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Hi I'm Jay Williams the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate from South Dakota. I am available to answer your questions today from 11 AM until 1 PM EST. You can find out my views on most issues and information about my background by visiting my website:

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2 points · 2 years ago

Congressional Capacity

Evidence tells us the dearth of internal expertise in Congress - e.g., Gingrich's elimination of the Office of Technology - exacerbates corruption. In order to learn about relevant tech or industry matters, Congress can't rely on overstretched, underpaid staff, and often, can only get any information on a policy issue from lobbyists representing people with a profit interest in a particular policy.


Would you support increasing pay and professionalizing congressional staff1 to further increase Congress' ability to resist lobbyist influence?

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Original Poster3 points · 2 years ago

I agree our congress people need to be informed. Perhaps it would be better if they spent more time actually researching issues and less time fund raising.

2 points · 2 years ago

Immigration Reform


(1/3) Do you support Bernie Sanders' immigration reform plan1 ?


(2/3) Would you support the Black Alliance for Just Immigration's call for reform, including repealing the discriminatory and ant-immigrant provisions of the immigration policies of '96, and guaranteeing counsel for all denfendants in immigration courts? 2


(3/3) Would you support a state-based visa system to supplement our current federal program, as is practiced in Canada and Australia 3 ?

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Original Poster3 points · 2 years ago
  1. I do support Senator Sanders immigration plan. Unfortunately the congress and the courts have worked to derail President Obama's efforts at immigration reform so we need a congress that will support immigration reform to help the millions of immigrants who are currently in a state of limbo in our nation.
  2. I do support immigration reform and guaranteeing counsel for immigrants in court.
  3. I do not support state based visas.

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