Congressman Travis Childers Votes to Uplift Hard Working North Mississippians, Restore Economy and Create Jobs
Congressman Travis Childers (D-MS) today voted to create thousands of jobs for hard working Mississippians and help restore both the national and state economy. The American Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Act (H.R. 1) will provide billions of dollars in stimulus funding for Mississippi to save and create jobs, and to uplift the economy through investments in education, infrastructure, and health care, as well as significant tax relief. The legislation passed in the House by a vote of 244 to 188.
"Jobs are the number one issue in North Mississippi," said Congressman Childers. "In the last year, a staggering 2.6 million American jobs were lost. This week, our national economy lost more than 70,000 jobs, further verifying that our country is in desperate need of immediate action. Mississippi's unemployment rate has risen 1.7 percent, and the First District's jobless rate is now on par with unemployment in the Delta region. It's time to get our economy back on track.
"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.
"The recovery package has unprecedented levels of accountability, oversight, and transparency, and does not include a single earmark. In addition, the House voted yesterday on a rule to designate the money included in the package as emergency funding, which is technically exempt from PAYGO rules. That being said, I understand that this legislation calls for the authorization of a huge sum of money and, if the Senate returns the bill to the House with excessive additions, I will be inclined to vote against it.
"If this legislation passes, regardless of how I ultimately vote on the Senate's version, I will continue working hard to make sure North Mississippi gets its fair share of these funds."