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Travis W. Childers

Travis Childers' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Travis W. Childers
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. Senate
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary June 3, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Tami; 2 Children: Dustin, Lauren
Birth Date: 03/29/1958
Birth Place: Booneville, MS
Home City: Booneville, MS
Religion: Southern Baptist
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Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion Issues: Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Travis Childers supported the interests of NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Travis Childers supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Travis Childers. H Amdt 509 to HR 3962. 111th Congress. An amendment printed in Part C of House Report 111-330 to codify the Hyde Amendment in H.R. 3962. The amendment prohibits federal funds for abortion services in the public option. It also prohibits individuals who receive affordability credits from purchasing a plan that provides elective abortions. However, it allows individuals, both who receive affordability credits and who do not, to separately purchase with their own funds plans that cover elective abortions. It also clarifies that private plans may still offer elective abortions. Project Vote Smart Summary: Travis Childers voted YES on 7 November 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Travis Childers. Democrat Travis Childers Kicks Off Congressional Campaign. 28 January 2008. "Now, I have to be honest. I'm a Mississippi Democrat, not a Washington , DC Democrat. I'll be on the side of the family struggling, the child that needs health care and the teenager who's only hope is a college degree. I'm pro-life and pro-gun. I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. And I will take a tough stand to stop illegal immigration into our country." (votesmart.org)
  • Travis Childers. Democrat Travis Childers Kicks Off Congressional Campaign. 28 January 2008. "I'm pro-life and pro-gun." (votesmart.org)
  • Travis Childers. NEMS Daily Journal: Childers: I Want To Be Part Of The Health Care Solution. 19 August 2009. "Among the answers from Childers: He won't support any legislation that includes funding for abortions." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Taxpayers Union. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Travis Childers supported the interests of the National Taxpayers Union 36 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Travis Childers. Congressman Childers Votes To Keep Estate Tax At Current Level, Help North Mississippi Families And Businesses Save Money. 3 December 2009. "Today, Congressman Travis Childers (MS-01) joined a majority of his colleagues in passing legislation to permanently extend the current estate tax exemption amount and maximum rate. The Permanent Estate Tax Relief for Families, Farmers, and Small Business Act will keep the tax at its current exemption level -- $3.5 million for individuals and $7 million for married couples -- and maintain the maximum 45% rate. Childers introduced a bill earlier this year to reduce the estate tax rate by 5% and increase the exclusion amount by $500,000." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Travis Childers. HR 1. 111th Congress. Making supplemental appropriations for job preservation and creation, infrastructure investment, energy efficiency and science, assistance to the unemployed, and State and local fiscal stabilization, for fiscal year ending September 30, 2009, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Travis Childers voted YES on 13 February 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Club for Growth. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Travis Childers supported the interests of the Club for Growth 33 percent in 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Travis Childers. HR 1424. 111th Congress. To provide authority for the Federal Government to purchase and insure certain types of troubled assets for the purposes of providing stability to and preventing disruption in the economy and financial system and protecting taxpayers, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide incentives for energy production and conservation, to extend certain expiring provisions, to provide individual income tax relief, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Travis Childers voted NO on 10 March 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Travis Childers. Congressman Travis Childers Backs Investigation of Economic Crisis, Votes for Final Passage of Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act. 6 May 2009. "When I voted twice against TARP authorization, I disapproved that it lacked adequate oversight and accountability when it came to spending billions of hard-earned taxpayer dollars." (votesmart.org)
  • Travis Childers. Congressman Travis Childers Votes to Create and Save 3.5 Million Jobs, Move Our Economy in a New Direction. 13 February 2009. "'Right now, North Mississippians are fighting to stay employed in the face of constant plant closures, layoffs, and reductions in hours,' said Congressman Childers. 'The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act will help get us moving in a new direction. The recovery package will create and save 3.5 million jobs nationwide, invest quickly in our troubled economy, give nearly every American worker an immediate tax cut, and invest in important infrastructure projects to jumpstart the economy. We cannot lose sight of the fact that this plan is about creating jobs. While it is not a perfect piece of legislation, it is necessary for uplifting hard working families and getting our faltering economy back on track by putting Americans back to work. Since December 2007, when this recession first began, our country has lost a staggering 3.6 million jobs. Mississippi and the First Congressional District are struggling especially hard under these conditions. There are currently 22 counties throughout our state that have double digit unemployment rates, and the First District is just a few tenths of a percentage point away from holding the highest jobless rate in all of Mississippi. The recovery package is estimated to directly impact 30,000 jobs statewide, including nearly 9,000 jobs in the First District. This recovery act does not negate fiscal discipline. While we need to do what is necessary to protect our country and our economy right now, I remain committed to the long-term goals of restoring government fiscal responsibility and accountability.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Travis Childers. Congressman Travis Childers Votes to Uplift Hard Working North Mississippians, Restore Economy and Create Jobs. 28 January 2008. "With the onslaught of closures and layoffs in furniture, manufacturing, and other industries important to North Mississippi, hard working families are struggling more and more to make ends meet. The recovery package provides billions of dollars in funding for education, health care, and infrastructure in Mississippi - all areas where our state faces potential shortfalls and budget cuts. Additionally, the package offers much needed tax relief for individuals, businesses, and state and local governments. Yesterday, the Congressional Budget Office warned of severe economic consequences if today's legislation was not passed. On three different occasions, I have voted against authorizing vast sums of money to bailout Wall Street from its own recklessness. However, I felt compelled to support legislation that will uplift Main Street and help get the hard working people of Mississippi back on their feet." (votesmart.org)
  • Travis Childers. Issue Position: Ending Our Deficit. "Travis is a fiscal hawk focused on protecting taxpayer dollars and fighting wasteful spending. Travis strongly opposed the bailouts of Wall Street banks and voted against trillion-dollar budgets that drove up the deficit. He's worked to cut non-defense spending all around, and has consistently supported efforts to balance our budget. He also led the fight against Congressional pay raises, and actually pushed for a Congressional pay cut." (votesmart.org)
  • Travis Childers. Issue Position: Fighting for Main Street. "Travis's loyalty lies with Main Street, not Wall Street, and he will continue working to ensure that North Mississippians are never again forced to bear the burden of Wall Street's reckless decision making. He voted twice against bailing out Wall Street, and has voted to end abusive practices by credit card companies. Travis knows that the best way to improve our economy is to provide relief for hard-working North Mississippians, and put money back in their pockets. That's why he helped pass one of the biggest middle-tax tax cuts in American history, benefitting 99% of North Mississippi's families and individuals." (votesmart.org)
  • Travis Childers. Issue Position: Job Creation and Economic Development. "Travis Childers knows what it's like to struggle. His number one priority as Congressman is, and will continue to be, jumpstarting our economy and making sure every North Mississippian who wants to work has a job. Travis has fought for major investments in our schools and infrastructure to save jobs and create new ones, and has fought to end tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas. As a small businessman himself, Travis knows how important small businesses are to job creation and economic development. That's why he's consistently worked to encourage investment in small businesses and provide small business tax credits and loans. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently recognized Travis's pro-business record by honoring him with the Spirit of Enterprise Award." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Business and Employment Issues: Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Travis Childers. Issue Position: Care for Seniors. "Travis Childers is deeply committed to improving the lives of our senior citizens. Care for our seniors is a passion that Travis and his family share. It was that commitment to our seniors that led Travis, his wife Tami, and their children to use their own money to renovate the old abandoned high school building in their hometown into a badly needed, state-of-the-art assisted living facility, so seniors in their community could live out their lives close to home. As congressman, Travis will fight to protect Social Security, oppose privatization, and expand in-home care programs for seniors." (votesmart.org)
  • Travis Childers. Issue Position: Protecting Seniors. "Travis is against raising the retirement age, and is adamantly opposed to the privatization of Social Security, which would put seniors' hard-earned savings in the hands of the very same Wall Street bankers who caused our financial meltdown. Travis has also supported shoring up state Medicaid shortfalls and closing the Medicare Part D "donut hole" to help make seniors' medication more affordable." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime Issues: Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

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Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education Issues: Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Travis Childers. Issue Position: Giving Our Children the Education They Need to Succeed. "Travis believes that a good education is the best jobs program, and the best way for North Mississippians to lift themselves up, especially during economically trying times. He will also continue to support teaching jobs throughout the district to both prevent unemployment and ensure our children receive the education they need to secure good-paying jobs and contribute to a skilled workforce in Mississippi's First District. He'll also keep working to make higher education opportunities more accessible and affordable." (www.childersforcongress.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment and Energy Issues: Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Environment America. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Travis Childers supported the interests of Environment America 69 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Travis Childers. HR 2454. 111th Congress. To create clean energy jobs, achieve energy independence, reduce global warming pollution and transition to a clean energy economy. Project Vote Smart Summary: Travis Childers voted NO on 26 June 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • 2010. AP: Miss. Congressmen Lead Challengers in Cash Race. 22 July 2010. "He said he voted against a "cap and trade" bill that would cap greenhouse gases and allow industries to buy emissions allowances because he worried it would hurt farmers." (picayuneitem.com)
No Inferred Answer Gun Issues: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Travis Childers. HR 6842. 111th Congress. To restore Second Amendment rights in the District of Columbia. Project Vote Smart Summary: Travis Childers voted YES on 17 September 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Travis Childers a grade of A. (votesmart.org)
  • Travis Childers. Top 10 Ways Travis Childers Has Been an Independent Voice for North Mississippi. "Protecting 2nd Amendment Rights: By fighting to protect the right to bear arms in our nation's capital, Travis is working to set a national precedent and protect gun rights here in North Mississippi. Travis recently won the endorsement of the National Rifle Association (NRA), his second NRA endorsement since 2008. The NRA has also awarded Childers an "A+" - its highest rating - for his pro-gun voting record." (www.childersforcongress.com)
  • Travis Childers. Childers Introduces Bill To Restore Citizen's Second Amendment Rights. 27 April 2010. "I'm proud to join Rep. Mark Souder in introducing bipartisan legislation essential to protecting Americans' Second Amendment rights. I was disappointed that this legislation was pulled from the floor schedule last week, but today's introduction marks an important step toward restoring D.C. citizens' right to bear arms, and safeguarding the right of all Americans to defend themselves and their families. I will continue working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to protect this fundamental American right." (votesmart.org)
  • Travis Childers. Congressman Childers, Second Amendment Task Force Send Letter to President, Speaker in Opposition to Ban on Gun Sales. 19 March 2009. "As a member of the bipartisan House Second Amendment Task force, I believe that all law abiding American citizens should be guaranteed the constitutional right to bear arms. The inaccurately described 'assault weapons' ban is a failed policy that threatens the rights of gun owners nationwide, including hunters and sportsmen in Mississippi's First Congressional District. I hope that the Attorney General will reconsider his statements." (votesmart.org)
  • Travis Childers. Democrat Travis Childers Kicks Off Congressional Campaign. 28 January 2008. "Now, I have to be honest. I'm a Mississippi Democrat, not a Washington , DC Democrat. I'll be on the side of the family struggling, the child that needs health care and the teenager who's only hope is a college degree. I'm pro-life and pro-gun. I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. And I will take a tough stand to stop illegal immigration into our country." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Issues: Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • American Public Health Association. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Travis Childers supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 44 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Travis Childers. HR 3962. 111th Congress. To provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Travis Childers voted NO on 7 November 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Travis Childers. News Room: Congressman Travis Childers Announces Blue Dog Health Care Reform Conditions to Protect Consumer Choice, Promote Competition in the Marketplace. 4 August 2010. "Washington, DC - Congressman Travis Childers (D-MS), a member of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition Health Care Task Force, today announced the group's official set of conditions for responsible health care reform aimed at protecting consumer choice and promoting competition in the marketplace. The conditions reflect the Blue Dog position that, should a public option be included, it be structured in a manner that not only expands coverage for the uninsured, but ensures families have the ability to keep their current health coverage. "Many hard working North Mississippi families are happy with the coverage they have and the doctors they see, and effective health care reform will not deny them the right to keep what they have," said Congressman Childers. "It is essential that, if a public option is included in upcoming reform legislation, it will promote competition and preserve choice. The Blue Dog conditions will help ensure that any potential public option will be on a level playing field with private plans." The Blue Dogs' health care reform conditions address concerns about the viability of a "Medicare-like" public option, and specifically members' rejection of the idea that Medicare payment rates be used as the basis for reimbursement. In keeping with the Blue Dog tenet of fiscal responsibility, members have also insisted that any public health care option be financially stable, and that it be employed only in the absence of adequate competition and cost containment." (childers.house.gov)
  • Travis Childers. Issue Position: Healthcare. "Each year Mississippi spends over $14 million to provide healthcare services to its citizens while over 500,000 Mississippians remain uninsured. With so many North Mississippi workers and families in need of quality healthcare, I am deeply dedicated to passing commonsense legislation that will ensure all Americans have access to quality affordable healthcare services." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration Issues: Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Travis W. Childers. Congressman Childers Returns from U.S.-Mexico Border. 18 August 2008. "Send illegal immigrants who are convicted criminals back home for good. The Congressman is an opponent of amnesty for illegal immigrants." (childers.house.gov)
  • National Latino Congreso. 2007-2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Travis Childers supported the interests of the National Latino Congreso 0 percent in 2007-2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Travis Childers. Top 10 Ways Travis Childers Has Been an Independent Voice for North Mississippi. "Securing Our Borders, Protecting American Jobs: Travis is working hard to secure our borders, make sure that legal immigrants are paying their fair share of taxes, and enforcing the laws that we already have to ensure that those who hire illegal immigrants are punished. The first summer Travis was in office, he met with representatives of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on the U.S.-Mexico border to gain first-hand knowledge about the challenges facing U.S. border security. He has worked directly with DHS to permanently station Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in North Mississippi, and has also introduced and passed legislation to prevent the hiring of illegal immigrants on federally-funded transportation projects." (www.childersforcongress.com)
  • Travis Childers. Chancery Clerk Wants to Move Up to Congress. 8 February 2008."'Illegal immigration has to have immediate attention,' he responded. 'I think this Congress and administration has taken an out-of-sight, out-of-mind approach. We have to close our border to illegals,' he continued. 'We can't provide services to people who aren't our citizens. Good government begins at home. We have people in North Mississippi who don't have access to health care and, by circumstance, illegals are getting access to health care.' Childers suggested enforcing laws already on the books and giving 'border patrols resources to do something about it.' 'It's a serious problem,' he added. 'I'm keenly aware of it.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Travis Childers. Congressman Childers Secures Increased Immigration Enforcement in North Mississippi. 27 July 2008. "Congressman Travis Childers (D-MS) recently urged the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to increase immigration control in North Mississippi, requesting that two temporarily-assigned Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents become permanently stationed in the First District. A resulting DHS investigation found the agents' permanent presence to be necessary and the department has begun to take appropriate action. 'The influx of illegal immigrants into the First District poses substantial problems for the people of North Mississippi,' said Congressman Childers. 'Hard-working Americans shouldn't have to compete for jobs and wages against non-U.S. citizens. I am proud to work with the Department of Homeland Security to increase illegal immigration enforcement in the First District, and will continue to fight to protect the rights of North Mississippians.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Travis Childers. Democrat Travis Childers Kicks Off Congressional Campaign. 28 January 2008. "'Now, I have to be honest. I'm a Mississippi Democrat, not a Washington , DC Democrat. I'll be on the side of the family struggling, the child that needs health care and the teenager who's only hope is a college degree. I'm pro-life and pro-gun. I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. And I will take a tough stand to stop illegal immigration into our country.'" (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer International Policy Issues: Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Peace Action West. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Travis Childers supported the interests of Peace Action West 23 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Travis Childers. HR 4899. 111th Congress. Supplemental Appropriations Act. Project Vote Smart Summary: Travis Childers voted NO on Limiting Afghanistan Military Funding to Withdrawal and Other Specified Purposes on 1 July 2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Travis Childers. HR 4899. 111th Congress. Supplemental Appropriations Act. Project Vote Smart Summary: Travis Childers voted NO on Requiring Timetable for Withdrawal from Afghanistan on 1 July 2010. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Social Issues: Should marriage only be between one man and one woman? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Travis Childers. Democrat Travis Childers Kicks Off Congressional Campaign. 28 January 2008. "Now, I have to be honest. I'm a Mississippi Democrat, not a Washington , DC Democrat. I'll be on the side of the family struggling, the child that needs health care and the teenager who's only hope is a college degree. I'm pro-life and pro-gun. I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. And I will take a tough stand to stop illegal immigration into our country." (votesmart.org)

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