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Charlie Melancon, Sr.'s Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Charlie Melancon, Sr. refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2010 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2010, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion Issues: Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Charles Melancon. H Amdt 209 to HR 1815. 109th Congress. An amendment numbered 12 printed in House Report 109-96 to lift the current ban on privately funded abortions at U.S. military facilities overseas. Project Vote Smart Summary: Charles Melancon voted NO on 25 May 2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Melancon. Meet the Candidate: Charlie Melancon. 15 October 2010. "I'm a pro-life, pro-gun, Louisiana Democrat." (www.wrkf.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Charles Melancon supported the interests of NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Charles Melancon supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Charles Melancon supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 20 percent in 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Melancon. H Amdt 509 to HR 3962. 111th Congress. An amendment printed in Part C of House Report 111-330 to codify the Hyde Amendment in H.R. 3962. The amendment prohibits federal funds for abortion services in the public option. It also prohibits individuals who receive affordability credits from purchasing a plan that provides elective abortions. However, it allows individuals, both who receive affordability credits and who do not, to separately purchase with their own funds plans that cover elective abortions. It also clarifies that private plans may still offer elective abortions. Project Vote Smart Summary: Charles Melancon voted YES on 7 November 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Melancon. Issue Position: Family Values. "I am also strongly pro-life, and have worked in Congress to reduce abortion in this country. I partnered with Democrats for Life of America and several of my colleagues in Congress in sponsoring bipartisan legislation that would provide many vulnerable women with the support and information they need to choose life for their unborn children." (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Melancon. Melancon Joins Colleagues in Announcing Pregnant Women Support Act. PVS Public Statements. 20 September 2006. "U.S. Rep. Charlie Melancon joined Rep. Lincoln Davis (TN-04) and Democrats for Life for a news conference announcing their introduction of the Pregnant Women Support Act. This comprehensive legislation aims at reducing abortions in the United States by providing support for vulnerable pregnant women who want to bring their children to term. As a pro-life representative of the people, I am committed to reducing abortion in our country. We need to give women facing an unplanned pregnancy a helping hand so that they realize abortion is not their only option, said Melancon. The Pregnant Women Support Act takes a hard look at the economic and social reasons for abortion and will provide many vulnerable women with the support and information they need to choose life for their unborn children." (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Melancon. Citing Concerns With Current Version, Melancon Votes Against Health Bill In Committee. 31 July 2009. "As someone who is personally pro-life and represents a deeply pro-life constituency, I am also concerned that this bill does not do enough to ensure taxpayer dollars do not fund abortion. I am also concerned about the creation of an unelected health czar. I believe the government that is closest to the people governs best, and I am hesitant to give more powers to the federal government." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Taxpayers Union. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Charles Melancon supported the interests of the National Taxpayers Union 22 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Melancon. HR 5638. 109th Congress. To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the unified credit against the estate tax to an exclusion equivalent of $5,000,000 and to repeal the sunset provision for the estate and generation-skipping taxes, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Charles Melancon voted YES on 22 June 2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Melancon. HR 8. 108th Congress. To make the repeal of the estate tax permanent. Project Vote Smart Summary: Charles Melancon voted YES on 13 April 2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Melancon. Issue Position: Tax Relief. "Tax relief for middle class families will help our economy and will help the pocketbooks of so many Louisianans who work hard and play by the rules. I support tax relief for everyone. If it comes down to funding for our schools, for our troops, or for affordable prescription drugs or tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires, I will side with our seniors, soldiers and school kids... Repeal the death tax on estates." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Club for Growth. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Charles Melancon supported the interests of the Club for Growth 1 percent in 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Melancon. HR 1. 111th Congress. Making supplemental appropriations for job preservation and creation, infrastructure investment, energy efficiency and science, assistance to the unemployed, and State and local fiscal stabilization, for fiscal year ending September 30, 2009, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Charles Melancon voted YES on 13 February 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Melancon. HR 1424. 111th Congress. To provide authority for the Federal Government to purchase and insure certain types of troubled assets for the purposes of providing stability to and preventing disruption in the economy and financial system and protecting taxpayers, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide incentives for energy production and conservation, to extend certain expiring provisions, to provide individual income tax relief, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Charles Melancon voted YES on 10 March 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Melancon. Rep. Melancon Supports Economic Recovery Plan to Create and Save 50,000 Jobs in Louisiana. 13 February 2009. "Last month alone, almost 600,000 Americans lost their jobs and unemployment in Louisiana has risen to 5.9%. With so many people hurting, we can't afford to sit back and wait for the perfect solution to come along. We must take bold action now to stop the downward spiral. The people of south Louisiana sent me to Congress because I promised to listen to them and do what I thought was right, not what was most popular or what my party told me to do. This plan, while far from perfect, will create or save an estimated 50,000 jobs in Louisiana, invest over $538 million in infrastructure projects for our state, and lay a foundation for long-term growth for our country through innovation and education. This bill is the right thing to do for America's future, and I am proud to support it." (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Melancon. Rep. Melancon Supports Emergency Economic Stabilization Act. 3 October 2008. "In what was one of the most difficult votes of my time in office, I voted to support today's economic rescue plan. I have heard from my constituents, and I think they made it clear what they want. They don't want to bail out greedy Wall Street executives, and they don't want to bail out people who took irresponsible loans. This bill answered their concerns. However, when I look at the best way to protect Louisianians' retirement pensions, small-business payrolls and home values, this bill is necessary. I've seen our state go through a recession in the 1980's, and if I can help avoid those hard times again, I want to try." (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Melancon. Rep. Melancon to Support Economic Recovery Plan. 28 January 2009. "I am supporting the American Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Plan because it will make targeted investments in infrastructure, education, health care, broadband technology, and energy independence. With this bill, we will also provide some much-needed relief to laid-off workers and states, like Louisiana, that face serious budget deficits. Individuals and businesses will also be buoyed by $275 billion in targeted tax cuts that will help spur economic recovery. Like many Louisianians, I was concerned the some of the spending in this bill appears to be for non-emergency purposes, and I worked with the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition to get some of those provisions stripped from the bill. No bill will ever be perfect, but it's important that we take decisive action to help our economy recover, and the good in this bill far outweighs the bad. The Recovery Plan is a solid combination of targeted investments and tax relief needed to get our economy moving again, and I feel we must support it." (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Melancon. Rep. Melancon Honored By U.S. Chamber Of Commerce For Supporting American Businesses. 26 March 2009. "Among the pro-business bills that Rep. Melancon supported was the 2008 Recovery Rebates and Economic Stimulus for the American People Act (H.R. 5140), which provided incentives to encourage consumer spending, increase business investment, and promote job growth -- all critical to improving the nation's economic outlook. Among other elements, the Chamber supported the bill's bonus depreciation and increased expensing provisions, which reduce the amount of time required for businesses to recover investment costs." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Business and Employment Issues: Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Charles Melancon. American Newspapers Not Buying Congressional Republican Social Security Plan. 12 July 2005. "Mr. MELANCON. Mr. Speaker, America's editorial boards, both liberal and conservative, were not fooled by the Congressional Republican Social Security proposal unveiled this past month. The Republican plan would create private accounts out of the money now going into the Social Security trust fund... Mr. Speaker, Republicans are no longer fooling anyone. It is time that they take privatization off the table." (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Melancon. It Is Time Republicans Take Social Security Privatization Off the Table. 29 June 2005. "First, the new proposal would divert payroll contributions that are now being held for future beneficiaries into these risky, private accounts. By merely diverting Social Security funds, the plan would still force large benefit cuts on today's seniors and tomorrow's beneficiaries. And, just like the President's plan, the Republican legislative proposal does nothing to address the real issue facing Social Security, and that is solvency. Mr. Speaker, the American people have seen what can happen to pensions and the stock market and how important a guaranteed Social Security benefit is to their retirement security. It is time that our Republican colleagues realize that privatization just is not going to fly, no matter how you package it." (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Melancon. Three-Legged Stool. 22 June 2005. "Couple that with the giant market crash in 2000 when the stock market lost $9 billion. Mr. Speaker, there is no question that there is a lot of uncertainty right now, and maybe that is why Americans are so determined to keep one thing that is certain, that is, Social Security from being privatized." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime Issues: Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants. 2005-2006. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Charles Melancon supported the interests of the Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants 44 percent in 2005-2006. (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education Issues: Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Charles Melancon. Issue Position: Education. "I believe that high standards of accountability in education are important, but unless we provide the necessary resources, our students and schools are going to continue falling short of these new standards. I know many teachers, school administrators, and parents in South Louisiana are frustrated by the No Child Left Behind law because it raises the bar on learning by a substantial margin without providing schools with the money or other tools they need to help students achieve more....I am deeply concerned that the Bush Administration has not only forced an unfunded mandate on our schools, but also focused on applying one-size-fits-all standards at the expense of doing a better job educating our children, the future leaders of our country. Now we must work together to remedy the hand we've been dealt and move forward." (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Melancon. Issue Position: Investing in Education. "Charlie Melancon's children attended public schools in the same community where he grew up. He has seen the changes in our schools and knows the challenges public schools face. Support for our educational system, including our community and technical colleges, is imperative for economic development. New businesses and industries look for a well-trained workforce. Congressman Melancon believes we must keep our commitment to make college more affordable at our state schools. Increasing school funding, improving school accountability, raising teacher salaries, and investing in our colleges and universities will have a positive impact on our economic development efforts. Charlie believes in the principles of the No Child Left Behind Act, but believes that the Act needs to be fully funded. We cannot have a strong economy if we do not have strong schools. Charlie Melancon will continue to be a rock-solid supporter of better schools, better teachers and more educational opportunities. CHARLIE MELANCON - "It's hard to explain to a teacher or first-grader why there are new schools in Iraq, while our schools are in shambles. We need to balance new investments in education with more accountability for the money spent and the performance of our schools. You can't get a good job if you don't have a good education. Our schools are the lifeblood of our economic development efforts. Improving our schools is the most effective economic development strategy we can have." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment and Energy Issues: Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Environment America. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Charles Melancon supported the interests of Environment America 73 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Melancon. HR 2454. 111th Congress. To create clean energy jobs, achieve energy independence, reduce global warming pollution and transition to a clean energy economy. Project Vote Smart Summary: Charles Melancon voted NO on 26 June 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Melancon. Melancon pitches his centrist political stance in '10 Senate campaign against Vitter. 8 September 2010. "Making his initial political excursion of the 2010 campaign into northern Louisiana, a hotbed of political conservatism, Melancon, a third-term congressman from southern Louisiana, declared himself pro-life, pro-gun and opposed to gay marriage. Those positions oftentimes draw fire among national Democratic Party regulars. He also said he was uncomfortable with the current health care reform package promoted by Democrats and with current party positions on global warming and energy." (www.charliemelancon.com)
  • Charles Melancon. Blue Dog Coalition. 17 July 2007. "And I've got a new grandson, and of course, after these storms, seeing the damage to these wetlands, these estuaries, seeing and hearing the facts that I'm hearing on climate change and the concern with, as I tell people, there will always be a planet called earth. The question is will there be an earth with life or with quality of life. And we are in the generation, we are in a time in this Congress where I believe, as you, we have an opportunity to do it, but we have to do it right because I don't think we're going to get multiple chances at it. We've got to try and make those decisions as wisely as we can so that, whatever it is that we do, it is for the next generation and those that succeed them....For those people that don't think that there's such a thing as global warming and/or climate change, the scientific community has documented it. It's there. We've talked about it. You don't have to believe everything that's said by a Member of Congress. Sometimes I doubt some of the things I hear, but the things that I see, the horrific hurricanes, the tornado activity throughout the country in areas that have never been affected, the floods that are occurring consistently, the droughts that are occurring throughout the United States, some people say, well, you just know more about them because the news is there. No, they're there. They're being documented. They are more frequent, more severe than we've ever seen. So we need to move fast. We need to move together. We need to come together as a country, as a Congress, and put together policy that our kids and our grandkids and the future generations will have hope that the world will be as good as it was for us." (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Melancon. Rep. Melancon Supports Landmark Energy Independence Bill. 18 December 2007. "'The United States is weakened by our dependence on foreign oil, and Louisiana families are paying too much at the pump to fuel their cars," said Rep. Melancon. "This historic legislation will take America in the direction of greater energy independence and efficiency, and ultimately lower energy costs. South Louisianians are concerned about the threat our coastal communities face from rising sea levels and more severe hurricanes and should be pleased that today, Congress is taking an important step forward in combating global climate change. Twice before I have voted against this bill because I believed it would raise taxes on Louisiana businesses and increase electricity bills for our ratepayers. I am pleased that those onerous provisions have been stripped from the bill, and we have negotiated a deal that is good for both Louisiana and the future of our nation as a whole. This is a balanced approach toward fighting global climate change and increasing the United States' energy security, and I am proud to support it.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Melancon. Rep. Melancon Votes Against Climate Change Bill. 21 May 2009. "'From the threats caused by rising sea levels and a disappearing coastline, to suffering through more intense, more frequent hurricanes, the people of south Louisiana are on the front lines in experiencing dangerous climate change,' said Rep. Melancon. 'South Louisianians want to reduce pollution in the air we breathe and the water we drink. We want to slow or even reverse climate change. And we want our nation to become more energy independent. But we must do so in a way that won't threaten our offshore oil and gas industry - an industry that has provided good-paying jobs to hundreds of thousands of workers in south Louisiana for generations. Many aspects of this bill have my full support. Reducing pollution and our dependence on foreign oil will require us to make major investments today in new technologies, efficiencies and renewable energy sources like biofuels. I am pleased this bill sets those priorities for our nation. While I am not able to support this bill today, I will continue working with my colleagues on a comprehensive energy policy that will meet our shared goal of reducing pollution, while also supporting the workers and businesses of America's Energy Coast.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Melancon. Rep. Melancon Comments on House Energy Bills. 5 August 2007. "Like many Americans, I am concerned about the harmful effects greenhouse gases and global climate change are having on our environment. Those of us who live along the coast are especially worried about rising sea levels and the recent increase in major hurricanes like Katrina and Rita. You just have to look at any elevation map of the U.S. to see that if sea levels rise even just slightly, most of south Louisiana will be under water. We must reverse this dangerous trend, and I applaud the leadership for focusing Congress's attention on increasing the use of clean, renewable energy. "However, I could not vote for these two energy bills. I believe we need an energy policy that puts our nation on the path toward being energy self-sufficient, so we are not at the mercy of foreign, sometimes unfriendly, countries like Venezuela and China. While the energy bills considered yesterday encourage more efficiency and the development of alternative fuels, they also throw up roadblocks to further domestic oil and gas exploration and production. Raising taxes on American businesses will not make us more energy independent, and less domestic energy production means higher energy costs for Louisianians. I cannot support a policy that does that. Louisianians already pay too much to fill up their cars and heat their homes, and we should be looking at ways to lower energy costs in the short term while simultaneously working toward a future of more renewable energy production. "While we need to develop more alternative clean energy sources like ethanol, Americans will still need fossil fuels for years to come and the legislation we considered yesterday ignores that fact. I encourage my colleagues in Congress to support a balanced energy policy that fundamentally promotes more domestic energy production, utilizing all sources, be it renewable forms like wind energy or biofuels, or traditional resources like fossil fuels. Energy independence is a goal all Americans share, and I look forward to continue working with my colleagues in Congress to help us achieve that end." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Gun Issues: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Gun Owners of America. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Charles Melancon a grade of C. (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Melancon. HR 6842. 111th Congress. To restore Second Amendment rights in the District of Columbia. Project Vote Smart Summary: Charles Melancon voted YES on 17 September 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Melancon. Meet the Candidate: Charlie Melancon. 15 October 2010. "I'm a pro-life, pro-gun, Louisiana Democrat." (www.wrkf.org)
  • Charles Melancon. Issue Position: Second Amendment. "Hunting in Louisiana isn't just a sport -- it's a way of life. Growing up and living in Louisiana, I've owned guns all my life. I remember how proud I was of my son Seph when he learned how to shoot, and all these years later we still enjoy hunting together. I have always been fierce defender of the Second Amendment. That's why I have an 'A' rating from the NRA, and why I'll always work to protect our constitutional rights to own a gun. I'll also work for sportsmen in the US Senate. I believe we need to do more to protect wetlands, our forests, and our streams to keep Louisiana a sportsman's paradise." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Issues: Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • American Public Health Association. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Charles Melancon supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 67 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Melancon. HR 3962. 111th Congress. To provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Charles Melancon voted NO on 7 November 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Melancon. Issue Position: Health Care. "We need health care reform to fix our broken health care system. But it needs to be fiscally responsible, market-based health care reform that protects the sanctity of life. Making Health Care More Affordable. Health care costs are spiraling out of control. I've talked to many Louisianians who tell me they're happy with their current insurance and they just want to keep what they have--but the costs are rising so much they can't afford to. We need health care reform to fix our broken health care system. But it needs to be fiscally responsible, market-based health care reform that protects the sanctity of life. We need to control health care costs and make health care more affordable and accessible to Louisiana middle class families. And we need to make common-sense reforms like stopping insurance companies from denying people coverage based on pre-existing conditions." (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Melancon. Rep. Melancon Comments On Vote Against House Health Care Bill. 7 November 2009. "I'll work with anyone, or stand up to anyone, when it comes to what's best for Louisiana. And the healthcare bill I voted against today in the House doesn't work for Louisiana. "In these tough economic times, we've got to be smarter about getting government spending and the deficit under control, and the House's health care bill simply costs too much. "And I can't support a government-run insurance option that the people of Louisiana don't want. "In the coming months, I will keep listening to folks in Louisiana and working with people from both sides of the aisle. "And I'll keep working for smarter, more fiscally-responsible, market-based healthcare reforms that protect the sanctity of life. "Together, we will find a way to make health care more affordable and accessible for all Louisianians, and bring down the rising cost of health care in this country." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration Issues: Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 2007-2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Charles Melancon supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 54 percent in 2007-2008. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso. 2007-2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Charles Melancon supported the interests of the National Latino Congreso 0 percent in 2007-2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Melancon. Rep. Melancon Introduces Bill to Fight Illegal Immigration. 8 September 2010. "U.S. Rep. Charlie Melancon (D-LA) joined Rep. Heath Shuler of North Carolina and over 80 of his colleagues in Congress yesterday in introducing commonsense immigration enforcement legislation. The bipartisan Secure America through Verification and Enforcement (SAVE) Act is a three-part plan to drastically reduce illegal immigration through stricter border security, employer verification, and interior enforcement. 'Illegal immigration is a threat to our communities and a burden on our local governments. We must do something to solve this problem,' said Rep. Melancon. 'It is estimated that over 12 million people are currently here illegally, and thousands more are coming in every week. Americans are demanding a solution, and Congress must act now. The SAVE Act will stem the tide of illegal immigration through several commonsense measures. It will put 8,000 new border control agents at our border. It will require employers to verify that the workers they hire are in this country legally, through a free and simple program that is already available from the Department of Homeland Security. The logic is simple: if illegal workers can't get a job in the U.S., they will stop trying to come here illegally. Finally, the SAVE Act will increase cooperation between federal immigration officials and local law enforcement officers so they can more effectively find and detain illegal immigrants. State and local law enforcement often already know where to find these illegal residents, and they arrest criminals who are here illegally every day. The SAVE Act will help the feds work with local police to find and detain these illegal immigrants so they can be sent back to their home countries. The SAVE Act is a serious response to the illegal immigration crisis in our country, and I will work with my colleagues to get it passed by Congress.'" (www.melancon.house.gov)
  • Charles Melancon. Issue Position: Immigration. "I am concerned about border security and strongly against granting blanket amnesty to illegal immigrants. During this time of uncertainty it is essential that we secure our borders to protect American jobs and keep us safe from potential terrorist attacks. I am committed to creating an immigration policy that will help, rather than hurt, our citizens and industries. In Congress, I have voted for legislation to secure our borders, better enforce our immigration laws and stop illegal immigration." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer International Policy Issues: Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Charles Melancon. HR 4899. 111th Congress. Supplemental Appropriations Act. Project Vote Smart Summary: Charles Melancon voted NO on Limiting Afghanistan Military Funding to Withdrawal and Other Specified Purposes on 1 July 2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Melancon. HR 4899. 111th Congress. Supplemental Appropriations Act. Project Vote Smart Summary: Charles Melancon voted NO on Requiring Timetable for Withdrawal from Afghanistan on 1 July 2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Charles Melancon supported the interests of Peace Action West 25 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Melancon. Rep. Melancon Supports Troops in Iraq, Afghanistan. 27 July 2010. "Today, U.S Congressman Charlie Melancon (LA-03) voted in support of funding for U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2010 (H.R. 4899), which passed the House with strong bipartisan support, also includes aid to Gulf Coast communities impacted by the BP oil disaster. In addition, the bill replenishes FEMA's Disaster Relief Fund, which will pay for ongoing recovery projects across the country, including rebuilding the Medical Center of Louisiana (formerly, New Orleans' Charity Hospital). "As long as our Louisiana servicemen and women are fighting for our country abroad, I will continue voting in Congress to supply them with the equipment and resources they need to get the job done, and for the benefits they have earned when they return home," said Rep. Melancon. "Supporting our troops is not just a slogan. It is a promise to our men and women in uniform, and to their families, that we will stand with them each and every time we are called to do so. I am proud to vote once again to support our troops and veterans." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Social Issues: Should marriage only be between one man and one woman? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Charles Melancon. H J Res 88. 109th Congress. Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to marriage. Project Vote Smart Summary: Charles Melancon voted YES on 18 July 2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Melancon. Issue Position: Family Values. 5 August 2009. "I understand and share the concerns of many Americans who want to limit the definition of 'marriage' to the union between a man and woman. For this reason, I supported the Marriage Protection Amendment." (votesmart.org)

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