Congressman Travis Childers Votes to Create and Save 3.5 Million Jobs, Move Our Economy in a New Direction
Congressman Travis Childers (D-MS) today voted to create and save thousands of jobs for hard working Mississippians and help get the economy back on track. The American Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Act (H.R. 1) will provide billions of dollars in funding for Mississippi to put people back to work and restore the economy through investments in education, infrastructure, health care, and one of the largest tax cuts in American history. The legislation passed in the House by a vote of 246 to 183.
"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."