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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 21, 2013 - WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill – who campaigned for reelection partly on her centrist ranking for 2011 Senate votes – was somewhat more liberal in her voting last year, according to a National Journal analysis.

The ratings place McCaskill, D-Mo., as the 43rd most liberal senator and the 57th most conservative, with a “composite” liberal score of 62.5 and a conservative score of 37.5.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 15, 2013 - WASHINGTON – In the new Congress, U.S Rep. William Lacy Clay has been named the top Democrat on a revamped financial services panel with jurisdiction that includes the Federal Reserve Bank, the Export-Import Bank and the World Bank.

Clay, D-St. Louis, served in the previous Congress as the ranking Democrat on a less expansive subcommittee with oversight over the Fed and domestic monetary policy. But the new panel – the Subcommittee on Domestic & International Monetary Policy and Technology – adds oversight of major international monetary organizations.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 6, 2012 - WASHINGTON – They are far apart on the political spectrum, but Missouri’s U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt and U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay said Thursday that they would push for bipartisan cooperation – and regular meetings – of the state’s delegation in Congress.

“We have a good delegation. We find the things we can work on together,” said Blunt, R-Mo., who will become the longest-serving member of Missouri’s delegation when the current “dean,” U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, R-Cape Girardeau, departs in February.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 9, 2012 - U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-St. Louis, on Friday lashed out at Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster in a letter “expressing his astonishment” because Koster is appealing a lower-court ruling that has tossed out the conviction of George Allen for a murder in 1982.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 4, 2012 - The Missouri AFL-CIO has made its endorsements for this fall’s elections – and U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan, D-St. Louis, is not on the list.

Instead, the labor consortium, which represents tens of thousands of union workers around the state, is endorsing U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay Jr., D-St. Louis, for re-election.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 4, 2012 - As U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill sees it, she was siding with workers – not employers — with her vote last week against U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt’s proposal to allow employers to bar insurance coverage for certain medical procedures or services that the employer objects to, on ethical or religious grounds.

“I don’t think the boss should be able to decide what health care you get,’’ McCaskill said in an interview Saturday with the Beacon.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 28, 2012 - For one uncomfortable moment, U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan — who had just filed for office — had to nudge past his new primary opponent and fellow St. Louis Democrat: fellow U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay.

Asked Clay with some sarcasm: “Couldn’t wait for the Supreme Court to rule?”

Clay, Paul at odds on House finance panel

Jan 20, 2012

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 20, 2012 - WASHINGTON - A month after U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-St. Louis, became the ranking Democrat on a House finance panel, he was startled to learn that its chairman had called a witness with prior links to what Clay calls a "neo-Confederate" group.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 16, 2011 - U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay says there is a role for Congress and the federal government in the national effort to combat the bullying of children in school, in public and online.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 16, 2011 - WASHINGTON - Trying to limit its massive losses, the U.S. Postal Service announced a plan Thursday to close hundreds of mail-sorting centers across the country in a move that would save money but would cost postal jobs and would likely slow mail deliveries.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Aug. 12, 2011 - U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-St. Louis, called on area recipients of Social Security and Medicare to make clear to members of Congress that workers paid into the programs for years and deserve the benefits they seek when they retire.

Dems whip Republicans with help of Clay and Carnahan

Jul 15, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, July 15, 2011 - WASHINGTON - Sporting St. Louis Cardinals caps and uniforms, U.S. Reps. Russ Carnahan and William Lacy Clay, both D-St. Louis, helped bring home an 8-2 victory for the Democrats at the 50th annual Roll Call congressional baseball game Thursday.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 6, 2011 - State Rep. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis and a member of the House redistricting committee, has fired off another political shot at the state's top Democrat, Gov. Jay Nixon.

Nasheed, who moved last week to knock the governor's traveling money out of the state budget, now is accusing the governor of "lack of leadership" that she contends "has left Democrats in the dark on the issue of congressional redistricting."

EPA pushes Carter Carburetor site cleanup

Mar 31, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 31, 2011 - WASHINGTON - Federal environmental officials took an important enforcement action Wednesday toward the $26.5 million cleanup of toxic pollutants at the old Carter Carburetor property, which has been an eyesore for a quarter century and a worry to its north St. Louis neighbors, including the nearby Herbert Hoover Boys and Girls Club.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 31, 2011 - U.S. Reps. Russ Carnahan and William Lacy Clay, both St. Louis Democrats, have jointly condemned a congressional redistricting proposal that is expected to be approved by a Missouri House committee next week.

The two said in a statement the map -- which, in effect, does away with Carnahan's district and dramatically changes Clay's -- "emphasizes partisanship over fairness."

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 29, 2011 - U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-St. Louis, have known each other for decades -- and have remained on genial terms -- even as both have proceeded along their different political paths in Washington.

Monday saw the two in a rare joint public appearance here that also offered a stark look at their similar political circumstances -- and their differing perspectives.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 10, 2011 - WASHINGTON - Accusing a prime witness at a House hearing of being affiliated with a "neo-Confederate" secessionist group, U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-St. Louis, focused national attention Wednesday on the choice of witnesses by Republican subcommittee chairs.

"After reviewing your work and the so-called methods you employ, I still do not understand you being invited to testify today on the unemployment crisis," Clay lectured the witness, economics professor Thomas J. DiLorenzo of Loyola University Maryland.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 25, 2011 - WASHINGTON - There's not much repetition if you ask members of St. Louis' delegation in Congress about their priorities for the year.

To be sure, everyone wants more jobs and a stronger economy, although Democrats and Republicans disagree on how to reach that goal. Beyond the obvious, however, the priorities of area members of Congress offer a study in contrasts.

Members of Congress deplore the Arizona violence

Jan 10, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 10, 2011 - WASHINGTON - The tragic shooting of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle "Gabby" Giffords and 19 other persons at a town hall forum in Arizona spurred an outpouring of sympathy and anger on Saturday from members of the Missouri and Illinois congressional delegation -- many of whom regularly participate in similar meetings with their constituents.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 17, 2010 - Area Democrats are on edge as they eagerly -- and somewhat warily -- await news from the U.S. Census Bureau on Tuesday. That's when they'll discover which states will lose or gain congressional seats, as of the 2012 elections.

Illinois is expected to lose a U.S. House seat and Missouri is rumored to be "on the bubble" -- likely to barely lose a seat or barely retain its nine congressional seats. The last time Missouri lost a congressional seat was after the 1980 census; Illinois lost a seat ten years ago.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 25, 2010 - This election comes as we are slowly emerging from the greatest economic emergency since the 1930s.

Thankful, we took some strong steps to prevent a Second Great Depression, but the recovery is still much too slow and we need to keep working to create jobs.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 14, 2010 - U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-St. Louis, sounded cautiously optimistic Wednesday night that his party will retain control of Congress after Nov. 2 -- but he urged fellow Democrats to quit running away from President Barack Obama and the "nothing short of remarkable" achievements of the last two years.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 03, 2010 - U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-St. Louis, sought to dispel a few rumors today while also promoting his Career Fair, set for next Monday at Harris-Stowe State University.

The congressman also predicted that Missouri will end up retaining its nine congressional seats once the current national census is complete. Clay heads the U.S. House subcommittee overseeing the census operations.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 9, 2009 - President Barack Obama ignited lots of passions - on both sides of the region’s political aisle - with Wednesday’s address in which he laid out his views on many aspects of the health-care debate that has consumed Congress and much of the country over the summer.

But judging from the initial reaction, Obama’s call for changing the nation’s current health-care system appeared to change few partisan minds. Democrats generally lauded his speech, while Republicans appeared to loathe much of his message.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 5, 2009 - Political divorces can be messy, public, and sometimes produce political fallout.

Just ask U.S. Sen. Christopher "Kit" Bond, R-Mo., who had a high-profile divorce in the early 1990s or  U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt, R-Strafford, who obtained a divorce and remarried a few years ago. Most recently, state Auditor Susan Montee, a Democrat, obtained a divorce in low-profile proceedings within a year of her taking office.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 24, 2009 - WASHINGTON - Sen. Claire McCaskill, a government reformer from the moment she arrived in Washington, saw the massive cost of the economic stimulus plan of 2009 and immediately knew what she had to do - focus on bringing accountability and transparency.

For Rep. Jerry Costello, chairman of the House aviation panel, the measure is a chance to make critically needed improvements in the safety and efficiency of the nation's aviation system.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: October 2, 2008 - Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-St. Louis, told Beacon reporters before the vice presidential debate Thursday night that he will vote no Friday when the revised financial bailout plan reaches the House. 

Clay said he opposes the measure because of both its increased price, over $800 billion, and its top-down approach. Clay said it would have been better to help homeowners having trouble paying their mortgages.

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