Representative John C. Carney, Jr.'s Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (DE) - At-Large, Democratic
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John Carney, Jr. has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. John Carney, Jr. is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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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 are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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  • John Carney. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. John Carney voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • John Carney. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. John Carney voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • John Carney. Video: Abortion. 16 September 2012. "This has always been a very difficult issue for me because as a practicing catholic, I don't support abortion, but I believe it's a deeply personal issue. As a matter of liberty, as a matter of law, I don't believe the government should tell what each woman to do. I believe it's a personel decision, it's a private decision. Each woman ought to make it based on their own religious belief with the strictures that are put on it by law." (youtu.be)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed John Carney in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • John Carney. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. John Carney voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • John Carney. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. John Carney voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • John Carney. Video: Abortion. 16 September 2012. "This has always been a very difficult issue for me because as a practicing catholic, I don't support abortion, but I believe it's a deeply personal issue. As a matter of liberty, as a matter of law, I don't believe the government should tell what each woman to do. I believe it's a personel decision, it's a private decision. Each woman ought to make it based on their own religious belief with the strictures that are put on it by law." (youtu.be)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed John Carney in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)

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  • John Carney. Issue Position: Jobs & The Economy: A Stronger Business Climate. "John's comprehensive plan for statewide economic development includes the following elements: Keep taxes low and simple by committing to hold the top personal income tax rate among the lowest in the nation with no sales tax and continuing to cut personal and business taxes as revenues allow." (votesmart.org)
  • John Carney. Congressman Carney Statement On Republican Proposal to Change the Tax Code. "The proposal put forward today to reduce the top tax rate for the wealthiest Americans to 25 percent would add more than $3 trillion to the deficit. In order to even make this proposal revenue-neutral, taxes would have to be raised on low- and middle-income families by eliminating important tax deductions they rely on for college, child care, and housing. I voted against this proposal because it will not generate any new revenue for the country, and if it did, it would do so on the backs of the middle-class." (votesmart.org)
  • Nicole Guadiano. News Journal: DE Delegation Still Seeks Comprehensive Deficit Plan. 21 November 2011. "Members of Delaware's congressional delegation say they aren't giving up on a comprehensive deficit-reduction package, even as the "supercommittee" announced its failure to reach a deal on Monday. [¦] They had urged a target of $4 trillion in savings over a decade through mandatory spending cuts and new tax revenue [¦] 'I will work with any and all interested members in trying to get approval for a responsible plan that is balanced and fair,' Rep. John Carney, D-Del., said in an interview." (johncarney.house.gov)
  • John Carney. Issue Position: Jobs & The Economy: A Stronger Business Climate. "John's comprehensive plan for statewide economic development includes the following elements: Keep taxes low and simple by committing to hold the top personal income tax rate among the lowest in the nation with no sales tax and continuing to cut personal and business taxes as revenues allow." (votesmart.org)
  • John Carney. Congressman Carney Statement On Republican Proposal to Change the Tax Code. "The proposal put forward today to reduce the top tax rate for the wealthiest Americans to 25 percent would add more than $3 trillion to the deficit. In order to even make this proposal revenue-neutral, taxes would have to be raised on low- and middle-income families by eliminating important tax deductions they rely on for college, child care, and housing. I voted against this proposal because it will not generate any new revenue for the country, and if it did, it would do so on the backs of the middle-class." (votesmart.org)
  • Nicole Guadiano. News Journal: DE Delegation Still Seeks Comprehensive Deficit Plan. 21 November 2011. "Members of Delaware's congressional delegation say they aren't giving up on a comprehensive deficit-reduction package, even as the "supercommittee" announced its failure to reach a deal on Monday. [¦] They had urged a target of $4 trillion in savings over a decade through mandatory spending cuts and new tax revenue [¦] 'I will work with any and all interested members in trying to get approval for a responsible plan that is balanced and fair,' Rep. John Carney, D-Del., said in an interview." (johncarney.house.gov)

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  • John Carney. Rep. Carney Hails Grant Funding for Newark Transportation Center. 11 March 2011. "I applaud the Department of Transportation for recognizing the importance of this project for Delaware and the entire region. Investments in rail are investments in the long-term future of our economy. Newark has the potential to take advantage of significant economic development opportunities in the very near future, particularly with the military base relocation to Aberdeen Proving Grounds and the University of Delaware's plans to build a science and technology campus immediately surrounding the Newark Train Station. It's critical for the future of these projects and our overall economy that we have a viable, modern rail system that both passengers and businesses can access. This grant is a significant step toward improving freight and passenger rail in Newark, and I will continue working with my colleagues in Congress and the Administration to improve rail infrastructure and service throughout Delaware and the entire region." (votesmart.org)
  • John Carney. Jobs and the Economy. 20 September 2012. "John believes that investing in America's infrastructure will create jobs and help us build a stronger economy." (www.johncarneyforcongress.com)
  • John Carney. Letter to the Honorable Ray LaHood, Secretary, US Department of Transportation. 4 March 2011. "In light of the State of Florida's re-affirmed decision to reject a $2.4 billion High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail Program award, we urger you to reprogram this funding to projects along the Northeast Corridor. Our districts stand ready to seize this critical opportunity to improve the speed and efficiency of passenger rail service. Reprogramming the award would create jobs and alleviate congestion in the Northeast, without adding to the current deficit. As the nation's most densely populated transportation corridor, the Northeast Corridor has well-established passenger rail infrastructure. However, that infrastructure is dates and overburdened. federal investments could quickly be leveraged to improve mobility in a way that serves not just regional, but indeed national interests." (votesmart.org)
  • John Carney. Rep. Carney Hails Grant Funding for Newark Transportation Center. 11 March 2011. "I applaud the Department of Transportation for recognizing the importance of this project for Delaware and the entire region. Investments in rail are investments in the long-term future of our economy. Newark has the potential to take advantage of significant economic development opportunities in the very near future, particularly with the military base relocation to Aberdeen Proving Grounds and the University of Delaware's plans to build a science and technology campus immediately surrounding the Newark Train Station. It's critical for the future of these projects and our overall economy that we have a viable, modern rail system that both passengers and businesses can access. This grant is a significant step toward improving freight and passenger rail in Newark, and I will continue working with my colleagues in Congress and the Administration to improve rail infrastructure and service throughout Delaware and the entire region." (votesmart.org)
  • John Carney. Jobs and the Economy. 20 September 2012. "John believes that investing in America's infrastructure will create jobs and help us build a stronger economy." (www.johncarneyforcongress.com)
  • John Carney. Letter to the Honorable Ray LaHood, Secretary, US Department of Transportation. 4 March 2011. "In light of the State of Florida's re-affirmed decision to reject a $2.4 billion High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail Program award, we urger you to reprogram this funding to projects along the Northeast Corridor. Our districts stand ready to seize this critical opportunity to improve the speed and efficiency of passenger rail service. Reprogramming the award would create jobs and alleviate congestion in the Northeast, without adding to the current deficit. As the nation's most densely populated transportation corridor, the Northeast Corridor has well-established passenger rail infrastructure. However, that infrastructure is dates and overburdened. federal investments could quickly be leveraged to improve mobility in a way that serves not just regional, but indeed national interests." (votesmart.org)

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  • John Carney. Carper, Coons, Carney Commend Delaware's Progress on Education Reform Efforts. 11 January 2012. "Developing a world-class education system is critical to the long-term success of our nation [¦] Delaware is a national leader in efforts to raise student achievement, give teachers the tools they need to be successful, and ensure that all our young people are prepared for success in college and careers. This report shows some successes that Delaware has already achieved through Race to the Top, and areas that need more attention. I look forward to seeing even more progress in the coming years, and will continue working with education leaders in the state to overcome any challenges that may exist." (votesmart.org)
  • John Carney. Education. 20 September 2012. "John supports federal standards that empower local schools to make decisions based on what's best for the children of their community." (www.johncarneyforcongress.com)
  • John Carney. Carper, Coons, Carney Commend Delaware's Progress on Education Reform Efforts. 11 January 2012. "Developing a world-class education system is critical to the long-term success of our nation [¦] Delaware is a national leader in efforts to raise student achievement, give teachers the tools they need to be successful, and ensure that all our young people are prepared for success in college and careers. This report shows some successes that Delaware has already achieved through Race to the Top, and areas that need more attention. I look forward to seeing even more progress in the coming years, and will continue working with education leaders in the state to overcome any challenges that may exist." (votesmart.org)
  • John Carney. Education. 20 September 2012. "John supports federal standards that empower local schools to make decisions based on what's best for the children of their community." (www.johncarneyforcongress.com)

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  • John Carney. Jobs and Energy Permitting Act of 2011. 22 June 2011. "Delaware is in nonattainment with Federal clean air standards, mainly due to emissions that come from outside our State borders. In order to comply with Federal law and protect public health, Delaware has the ability to implement pollution control strategies beyond EPA's requirements. Last year Delaware was given Clean Air Act authority for the Outer Continental Shelf, meaning that the State, rather than EPA, regulates emissions there. Delegated authority is working. The one OCS permit requested of Delaware was granted within weeks, not months. Disputes go through a quick administrative review, rather than costly litigation. It does not mean a delay, as my Republican colleague alleged. In fact, this delegated authority is working so well that other States are actively looking into it. Maryland, Virginia and Alaska have each asked Delaware for its documents on delegated authority. A one-size-fits-all approach like H.R. 2021 is not in the best interest of our States. Our amendment simply preserves delegated authority to the States that want it, enabling our States to oversee pollution control as they see fit. This is not balkanization; it's common sense." (votesmart.org)
  • John Carney. Jobs and Energy Permitting Act of 2011. 22 June 2011. "Delaware is in nonattainment with Federal clean air standards, mainly due to emissions that come from outside our State borders. In order to comply with Federal law and protect public health, Delaware has the ability to implement pollution control strategies beyond EPA's requirements. Last year Delaware was given Clean Air Act authority for the Outer Continental Shelf, meaning that the State, rather than EPA, regulates emissions there. Delegated authority is working. The one OCS permit requested of Delaware was granted within weeks, not months. Disputes go through a quick administrative review, rather than costly litigation. It does not mean a delay, as my Republican colleague alleged. In fact, this delegated authority is working so well that other States are actively looking into it. Maryland, Virginia and Alaska have each asked Delaware for its documents on delegated authority. A one-size-fits-all approach like H.R. 2021 is not in the best interest of our States. Our amendment simply preserves delegated authority to the States that want it, enabling our States to oversee pollution control as they see fit. This is not balkanization; it's common sense." (votesmart.org)
  • John Carney. Issue Position: Energy, Conservation & Environment. "We need to change the way we do business and devote more energy and attention to cleaning up our environment and protecting our natural resources [¦] John's plan for a cleaner, healthier environment includes: [¦] Support the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from Delaware's power plants. It's essential that Delaware becomes a full member of the RGGI cap and trade program. To do that, we must pass legislation this month that officially recognizes our participation. John called on the members of the General Assembly to pass RGGI legislation before the end of this session [¦] Direct DNREC to immediately bring our air monitoring abilities to full capacity. It's DNREC's responsibility to take a more active role in double checking industry monitoring and conducting spot checks to ensure that our plants are complying with the law, and John will hold them accountable [¦] Ensure that state-owned vehicles meet higher fuel efficiency standards. The State needs to set an example for how we can secure a cleaner and healthier environment, and updating our state fleet is a good place to start. States like Pennsylvania and New York have already begun incorporating more hybrids and fuel efficient cars into their fleets. It's the right thing to do for our environment." (votesmart.org)
  • John Carney. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. John Carney voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed John Carney in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • John Carney. Issue Position: Energy, Conservation & Environment. "We need to change the way we do business and devote more energy and attention to cleaning up our environment and protecting our natural resources [¦] John's plan for a cleaner, healthier environment includes: [¦] Support the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from Delaware's power plants. It's essential that Delaware becomes a full member of the RGGI cap and trade program. To do that, we must pass legislation this month that officially recognizes our participation. John called on the members of the General Assembly to pass RGGI legislation before the end of this session [¦] Direct DNREC to immediately bring our air monitoring abilities to full capacity. It's DNREC's responsibility to take a more active role in double checking industry monitoring and conducting spot checks to ensure that our plants are complying with the law, and John will hold them accountable [¦] Ensure that state-owned vehicles meet higher fuel efficiency standards. The State needs to set an example for how we can secure a cleaner and healthier environment, and updating our state fleet is a good place to start. States like Pennsylvania and New York have already begun incorporating more hybrids and fuel efficient cars into their fleets. It's the right thing to do for our environment." (votesmart.org)
  • John Carney. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. John Carney voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed John Carney in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)

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  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed John Carney in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • John Carney. Issue Position: Crime and Public Safety. 11 July 2011. "We need to stop the proliferation of guns and gun violence on our streets. We need to make it a bigger priority to push the gun charges in the prosecution of crimes and not plead them out." (votesmart.org)
  • John Carney. Issue Position: Public Safety. 11 July 2011. "As a Wilmington resident and father of two sons, I am concerned with protecting the neighborhoods and communities across our state. In too many of our communities, drugs, guns, and the violent crimes that go with them are terrorizing Delaware residents and making them feel unsafe in their homes. I support aggressively enforcing our existing drug and gun laws and prosecuting those who commit violent crimes." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed John Carney in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • John Carney. Issue Position: Crime and Public Safety. 11 July 2011. "We need to stop the proliferation of guns and gun violence on our streets. We need to make it a bigger priority to push the gun charges in the prosecution of crimes and not plead them out." (votesmart.org)
  • John Carney. Issue Position: Public Safety. 11 July 2011. "As a Wilmington resident and father of two sons, I am concerned with protecting the neighborhoods and communities across our state. In too many of our communities, drugs, guns, and the violent crimes that go with them are terrorizing Delaware residents and making them feel unsafe in their homes. I support aggressively enforcing our existing drug and gun laws and prosecuting those who commit violent crimes." (votesmart.org)

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  • John Carney. Delaware Delegation Holds Affordable Care Act Roundtable for Local Health Care Providers. 15 April 2011. "While the Affordable Care Act isn't perfect, it is an important first step in controlling spiraling costs while expanding access to health care for thousands of Delawareans. As we continue implementation of the Affordable Care Act, I believe it is important to continue to engage in a dialogue about how the Act affects Delawareans." (votesmart.org)
  • John Carney. Opposing Repeal of the Affordable Health Care Act. 19 January 2011. "Mr. Speaker, I rise today to oppose this counterproductive effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Instead, we ought to focus on how we can move forward together, Democrats and Republicans, to address the very serious challenge of rising health care costs. Among developed nations, the United States spends twice as much as a share of GDP on health care; yet we rank near the bottom in health outcomes. Insurance premiums more than doubled in the last decade. Absent reform, they are on pace to double again by 2020. These costs are unsustainable for Delaware families and for the Federal budget. There can't be serious conversation about deficit reduction without talking about health care cost containment. Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP alone consume one-quarter of the Federal budget. The Affordable Care Act will curb health care cost growth, but there is a lot more that needs to be done. I came to Congress to make the tough, thoughtful decisions necessary to improve the Affordable Care Act, not repeal it. And I look forward to working with my colleagues to do just that." (votesmart.org)
  • John Carney. Delaware Delegation Holds Affordable Care Act Roundtable for Local Health Care Providers. 15 April 2011. "While the Affordable Care Act isn't perfect, it is an important first step in controlling spiraling costs while expanding access to health care for thousands of Delawareans. As we continue implementation of the Affordable Care Act, I believe it is important to continue to engage in a dialogue about how the Act affects Delawareans." (votesmart.org)
  • John Carney. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. John Carney voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • John Carney. Opposing Repeal of the Affordable Health Care Act. 19 January 2011. "Mr. Speaker, I rise today to oppose this counterproductive effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Instead, we ought to focus on how we can move forward together, Democrats and Republicans, to address the very serious challenge of rising health care costs. Among developed nations, the United States spends twice as much as a share of GDP on health care; yet we rank near the bottom in health outcomes. Insurance premiums more than doubled in the last decade. Absent reform, they are on pace to double again by 2020. These costs are unsustainable for Delaware families and for the Federal budget. There can't be serious conversation about deficit reduction without talking about health care cost containment. Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP alone consume one-quarter of the Federal budget. The Affordable Care Act will curb health care cost growth, but there is a lot more that needs to be done. I came to Congress to make the tough, thoughtful decisions necessary to improve the Affordable Care Act, not repeal it. And I look forward to working with my colleagues to do just that." (votesmart.org)
  • John Carney. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. John Carney voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)

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  • John Carney. Issue Position: Immigration. 11 July 2011. "With more than 11 million illegal immigrants living in our nation, it is clear that our immigration system needs a structural adjustment. For generations, we have attracted the best and brightest from around the globe. Our immigration policies should ensure that we continue to serve as a magnet for international talent, allowing entrepreneurs to come to America to create jobs and help grow industries. But economic interests should never trump federal law, and no one should get a free pass for breaking the law. We need a comprehensive national plan that enforces the law, secures the border, creates an effective guest worker program targeted towards industries with labor shortages, and addresses the millions of immigrants already in America, many of whom have children who are U.S. citizens." (johncarney.house.gov)
  • John Carney. Issue Position: Immigration. 11 July 2011. "With more than 11 million illegal immigrants living in our nation, it is clear that our immigration system needs a structural adjustment. For generations, we have attracted the best and brightest from around the globe. Our immigration policies should ensure that we continue to serve as a magnet for international talent, allowing entrepreneurs to come to America to create jobs and help grow industries. But economic interests should never trump federal law, and no one should get a free pass for breaking the law. We need a comprehensive national plan that enforces the law, secures the border, creates an effective guest worker program targeted towards industries with labor shortages, and addresses the millions of immigrants already in America, many of whom have children who are U.S. citizens." (johncarney.house.gov)

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  • John Carney. Pelosi, Nadler, 143 House Members File New Amicus Brief on Federal Case Against DOMA. 7 September 2012. "Gay men and lesbians are a historically disfavored minority that has often been targeted for legislative action based on stereotypes and bias, making it inappropriate for courts to grant laws like DOMA the same presumption of validity afforded to most acts of Congress. Instead, laws that single out gay men and lesbians for harm warrant judicial skepticism and heightened review [¦] Ensuring "consistency" or "uniformity" in federal treatment of marital status cannot justify treating this class of married citizens as unmarried for all federal purposes. There have been non-trivial differences in state marriage laws throughout our nation's history, and the federal government has proven capable of handling those differences. It is not credible or sufficient for equal protection purposes to claim that this is now an interest only when it comes to the treatment of married same-sex couples. Married same-sex and different-sex couples are similarly situated with regard to federal marriage-based benefits, and the Constitution requires Congress to treat them with equal regard [...] Congress has no legitimate federal interest that is rationally served by treating married gay and lesbian couples as unmarried for all federal purposes. Section 3 is unconstitutional and should be struck down." (votesmart.org)
  • John Carney. Pelosi, Nadler, 143 House Members File New Amicus Brief on Federal Case Against DOMA. 7 September 2012. "Gay men and lesbians are a historically disfavored minority that has often been targeted for legislative action based on stereotypes and bias, making it inappropriate for courts to grant laws like DOMA the same presumption of validity afforded to most acts of Congress. Instead, laws that single out gay men and lesbians for harm warrant judicial skepticism and heightened review [¦] Ensuring "consistency" or "uniformity" in federal treatment of marital status cannot justify treating this class of married citizens as unmarried for all federal purposes. There have been non-trivial differences in state marriage laws throughout our nation's history, and the federal government has proven capable of handling those differences. It is not credible or sufficient for equal protection purposes to claim that this is now an interest only when it comes to the treatment of married same-sex couples. Married same-sex and different-sex couples are similarly situated with regard to federal marriage-based benefits, and the Constitution requires Congress to treat them with equal regard [...] Congress has no legitimate federal interest that is rationally served by treating married gay and lesbian couples as unmarried for all federal purposes. Section 3 is unconstitutional and should be struck down." (votesmart.org)

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  • John Carney. Statement on the Death of Osama bin Laden. 1 May 2011. "Nearly ten years after the horrific attacks of September 11th, Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of those attacks, has finally been killed. I commend the Obama Administration, the CIA and the U.S. military for their actions. This is a day to remember -- and an important milestone in the ongoing war on terror. This should strengthen our resolve as we continue to protect the nation from serious threats from around the globe. We must remain vigilant in an extremely dangerous world. As always, we continue to thank our troops for their incredible sacrifice and tireless efforts defending the country. We pray for their continued success and a safe return home." (johncarney.house.gov)
  • John Carney. Rep. Carney Statement on President Obama's Afghanistan Speech. 22 June 2011. "I agree with President Obama that the U.S. must protect the gains we've made and ensure that the Afghan government is not retaken by the Taliban. I believe we can achieve that goal with a smaller force and continued emphasis on counterterrorism -- not only in Afghanistan, but in Pakistan, Yemen, and around the world. Our military forces have proven that they can be successful in those efforts." (votesmart.org)
  • John Carney. Statement on the Death of Osama bin Laden. 1 May 2011. "Nearly ten years after the horrific attacks of September 11th, Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of those attacks, has finally been killed. I commend the Obama Administration, the CIA and the U.S. military for their actions. This is a day to remember -- and an important milestone in the ongoing war on terror. This should strengthen our resolve as we continue to protect the nation from serious threats from around the globe. We must remain vigilant in an extremely dangerous world. As always, we continue to thank our troops for their incredible sacrifice and tireless efforts defending the country. We pray for their continued success and a safe return home." (johncarney.house.gov)
  • John Carney. Issue Position: National Security. 11 July 2011. "In the dangerous world we live in today, Congress must work to make sure that the United States is effectively fighting terrorism and maintaining the strength of our globally stretched military. That means having diplomatic policies that do not exclude the global community, sharpening our focus on counterterrorism and protecting America, and conducting rigorous oversight of the ongoing missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. We also must supply our fighting men and women with the equipment they need in combat, and provide returning service members the care and benefits they deserve." (johncarney.house.gov)
  • John Carney. Rep. Carney Statement on President Obama's Afghanistan Speech. 22 June 2011. "I agree with President Obama that the U.S. must protect the gains we've made and ensure that the Afghan government is not retaken by the Taliban. I believe we can achieve that goal with a smaller force and continued emphasis on counterterrorism -- not only in Afghanistan, but in Pakistan, Yemen, and around the world. Our military forces have proven that they can be successful in those efforts." (votesmart.org)
  • John Carney. Issue Position: National Security. 11 July 2011. "In the dangerous world we live in today, Congress must work to make sure that the United States is effectively fighting terrorism and maintaining the strength of our globally stretched military. That means having diplomatic policies that do not exclude the global community, sharpening our focus on counterterrorism and protecting America, and conducting rigorous oversight of the ongoing missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. We also must supply our fighting men and women with the equipment they need in combat, and provide returning service members the care and benefits they deserve." (johncarney.house.gov)

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  • John Carney. Issue Position: Seniors. 11 July 2011. " I do not agree with those on Capitol Hill who have proposed privatizing Social Security. We cannot afford to tie the security of older Americans to the performance of the stock market. Preserving Social Security will require a bipartisan effort that focuses on the needs of American workers and retirees. I will work to make the changes to Social Security that will strengthen it for future generations while protecting current recipients." (votesmart.org)
  • John Carney. Issue Position: Seniors. 11 July 2011. " I do not agree with those on Capitol Hill who have proposed privatizing Social Security. We cannot afford to tie the security of older Americans to the performance of the stock market. Preserving Social Security will require a bipartisan effort that focuses on the needs of American workers and retirees. I will work to make the changes to Social Security that will strengthen it for future generations while protecting current recipients." (votesmart.org)

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