November 3, 2014

Congressman Cleaver Speaks to Inter-City News

Note: We asked the candidates for Congress in the Fifth District to address the readers of the Inter-City News.   Jacob Turk did not respond to our repeated requests, but Congressman Emanuel Cleaver sent us the following:

Often times our democracy produces mixed results. I strive in Congress to produce positive results for the constituents of Missouri’s 5th District which I have the privilege or representing.  My district is very diverse stretching from the urban areas of our community to the rural areas of our State.  The needs are many and the resources limited, but know that each day I am fighting to bring federal resources home to our community.

I understand the challenges each of us face at work and the struggles our families face providing a better life for our children and grandchildren. As your voice in Congress, I am willing to reach across the aisle and work with Republicans to build consensus in a civil manner to help Americans. Fighting for the working men and women is not a hobby for me - it is in my DNA.

Specifically, I strongly believe it is critically important to invest and provide incentives to revitalize those parts of our community that have fallen victim to blight and neglect.  Throughout my congressional career I have been a stalwart advocate for attracting federal dollars to the Blue River including flood control, mitigation efforts and environmental restoration.  My support will remain unwavering. I also believe the 24 Highway gateway to our "Favorite Son," President Harry S Truman’s, Presidential Library & Museum is a prime candidate for infrastructure investment. I fully support the passage of a six (6) years highway and transportation bill, the unfortunate reality is that appears unlikely in the near future.

I envision the success which was demonstrated in the Green Impact Zone through leveraging all levels of governments’ capital expenditures into a targeted area with a strategic focus will be replicated throughout our community and our country. This model can and should be utilized for the 24 Highway corridor. 

Additionally, incentives to assist small businesses with their start-up, expansion, and growth are a vital component to enhance the area.  Couple these efforts with enhancing and improving the housing stock adjacent to these community assets and you have a formula for victory like our Home Town Boys in Blue – the Kansas City Royals.

Like the Royals’ return to the World Series, these commitments of resources will take a few years.  As long as I am in Congress you can rest assured that I will be there trying to do my best to ensure that our families and businesses are poised for greatness.

U.S. Representative Emanuel Cleaver, II (MO-5)

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