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Travis Childers' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)


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Travis Childers has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests.

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Issue Positions

For Presidential and Congressional candidates who refuse to provide voters with their positions, Vote Smart has researched their public records to determine their likely responses. These issue positions are from 2014.

  • 2014 Endorsement - Democrats for Life of America -- (
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  • "Travis is a fiscal hawk focused on protecting taxpayer dollars and fighting wasteful spending. Travis strongly opposed the bailouts of WallStreet 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." (
  • "Today, U.S. Rep. Travis Childers (MS-01) encouraged North Mississippi schools to apply for significant funding will receive $47 million to turn around its persistently lowest achieving schools through the School Improvement Grants (SIG) program. These funds are part of the $3.5 billion that will be made available to states this spring from money set aside in the 2009 budget and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act." (
  • "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." (
  • "I have routinely voted for measures to help increase domestic energy production and supply while also protecting our environment, and I support increased drilling capacity in the continental U.S. " (
  • "Earlier this year, I voted against "cap and trade" legislation that I felt would have a disproportionately negative effect on Southern regions, as well as the agriculture industry." (
  • "Today's Supreme Court ruling represents a landmark victory for Americans across the nation," said Childers. "A violation of gun ownership rights anywhere is a threat to gun ownership rights everywhere, and today's decision is an important step towards protecting this constitutional freedom for all Americans. I'm proud to have introduced legislation to overturn a similar gun ban in our nation's capital, and I will continue fighting to support and protect Americans' Second Amendment rights." (
  • "While serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, Travis received the endorsements of the National Rifle Association (NRA), earning an “A-plus” pro-gun voting record, and the National Right to Life for his “exemplary pro-life record.” He also received the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Spirit of Enterprise Award in recognition of his pro-business record." (
  • "Although he voted against the Affordable Care Act, he said that he would rather amend it instead of repealing it."It is the law of the land now," he said. "I am very much in favor of healthcare reform and I think we can do a better job. I would be willing to improve on the current law and move on."Our state officials refused to run a state exchange and refused to accept millions of dollars in federal money to strengthen Mississippi’s healthcare system, and the people of Mississippi shouldn’t be punished for cruel and irrational leadership.Although he voted against the Affordable Care Act, he said that he would rather amend it instead of repealing it."It is the law of the land now," he said. "I am very much in favor of healthcare reform and I think we can do a better job. I would be willing to improve on the current law and move on." (
  • "Today, Mississippi’s unemployment rate remains one of the highest in the nation. Until we get Mississippians back to work, I can neither support legislation that would grant work authorization or amnesty to people that came here illegally nor can I support increases in guest foreign workers — many of whom accept work at sub-standard wages. There are too many corporations in our state and across the nation who are hiring illegal immigrants and guest workers instead of providing unemployed Mississippians with opportunities to perform hard work at a decent wage. Washington insiders backing Senator Cochran argue that these corporations just can’t find Mississippians willing to do the hard work." (
  • "I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. " (
  • "It is important to pass meaningful legislation without giving in to partisan political tactics," said Congressman Travis Childers. "The Intelligence Authorization Act will protect the American people from the global threat of terrorism by authorizing funding to over 16 intelligence authorities throughout the federal government. National security should always come before politics, and I'm proud that Congress has passed this important legislation."H.R. 5959 authorizes funding for various intelligence agencies, including the Office of the National Intelligence Director, the CIA, and the National Security Agency (NSA), as well as foreign intelligence activities of the Defense Department, FBI, State Department, and Homeland Security Department." (
  • "Protecting Social Security from privatization and Medicare from cuts"

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