displayed on the University of Missouri-Columbia campus.
(#16) I spoke out against LGBT mistreatment and against the terrorist attack against that community in Orlando, Fla.
(#17) I successfully garnered Congressional support to have the Bison declared the National Mammal.
(#18) I questioned the firing of FBI Director James Comey by President Trump, and commending a DOJ probe into the firing.
(#19) I continue fighting for comprehensive immigration reform.
(#20) I continue to oppose a nuclear armed Iran while supporting Iranian freedom and human rights.
(#21) I worked to have the Confederate flag removed from VA cemeteries and urged the removal of Confederate memorials from Forest Park.
(#22) I support marriage equality.
(#23) I supported a Congressional resolution encouraging body-worn cameras for police.
(#24) I supported the decision by President Obama to limit military hardware to police agencies.
(#25) I called for police officers nationwide to receive specialized sensitivity training and.
(#26) I called for independent investigations in all cases of police and deadly force incidents.
(#27) I helped post a Congressional reward for the capture of the suspect in the shooting of police in Ferguson.
(#28) I called for the investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice into police tactics against protesters following the 2017 acquittal of former St. Louis Police officer Jason Stockley for the death of Anthony Lamar Smith.
(#29) I am working to renew the assault weapons ban in an effort to prevent the loss of lives in mass killing incidents; I also support improving gun laws to plug loopholes allowing guns to get into the wrong hands.
(#30) I led a bi-partisan endorsement of legislation to establish the African-American Civil Rights Network, a system of historic sites nationwide intended to promote research and education tied to the modern African-American civil rights movement.
(#31) I worked with airport commissioners to find funding for Lambert- St. Louis International Airport, resulting in a $3.1 million grant awarded to upgrade and enhance security involving the baggage screening system.
(#1) I have hosted multiple career fairs featuring top 100 employers in St. Louis from all sectors of the local economy, making over 100,000 federal jobs available to learn about and apply for worldwide.
(#2) I passed legislation enabling low income rural homeowners to refinance mortgages through a guaranteed loan program.
($$) I assisted in new market tax credit funding for several St. Louis organizations, amounting to over $250 million in financial aid.
(#4) I crafted legislation that ends abusive and predatory lending practices by banks and other financial service providers.
(#5) I successfully retained and expanded for Missouri and the First Congressional District key federal facilities including the National Personnel Records Center in Spanish Lake, which safeguards over 100 million military and civilian personnel records and which kept 850 federal jobs in North St. Louis County; and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), which remains in St. Louis and will boost and enhance the region with some 16,000 jobs, an annual budget of some $5 billion and at least $1.75 billion in new construction. This is the largest single federal investment in St. Louis history.
($$) I dedicated imperative facilities in Missouri, including the National Personnel Records Center in Spanish Lake, which safeguards over 100 million military and civilian personnel records and kept 850 federal jobs in North County St. Louis.
($$) I worked to implement $4 million in grants to support stronger families and housing in St. Louis, which would repair and build low income homes and provide for homeless veterans.
(#7) I worked to create an almost $15 million worker training grant that would allow 3,000 students across Missouri to gain professional certification to fill high demand jobs in skilled manufacturing.
($$) I won funding for the St. Louis region amounting to over $100 million to provide for low income communities, specifically in relation to real estate projects and business operations.
($$) I supported federal funding amounting to $1.87 million to the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department to allow additional police officer hires.
(#10) I fought against the Republican “Tax Scam” which offers little benefit for working Americans but massive tax breaks for the richest Americans
(#11) I am currently serving as the ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee
(#12) I support Gold Star families, even if the President does not.
(#13) I continue to protect 14,000 skilled manufacturing jobs at Boeing by working to ensure enhanced funding for the vital F/A-18 Superhornet, the E/A-18 Growler programs and future aircraft built by skilled union machinists in Hazelwood.
(#14) I am fighting to raise the federal minimum rage to $15 per hour, because no American who works full-time should be living in poverty.