American Community Survey – Census Reporter – In Missouri’s 8th Congressional District:
Per capita income
about three-quarters of the amount in Missouri: $31,839 ±$172
about two-thirds of the amount in United States: $35,384 ±$91
Median household income
about 80 percent of the amount in Missouri: $57,290 ±$288
about two-thirds of the amount in United States: $64,994 ±$128
18.5% ±0.5% (131,404 ±3,812)
Persons below poverty line
about 1.4 times the rate in Missouri: 13% 772,992 (±0.2% / ±11,899)
about 1.4 times the rate in United States: 12.8% 40,910,326 (±0.1% / ±258,486)
Jason Smith (r) [2022 file photo].
Rep. Jason Smith @RepJasonSmith
The Washington Democrats’ response to families who are suffering the worst inflation crisis in 40 years is to give the IRS even more money to go after those families. 9:03 AM · Aug 23, 2022
Do you know anyone who makes more than $400,000.00 a year?
As usual, there was much hilarity in the responses:
Help us out.
What is your income?
How much are your taxes going up?
-87k new over 10 years
-50k current employees scheduled to retire
-Your district has the LOWEST per capita household income… $31k & under are not getting audited.
As usual, this is completely false. The IRS audits irregularities, and not even on the first issue. Be honest with your constituents.
This is a lie. Those suffering the worst, are making nowhere near 400K. The IRS will be going after the tax cheats making 400K or more.
No. After people like you.
No, the Democrats’ response was the Inflation Reduction Act.
The REPUBLICAN response was to VOTE AGAINST IT.
Yeah, so gaslight somewhere else.
The #InflationReductionAct increases taxes on taxpayers making over $400K/year. That’s the top 1.8% of taxpayers — does that sound like the middle class?
The top 5% cheats their way out of $300 BILLION/year. It’s time they pay their #FairShare! That’s why the IRS needs funding.
America’s wealthiest 10% have 70% of all income and wealth.
So no, Jason.
The IRS will not be targeting the 90% of working families with only 30% of the income and wealth.
The GOP is terrified of their wealthy donors being audited.
They were paid to keep that from happening and failed.
IRS agents pursue and prosecute tax frauds. Once again, the Missouri GOP proves they’re not the ‘law and order’ party.
BTW, tax cuts do nothing to reduce inflation. The Missouri GOP are pushing for tax cuts for the wealthy at the worst possible time.
Jason why don’t you tell us about all the failing infrastructure in your district or how people from your district are literally starving and how the only thing you do is complain on Twitter that democrats are trying to help people.
I find your tweet of no help and wonder how you justify a 6 figure tax payer salary
You mean the 10 year plan to replace the aging workforce? Most Americans don’t make enough money to not take the standard deduction. You lie about everything, clown boy.
Rep. Jason Smith @RepJasonSmith
Biden is enjoying his weekend at the beach while Americans watch gas prices soar and pay more every week at the grocery store. 3:00 PM · Jun 18, 2022
Some of the responses:
Maybe because the GOP voted against gas price gouging?
Well, you’re District has been plagued with crippling poverty for the entire time that you’ve “represented” it. Funny that you suddenly care about your constituents’ well-being. So you’ve been talking to your buddies in big oil- right?
It’s weird how Jason here and the @GOP scream how D’s are trying to make this a socialist country then believe the president controls free market prices.
How about when Trump was playing golf at Mar a Lago every weekend and thousands of Americans were dying of covid. How did you feel about that?
Did you ever complain about TFG golfing for over a complete year in his term? No? Why not?
That’s the cult.
Bad combover. Check. Too long red tie. Check. Orange spray tan. Check. Tiny hands. Check. Cluelessness. Check…
I’m enjoying my weekend at home while Republicans like you vote against every bill that will help Americans.
Would you have tweeted anything if he was playing golf at his own golf course?
How often are you in Congress in session and how often do you go home? Most people work during the week and take a break on the weekends…he’s no different. Plus he doesn’t control gas prices and you all voted no on price gouging so stuff it.
You aren’t worried about gas prices – you voted AGAINST doing anything about price gouging, remember? ( Spoiler – the VOTERS remember )
II went to the Cubs game today and enjoyed time with my family. Fortunately I still have time to remind you that gas price increases are global and you voted against helping Americans lower them.
Riding his bike and NOT driving a gas guzzler. I’m good with that. Congress sure takes a lot of time off, but I guess potus doesn’t even get the weekend. But keep tweeting. Super productive.
And what proposals have you made to provide relief?
Have you ever actually done anything for working class people and small businesses in your district, like your profile says? I doubt it.
He’s ready to sign the law stopping price gouging but you didn’t vote to pass it. What oil companies are you protesting this week?
Nah, I’m building a chicken coup.
I did fill my 25 gallon tank with $3.59/gas (after my points discount).
And I drive a behemoth truck. But I plan my trips & watch my $.
Are gas prices more important than our democracy? Nope.
Tell me how much time Trump spent at Mar-A-Lago again?
How did YOU vote on the price gouging bill??
FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 232
H R 7688 YEA-AND-NAY 19-May-2022 12:15 PM
QUESTION: On Passage
BILL TITLE: Consumer Fuel Price Gouging Prevention Act
— YEAS 217 —
—- NAYS 207 —
—- NOT VOTING 5 —
Asked and answered.
You could have voted against price-gouging. Why didn’t you?
I am American and I filled my tank without undue anxiety, went grocery shopping and purchased same items As norm and live at the beach. I’m glad our President also takes time@to recharge on the weekends. Even happier that he isn’t also charging others to stay at his gaudy resorts
So I am ASSuming you working all weekend on a solution. I look forward to your report on Tuesday
Didn’t you vote no on the oil price gauging bill?
Do you prefer to be called by your full name “Mr. Clear and Present Danger” or do you have a nickname???
We see what you did there.
@GOP is like a broken record. Same thing over and over and over with zero progress. Stuck in the rut, stuck in the past. [….]Yawn[….]
Congress is only in session for about 172 days a year – how many days do YOU spend at home during that same year jaystun?
I dunno, he holds open public townhall meetings in the district, right? Just spitballing here…
Interesting that the former President was on the golf course just about every weekend but no complaints about that especially during a pandemic. How did you vote on bills that would have helped those that elected you?
And what exactly are you doing to help?
The grocery store I’m afraid to go to in case some maniac walks in with a assault weapon? That grocery store?
Actively voting NO on anything that could possibly help! You don’t support the working class w/culture wars, Smith.
What’s your solution to solving worldwide inflation this weekend?
Did you vote for the gas gouging bill?
No. See above.
Are you seriously sitting home and watching prices? I suspect most Americans are enjoying their weekend – certainly no obvious lack of vacationers in our area and no shortage of cars on the highway.
This should have been as easy as voting for mom and apple pie.
FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 115 H RES 831
5-Apr-2022 4:10 PM
QUESTION: On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Agree, as Amended
BILL TITLE: Calling on the United States Government to uphold the founding democratic principles of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and establish a Center for Democratic Resilience within the headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization
— YEAS 362 —
—- NAYS 63 —
Greene (GA) Long
—- NOT VOTING 4 —
Billy Long (r) [2021 file photo]
Jason Smith (r) [2021 file photo]
“Россия” (Russia) – a variant of the Russian presidential flag.
Governor Mike Parson @GovParsonMO
This afternoon, I met with @RepJasonSmith to discuss building on Missouri’s momentum and providing greater opportunities for future generations.
[….] 4:31 PM · Feb 14, 2022
What’s with this republican vest thing?
Some of the responses:
Provide opportunities for future generations? Missouri is rated 38th in College Readiness. Quit undermining public education and maybe our future generations would have greater opportunities. Just because both of you are under-educated doesn’t mean everyone else has to be.
Greater opportunities for future educations should start with passing legislation to get the $1.95 billion funding from the federal government to our schools. Enough tweeting about what you’re going to do, it has to be done by March 24.
19.4% of the population in MO8 (138k out of 711k people) live below the poverty line, higher than the national average of 12.3%. I don’t think @RepJasonSmith is the best choice for this discussion
Discussing how to shovel more money at wealthy farmers and such and screw over everyone else?
We’d like them to be alive
Oh and we’d like you to release the money the feds gave you for schools
The future generations of dead people?
By cutting school budgets or by letting schools get so full of disease they can’t stay open…. ? I mean, whatcha got for the kids?
What does that mean?
But first on the agenda, they discussed how much they hated the Super Bowl halftime show
We see what you did there.
That there’s a brain trust.
What? Speak to us not at us!
Are you wearing a vest with a campaign slogan at a governmental working meeting?
Really? Are you?
Man these Dumb and Dumber remakes just keep getting worse.
I wouldn’t ask his opinion on how to run a lemonade stand. You both are screwing the people of Missouri…
Smith is another one of the traitors who tried to overthrow a legitimate election.
Smith is, perhaps, the only MO politician who is more useless than you are.
Jason Smith @JasonSmithMO
Like meat? Too bad, cause this bill taxes cow farts, costing farmers and ranchers over $6,500 per cow. This is the DC Democrats’ message to rural America. 9:53 AM · Nov 23, 2021
Some people never got out of junior high school.
The Heartland POD @TheHeartlandPOD
Know how we know that? 5 minutes of research. 5 minutes. Politicians like @RepJasonSmith tell lies like this because they are willing to bet that folks won’t do that 5 minutes of research. But we will. Here are a few links on this issue. 12:59 PM · Nov 23, 2021
Today in the United States House of Representatives:
1ST SESSION H. RES. 789 [pdf]
Censuring Representative Paul Gosar.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
NOVEMBER 12, 2021
Censuring Representative Paul Gosar.
Whereas, on November 7, 2021, Representative Paul Gosar posted a manipulated video on his social media accounts depicting himself killing Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and attacking President Joseph Biden;
Whereas the video was posted on Representative Gosar’s official Instagram account and used the resources of the House of Representatives to further violence against elected officials;
Whereas Representative Gosar issued a statement on November 9, 2021, defending the video as a ‘‘symbolic cartoon’’ and spreading hateful and false rhetoric about immigrants;
Whereas the leadership of the Republican Party has failed to condemn Representative Gosar’s threats of violence against the President of the United States and a fellow Member of Congress;
Whereas the Speaker of the House made clear that threats of violence against Members of Congress and the President of the United States should not be tolerated and called on the Committee on Ethics of the House and law enforcement to investigate the video;
Whereas depictions of violence can foment actual violence and jeopardize the safety of elected officials, as witnessed in this chamber on January 6, 2021;
Whereas violence against women in politics is a global phenomenon meant to silence women and discourage them from seeking positions of authority and participating in public life, with women of color disproportionately impacted;
Whereas a 2016 survey by the Inter-Parliamentary Union found that 82 percent of women parliamentarians have experienced psychological violence and 44 percent received threats of death, sexual violence, beatings, or abduction during their term;
and Whereas the participation of women in politics makes our government more representative and just:
Now, therefore, be it
(1) Representative Paul Gosar of Arizona be censured;
(2) Representative Paul Gosar forthwith present himself in the well of the House of Rep6 resentatives for the pronouncement of censure; and
(3) Representative Paul Gosar be censured with the public reading of this resolution by the Speaker.
Endorsing and supporting Paul Gosar (r):
Vicky Hartzler (r) [2021 file photo].
Billy Long (r) [2021 file photo]
Blaine Luetkemeyer (r)[2021 file photo]
Jason Smith (r) [2021 file photo]
FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 379
H RES 789 YEA-AND-NAY 17-Nov-2021 4:27 PM
QUESTION: On Agreeing to the Resolution
BILL TITLE: Censuring Representative Paul Gosar
—- YEAS 223 —
—- NAYS 207 —
—- ANSWERED “PRESENT” 1 —
—- NOT VOTING 3 —
When people show you who the really are – believe them.
Finally, late last night, “Infrastructure Week – Part 1”:
FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 369
H R 3684 YEA-AND-NAY 5-Nov-2021 11:24 PM
QUESTION: On Motion to Concur in the Senate Amendment
BILL TITLE: INVEST in America Act
—- YEAS 228 —
—- NAYS 206 —
Anyone thinking that all of the projects should go to Kansas City?
Roy Blunt (r) [2016 file photo].
In the Senate, August 10, 2021:
Roll Call Vote 117th Congress – 1st Session
Question: On Passage of the Bill (H.R. 3684, As Amended)
Vote Number: 314
Vote Date: August 10, 2021, 11:17 AM
Required For Majority: 1/2
Vote Result: Bill Passed
Measure Number: H.R. 3684 (INVEST in America Act)
Measure Title: A bill to authorize funds for Federal-aid highways, highway safety programs, and transit programs, and for other purposes.
Not Voting 1
Joe Biden (D) [2020 file photo].
From President Joe Biden:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 6, 2021
Statement by President Joe Biden on the House Passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act
Tonight, we took a monumental step forward as a nation.
The United States House of Representatives passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, a once-in-generation bipartisan infrastructure bill that will create millions of jobs, turn the climate crisis into an opportunity, and put us on a path to win the economic competition for the 21st Century.
It will create good-paying jobs that can’t be outsourced. Jobs that will transform our transportation system with the most significant investments in passenger and freight rail, roads, bridges, ports, airports, and public transit in generations.
This will make it easier for companies to get goods to market more quickly and reduce supply chain bottlenecks now and for decades to come. This will ease inflationary pressures and lower costs for working families.
The bill will create jobs replacing lead water pipes so every family can drink clean water.
It will make high-speed internet affordable and available everywhere in America.
This bill will make historic and significant strides that take on the climate crisis. It will build out the first-ever national network of electric vehicle charging stations across the country. We will get America off the sidelines on manufacturing solar panels, wind farms, batteries, and electric vehicles to grow these supply chains, reward companies for paying good wages and for sourcing their materials from here in the United States, and allow us to export these products and technologies to the world.
It will also make historic investments in environmental clean-up and remediation, and build up our resilience for the next superstorms, droughts, wildfires, and hurricanes that cost us billions of dollars in damage each year.
I’m also proud that a rule was voted on that will allow for passage of my Build Back Better Act in the House of Representatives the week of November 15th.
The Build Back Better Act will be a once-in-a-generation investment in our people.
It will lower bills for healthcare, child care, elder care, prescription drugs, and preschool. And middle-class families get a tax cut.
This bill is also fiscally responsible, fully paid for, and doesn’t raise the deficit. It does so by making sure the wealthiest Americans and biggest corporations begin to pay their fair share and doesn’t raise taxes a single cent on anyone making less than $400,000 per year.
I look forward to signing both of these bills into law.
Generations from now, people will look back and know this is when America won the economic competition for the 21st Century.
And from the White House:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 6, 2021
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal
Today, Congress passed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal (Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act), a once-in-a-generation investment in our nation’s infrastructure and competitiveness. For far too long, Washington policymakers have celebrated “infrastructure week” without ever agreeing to build infrastructure. The President promised to work across the aisle to deliver results and rebuild our crumbling infrastructure. After the President put forward his plan to do exactly that and then negotiated a deal with Members of Congress from both parties, this historic legislation is moving to his desk for signature.
This Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal will rebuild America’s roads, bridges and rails, expand access to clean drinking water, ensure every American has access to high-speed internet, tackle the climate crisis, advance environmental justice, and invest in communities that have too often been left behind. The legislation will help ease inflationary pressures and strengthen supply chains by making long overdue improvements for our nation’s ports, airports, rail, and roads. It will drive the creation of good-paying union jobs and grow the economy sustainably and equitably so that everyone gets ahead for decades to come. Combined with the President’s Build Back Framework, it will add on average 1.5 million jobs per year for the next 10 years.
This historic legislation will:
Deliver clean water to all American families and eliminate the nation’s lead service lines. Currently, up to 10 million American households and 400,000 schools and child care centers lack safe drinking water. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal will invest $55 billion to expand access to clean drinking water for households, businesses, schools, and child care centers all across the country. From rural towns to struggling cities, the legislation will invest in water infrastructure and eliminate lead service pipes, including in Tribal Nations and disadvantaged communities that need it most.
Ensure every American has access to reliable high-speed internet. Broadband internet is necessary for Americans to do their jobs, to participate equally in school learning, health care, and to stay connected. Yet, by one definition, more than 30 million Americans live in areas where there is no broadband infrastructure that provides minimally acceptable speeds – a particular problem in rural communities throughout the country. And, according to the latest OECD data, among 35 countries studied, the United States has the second highest broadband costs. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal will deliver $65 billion to help ensure that every American has access to reliable high-speed internet through a historic investment in broadband infrastructure deployment. The legislation will also help lower prices for internet service and help close the digital divide, so that more Americans can afford internet access.
Repair and rebuild our roads and bridges with a focus on climate change mitigation, resilience, equity, and safety for all users. In the United States, 1 in 5 miles of highways and major roads, and 45,000 bridges, are in poor condition. The legislation will reauthorize surface transportation programs for five years and invest $110 billion in additional funding to repair our roads and bridges and support major, transformational projects. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal makes the single largest investment in repairing and reconstructing our nation’s bridges since the construction of the interstate highway system. It will rebuild the most economically significant bridges in the country as well as thousands of smaller bridges. The legislation also includes the first ever Safe Streets and Roads for All program to support projects to reduce traffic fatalities, which claimed more than 20,000 lives in the first half of 2021.
Improve transportation options for millions of Americans and reduce greenhouse emissions through the largest investment in public transit in U.S. history. America’s public transit infrastructure is inadequate – with a multibillion-dollar repair backlog, representing more than 24,000 buses, 5,000 rail cars, 200 stations, and thousands of miles of track, signals, and power systems in need of replacement. Communities of color are twice as likely to take public transportation and many of these communities lack sufficient public transit options. The transportation sector in the United States is now the largest single source of greenhouse gas emissions. The legislation includes $39 billion of new investment to modernize transit, in addition to continuing the existing transit programs for five years as part of surface transportation reauthorization. In total, the new investments and reauthorization in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal provide $89.9 billion in guaranteed funding for public transit over the next five years — the largest Federal investment in public transit in history. The legislation will expand public transit options across every state in the country, replace thousands of deficient transit vehicles, including buses, with clean, zero emission vehicles, and improve accessibility for the elderly and people with disabilities.
Upgrade our nation’s airports and ports to strengthen our supply chains and prevent disruptions that have caused inflation. This will improve U.S. competitiveness, create more and better jobs at these hubs, and reduce emissions. Decades of neglect and underinvestment in our infrastructure have left the links in our goods movement supply chains struggling to keep up with our strong economic recovery from the pandemic. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal will make the fundamental changes that are long overdue for our nation’s ports and airports so this will not happen again. The United States built modern aviation, but our airports lag far behind our competitors. According to some rankings, no U.S. airports rank in the top 25 of airports worldwide. Our ports and waterways need repair and reimagination too. The legislation invests $17 billion in port infrastructure and waterways and $25 billion in airports to address repair and maintenance backlogs, reduce congestion and emissions near ports and airports, and drive electrification and other low-carbon technologies. Modern, resilient, and sustainable port, airport, and freight infrastructure will strengthen our supply chains and support U.S. competitiveness by removing bottlenecks and expediting commerce and reduce the environmental impact on neighboring communities.
Make the largest investment in passenger rail since the creation of Amtrak. U.S. passenger rail lags behind the rest of the world in reliability, speed, and coverage. China already has 22,000 miles of high-speed rail, and is planning to double that by 2035. The legislation positions rail to play a central role in our transportation and economic future, investing $66 billion in additional rail funding to eliminate the Amtrak maintenance backlog, modernize the Northeast Corridor, and bring world-class rail service to areas outside the northeast and mid-Atlantic. This is the largest investment in passenger rail since Amtrak’s creation, 50 years ago and will create safe, efficient, and climate-friendly alternatives for moving people and freight.
Build a national network of electric vehicle (EV) chargers. U.S. market share of plug-in EV sales is only one-third the size of the Chinese EV market. That needs to change. The legislation will invest $7.5 billion to build out a national network of EV chargers in the United States. This is a critical step in the President’s strategy to fight the climate crisis and it will create good U.S. manufacturing jobs. The legislation will provide funding for deployment of EV chargers along highway corridors to facilitate long-distance travel and within communities to provide convenient charging where people live, work, and shop. This investment will support the President’s goal of building a nationwide network of 500,000 EV chargers to accelerate the adoption of EVs, reduce emissions, improve air quality, and create good-paying jobs across the country.
Upgrade our power infrastructure to deliver clean, reliable energy across the country and deploy cutting-edge energy technology to achieve a zero-emissions future. According to the Department of Energy, power outages cost the U.S. economy up to $70 billion annually. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal’s more than $65 billion investment includes the largest investment in clean energy transmission and grid in American history. It will upgrade our power infrastructure, by building thousands of miles of new, resilient transmission lines to facilitate the expansion of renewables and clean energy, while lowering costs. And it will fund new programs to support the development, demonstration, and deployment of cutting-edge clean energy technologies to accelerate our transition to a zero-emission economy.
Make our infrastructure resilient against the impacts of climate change, cyber-attacks, and extreme weather events. Millions of Americans feel the effects of climate change each year when their roads wash out, power goes down, or schools get flooded. Last year alone, the United States faced 22 extreme weather and climate-related disaster events with losses exceeding $1 billion each – a cumulative price tag of nearly $100 billion. People of color are more likely to live in areas most vulnerable to flooding and other climate change-related weather events. The legislation makes our communities safer and our infrastructure more resilient to the impacts of climate change and cyber-attacks, with an investment of over $50 billion to protect against droughts, heat, floods and wildfires, in addition to a major investment in weatherization. The legislation is the largest investment in the resilience of physical and natural systems in American history.
Deliver the largest investment in tackling legacy pollution in American history by cleaning up Superfund and brownfield sites, reclaiming abandoned mines, and capping orphaned oil and gas wells. In thousands of rural and urban communities around the country, hundreds of thousands of former industrial and energy sites are now idle – sources of blight and pollution. Proximity to a Superfund site can lead to elevated levels of lead in children’s blood. The bill will invest $21 billion clean up Superfund and brownfield sites, reclaim abandoned mine land and cap orphaned oil and gas wells. These projects will remediate environmental harms, address the legacy pollution that harms the public health of communities, create good-paying union jobs, and advance long overdue environmental justice This investment will benefit communities of color as, it has been found that 26% of Black Americans and 29% of Hispanic Americans live within 3 miles of a Superfund site, a higher percentage than for Americans overall.
[emphasis in original]
Anyone think they’ll name a bridge after Josh Hawley (r)?