The candidate was asked:
What have been your major accomplishments in office on behalf of the District of Columbia during the past two years. What are your top priority objectives if reelected?
Walter E. Fauntroy, a 45-year-old Democrat, is a minister and is the present D.C. Delegate to Congress. He has been active in civil rights for many years.
Since my election to Congress, I have continued to build a record of achievement, having played key roles in the mobilization of black political power from the National Black Political Convention of 1972 to the presidential elections of 1972 and 1976. I was also chief architect of legislation which permitted the District of Columbia to elect its own mayor and City Council. Currently, I serve as the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus Braintrust on Voter Participation. During the past four years I have worked on the Hill to assure that none of the local legislative initiatives were overturned by the U.S. Congress.
I believe that my most important accomplishment in office on behalf of the District of Columbia has been the passage of the proposed constitutional amendment - House Joint Resolution 554 - which would give the District the right to elect voting members to the House and the Senate. If reelected to serve the people for our nation's capital, my top priority goal will be ratification of the amendment by the 38 states needed for it to become law.
The successful passage of D.C. voting rights in Congress was due mainly to a partnership between liberals and conservatives, Republicans and Democrats, young and old, black and white, President Carter, congressional leaders and local government officials - it was a coalition of conscience that worked together to bring the District closer to gaining its voting rights. I plan to further develop that partnership to bring about ratification.
I've developed a housing plan to attack the critical housing crisis in our city. The plan consists of four main components: 1 - Restructuring the planning process to include highly trained professionals, community organizations, individual citizens and government officials. 2 - Urban finance program. I've already introduced legislation which would permit the District to establish and operate an urban development bank which would help make funds available for moderate to middle-income family home ownership. 3 - Implementation of a development program to include an emergency housing program, new construction of multifamily and single-family homes, and rehabilitation of the hundreds of boarded up dwellings around town. 4 - Management of government process. Eliminate local bureaucratic red tape, coordinate the application and use of federal housing funds. Develop incentives to stimulate new construction.
I am cosponsor of the Humphrey-Hawkins full employment bill presently in the Senate. This measure would provide a mechanism for encouraging industry and business to provide more jobs. Currently the nation's production is well below its capacity. Humphrey-Hawkins would offer tax breaks to those businesses which locate in areas where there is a high rate of unemployment.
In January, I will again introduce legislation in Congress to remove the prohibition which prevents the District from having the authority to implement a nonresident reciprocal income agreement tax. I believe we have an excellent chance to get it through the 96th Congress.