Representative Lacy Clay, Jr.'s Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (MO) - District 1, Democratic
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 1
Steven Bailey

(Running)

Republican

Paul Berry III

(Running)

Republican

Maria Chappelle-Nadal

(Running)

Democratic

Robb Cunningham

(Running)

Libertarian

Bill Haas

(Running)

Democratic

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Lacy Clay, Jr. is currently being tested through the 2016 Political Courage Test.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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  • “Roe v. Wade guarantees the right of a woman and her doctor to make decisions about her own health. I have always defended that right, and my position remains unchanged.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/102821/statement-by-congressman-wm-lacy-clay-regarding-the-passage-of-hr-748-the-child-interstate-abortion-notification-act#.Vh_lx2wViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1016/rating/6754 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/interest-group/252/rating/7227 (votesmart.org)

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  • Income taxes (high-income families) "Slightly Increase" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/8967/lacy-clay-jr/#.VZw2wflViko (votesmart.org)
  • "But we also need to increase revenues, because anyone who tells you that we can balance the budget with spending cuts alone has not mastered simple arithmetic, or they just aren't telling you the truth. That means closing loopholes, ending tax dodges for big oil, hedge fund managers, and the most fortunate among us, and allowing the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans to expire at the close of 2012." http://clay.house.gov/common/popup/popup.cfm?action=item.print&itemID=543 (clay.house.gov)

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  • “Lowlights of the House Republican Budget for Fiscal Year 2015: […] It would force deep cuts to investments in our roads and bridges. It would slash federal investments in scientific research to cure diseases like Alzheimer's.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/863420/clay-says-republican-budget-is-a-cruel-assault-on-seniors-the-most-vulnerable#.VZ6SGHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/8967/lacy-clay-jr/#.VZw2wflViko (votesmart.org)

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  • “The New Market Tax credits are a powerful tool to help cities and development entities renew older urban communities by encouraging private sector investment that creates jobs.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/980843/treasury-dept-and-congressman-clay-announce-300-million-in-new-market-tax-credits-to-create-jobs-support-small-business-development-and-strengthen-neighborhoods#.VZ6SunUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “Lowlights of the House Republican Budget for Fiscal Year 2015: […] The House Republican Budget would raise taxes on middle class families with children by an average of at least $2,000 in order to cut taxes for households with incomes over $1 million.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/863420/clay-says-republican-budget-is-a-cruel-assault-on-seniors-the-most-vulnerable#.VZ6SGHUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • “In light of my dedication to this issue I have co-sponsored the Full Funding for IDEA Now Act that entitles states to receive federal grants which aid in the education of all children with mental and physical disabilities; the Keep Our Promise to America's Children and Teachers (the Keep our PACT) Act that aims to fully fund effective elementary and secondary education programming […].” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/559401/issue-position-education#.VZ6TOHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/8967/lacy-clay-jr/#.VZw2wflViko (votesmart.org)

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  • Voted against S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VZw4lPlViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against HR 3 "Keystone XL Pipeline Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50797#.VZw68flViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "I believe that it is more important than ever for America to adopt an aggressive and innovative energy strategy. I support the development of alternative sources of energy in order to retain our competitive advantage and ensure a promising future for our children and grandchildren.” http://lacyclay.house.gov/energy-environment/ (lacyclay.house.gov)
  • Do you support federal funding for the development of alternative energy? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/8967/lacy-clay-jr/#.VZw2wflViko (votesmart.org)

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  • Voted in favor of HR 2454 "Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ('Cap and Trade')" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/26496#.VZw7svlViko (votesmart.org)
  • St. Louis Today “We have a moral obligation to leave future generations of Americans cleaner air and water, and to do something about climate change before it’s too late [...]” http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/white-house-makes-carbon-emission-cut-case-for-missouri-illinois/article_5c252673-6852-5c7a-b20f-085083e4eb84.html (www.stltoday.com)
  • Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/8967/lacy-clay-jr/#.VZw2wflViko (votesmart.org)

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  • Rated 100% by Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence http://votesmart.org/interest-group/122/rating/7712 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Gun Owners of America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1226/rating/8555 (votesmart.org)

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  • Voted against HR 596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51284#.VZw_g_lViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Our nation has needed an overhaul to our broken healthcare system for quite some time. This is why I was proud to have voted to pass H.R. 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act, the first sweeping health care reform legislation to be come law in almost 100 years." http://lacyclay.house.gov/health-care/ (lacyclay.house.gov)

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  • "The bipartisan bill, which received 68 votes in the U.S. Senate would have a huge positive impact on our economy. It would solidify the future of Social Security & Medicare, and it would give millions of undocumented immigrants a pathway to come out of the shadows, earn their citizenship, and become law-abiding and productive Americans." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/860255/clay-demands-a-vote-on-comprehensive-immigration-reform/?search=immigration#.Vh_wEmwVikp (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/8967/lacy-clay-jr/#.VZw2wflViko (votesmart.org)

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  • “This landmark ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges affirms the fundamental constitutional guarantee of equal protection under the law for every American, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. No one has the right to tell someone else who they can love. And no one has the right to define someone else’s family." http://lacyclay.house.gov/press-releases/statement-by-congressman-wm-lacy-clay-d-missouri-regarding-us-supreme-court-ruling-in-obergefell-v-hodges-establishing-marriage-equality/ (lacyclay.house.gov)
  • Should marriage only be between one man and one woman? "No" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/8967/lacy-clay-jr/#.VZw2wflViko (votesmart.org)

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  • “We must exhaust every avenue toward a verifiable, enforceable, diplomatic solution in order to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/971012/letter-to-barack-obama-president-of-the-united-states-support-of-iran-negotiations-signed-by-150-members#.VZ6WSnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “President Obama's strong leadership has opened the door to a potential diplomatic achievement that could remove the threat of Syria's chemical weapons without firing a shot. That would be a remarkable outcome that we must make every effort to achieve.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/809884/statement-by-congressman-wm-lacy-clay-d-missouri-regarding-president-obamas-address-to-the-nation-on-syria#.VZ6Vu3UVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • “I am committed to strengthening Social Security, so that this invaluable guarantee continues to protect retirees, survivors, disabled individuals, workers, and families from outliving their savings.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/580476/issue-position-social-retirement-security#.VZ6XoXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security? "No" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/8967/lacy-clay-jr/#.VZw2wflViko (votesmart.org)

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Missouri Congressional Election 2010 Political Courage Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

Pro-choiceCandidate Answera) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?
Nob) Should abortion be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy?
Yesc) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
Yesd) Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?
Noe) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?
f) Other or expanded principles

1) Spending

Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once.

Slightly Decreasea) Agriculture
Maintain Statusb) Arts
Slightly Decreasec) Defense
Slightly Decrease1) Intelligence operations
Slightly Decrease2) Military hardware
Greatly Decrease3) National missile defense
Slightly Increase4) Salary and benefits for active duty personnel
Maintain Status5) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Greatly Decrease6) Research and development of new weapons
Slightly Increased) Education
Slightly Increasee) Environment
Slightly Decreasef) Homeland security
Slightly Decreaseg) International aid
Greatly Increaseh) Medical research
Slightly Increasei) Scientific research
Greatly Decreasej) Space exploration
Maintain Statusk) United Nations
Maintain Statusl) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories

2) Taxes

Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once.

Slightly Increasea) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusd) Corporate taxes
Slightly Increasee) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Decreasef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Increaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
i) Other or expanded categories
NoCandidate Answer3) Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax?
Yes4) Do you support requiring the federal budget to be balanced each year?
YesCandidate Answer5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?
6) Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate Answera) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?
Nob) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Yesc) Do you support increasing the federal minimum wage?
Yesd) Do you support the ability of workers to unionize?
Yese) Do you support federal funding for job-training programs that retrain displaced workers?
f) Other or expanded principles
Noa) Do you support increasing the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns?
Yesb) Should Congress regulate indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Noc) Do you support removing all contribution limits on federal campaigns?
Yesd) Should candidates for federal office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
Noe) Do you support giving the President the power of the line item veto for items concerning appropriations?
Yesf) Do you support limiting the President's ability to define how legislation is applied through the use of signing statements?
g) Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate Answera) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Yesb) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related training and job-placement assistance when released?
Yesc) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with substance abuse treatment?
Yesd) Do you support reduced prison sentences for non-violent offenders?
Yese) Do you support mandatory prison sentences for selling illegal drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?
Yesb) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?
Noc) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?
Nod) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?
Yese) Do you support the federal government providing college students with financial aid?
f) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Yesb) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Yesc) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?
Yesd) Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?
Noe) Do you support domestic oil exploration in federally-protected areas?
Yesf) Do you support federal funding for the development of alternative energy?
Yesg) Do you support the development of nuclear reactors?
h) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Yesb) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?
Noc) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
Yesd) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?
e) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?
Yesb) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
Yesc) Should the federal government expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts?
Nod) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Yese) Do you support relaxing regulations on the importation of prescription drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?
Yesb) Do you support decreasing the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country?
Noc) Do you support establishing English as the official national language?
Nod) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
e) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan?
Nob) Do you support increasing military assistance for Afghanistan?
Noc) Do you support increasing economic development assistance for Afghanistan?
Yesd) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?
Noe) Do you support granting aid to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States?
Yesf) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
Yesg) Do you support increasing sanctions on Iran if it continues to defy United Nations mandates?
Yesh) Do you support the withdrawal of United States troops from Iraq?
Yesi) Do you support the United States' involvement in free trade agreements?
j) Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate Answera) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
Yesb) Do you support allowing openly-gay men and women to serve in the United States military?
Yesc) Do you support federal funding for embryonic stem cell research?
Nod) Should the federal government end affirmative action programs?
e) Other or expanded principles
Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

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