Representative André D. Carson's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (IN) - District 7, Democratic
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 7
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Issue Positions

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  • Signed a letter stating "Empowering women and girls to determine the number and timing of their pregnancies directly impacts their well-being and the health of their communities. Yet the family planning needs of more than 220 million women in developing countries are still unmet. Moreover, too many young women globally lack self-determination, creating unique obstacles to accessing sexual and reproductive health care." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/836780/letter-to-rajiv-shah-administrator-us-agency-for-international-development-reproductive-health-as-a-core-human-right#.VYhRanUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1016/rating/7720#.VgLt03UViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "With no other alternative to remove the Republican tax-cuts for the rich from the larger plan, the Congressman opted to support the tax relief package in the end. He said the provisions targeted at lifting-up middle-income families and providing relief to the unemployed were too important for the nation's economic recovery to allow the plan to fail. But he also made clear--his vote was in no way an endorsement of what he called "severely misplaced priorities" by the Republicans." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/577507/#.VXr9bHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Today, Congressman André Carson is taking action to force an up-or-down vote on legislation that extends tax cuts for 98 percent of all Americans and 97 percent of small businesses. Carson joined his colleagues in signing a discharge petition, led by Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN), to bring up H.R. 15: The Middle Class Tax Cut Act. This legislation would provide every American with a tax cut on income up to $250,000, while allowing taxes on income over $250,000 to return to Clinton-era rates." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/756859/congressman-carson-joins-effort-to-force-vote-on-middle-income-tax-cuts/?search=tax#.VXr_RXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Tax Day has now come and gone, and Americans have been reminded yet again about the need for fairness in our tax code. Throughout the country, men and women with modest incomes are actually paying a higher tax rate than their well-paid bosses. That is why I co-sponsored the Paying Our Fair Share Act and expressed my support for the "Buffett Rule", which states that no household making over $1 million annually should pay a smaller share of their income in taxes than what middle-class families pay." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/687364/#.VXr823UViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "In November, our expanded Democratic majority was sent to Washington with the promise that we would bring swift and lasting relief to working American families. With today's passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Congress has followed through on that promise." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/439339/#.VXr-0nUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "In an effort to boost the economy in Central Indiana, I worked with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to secure millions of dollars in funding for job training programs at Ivy Tech, the John H. Boner Center and other organizations around the city . This funding provided job-training and workforce development services to Americans who just want to get back to work." http://carson.house.gov/issues/economy (carson.house.gov)

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  • "While some in Congress seem beholden to millionaires and billionaires, I advocated for extending and expanding payroll tax cuts for nearly 160 million working and middle class Americans." http://carson.house.gov/issues/economy (carson.house.gov)
  • "Today, Congressman André Carson is taking action to force an up-or-down vote on legislation that extends tax cuts for 98 percent of all Americans and 97 percent of small businesses. Carson joined his colleagues in signing a discharge petition, led by Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN), to bring up H.R. 15: The Middle Class Tax Cut Act. This legislation would provide every American with a tax cut on income up to $250,000, while allowing taxes on income over $250,000 to return to Clinton-era rates." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/756859/congressman-carson-joins-effort-to-force-vote-on-middle-income-tax-cuts/?search=tax#.VXr_RXUViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "I will fight to reform No Child Left Behind, with more funding and increased flexibility." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/390690/issue-position-invest-in-education#.VYhqRXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Instead of addressing the individual needs of students in their classrooms, No Child Left Behind caused many good teachers and administrators to become preoccupied by the threat of sanctions and school closings if their students fail to perform on tests." http://carson.house.gov/issues/education (carson.house.gov)

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  • Voted against S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VXm4M3UViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "We need to eliminate redundant and overly burdensome regulation. But reasonable, scientifically developed regulation is critical to protecting lives, the environment and the American economy. Regulations ensure that unreasonable risks are not being taken and that energy is being produced as responsibly and cleanly as possible. Unfortunately, many in Congress have decided to focus on eliminating many of the most important EPA and Clean Air Act regulations that protect the American public. I have and will continue to oppose legislation that puts my constituents at risk" http://carson.house.gov/issues/energy (carson.house.gov)
  • "I was proud to support the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in the 111th Congress. This landmark legislation provided one the most significant investments in our nation’s green industries. It established almost $40 billion in tax incentives for the production of energy from solar, wind, biofuel, biomass, landfill gas and small irrigation sources." http://carson.house.gov/issues/energy (carson.house.gov)

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  • "Unfortunately, many in Congress have decided to focus on eliminating many of the most important EPA and Clean Air Act regulations that protect the American public. I have and will continue to oppose legislation that puts my constituents at risk." http://carson.house.gov/issues/energy (carson.house.gov)
  • "Earth Day allows us as Americans and inhabitants of this beautiful planet to stand united in our fight against the perils of global warming, greenhouse gas emissions, and pollution." http://carson.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/carson-statement-on-earth-day (carson.house.gov)

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  • Signed a letter stating "Our nation has suffered at least 74 school shootings since the Sandy Hook massacre. The factors allowing these rampages are no mystery: loopholes in the background check laws, straw purchases, restrictions on law enforcement, and gaps in our mental health system." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/888676/letter-to-john-boehner-speaker-of-the-house-163-members-of-congress-demand-a-vote-not-silence-to-prevent-gun-violence#.VYhxZnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "President Obama put forth today a bold set of proposals to help address gun violence in this nation – violence that steals lives every single day. He is not seeking a path that tramples upon our Second Amendment rights, nor is he announcing efforts to confiscate guns from law-abiding citizens. He believes, as I do, that Americans should be able to own and collect guns and use them for self-defense, hunting or sport shooting. As Congress comes together, I look forward to discussing these proposals in depth and pursuing plans that address violence while also honoring the rights of law-abiding gun owners. For now, I can say with certainty that Congress must act on legislation that closes loopholes and requires background checks on all gun sales. We must also do our part to ensure serious penalties for gun traffickers who help arm criminals." http://carson.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/congressman-carson-reacts-to-the-president-s-gun-violence-proposals (carson.house.gov)
  • Rated 100% by Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/84917/andre-carson/37#.VXsDbXUViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "Six months after the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, several key patient rights and protections are set to go into effect, Congressman Carson announced today. These changes seek to stop the decades of abuse that Americans faced from health insurance companies." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/559370/#.VXsEzXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "In March of 2010, I voted to pass the Affordable Care Act, historic legislation overhauling our nation’s broken health-care system." http://carson.house.gov/issues/health-care (carson.house.gov)

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  • "I am against amnesty and believe that consideration of how undocumented immigrants can earn the opportunity to become citizens must include paying a fine, paying all back taxes, and going to the back of line so they do not have an advantage over those who have entered this country legally." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/390691/#.VXsGWnUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "This comprehensive plan should include provisions like the DREAM Act, mandatory employment verification of all job seekers and a requirement for all immigrants to come out of the shadows, pay taxes and go through a criminal background check." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/585948/ (votesmart.org)

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  • "I have always believed that marriage is defined by the faith and commitment held by two people who love one another. It is not the federal government’s job to exert a moral authority on the private lives of our citizens." http://carson.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/congressman-carson-statement-on-decisions-by-the-us-supreme-court (carson.house.gov)
  • Signed a letter stating "DOMA imposes a sweeping and unjustifiable federal disability on married same-sex couples." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/767739/212-members-of-congress-file-historic-amicus-brief-on-doma-case-before-us-supreme-court/?search=marriage#.VXsHunUViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "While I understand the strategic need to redeploy troops with minimal time for rest and training, I believe that this should be reserved for only the most critical times when our national security is at imminent risk." http://carson.house.gov/issues/national-defense (carson.house.gov)
  • "The United States' ability to successfully negotiate with our global neighbors has prevented military conflicts, expanded economic opportunities and helped to bring human rights to millions of oppressed people around the world. Our humanitarian efforts have provided life saving assistance to people living without access to nutritious food, clean water, shelter or education." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/849560/issue-position-foreign-affairs#.VYh3NXUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • "[...] millions of Americans are feeling the impact, and programs such as Social Security are playing an important role in ensuring these individuals and citizens are able to have their needs met. It aggravates me daily to hear the other side continue to threaten to cut these or to once again focus on privatization." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/535410/social-security#.VYh4vnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I will never privatize Social Security and will fight to ensure it is managed responsibly to remain solvent for current retirees and future generations." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/390685/#.VXsI5XUViko (votesmart.org)

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