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John R. Carter

John Carter's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: John R. Carter
Office: U.S. House (TX) - District 31, Republican
First Elected: 11/05/2002
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 31
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary March 4, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Erika; 4 Children: Gilianne, Johnny, Teddy, Danielle
Birth Date: 11/06/1941
Birth Place: Houston, TX
Home City: Round Rock, TX
Religion: Christian
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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 2014, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Carter. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. John Carter voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • John Carter. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. John Carter voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "John Carter supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Carter. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. John Carter voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • John Carter. Carter Says Congress Needs New Pro-Life Commitment. 23 January 2012. "We have made progress in preserving the lives of at least some of the unborn since the flawed 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, but we have a long way to go before the law once again protects all Americans. The thousands of Americans who participated in today's March for Life, and the millions who have done so in the past, deserve much credit for keeping pressure on Congress and educating the public on this long-standing wrong in our legal system. While we have achieved some success in addressing partial birth abortions, parental notification, waiting periods, and federal funding issues, we still have much work left before we can reverse this policy of death entirely." (votesmart.org)
  • John Carter. Carter Reaffirms Rights Of The Unborn. 22 January 2007. "I am pleased that so many pro-life activists have come to Washington and braved the cold weather to demonstrate the vital importance of protecting human life. I believe very strongly that life begins at conception, and that convenience must never replace compassion." (votesmart.org)
  • John Carter. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • John Carter. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • John Carter. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • John Carter. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial-birth" abortion."
  • John Carter. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. John Carter voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • John Carter. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. John Carter voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave John Carter a rating of 6 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "John Carter supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Carter. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • John Carter. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. John Carter voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "John Carter supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Carter. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. John Carter voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • John Carter. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • John Carter. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "John Carter supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "John Carter supported the interests of Peace Action West 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "John Carter supported the interests of the Peace Action 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Carter. Carter Calls for Prayer, Vigilance, and Resolve on 9-11. 11 September 2012. "As we pray for the victims of this conflict and their families, let us not forget we are still suffering casualties in Afghanistan from this war that began with the enemy's unprovoked attack on unarmed civilians eleven years ago today [¦] Our military forces have won great victories in destroying those who attacked us on 9-11. But we need to remember that war continues, and maintain our national resolve to provide the support our forces need to complete their mission." (votesmart.org)
  • John Carter. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "e) Should the United States increase military support to Afghanistan?"
  • John Carter. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. John Carter voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Carter. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. John Carter voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • John Carter. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. John Carter voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • John Carter. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. John Carter voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • John Carter. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. John Carter voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • John Carter. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. John Carter voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • John Carter. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. John Carter voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • John Carter. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. c) Defense"
  • John Carter. Carter: Cut $4 Trillion, NOT $1.2 Trillion Minimum. 16 November 2011. "Carter says he reserves his support of any final bill pending details, but to allow automatic spending cuts to occur for lack of an agreement would be a major economic blow to Central Texas and America's national security. Failure to produce a bill means a cut of 30% or more in troops at Fort Hood as a result of the automatic Defense cuts. And that means the entire nation is more at risk from a lack of adequate troop levels and weapons-systems improvements, and our 31st District of Texas will see a major economic decline." (votesmart.org)
  • John Carter. Press Release “ Carter Supports Defense Spending Bill. 27 September 2006. "Ensuring that our troops receive the resources they need to defend our nation and win the war on terror remains a top priority of mine. This spending bill will help protect our service men and women by providing funding for important troop protection needs like new improvised explosive device countermeasures. This legislation also provides our committed and brave service men and women with a well-deserved pay raise." (votesmart.org)
  • John Carter. Sequestration: The Destruction of the United States Military. 31 July 2012. "Let's look at what we propose to do as a solution under sequester [¦] Over here in defense we're taking $422 billion, the highest of any of these numbers, out of $3.6 trillion. This is about a 42 percent cut. This is out of whack. What's this out of whack going to do to our military? Let's start off with what we're talking about right now in the country. We're talking about our economy, we're talking about getting ourselves out of this slump we're in and putting Americans back to work. Does anybody think it's a good idea to create a program that loses American jobs? To me, I just can't fathom it. But according to CNN, 1 million jobs will be lost under sequester. That's not military jobs. That's the people who provide goods and services either directly for the military or sell it to the military [¦] We have a responsibility to try to do something about this, and we can't keep kicking cans down the road in this body. If we do, one of these days, we are going to get a broken foot, and already there seems to be a brick in the can." (votesmart.org)
  • John Carter. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. John Carter voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • John Carter. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. John Carter voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • John Carter. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. John Carter voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Carter signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. 8 August 2012. "I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (atr.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "John Carter supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "John Carter supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 90 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "John Carter supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 100 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Carter. Issue Position: Standing Up for Taxpayers, and Eliminating Waste, Fraud, and Abuse. 10 November 2011. "Congressman Carter believes Americans know how best to spend their money and he will continue to promote pro-growth policies that will keep more money in your pocket--not in the hands of Washington bureaucrats. He also believes that the federal government spends too much of the American taxpayers' money. That is why he has consistently supported initiatives that rein in wasteful spending, exercise fiscal restraint, and ensure that Congress is spending taxpayer dollars wisely." (votesmart.org)
  • John Carter. Issue Position: Economy and Taxes. 10 November 2011. "I believe that we need to drastically decrease federal spending, instead of increasing it and burdening Texas families with the higher price tag." (votesmart.org)
  • John Carter. Carter Supports Bill to Cut Deficit by More than $39 Billion. 19 December 2005. "The Republican party has long been the party of responsible fiscal spending. The vote to reduce the federal deficit [¦] will reduce wasteful spending and encourage a more efficient government, while continuing to support the needs of Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • John Carter. Carter Statement on President's Economic Growth Plan. 18 January 2008. "It is clear that stimulating our economy must consist of tax relief for small businesses and middle-class families, not increased federal spending that will only burden American families." (votesmart.org)
  • John Carter. Carter Courier (Volume 4, Issue 35). 17 October 2006. "Restraining federal spending is part of the equation to reduce the deficit and keep the economy strong." (votesmart.org)
  • John Carter. American Economy Must Change Direction. 25 August 2010. "The evidence of disastrous July homes sales, record high foreclosures, and continued unemployment near 10 percent closes the case that the Obama stimulus and massive federal deficits are not lifting us from recession, but are actually dragging the economy down further." (votesmart.org)
  • John Carter. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. John Carter voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave John Carter a rating of 95 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "John Carter supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Carter. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. John Carter voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • John Carter. Obama Budget Spends and Taxes Too Much, Cuts Too Little, Doesn't Create Jobs. 14 February 2011. "This Administration has buried the nation in debt with their stimulus spending spree over the last two years, and we have to return to 2008 levels to even begin the process of balancing the budget." (votesmart.org)
  • John Carter. June Job Loss Shows Democrat Stimulus Failure. 6 July 2010. "The June jobs report shows that the Obama stimulus has not only failed, but is now pushing the nation back into an even deeper recession [¦] Do they really think that kind of fiscal irresponsibility will convince employers to start hiring again?" (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Carter. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. John Carter voted Yea on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Carter. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2011. "I strongly believe that parents and communities, not the federal government know best regarding expectations and needs for a student's educational experience. As Congress continues to discuss NCLB and the Federal government's role in our education system, I will continue to support more state and local control while ensuring our education system provides children with a quality education." (votesmart.org)
  • John Carter. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Providing education is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • John Carter. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • John Carter. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Education"
  • John Carter. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • John Carter. Issue Position: Improving Education. 8 August 2012. "Carter is the father of a high school teacher and believes that the interference of bureaucracy in education has spawned an unnecessary amount of challenges within our educational system and it's time for us to change. In his first term, Carter served on the Education and the Workforce Committee, where he began his commitment to cutting red tape, reducing bureaucracy, empowering our teachers and principals and moving money and control back to our parents and local school boards." (votesmart.org)
  • John Carter. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Carter. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. John Carter voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • John Carter. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)."
  • John Carter. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "John Carter supported the interests of Environment America 7 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • John Carter. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. John Carter voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • John Carter. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. John Carter voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • John Carter. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Carter. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Support the U.S. re-entering the Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "John Carter supported the interests of Environment America 7 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • John Carter. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • John Carter. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "k) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • John Carter. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • John Carter. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Support the U.S. re-entering the current Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • John Carter. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. John Carter voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "John Carter supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 10 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Carter. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). John Carter voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Carter. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed John Carter in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave John Carter a grade of 91." (votesmart.org)
  • John Carter. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • John Carter. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • John Carter. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • John Carter. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Renew the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • John Carter. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • John Carter. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "e) State Issue"
  • John Carter. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • John Carter. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • John Carter. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "e) State Issue"
  • John Carter. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • John Carter. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • John Carter. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • John Carter. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • John Carter. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • John Carter. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. John Carter voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • John Carter. Issue Position: Law and Order. 10 November 2011. "I believe that federal gun regulations often create burdens for law-abiding citizens and infringe upon constitutional rights provided by the Second Amendment." (votesmart.org)
  • John Carter. Conservatives Win Major Victory for Second Amendment Rights. 20 May 2009. "This victory proves that in spite of Republicans being in the minority in both Houses, conservatives can still win on the core issues facing this nation, such as the constitutional right to bear arms" [¦] "The Constitution specifically bars the federal government “ including the National Park Service “ from infringing on this right, and this vote settles the fact that the federal government has been overstepping its authority." (votesmart.org)
  • John Carter. Press Release “ Carter Supports Bill To Protect Second Amendment Rights. 26 September 2006. "Law abiding citizens have a right to keep and bear arms, and I will remain committed to protecting all Americans' Second Amendment right." (votesmart.org)
  • John Carter. District of Columbia Personal Protection Act. 29 September 2004. "So the reality is, if we have a ban on guns, we ban those guns from the people who need to protect themselves." (votesmart.org)
  • John Carter. Issue Position: Defending Traditional Values. 10 November 2011. "John Carter pulls no punches when it comes to protecting our Texas values. These are just a few of his accomplishments [¦] Fought to protect our Second Amendment right to own and bear arms." (votesmart.org)
  • John Carter. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. John Carter voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • John Carter. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. John Carter voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "John Carter supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 0 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Carter. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. John Carter voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "John Carter supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Carter. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • John Carter. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • John Carter. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • John Carter. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "John Carter supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Carter. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for certain illegal immigrants who already reside in the United States."
  • John Carter. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Allow legalization for certain illegal immigrants working in the U.S."
  • John Carter. Carter Steps Up Fight Against Obama Amnesty. 15 July 2011. "Congress has rejected blanket amnesty for illegal aliens, so the Obama Administration is now attempting to circumvent the law by ignoring it [¦] This is not a legitimate use of prosecutorial discretion, but a scheme to bypass the constitutional requirements of changing the law." (votesmart.org)
  • John Carter. Carter: Ted Kennedy Amnesty Agreement Intolerable. 17 May 2007. "The Senate's compromise would reward 12 million immigrants who entered our country illegally with citizenship and benefits granted only to legal U.S. residents. As an elected District Judge for 20 years, I believe in the rule of law and have fought for tough enforcement of our nation's immigration laws. I will not support this plan or any other that grants amnesty to anyone who broke the law to enter the United States illegally." (votesmart.org)
  • John Carter. Border Security “ What Works, What Doesn't. 6 September 2010. "If our borders are left open, it really doesn't matter what we do about illegal immigration or guest workers, even at the extremes of mass deportation or blanket amnesty. If we kick out those here illegally without securing our borders, they will walk right back in." (votesmart.org)
  • John Carter. Issue Position: Border Security and Immigration. 1 January 2011. "Once we gain control of the border, I believe we must implement an accountable and effective non-citizen worker program. Many of these illegal immigrants perform a role in our economy and, likewise, many businesses count on their participation. This system should have a high threshold of accountability and require that illegal immigrants be employed if they wish to remain in the United States. Previous criminal convictions, or convictions while working in the U.S., should stop illegal immigrants from participating in the system. Furthermore, I do not support an expedited pathway to citizenship through a work program. I remain strongly opposed to any sort of amnesty program. If you reward illegal immigrants with citizenship, that is amnesty, simply put. I do not believe that illegal immigrants should be rewarded for breaking our laws, while millions of immigrants are waiting in line to become American citizens." (votesmart.org)
  • John Carter. Issue Position: Protecting Our Borders. 8 August 2012. "Congressman Carter has been an outspoken leader in calling for an immigration policy that begins by securing the border. He believes that we must take immediate action to help stem the tidal wave of illegal immigrants crossing every day [¦] Once the border is secure, Congressman Carter believes that Congress must take a thoughtful approach to the other issues surrounding legal and illegal immigration in our country." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed John Carter in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • John Carter. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. John Carter voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "John Carter supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Carter. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. John Carter voted Yea on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed John Carter in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "John Carter supported the interests of the American Family Association 94 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "John Carter supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "John Carter supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 85 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • John Carter. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). John Carter voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • John Carter. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. John Carter voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • John Carter. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "k) Should marriage be restricted to a union only between a man and a woman?"
  • John Carter. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. John Carter voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "John Carter supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 10 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "John Carter supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • John Carter. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "f) Do you support a policy of pre-emptive strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to national security?"
  • John Carter. America's Greatest Christmas Gift: Victory in Iraq. 21 December 2011. "Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind Al-Qaeda's entire global war that began with the unprovoked attacks of 9-11, has been shot to death in a brilliant commando raid by our Navy seals in Pakistan. Anwar-al-Awlaki, the instigator of the 2009 attack on Fort Hood, has been killed by a Joint Special Operations Command drone aircraft in Yemen. That's a victory." (votesmart.org)
  • John Carter. Al-Awlaki Death First Justice for Fort Hood Casualties. 30 September 2011. "If confirmed by our military, al-Awlaki's death is another powerful blow against Al-Qaeda terrorist strikes worldwide and especially here in America [¦] Al-Awlaki was a prime instigator of the attack on our troops at Fort Hood, along with multiple other attempted terror attacks against America. His death represents a clear victory against the new Al-Qaeda strategy of radicalizing individuals and inspiring attacks from within our country. Coming on the heels of the killing of Osama bin Laden, we are demonstrating that Al-Qaeda cannot foment terror strikes from overseas and escape U.S. Justice." (votesmart.org)
  • John Carter. The Truth About the War in Iraq. 3 November 2005. "We in America must remember: If we do not fight tyranny wherever tyranny exists, we have learned this lesson over and over and over in American history, and if we do not support those who fight tyranny wherever tyranny exists, then tyranny will take over that map until tyranny controls the world. There will not just be no freedom in Iraq or no freedom in Afghanistan. There will not be any freedom anywhere." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "John Carter supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 20 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • John Carter. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • John Carter. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • John Carter. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • John Carter. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."

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Congressional Election 2004 National Political Awareness Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion.
Xa) Abortions should always be illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legal.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
e) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
Xf) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial-birth" abortion.
Xg) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
h) Other or expanded principles
Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category.
Budget Priorities
Maintain Statusa) Agriculture
Greatly Decreaseb) Arts
Greatly Increasec) Defense
Slightly Increased) Education
Maintain Statuse) Environment
Greatly Increasef) Homeland security
Slightly Decreaseg) International aid
Slightly Increaseh) Law enforcement
Slightly Increasei) Medical research
Slightly Increasej) National parks
Slightly Increasek) Public health services
Maintain Statusl) Scientific research
Slightly Increasem) Space exploration programs
Slightly Increasen) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Slightly Decreaseo) Welfare
Eliminatep) Other or expanded categories
Defense Spending
Greatly Increasea) Armed Forces personnel training
Greatly Increaseb) Intelligence operations
Greatly Increasec) Military hardware
Greatly Increased) Modernization of weaponry and equipment
Greatly Increasee) National missile defense
Slightly Increasef) Pay for active duty personnel
Slightly Increaseg) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Slightly Increaseh) Research and development of new weapons
Greatly Increasei) Troop and equipment readiness
j) Other or expanded categories
Using the key above, indicate what federal tax levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category.
Taxes
Income Taxes:
Family Income
Slightly Decreasea) Less than $25,000
Slightly Decreaseb) $25,000-$75,000
Slightly Decreasec) $75,000-$150,000
Slightly Decreased) Over $150,000
Slightly Decreasee) Other or expanded categories
Retiree Income
Slightly Decreasef) Over $40,000
g) Other or expanded categories
Other Taxes:
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Eliminateb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Greatly Decreased) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Eliminatef) Inheritance taxes
Eliminateg) Other or expanded categories
Deductions/Credits:
Maintain Statusa) Charitable contributions
Maintain Statusb) Child tax credit
Maintain Statusc) Earned income tax credit
Slightly Increased) Medical expense deduction
Maintain Statuse) Mortgage deduction
Maintain Statusf) Student loan credit
g) Other or expanded categories
Yes4) Do you support permanent repeal of the federal estate tax?
Yes5) Do you support eliminating taxes on dividends paid to individual investors?
Yes6) Should a married couple filing jointly pay the same taxes as if they were an unmarried couple filing separately?
7) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
a) Support public taxpayer funding for federal candidates who comply with campaign spending limits.
Xb) Increase the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns.
c) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
Xd) Allow unregulated soft money campaign contributions to political parties or committees.
Xe) Allow ads paid for by soft money that support or attack a candidate for federal office.
Xf) Allow issue advocacy commercials by corporations, labor unions, and non-profit groups which appear within 60 days of a general election and within 30 days of a primary election.
Xg) Remove all contribution limits on federal campaigns and parties.
Undecidedh) Do you support instant run-off voting (IRV)?
Yesi) Should Election Day be a national holiday?
Undecidedj) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?
Yesk) Should marriage be restricted to a union only between a man and a woman?
l) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.
Xa) Support the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
b) Eliminate the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
Xc) Impose "truth in sentencing" for violent criminals so they serve full sentences with no chance of parole.
Xd) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xe) Support programs to provide prison inmates with drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
f) Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
Xg) Support additional criminal penalties if a fetus is killed in the commission of a federal crime against a pregnant woman.
h) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, and disability be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.
Xi) Support programs that provide job training and placement services for at-risk youth.
Xj) Impose stricter penalties for those convicted of white-collar crimes.
k) Enforcement of civil rights should primarily be the responsibility of the federal government.
Xl) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
m) Other or expanded principles

(l) should be under certain circumstances and with statutory age settings

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding drugs.
Xa) Support mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
Xb) Expand federally sponsored drug education and drug treatment programs.
c) Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
d) Allow doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
Xe) Increase border security to stop the flow of illegal drugs into the United States.
Xf) Eliminate federal funding for programs associated with the "war on drugs."
g) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
Xa) Support national standards for and testing of public school students.
Xb) Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any public school.
Xc) Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any private or religious school.
Xd) Allow teachers and professionals to receive authorization and funding to establish charter schools.
e) Increase funding for block grants to states to aid in the hiring of additional teachers.
Xf) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
Xg) Increase funding for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings, infrastructure, technology).
Xh) Support granting states limited control over Head Start programs.
Xi) Support changing the mission of Head Start to emphasize improving the math and reading skills of disadvantaged children.
j) Providing education is not a responsibility of the federal government.
k) Support affirmative action in public college admissions.
l) Increase funding of programs such as Pell grants and Stafford loans to help students pay for college.
Xm) Support federal tax incentives to help families save for college.
n) Other or expanded principles
1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.
Xa) Increase funding for national job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
Xb) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xc) Provide tax credits or grants to businesses that offer child care services to employees.
Xd) Encourage employers to offer flex-time scheduling, comp-time, and unpaid leave for family emergencies.
e) Eliminate all federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
f) Increase the federal minimum wage.
g) Support the right of workers to strike without fear of being permanently replaced.
Xh) Allow workers to sell company stock and to diversify their company retirement funds into other investment options.
i) Other or expanded principles
2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding affirmative action.
a) The federal government should consider race and gender in government contracting decisions.
Xb) The federal government should discontinue affirmative action programs.
c) The federal government should continue affirmative action programs.
d) Include sexual orientation in federal anti-discrimination laws.
e) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
a) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Water Act.
b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act.
Xc) Require states to compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses of privately-owned land.
Xd) Relax logging restrictions on federal lands.
Xe) Relax standards on federal lands to allow increased recreational usage.
Xf) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil).
g) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
Xh) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration.
Xi) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels to reduce pollution.
Xj) Support the use of ethanol as an alternative fuel.
Xk) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits.
l) Support the U.S. re-entering the Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming.
m) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.
a) Renew the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Xc) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Xd) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Xe) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
h) Require a license for gun possession.
i) Establish a national database of ballistic "fingerprints" to track guns used in criminal activities.
Xj) Support legislation that would protect manufacturers, distributors, dealers, and importers of firearms from civil lawsuits by crime victims.
k) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health care.
a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government.
b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income.
Xc) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes appeal mechanisms when claims are denied.
d) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes the right to sue when claims are denied.
Xe) Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts.
Xf) Establish limits on the amount of punitive damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
g) Support expanding prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
h) Support expanding prescription drug coverage under private managed care plans.
Xi) Offer tax credits to individuals and small businesses to offset the cost of insurance coverage.
j) Support automatic enrollment of children in federal health care programs such as CHIP and Medicaid.
k) Allow 55-65 year-olds to buy into Medicare.
Xl) Support stem cell research on existing lines of stem cells.
m) Allow laboratories to create new lines of stem cells for additional research.
n) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration.
a) Decrease the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country.
Xb) Establish English as the official national language.
c) Increase the number of visas issued for agricultural workers.
d) Relax restrictions barring legal immigrants from using social programs (e.g. public housing, food stamps).
e) Support amnesty for certain illegal immigrants who already reside in the United States.
f) Support the detention of asylum seekers from countries known to sponsor terrorism.
g) Other or expanded principles
International Aid
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding United States economic assistance.
Xa) Aid should be granted to countries when extraordinary circumstances cause disaster and threaten civilian lives.
Xb) Aid should be granted to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States.
c) Aid should be eliminated for any nation with documented human rights abuses.
d) Aid programs should be scaled back and eventually eliminated.
e) Other or expanded principles
International Policy
1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the Middle East.
Yesa) Should the United States continue to provide leadership in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process?
Yesb) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
Noc) Should the United States withdraw its troops from Iraq?
d) Discuss your proposals for the reconstruction of Iraq. What funding sources would you use to implement these proposals? (75 words or less. Please use an attached page if the space below is not adequate.)

I completely support President Bush's plans and goals in Iraq. I will continue to fund all of our troop needs so they remain the best fighting force in the world and the safest.

e) Other or expanded principles
2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Central and East Asia.
Yesa) Should the United States use diplomatic and economic pressure to encourage North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program?
Undecidedb) Should the United States use military force to destroy the North Korean nuclear weapons program?
c) Should the United States remove the North Korean government from power?
Yesd) Should the United States increase financial support to Afghanistan?
Yese) Should the United States increase military support to Afghanistan?
f) Other or expanded principles
3) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the United Nations.
Noa) Should the United States maintain its financial support of the United Nations?
Yesb) Should the United States decrease its financial support of the United Nations?
Noc) Should the United States commit troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions?
d) Other or expanded principles
No4) Should the United States lift the travel ban to Cuba?
Yes5) Should the United States increase its financial support to Colombia to combat "the war on drugs"?
No6) Should aid to African nations for AIDS prevention programs fund distribution of contraceptives?
Yes7) Should aid to African nations for AIDS prevention fund abstinence education?
8) Other or expanded principles
International Trade
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international trade.
Yes1) Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
Yes2) Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?
Yes3) Do you support continued U.S. membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO)?
Undecided4) Should a nation's human rights record affect its normal trade relations (most favored nation) status with the United States?
Yes5) Do you support the trade embargo against Cuba?
Undecided6) Should trade agreements include provisions to address environmental concerns and to protect workers' rights?
7) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding national security.
Yesa) Do you support using military tribunals to try suspected terrorists when ordinary civilian courts are deemed inappropriate or impractical?
Yesb) Should the United States adopt stricter rules for student visa applications from nations known to sponsor terrorism?
Yesc) Should the United States grant law enforcement agencies greater discretion to read mail and email, tap phones, and conduct random searches to prevent future terrorist attacks?
Yesd) Should the United States hold foreign states accountable for terrorists who operate in their country?
Yese) Should the federal government increase funding to states and cities for homeland security?
Yesf) Do you support a policy of pre-emptive strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to national security?
g) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security.
Xa) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves.
Xb) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government.
Xc) Invest a portion of Social Security assets collectively in stocks and bonds instead of United States Treasury securities.
d) Increase the payroll tax to better finance Social Security in its current form.
e) Lower the annual cost-of-living increases.
f) Raise the retirement age for when individuals are eligible to receive full Social Security benefits.
g) Other of expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding technology and communication.
a) Collect taxes on commercial Internet transactions.
Xb) Continue the moratorium on Internet taxation.
Xc) Implement regulation of Internet content.
Xd) Support government mandates to curtail violent and sexual content on television.
Xe) Support strict penalties for Internet crimes (e.g. hacking, identity theft, worms/viruses).
Xf) Support legislation to detail how personal information can be collected and used on the Internet.
g) Regulating the Internet is not a responsibility of the federal government.
Xh) Impose regulations on "spam" emails.
i) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare and poverty.
Xa) Require welfare recipients to spend at least 40 hours a week in a combination of work and training programs.
b) Increase funding for child care programs.
Xc) Continue to give states and local governments flexibility in and responsibility for welfare programs through federal block grants.
Xd) Direct federal poverty aid through religious, community-based, or other non-profit organizations.
e) Abolish all federal welfare programs.
Xf) Support housing assistance for low-income families.
g) Other or expanded principles

all above would have conditions

On an attached page, disk, or via email, please explain in a total of 75 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.
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