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A Couple Big Votes In The House Today

August 10, 2010
tags: Congress, Gene Taylor, Travis Childers
by Brett

Childers Votes In Favor Of $26 Billion Spending Bill

Dubbed by Republicans such as Alan Nunnelee as Stimulus II, the House passed a spending measure providing $26 billion for state and local government. Much like the first major stimulus (although much smaller in size), most Democrats were on board. Travis Childers supported the Democratic majority again today; Gene Taylor was opposed to the bill today (as he was to the original stimuls). The question then becomes: are Americans buying what the Democrats are selling this time? Dozens of vulnerable Democrats voted yes so they obviously are feeling good about the bill.

Before the vote, Nunnelee sent out a presser saying this:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has called members of the House of Representatives back to Washington today to vote on a $26 billion spending bill. The bill adds funding to some measures already funded under the original Stimulus. The $26 billion price tag is paid for with $9.7 billion in permanent tax increases and $12.6 billion in deficit spending. The current Congress is projected to add more to the deficit over the next ten years than was added under every President from George Washington to George Bush.

The House bill not only adds to our national debt and raises taxes, it also requires the state of Mississippi to spend between $50-$100 million in state taxpayer dollars to access extra, federal education dollars. Those state funds will have to be stripped from public safety, human services, mental health and other state priorities.

Alan Nunnelee said, “Congress is not content with bankrupting the nation. Now they’re trying to bankrupt the states.”

Childers & Taylor Support Lame Duck Session of Congress

Some of the latest rumblings going around Washington is that Democrats may try to pass controversial legislation following the November elections, but before the new Congress is sworn in- during what is called the lame duck session where typically nothing of any interest happens.

But with the inability by Democrats to pass legislation such as cap-and-trade or card check despite overwhelming majorities in both houses, some on the left are looking at the November and December period as the last, best chance to pass the major liberal reform. And conventional wisdom says they are right: Republicans are poised to make gains in both the House and the Senate and just a couple more reliable Republican Senators, and almost any legislation will need support of Republicans other than Scott Brown and the Maine duo.

In response, Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) offered legislation that would stop such a session. Democrats said no thanks with a 236-163 majority killing the bill; and keeping lame duck hopes alive. Two of the Democrats that joined their party: Travis Childers and Gene Taylor. Not exactly sure their reasons for extending a session to possibly vote on legislation they oppose, but that is how they voted today.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. tom permalink
    August 10, 2010 4:34 pm

    Why do newspapers keep referring to Childers as fiscally conservative? What is fiscally conservative about voting to add $800 billion to our debt and now adding another $26 billion?

    • KingMaker permalink
      August 11, 2010 8:51 am

      “Why do newspapers keep referring to Childers as fiscally conservative? “

      Because journalism is dead…

  2. DaveG permalink
    August 10, 2010 4:36 pm

    On Childers’ website:

    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.

    No mention of his stimulus votes I guess.

  3. brenda keyes permalink
    August 11, 2010 10:18 am

    I wonder if Mr. Childers would be willing to have a face to face town hall meeting and explain his actions. I am shocked and frankly angry that he voted for this “stimulus” spending. The emphasis on SPENDING!Geez, when is he going to wake up and realize that SOMEBODY HAS TO PAY THIS MONEY BACK!

    • marmie permalink
      August 11, 2010 1:52 pm

      Childers is having a chat in the park in Olive Branch with a select group of students and teachers at 4:00 this afternoon. The address for the Olive Branch City Park is 8267 Goodman Rd. I don’t know how he would respond to uninvited guests, but I hope lots of people show up to give him a raspberry on the latest Stimulus Spending he voted for.

      • Mississippi Elitist permalink
        August 11, 2010 2:09 pm

        I guess the “select” students and teachers are a photo-op since he is going to try and paint Nunnelee as a “teacher pay cuttin’ edjukation hatin’ insider”. Be sure to get in the background of every photo that you can with a Pelosi lover sign!

  4. INDEPNMS permalink
    August 11, 2010 1:04 pm

    Folks, the 26 billion spending bill that Childers voted for comes with a trap door for the states if they take it. Next year, (when the financial truths of obamanomics really takes effect), states that take this money will be legally bound to not cut anything concerning education in there budgets. We in Mississippi (and some other states}
    have a constitutional mandate for a balanced budget. There is also genuine concern that in some manner the unions will get there hands on some of this money and in turn make contributions to their favorite democrat. Once again, it is the failed liberal policies that have eroded the tax base of the states. We could see some justification for the 26bil if we could have some assurance that it would have no strings attached. II think your answer to that question is partially answered by the list of Childers’ contributors. He claims to represent us, but has voted for measures that only serve to weaken our state and make us more dependent on DC spending. Remember November.

  5. Dontreadonme permalink
    August 11, 2010 5:45 pm

    I’ve got it! Childers wants to make sure that the children have a really good education. So, the children can pay back the money he has been spending. Now, we can not expect Childers to pay the money he is spending. That might mean, he would have to work.

  6. marmie permalink
    August 11, 2010 7:07 pm

    This week Travis Childers voted for yet another stimulus bill. This afternoon he met with about 20 teachers and students at the Olive Branch City Park, I couldn’t hear his speech, but I was told that he explained how this would help the schools in Mississippi..I was one of over 30 protesters in the park. Don Daniels of The Tea Party of Mississippi, a large group of home schoolers and their children, a union member, and various other groups were represented at the protest. After his meeting, Travis Childers and one of his aides came over to talk to the remaining protesters, about four of us. When he was asked when the spending was going to stop, said that he has introduced a bill to cut the spending by 2% each year for several years.(Is this a drop in a bucket?) He also said that we wouldn’t vote for him in 100 years and where were we in 2000-2008 if we were all so concerned about spending. I appreciated the fact that he talked to us,even though it we were adversaries on spending and the role of government in our lives.

  7. Grizz permalink
    August 12, 2010 2:41 pm

    Travis is a devious two-tongued bottomfeeder.

  8. Pamela permalink
    August 12, 2010 6:30 pm

    I may be mistaken but as I understand the ramifications of this bill are this – Mississippi will be eligible to receive $49million. The state, however, must first find an additional $49 million to spend on education (as written in the bill), spend the money, and then will be reimbursed for what was spent up to $49million. Has anyone else heard this and is my understanding correct?

    • marmie permalink
      August 12, 2010 7:07 pm

      When Childers was asked about the matching funds part of this latest spending fiasco by one of the protesters, Childers said the republicans are sitting on money that could be spent but they are holding it for political reasons.( I think he was referring to the rainy day fund. ) The same man asked Childers if he was aware that Mississippi has a law requiring a balanced budget,and that this Federal money will only hurt Mississippi. Childers was adversarial with the group and said we wouldn’t vote for him in a 100 years anyway, I guess he doesn’t know that he is my representative , for now, whether I like it or not. PLEASE help me send him home. VOTE for ALAN NUNNELEE.

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