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Rep. Bennie Thompson

Rep. Bennie Thompson

Democrat, Mississippi, 2nd District
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Office Phone: 202-224-2043
Committees:
Homeland Security

DISTRICT SNAPSHOT
Among children in this district:
37.2% of children are in poverty
36.7% of children under 6 are in poverty
15.7% of children are in extreme poverty
27.9% are food insecure
5.0% lack health insurance

Sources: 2017 Annual Community Survey, US Dept. of Agriculture

Thompson on Child Poverty

  • voted against H.R.1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which provided for tax cuts that disporportionately favor wealthy individuals and corporations. The bill is projected to add $1.5 trillion to the national debt over ten years, which could lead to future cuts to important social safety net programs. The bill also repeals the individual health insurance mandate established under the Affordable Care Act, jeopardizing health insurance coverage for millions of people.

  • co-sponsored H.R.15, the Raise the Wage Act, which would increase the minimum wage to fifteen dollars an hour over a period of seven years.

  • co-sponsored H.R.821, the Child Tax Credit Improvement Act, which would increase the Child Tax Credit from $1,000 per child to $3,600 per child for children under the age of 6.

  • co-sponsored H.R.2633, the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit Enhancement Act, which would raise the income level at which the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit phases out, increase the value of the credit, index the credit to inflation, and make the credit fully refundable.

  • co-sponsored H.R.5785, the Jobs and Justice Act, which would redirect federal appropriations toward high poverty areas, increase funding for federal housing assistance, create a commission on youth justice, and modify gun laws to ban weapon sales to abusers and to allow federal research on gun violence.

  • co-sponsored H.R.6467, the Federal Jobs Guarantee Development Act, which would establish grants to states and other entitites to establish subsidized jobs to anyone age 18 or older who lives in the area served by the program.

  • co-sponsored H.R.6485, the Job Opportunities for All Act, which would direct the Secretary of Labor to carry out a federal subsidized job program.

  • co-sponsored H.R.6485, the Job Opportunities for All Act, which would direct the Secretary of Labor to carry out a federal subsidized job program.

  • Thompson on Child Health

  • voted against H.R.195, the HEALTHY KIDS Act, which extended funding for the federal government by three weeks and extended CHIP for six years.

  • voted for H.R.315, the Improving Access to Maternity Care Act, which would provide for the identification of areas of need with respect to maternity care health professionals.

  • co-sponsored H.R.1318, the Preventing Maternal Deaths Act, which would create a committee to review maternal and infant mortality and fund demonstration programs to study potential interventions.

  • voted against and co-sponsored H.R.1370, the Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Act, which extended funding for the government by four weeks and retroactively funded CHIP for the first half of fiscal year 2018.

  • voted against H.R.1628, the American Health Care Act, which would have repealed Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, repealed the individual and employer health care mandates, and otherwise modified the private health insurance market.

  • voted for H.R.1892, the Bipartisan Budget Act, which extended CHIP for four additional years, funded a home visiting program for new mothers, funded community health centers, and modified funding and eligibilty requirements for foster care prevention services.

  • voted for H.R.2422, the Action for Dental Health Act, which would establish a CDC grant program to improve access to dental care for underserved communities.

  • co-sponsored H.R.3059, the Community Health Center and Primary Care Workforce Expansion Act, which would amend the Affordable Care Act to indefinitely extend community health centers and grants for qualified health centers.

  • co-sponsored H.R.3770, the Community Health Investment, Modernization, and Excellence Act, which would reauthorize and extend funding for community health centers.

  • voted against H.R.3922, the CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act, which would extend CHIP and Community Health Centers funding. CHIP and Community Health Centers were eventually funded through a series of budget bills.

  • co-sponsored H.R.4820, the ASK Act, which would permanently fund CHIP and provide temporary extensions for community health centers and MIECHV.

  • voted against H.R.6311, the Increasing Access to Lower Premium Plans and Expanding Health Savings Accounts Act, which would modify rules regarding health savings accounts and allow for the sale of bare bones health plans on the health care exchanges. Often these plans are purchased by lower-income individuals who are unaware that the benefits offered by the plan are extremely limited.

  • Thompson on Child Welfare

  • voted against H.R.2824, the Increasing Opportunity and Success for Children and Parents through Evidence-Based Home Visiting Act, which would reauthorize the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program for five years, and require grantees to match federal funds beginning in fiscal year 2020. MIECHV was eventually reauthorized through H.R.1892, the Bipartisan Budget Act, without a state matching requirement.

  • voted for H.R.2847, the Improving Services for Older Youth in Foster Care Act, which would authorize states to extend foster care eligibilty up to age 21 and to increase age limits on other programs for youths who have aged out of foster care.

  • voted for H.R.2866, the Reducing Unnecessary Barriers for Relative Foster Parents Act, which would require the Department of Health and Human Services to identify model standards for the licensing of foster family homes and to evaluate state plans against those standards.

  • voted for H.R.5890, the Assisting States’ Implementation of Plans of Safe Care Act, which would provide states with guidance and technical assistance for the safe care of infants affected by prenatal substance use.

  • co-sponsored H.R.6545, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, which would improves services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, including young victims.

  • Thompson on Youth Justice

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    Thompson on Gun Violence Prevention

  • voted against H.R.38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which would allow individuals licensed for concealed carry in one state to possess or carry a concealed weapon in another state that allows individuals to carry concealed firearms.

  • co-sponsored H.R.3464, the Background Check Completion Act, which would prohibit the sale of firearms prior to the completion of a background check.

  • Thompson on Housing

  • voted for H.R.5793, the Housing Choice Voucher Mobility Demonstration Act, which would establish a demonstration program to encourage families receiving housing voucher assistance to move to lower-poverty areas.

  • co-sponsored H.R.6542, the Restoring Tax Credits for Affordable Housing Act, which would increase the low-income housing tax credit to incentivize the development, rehabilitation, and preservation of affordable housing.

  • Thompson on Nutrition

  • voted against H.R.2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act, which would cut SNAP benefits by $20 billion over ten years through more stringent work requirements and elimination of other programs; the bill would also create additional barriers to receiving SNAP benefits.

  • Thompson on Early Childhood Development

  • voted against H.R.695, the Child Protection Improvements Act, which would establish a background check system for individuals who care for children, the elderly, or individuals with disabilities.

  • co-sponsored H.R.3773, the Child Care for Working Families Act, which would expand and improve the Child Care and Development Block Grant and provide grants for funding high-quality preschool.

  • Thompson on Education

  • voted against H.J.RES.57, the resolution that nullified a Department of Education rule providing for federal standards for states implementing plans to meet the needs of historically marginalized groups under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965.

  • co-sponsored H.R.2913, the Mental Health in Schools Act, which would expand grants and other programs relating to children and violence to provide access to school-based comprehensive mental health programs.

  • voted for H.R.4909, the STOP School Violence Act, which would reauthorize a grant program for school security to train local law enforcement, school personnel, and students and to develop an anonymous reporting system for violent threats at school.

  • co-sponsored H.R.5814, the Educators Expense Deduction Modernization Act, which would increase the deduction for expenses of elementary and secondary school teachers.

  • co-sponsored H.R.6537, the Education Department Civil Rights Transparency Act, which would require the Secretary of Education to annually report on the federal civil rights violations of educational institutions.

  • co-sponsored H.R.6537, the Education Department Civil Rights Transparency Act, which would require the Secretary of Education to annually report on the federal civil rights violations of educational institutions.

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