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Congressman Clay Sounds Off On Upcoming Election, Debt Ceiling

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St. Louis (KMOX) – Old political allies may soon become bitter rivals.

But Democratic Congressman Lacy Clay doesn’t expect his colleague Russ Carnahan to put up a fight next August for the seat of Missouri’s First Congressional District in the next Democratic primary election.

“I don’t think I’m going to face opposition from Congressman Carnahan, but I look forward to representing the new area that I have been given,” he said.

Clay received about 126,000 new constituents from the former 3rd district after Carnahan lost his congressional seat when the results of the 2010 census forced the state to redistrict to make up for its proportionately smaller population in relation to the rest of the country.

Clay also spoke today about his desire to raise the roof on the national debt while also encouraging the federal government to cut spending and find “revenue enhancers”.

He suggested that cuts could be made by reducing the subsidies given to oil companies, which will total $36.5 billion over the next 10 years according to findings by the House Committee on Natural Resources, despite profits of over $1 trillion since 2001.

“Stop giving the tax breaks to big oil companies,” he said. “When they make record profits, why should we give them tax breaks?”

Clay also wondered aloud how the government was going to pay for the three conflicts with which we’re involved in the Middle East.

“Look at these two wars that we have not figured out a way to pay for and a third one that we are engaging in in Libya that has already cost us $700 million,” he said. “We don’t have a way to pay for that. Let’s be even-handed and let’s put everything on the table, not just domestic spending, but also DOD [Department of Defense] and homeland security [spending].”

Ultimately, Clay encouraged an agenda of fiscal discipline, by managing the the country’s money more effectively.

“We have to do it in a responsible way,” Clay said. “We have to find cuts in the federal budget.”

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