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St. Louis on the Air
4:16 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Discussion: U.S. Representative Lacy Clay Comments On Debt Ceiling, Shutdown & More

Rep. William Lacy Clay
St. Louis Public Radio

Amidst the dual crises of the partial government shutdown and the swiftly approaching debt limit, Congressman Lacy Clay (D - St. Louis) is addressing the inaction and hearing from constituents.

Before traveling back to D.C. for an evening meeting of the House, Clay stopped by St. Louis Public Radio to discuss the latest on Capitol Hill with St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh.

Here's what he had to say on the partial government shutdown, the debt ceiling and more.

On the inaction of Congress:

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St. Louis on the Air
4:05 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Discussion: What Impact Will The Government Shutdown, Debt Ceiling Have On The St. Louis Economy?

A view of the Arch at night.
(Via Flickr/Mandalit)

Hundreds of thousands of government employees went on furlough today, as the federal government began a partial shutdown. Thousands of those employees live and work in the St. Louis region. Meanwhile the debt ceiling deadline looms.

What kind of economic impact will the shutdown and debt ceiling have on the St. Louis region?

St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh spoke with economist Howard Wall, Colonel Kyle Kremer, Commander of the 375th Air Mobility Wing at Scott Air Force Base, and St. Louis Beacon reporter Jason Rosenbaum to find out.

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Politics
1:39 pm
Sun January 6, 2013

Durbin: Tax Reform Should Be Part Of Debt-Ceiling Talks

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.
(Official Portrait/via Wikimedia Commons)

With a deal to avoid drastic spending cuts behind them, members of Congress are gearing up for what could be another grueling round of negotiations over the federal debt-ceiling.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) says members need to get to the bargaining table early this time.

The number two Democrat in the Senate told CNN’s Candy Crowley Sunday that he really doesn’t want to see a sequel to the so called “fiscal cliff” negotiations.

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Roy Blunt
3:59 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

Blunt blames Democrats for failed balanced budget amendments

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.
(via Flickr/Senator Blunt)

Missouri Senator Roy Blunt says the failure of two balanced-budget amendments today shows Senate Democrats aren’t serious about dealing with the deficit.

The defeat of both bills – one from Democrats, one from Republicans – ends the current push to force a yearly balanced budget from Congress.  Blunt, who voted for the Republican-backed bill, says the fact that neither party could pass their amendment speaks to the heart of the Senate’s disfunction. 

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Claire McCaskill / Debt Ceiling
2:00 pm
Fri August 12, 2011

McCaskill "embarrassed" by actions of Congress during debt ceiling debate

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri says she was embarrassed by the actions of Congress during the recent debt ceiling debate.

McCaskill visited a number of manufacturers around the state this week to learn how to create more jobs and stop work from being shipped overseas. And she says she got an earful from constituents upset with Congress' inability to compromise on extending the debt ceiling.

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Senators support debt deal
5:06 pm
Tue August 2, 2011

Missouri's senators back controversial debt measure

Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO)
(St. Louis Public Radio/UPI)

 Both of Missouri’s U.S. senators today supported the emergency bill that averts a first-ever government default. The measure, which was the source of months of contentious and partisan debate, raises the nation’s debt ceiling. Republican Senator Roy Blunt says he voted for the bill because it’s a good first step to rein in federal spending.

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The Two-Way
1:29 pm
Tue August 2, 2011

President signs bipartisan debt ceiling plan into law

A screengrab of CSpan's coverage of the Senate vote.
CSpan

Originally published on Tue August 2, 2011 11:43 am

Update at 2:07 p.m. ET. President Signs Bill:

President Obama has signed into law a bi-partisan bill that raises the debt ceiling and avoids a government default that analysts as well as the White House warned could have had catastrophic effects on the American economy.

Earlier today, the Senate voted 74-26 to send the bill to the president's desk. The AP reports Obama signed the bill privately in the Oval Office.

Our Original Post:

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Obama's News Conference On Debt Ceiling
9:37 am
Fri July 29, 2011

President Obama speaks on status of debt ceiling negotiations

President Barack Obama.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

President Obama spoke this morning regarding the status of the debt ceiling negotiations.

In case you missed his remarks or would like to review them, see this live-blog of the news conference via NPR's "The Two-Way."

Politics
11:41 am
Thu July 28, 2011

St. Louis-area voters feel frozen out by debt debate

Catherine Ridgley, in St. Charles, Mo. with her daughter Carryl on July 27, says she's had "too much of government."
Alan Greenblatt NPR

Originally published on Thu July 28, 2011 11:26 am

Rep. Todd Akin's constituents want to see a deal putting an end to the debt-ceiling debate, but not just any deal.

Despite party pressures, the Missouri Republican is planning to vote against Speaker John Boehner's latest proposal to lift the debt ceiling. It doesn't do enough to "address the spending problem," according to Akin's spokesman Steve Taylor.

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Roy Blunt / Claire McCaskill / Debt Ceiling
3:12 pm
Wed July 27, 2011

Blunt, McCaskill share views on debt-ceiling plans

Missouri Senators Roy Blunt (L) and Claire McCaskill.
(St. Louis Public Radio/UPI)

Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri says Republicans need to offer more compromise regarding a plan on how to handle raising the debt ceiling.

McCaskill says Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's proposal includes spending cuts larger than the rise in the debt ceiling and no increased taxes.

She says those were the requirements Speaker of the House John Boehner put forward at the start of the debate. But he has come up with his own plan that McCaskill says is similar, but with a catch.

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