Childress For Congress
Political Positions at a Glance
Political Spectrum: MODERATE
Police Position: POLICE REFINEMENT
Job Security: STRONG UNIONS
Reproductive: EDUCATED OPTIONS
Economy: COMMUNITY OWNED
Gun Control: SMART 2A
SOLUTIONS FOR ST. LOUIS
Real Issues. Real Leader. Real Solutions.
We’re at a critical juncture in our beloved city today. Too many issues have gone unaddressed for too long, hurting our economy and working families. We can’t afford to keep the same failed policies and play the same partisan games that caused these problems in the first place. Earl supports expanding economic opportunities, helping working families, access to capital for small businesses, spurring job growth and being fiscally responsible. Earl is focused on results, not rhetoric.
As a son of St. Louis, Earl knows first hand the devastating impact of crime on our city. He lost an uncle and a cousin to street violence. Friends and colleagues have been robbed at gun point while visiting downtown. When elected, Earl's first priority is to introduce legislation to prevent crime and to provide opportunities to inmates to stop the return to prison cycle.
A well-educated workforce is vital to our economic success. And a quality education system is the key to creating a workforce prepared for the 21st century economy. Earl will fight for policies that strengthen our education system focused on closing the achievement gap, raising standards and giving our teachers the support they need to help ensure that every child gets the opportunity to reach their full potential.
For far too long Black Americans have faced systemic racism and injustice. Earl believes defunding the police is NOT the right solution. Police Refinement is the best solution. It removes bad actors from law enforcement, hold officers accountable for their actions and address the ongoing culture that leads to racism in our communities.
We must build an economy that works for everyone, where prosperity is widely shared and everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed. Earl is committed to raising the federal minimum wage to lift millions of Americans out of poverty. He will fight for comprehensive tax reform to ensure everyone is paying their fair share.
Job creation is fundamental to growing the St. Louis metro area. St. Louis families will thrive when they have access to high paying, stable opportunities. Earl will create these conditions and facilitate job creation through working with small businesses and large corporations to develop our abundant natural resources, leverage broadband, use secure digital technology and to remove excessive regulations.
Investing in our infrastructure is how we keep our economy moving. Billions of dollars of freight and goods move through our region, as do millions of workers. They all depend on safe roads, bridges and transit. As we saw with the collapse of bridges across the country, our infrastructure is fragile and any disruption to it has large, broad consequences to our economy. Earl will work non stop to ensure St. Louis receives adequate funding for our region's infrastructure.
As a licensed health insurance agent, Earl believes that we cannot go back to the days when someone could be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition or when you could be charged more for coverage for simply being a woman. Health care reform needs to be a continuing conversation. Earl supports health care innovation and new technologies to lower costs, and allow individuals to choose between public and private options. He will fight to make it easier and more affordable for small businesses to provide health coverage for their employees.
Today, women make up 47 percent of the workforce and are the primary or sole income earner for nearly half of America’s families. It’s simple: when women succeed, America succeeds. Earl will fight for strong, commonsense policies that address economic challenges facing women and families. He will help women and their families by providing paid sick leave, expanding access to affordable child care, ensuring equal pay for equal work and raising the minimum wage.
Earl believes that God gives women the right to make decisions regarding their bodies. Every decision has consequences, therefore women should be presented with all their options from an unbiased licensed medical professional. Empowering women to make educated decisions concerning their bodies. Earl will always protect a woman's right to make her own decisions regarding her health and body.
Medicare is a cornerstone of our nation’s health care system. Earl is committed to protecting it and will fight against any efforts to privatize or dismantle Medicare. He will focus on controlling the rising costs of care and improving the quality of care seniors receive.
The key to long-term economic growth and prosperity are policies that encourage entrepreneurship and support innovation. The people in our district build the world’s best airplanes, grow the finest food, develop breakthrough medical devices, and design world class software. Earl will work to build a technology hub in the St. Louis metro area.
Earl understands that an armed population is a major deterrent to foreign invasion. Therefore, he will never infringe on the second amendment rights of Americans. He strongly believes closing the loop holes to prevent bad actors from purchasing guns legally. Earl promise to introduce or support legislation that will require background check on all gun purchases and promote gun safety education while fighting against any legislation which promotes a gun registry or disarming law abiding citizens.
Social Security has been a building block of our middle class and a secure retirement. It’s created a social safety net and a basic level of financial security for seniors. It’s an investment we’ve all made and a promise Earl is committed to protecting and strengthening for all of our seniors.