Representative André D. Carson's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (IN) - District 7, Democratic
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André Carson has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. André Carson 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.

Vote Smart's Research

  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "André Carson supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed André Carson in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "André Carson supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • André Carson. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. André Carson voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • André Carson. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. André Carson voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "André Carson supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "André Carson supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • André Carson. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. André Carson voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "André Carson supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed André Carson in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • André Carson. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. André Carson voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (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 André Carson a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed André Carson in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "André Carson supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • André Carson. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. André Carson voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed André Carson in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "André Carson supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (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 André Carson a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • André Carson. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. André Carson voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "André Carson supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Andre Carson. Carson Opposes Cuts to Food Programs. 16 June 2011. "Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 217-203 to cut the funds budgeted for food assistance for women, children, and low-income Americans by $650 million. Congressman André Carson voted against the cuts. "No issue should be as bi-partisan as feeding children," Carson said. "But Republicans in the House have yet again showed their misplaced priorities. To continue providing billions in tax cuts for millionaires and oil companies while gutting nutrition programs for children when food prices are rising is inexcusable." (votesmart.org)
  • Andre Carson. Carson Urges Senate Action on Unemployment Benefits, Job Creation. 19 July 2010. "Thousands of Hoosiers have lost their economic lifeline because of partisan posturing. While Republicans continue to call for hundreds of billions of dollars in tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, those in dire need are being pushed to the side. This delay is hurting families as well as our economy. The Congressional Budget Office has found extending these benefits to be one of the most cost-effective and fast-acting ways to stimulate the economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Andre Carson. Carson Courier: April 20, 2012. 20 April 2012. "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." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "André Carson supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 4 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Andre Carson. Letter to Democratic Leader Pelosi. 25 July 2011. "Especially in these tough economic times, we should not be cutting Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid benefits that millions of our constituents paid into and depend on. Such benefit cuts should be off the table in current debt discussions. Our Republican colleagues should be embarrassed by their insistence that unless Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits are cut, the nation will default on its debts. Middle-class families have sacrificed enough, and a deal that pushes the American Dream further out of reach, in order to pay for extending tax breaks for the rich and corporations, is simply unacceptable." (votesmart.org)
  • Andre Carson. Placing Priority on Helping Middle-Class and Unemployed, Carson Backs Tax Relief Bill. 16 December 2010. "Tonight, we were able to deliver tax relief that middle-income families need and deserve, as well as an extension of unemployment benefits that will offer an economic lifeline for millions of people struggling to find employment. As we try to increase the pace of our recovery, measures like this make sound economic sense. Putting money back in the pockets of the middle-class and the jobless is a cost-effective and fast-acting way to stimulate the economy and create thousands of jobs. The same cannot be said, however, for the provisions focused on our nation's rich and elite. "Through this bill, Republicans have thrust upon the American people a change to the estate tax, which amounts to a $23 billion giveaway to the wealthiest estates in the country. This detestable provision will dig us deeper in debt and do nothing to create jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Andre Carson. Carson Urges Senate Action on Unemployment Benefits, Job Creation. 19 July 2010. "Thousands of Hoosiers have lost their economic lifeline because of partisan posturing. While Republicans continue to call for hundreds of billions of dollars in tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, those in dire need are being pushed to the side. This delay is hurting families as well as our economy. The Congressional Budget Office has found extending these benefits to be one of the most cost-effective and fast-acting ways to stimulate the economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Andre Carson. Carson Courier: April 20, 2012. 20 April 2012. "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." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "André Carson supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 4 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Andre Carson. Carson Opposes Cuts to Food Programs. 16 June 2011. "Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 217-203 to cut the funds budgeted for food assistance for women, children, and low-income Americans by $650 million. Congressman André Carson voted against the cuts. "No issue should be as bi-partisan as feeding children," Carson said. "But Republicans in the House have yet again showed their misplaced priorities. To continue providing billions in tax cuts for millionaires and oil companies while gutting nutrition programs for children when food prices are rising is inexcusable." (votesmart.org)
  • Andre Carson. Letter to Democratic Leader Pelosi. 25 July 2011. "Especially in these tough economic times, we should not be cutting Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid benefits that millions of our constituents paid into and depend on. Such benefit cuts should be off the table in current debt discussions. Our Republican colleagues should be embarrassed by their insistence that unless Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits are cut, the nation will default on its debts. Middle-class families have sacrificed enough, and a deal that pushes the American Dream further out of reach, in order to pay for extending tax breaks for the rich and corporations, is simply unacceptable." (votesmart.org)
  • Andre Carson. Placing Priority on Helping Middle-Class and Unemployed, Carson Backs Tax Relief Bill. 16 December 2010. "Tonight, we were able to deliver tax relief that middle-income families need and deserve, as well as an extension of unemployment benefits that will offer an economic lifeline for millions of people struggling to find employment. As we try to increase the pace of our recovery, measures like this make sound economic sense. Putting money back in the pockets of the middle-class and the jobless is a cost-effective and fast-acting way to stimulate the economy and create thousands of jobs. The same cannot be said, however, for the provisions focused on our nation's rich and elite. "Through this bill, Republicans have thrust upon the American people a change to the estate tax, which amounts to a $23 billion giveaway to the wealthiest estates in the country. This detestable provision will dig us deeper in debt and do nothing to create jobs." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Andre Carson. Carson Votes To Extend Unemployment Insurance Benefits, Homebuyes' Tax Credit, Tax Relief For Businesses. 6 November 2009. "The Congressional Budget Office has cited unemployment benefits as one of the most cost-effective forms of economic stimulus, and every dollar spent on unemployment benefits generates $1.63 in new demand, according to Moody's chief economist Mark Zandi. "Today's passage of the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act will bring critical relief to thousands of out of work Hoosiers and will be a great step towards long-term financial growth," said Congressman Carson. "Families across our city who receive these benefits will not only be able to make ends meet for themselves and their families. They will be putting money right back into our local economy -- buying groceries, filling their cars with gas, and making their mortgage payments on time." (votesmart.org)
  • Andre Carson. Issue Position: Economy. 21 October 2011. "André Carson is working hard in Congress to help Indiana's economy recover from the severe recession that began in 2007. André supports ordinary Hoosiers on Main Street, not investment bankers and their lobbyists on Wall Street. He supported the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which will direct nearly $800 billion to schools, health care, infrastructure improvements, and other programs that will spur job creation and prevent layoffs. This landmark legislation will save and create 75,000 jobs right here in Indiana and cut taxes for 95% of Americans. Finally, in his role on the Financial Services Committee, André has supported the recent financial reform bill, which will protect consumers from Wall Street abuses and prevent bailouts from ever happening again." (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 André Carson a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "André Carson supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • André Carson. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. André Carson voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • André Carson. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. André Carson voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Andre Carson. Carson Statement On Announcement Of Economic Recession. 4 December 2008. "Today's announcement by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) that the U.S. economy is in a recession is a re-statement of the obvious and further confirmation that working Americans need urgent and immediate relief. That's why it is critically important that Congress pass a timely and targeted economic stimulus package that will help working families victimized by job losses, chronic unemployment, foreclosures and the rising costs of living. Any further delay in the passing and implementation of a reliable and fiscally responsible economic stimulus package will only prolong the hardships and financial perils of low- and middle-income families who are currently struggling to pay their mortgages, send their children to college and secure their retirement savings." (votesmart.org)
  • Andre Carson. Carson Statement On November Job Losses. 10 December 2008. "With the U.S. economy shedding over half a million jobs in November and in light of the fact that a total of 1.9 million jobs have been lost this year, the immediate passage of a comprehensive stimulus package is no longer just an option but is instead a vitally needed necessity. In order to provided displaced workers with the assistance they need, Congress must pass a targeted and fiscally responsible package that spurs job growth, extends unemployment benefits, grants tax relief to working Americans and invests in our nation's aging infrastructure." (votesmart.org)
  • Andre Carson. Carson: Obama Small Business Lending Initiative Is Vital In Getting American Back On The Road To Economic Recovery . 16 March 2009. "Congressman André Carson issued the following statement in response to President Obama's announcement of expanded support for American small businesses. The President's initiative will allocate $730 million from the stimulus plan for the purpose of immediately reducing small-business lending fees and increasing the government guarantee on some Small Business Administration loans. This measure will also seek to boost bank liquidity with up to $15 billion aimed at unfreezing the secondary credit market. "Small businesses, which serve as the fiscal lifeline of the United States economy, have been largely overlooked throughout much of our current financial crisis. While assistance to large financial firms was necessary to maintain systemic stability, it is our small businesses that will be responsible for much of the economic recovery that will occur in the coming months. Earlier today, I was pleased to see President Obama announce a comprehensive plan that will increase access to capital for America's small businesses. By unlocking the credit market and stimulating Small Business Administration loans, this plan will give millions of small businesses the opportunity to hire employees, expand the services they provide, and better secure their finances." (votesmart.org)
  • Andre Carson. Jobs For Main Street Act, 2010. 16 December 2009. "Congress passed the landmark Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) health benefit provisions in 1986, and it has maintained a successful program by providing a continuation of group health coverage for individuals and families that might otherwise have been terminated. And, through the economic stimulus package passed in February, a 65 percent subsidy was provided for COBRA benefits for nine months and has been a welcome relief for thousands of unemployed workers who otherwise would not have been able to afford the COBRA premiums." (votesmart.org)
  • Andre Carson. Carson Votes To Extend Unemployment Insurance Benefits, Homebuyers' Tax Credit, Tax Relief For Businesses. 6 November 2009. "The Congressional Budget Office has cited unemployment benefits as one of the most cost-effective forms of economic stimulus, and every dollar spent on unemployment benefits generates $1.63 in new demand, according to Moody's chief economist Mark Zandi. "Today's passage of the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act will bring critical relief to thousands of out of work Hoosiers and will be a great step towards long-term financial growth," said Congressman Carson. "Families across our city who receive these benefits will not only be able to make ends meet for themselves and their families. They will be putting money right back into our local economy -- buying groceries, filling their cars with gas, and making their mortgage payments on time." (votesmart.org)
  • Andre Carson. Carson Votes To Extend Unemployment Insurance Benefits, Homebuyes' Tax Credit, Tax Relief For Businesses. 6 November 2009. "The Congressional Budget Office has cited unemployment benefits as one of the most cost-effective forms of economic stimulus, and every dollar spent on unemployment benefits generates $1.63 in new demand, according to Moody's chief economist Mark Zandi. "Today's passage of the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act will bring critical relief to thousands of out of work Hoosiers and will be a great step towards long-term financial growth," said Congressman Carson. "Families across our city who receive these benefits will not only be able to make ends meet for themselves and their families. They will be putting money right back into our local economy -- buying groceries, filling their cars with gas, and making their mortgage payments on time." (votesmart.org)
  • Andre Carson. Issue Position: Economy. 21 October 2011. "André Carson is working hard in Congress to help Indiana's economy recover from the severe recession that began in 2007. André supports ordinary Hoosiers on Main Street, not investment bankers and their lobbyists on Wall Street. He supported the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which will direct nearly $800 billion to schools, health care, infrastructure improvements, and other programs that will spur job creation and prevent layoffs. This landmark legislation will save and create 75,000 jobs right here in Indiana and cut taxes for 95% of Americans. Finally, in his role on the Financial Services Committee, André has supported the recent financial reform bill, which will protect consumers from Wall Street abuses and prevent bailouts from ever happening again." (votesmart.org)
  • Andre Carson. House Passes Landmark Economic American Recovery And Reinvestment Act. 13 February 2009. "Today, Congressman André Carson released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the final version of H.R. 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: "In these difficult economic times, Americans everywhere are struggling to pay their bills and put food on their tables. Over 2.6 million Americans who held secure jobs just last year are now unemployed and in urgent need of immediate assistance. 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." (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 André Carson a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "André Carson supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • André Carson. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. André Carson voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • André Carson. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. André Carson voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Andre Carson. Carson Statement On Announcement Of Economic Recession. 4 December 2008. "Today's announcement by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) that the U.S. economy is in a recession is a re-statement of the obvious and further confirmation that working Americans need urgent and immediate relief. That's why it is critically important that Congress pass a timely and targeted economic stimulus package that will help working families victimized by job losses, chronic unemployment, foreclosures and the rising costs of living. Any further delay in the passing and implementation of a reliable and fiscally responsible economic stimulus package will only prolong the hardships and financial perils of low- and middle-income families who are currently struggling to pay their mortgages, send their children to college and secure their retirement savings." (votesmart.org)
  • Andre Carson. Carson Statement On November Job Losses. 10 December 2008. "With the U.S. economy shedding over half a million jobs in November and in light of the fact that a total of 1.9 million jobs have been lost this year, the immediate passage of a comprehensive stimulus package is no longer just an option but is instead a vitally needed necessity. In order to provided displaced workers with the assistance they need, Congress must pass a targeted and fiscally responsible package that spurs job growth, extends unemployment benefits, grants tax relief to working Americans and invests in our nation's aging infrastructure." (votesmart.org)
  • Andre Carson. Carson: Obama Small Business Lending Initiative Is Vital In Getting American Back On The Road To Economic Recovery . 16 March 2009. "Congressman André Carson issued the following statement in response to President Obama's announcement of expanded support for American small businesses. The President's initiative will allocate $730 million from the stimulus plan for the purpose of immediately reducing small-business lending fees and increasing the government guarantee on some Small Business Administration loans. This measure will also seek to boost bank liquidity with up to $15 billion aimed at unfreezing the secondary credit market. "Small businesses, which serve as the fiscal lifeline of the United States economy, have been largely overlooked throughout much of our current financial crisis. While assistance to large financial firms was necessary to maintain systemic stability, it is our small businesses that will be responsible for much of the economic recovery that will occur in the coming months. Earlier today, I was pleased to see President Obama announce a comprehensive plan that will increase access to capital for America's small businesses. By unlocking the credit market and stimulating Small Business Administration loans, this plan will give millions of small businesses the opportunity to hire employees, expand the services they provide, and better secure their finances." (votesmart.org)
  • Andre Carson. Jobs For Main Street Act, 2010. 16 December 2009. "Congress passed the landmark Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) health benefit provisions in 1986, and it has maintained a successful program by providing a continuation of group health coverage for individuals and families that might otherwise have been terminated. And, through the economic stimulus package passed in February, a 65 percent subsidy was provided for COBRA benefits for nine months and has been a welcome relief for thousands of unemployed workers who otherwise would not have been able to afford the COBRA premiums." (votesmart.org)
  • Andre Carson. Carson Votes To Extend Unemployment Insurance Benefits, Homebuyers' Tax Credit, Tax Relief For Businesses. 6 November 2009. "The Congressional Budget Office has cited unemployment benefits as one of the most cost-effective forms of economic stimulus, and every dollar spent on unemployment benefits generates $1.63 in new demand, according to Moody's chief economist Mark Zandi. "Today's passage of the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act will bring critical relief to thousands of out of work Hoosiers and will be a great step towards long-term financial growth," said Congressman Carson. "Families across our city who receive these benefits will not only be able to make ends meet for themselves and their families. They will be putting money right back into our local economy -- buying groceries, filling their cars with gas, and making their mortgage payments on time." (votesmart.org)
  • Andre Carson. House Passes Landmark Economic American Recovery And Reinvestment Act. 13 February 2009. "Today, Congressman André Carson released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the final version of H.R. 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: "In these difficult economic times, Americans everywhere are struggling to pay their bills and put food on their tables. Over 2.6 million Americans who held secure jobs just last year are now unemployed and in urgent need of immediate assistance. 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." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Andre Carson. Issue Position: Invest in Education. 1 January 2012. "Our education system is broken and our schools are failing our students. The best down payment we can make on Indiana's economic future is by investing in education today [¦] I will fight to reform No Child Left Behind, with more funding and increased flexibility." (votesmart.org)
  • Andre Carson. Issue Position: Invest in Education. 1 January 2012. "Our education system is broken and our schools are failing our students. The best down payment we can make on Indiana's economic future is by investing in education today. [...] I will fight to reform No Child Left Behind, with more funding and increased flexibility." (votesmart.org)
  • Andre Carson. Issue Position: Invest in Education. 1 January 2012. "Our education system is broken and our schools are failing our students. The best down payment we can make on Indiana's economic future is by investing in education today [¦] I will fight to reform No Child Left Behind, with more funding and increased flexibility." (votesmart.org)
  • Andre Carson. Issue Position: Invest in Education. 1 January 2012. "Our education system is broken and our schools are failing our students. The best down payment we can make on Indiana's economic future is by investing in education today. [...] I will fight to reform No Child Left Behind, with more funding and increased flexibility." (votesmart.org)
  • Andre Carson. Issues: Education. "Enacted into law by President George W. Bush, No Child Left Behind is the current law reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. No Child Left Behind established admirable goals and objectives for improving our public education system. Nevertheless, it has done a disservice to our children by overwhelmingly focusing on performance on standardized tests. Instead of addressing the individual needs of students in their classrooms, No Child Left Behind has 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." (carson.house.gov)
  • Andre Carson. Issues: Education. "Enacted into law by President George W. Bush, No Child Left Behind is the current law reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. No Child Left Behind established admirable goals and objectives for improving our public education system. Nevertheless, it has done a disservice to our children by overwhelmingly focusing on performance on standardized tests. Instead of addressing the individual needs of students in their classrooms, No Child Left Behind has 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." (carson.house.gov)

Vote Smart's Research

Vote Smart's Research

  • Andre Carson. Issue Position: Energy. 24 October 2011. "During the 111th Congress, I had an opportunity to support both the Renewable Energy and Job Creation Act and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). These landmark pieces of legislation provided a boost to our nation's green jobs industry by establishing almost $40 billion in tax incentives for the production of energy from solar, wind, biofuel, biomass, landfill gas and small irrigation sources. Furthermore, the ARRA invested in a number of multi-million dollar green energy projects in Indianapolis, such as new hybrid technology developed by Allison Transmission, EnerDel automotic lithium-ion batteries, the Carbon E7, a new ultra-efficient police vehicle built by Carbon Motors, and millions of dollars worth of federal funding to encourage the development of clean energy start-ups and new clean energy technologies. With the support of Congress, these technologies will make it possible to dramatically reduce petroleum consumption and carbon emissions." (votesmart.org)
  • Andre Carson. Press Releases: Carson Statement on Earth Day. 1 June 2012. "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. In order to secure a clean and pristine environment for future generations, it is incumbent upon all Americans and industries to do their part as it pertains to recycling, conserving energy, and using eco-friendly products. Strong scientific evidence indicates that air pollutants, toxic waste, and other contaminants are threatening the purity of our oceans, forests, and atmosphere. That's why this New Direction Congress is committed to doing its part to combat initiatives that seek to loosen environmental standards and allow polluters to do further damage to our ozone." (carson.house.gov)
  • Andre Carson. Issue Position: Energy. 24 October 2011. "During the 111th Congress, I had an opportunity to support both the Renewable Energy and Job Creation Act and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). These landmark pieces of legislation provided a boost to our nation's green jobs industry by establishing almost $40 billion in tax incentives for the production of energy from solar, wind, biofuel, biomass, landfill gas and small irrigation sources. Furthermore, the ARRA invested in a number of multi-million dollar green energy projects in Indianapolis, such as new hybrid technology developed by Allison Transmission, EnerDel automotic lithium-ion batteries, the Carbon E7, a new ultra-efficient police vehicle built by Carbon Motors, and millions of dollars worth of federal funding to encourage the development of clean energy start-ups and new clean energy technologies. With the support of Congress, these technologies will make it possible to dramatically reduce petroleum consumption and carbon emissions." (votesmart.org)
  • Andre Carson. Carson Statement on Earth Day. 22 April 2009. "On this Earth Day, it is important for us to look past the outdated mentality that our economic growth and environmental sustainability are exclusive concepts. Undoubtedly, the shift towards green technology, conservation and emission reduction is not only critical for the future of our climate, but of our economy as well. This is becoming increasingly apparent as thousands of green-collar jobs are being created because of revolutionary innovations in the production and use of renewable energy sources. It is clear, however, that a concerted effort from all Americans is necessary to fully reverse climate change and securely safeguard our environment from irrevocable deterioration. I look forward to continuing to work with the Congressional Leadership and President Obama in coming up with comprehensive legislative solutions to our nation's most pressing environmental issues." (votesmart.org)
  • André Carson. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). André Carson voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • André Carson. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. André Carson voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "André Carson supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "André Carson supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed André Carson in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Andre Carson. Energy Legislation Will Create Jobs, Reduce Dependence on Foreign Oil. 26 June 2009. "Today, Congressman André Carson issued the following statement after the House passed the historic American Clean Energy and Security Act, which will decrease the nation's dependence on foreign oil, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create millions of jobs across the United States: 'My support today on the American Clean Energy and Security Act was a vote for spurring the creation of new renewable energy resources, reducing the burden of rising energy prices, addressing the effects of global warming and transitioning the United States to a clean energy economy,creating hundreds of thousands of new good-paying, green jobs in the process.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Andre Carson. Press Releases: Carson Statement on Earth Day. 1 June 2012. "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. In order to secure a clean and pristine environment for future generations, it is incumbent upon all Americans and industries to do their part as it pertains to recycling, conserving energy, and using eco-friendly products. Strong scientific evidence indicates that air pollutants, toxic waste, and other contaminants are threatening the purity of our oceans, forests, and atmosphere. That's why this New Direction Congress is committed to doing its part to combat initiatives that seek to loosen environmental standards and allow polluters to do further damage to our ozone." (carson.house.gov)
  • Andre Carson. Carson Statement on Earth Day. 22 April 2009. "On this Earth Day, it is important for us to look past the outdated mentality that our economic growth and environmental sustainability are exclusive concepts. Undoubtedly, the shift towards green technology, conservation and emission reduction is not only critical for the future of our climate, but of our economy as well. This is becoming increasingly apparent as thousands of green-collar jobs are being created because of revolutionary innovations in the production and use of renewable energy sources. It is clear, however, that a concerted effort from all Americans is necessary to fully reverse climate change and securely safeguard our environment from irrevocable deterioration. I look forward to continuing to work with the Congressional Leadership and President Obama in coming up with comprehensive legislative solutions to our nation's most pressing environmental issues." (votesmart.org)
  • André Carson. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). André Carson voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • André Carson. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. André Carson voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "André Carson supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "André Carson supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed André Carson in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Andre Carson. Energy Legislation Will Create Jobs, Reduce Dependence on Foreign Oil. 26 June 2009. "Today, Congressman André Carson issued the following statement after the House passed the historic American Clean Energy and Security Act, which will decrease the nation's dependence on foreign oil, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create millions of jobs across the United States: 'My support today on the American Clean Energy and Security Act was a vote for spurring the creation of new renewable energy resources, reducing the burden of rising energy prices, addressing the effects of global warming and transitioning the United States to a clean energy economy,creating hundreds of thousands of new good-paying, green jobs in the process.'" (votesmart.org)

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  • André Carson. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. André Carson voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave André Carson a grade of 18." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed André Carson in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • André Carson. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. André Carson voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave André Carson a grade of 18." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed André Carson in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)

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  • Andre Carson. Letter to the Honorable Justice Clarence Thomas, U.S. Supreme Court. 10 February 2011. "As an Associate Justice, you are entrusted with the responsibility to exercise the highest degree of discretion and impartiality when deciding a case. As Members of Congress, we were surprised by recent revelations of your financial ties to leading organizations dedicated to lobbying against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. We write today to respectfully ask that you maintain the integrity of this court and recuse yourself from any deliberations on the constitutionality of this act. The appearance of a conflict of interest merits recusal under federal law. From what we have already seen, the line between your impartiality and you and your wife's financial stake in the overturn of health care reform is blurred. Your spouse is advertising herself as a lobbyist who has "experience and connections" and appeals to clients who want a particular decision - they want to overturn health care reform. Moreover, your failure to disclose Ginny Thomas's receipt of $686,589 from the Heritage Foundation, a prominent opponent of health care reform, between 2003 and 2007 has raised great concern." Http://votesmart.org/speech_detail.php?sc_id=640935.
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "André Carson supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • André Carson. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. André Carson voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Andre Carson. Carson: Key Patient's Right Begin to Take Effect. 23 September 2010. "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. The new "Patient's Bill of Rights outlaws some of the most egregious practices of the insurance industry, while providing the stability and flexibility that families need to make the choices that work best for them. "The changes going into effect today are about Hoosier families taking back control of their medical decisions from health insurance companies," said Congressman Carson. "Too often, insurance companies have been more focused on profits than patients. They showed this time and time again by routinely dropping people from their coverage when they needed it most. "The reforms that take effect today, such as allowing children to stay on their parents' insurance plan until age 26, are key components of the historic health care reform law. These reforms mark the next step towards a healthier nation with more sustainable health care costs."" (votesmart.org)
  • Andre Carson. Carson: Key Patient's Right Begin to Take Effect. 23 September 2010. "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. The new "Patient's Bill of Rights outlaws some of the most egregious practices of the insurance industry, while providing the stability and flexibility that families need to make the choices that work best for them. "The changes going into effect today are about Hoosier families taking back control of their medical decisions from health insurance companies," said Congressman Carson. "Too often, insurance companies have been more focused on profits than patients. They showed this time and time again by routinely dropping people from their coverage when they needed it most. The reforms that take effect today, such as allowing children to stay on their parents' insurance plan until age 26, are key components of the historic health care reform law. These reforms mark the next step towards a healthier nation with more sustainable health care costs."" (votesmart.org)
  • Andre Carson. Letter to the Honorable Justice Clarence Thomas, U.S. Supreme Court. 10 February 2011. "As an Associate Justice, you are entrusted with the responsibility to exercise the highest degree of discretion and impartiality when deciding a case. As Members of Congress, we were surprised by recent revelations of your financial ties to leading organizations dedicated to lobbying against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. We write today to respectfully ask that you maintain the integrity of this court and recuse yourself from any deliberations on the constitutionality of this act. The appearance of a conflict of interest merits recusal under federal law. From what we have already seen, the line between your impartiality and you and your wife's financial stake in the overturn of health care reform is blurred. Your spouse is advertising herself as a lobbyist who has "experience and connections" and appeals to clients who want a particular decision - they want to overturn health care reform. Moreover, your failure to disclose Ginny Thomas's receipt of $686,589 from the Heritage Foundation, a prominent opponent of health care reform, between 2003 and 2007 has raised great concern." Http://votesmart.org/speech_detail.php?sc_id=640935.
  • Andre Carson. Lending to Small Businesses, Hispanic Heritage Month and Patient's Bill of Rights. 23 September 2010. "Patient's Bill of Rights Goes Into Effect This Week: One of the main goals in reforming the health care system was to put American consumers back in charge of their medical care. For too long, insurance companies have left patients without coverage when they needed it most and driven up the total cost of health care. That's why I was proud to cosponsor the Affordable Care Act last March. This week a number of crucial reforms to our health care system take effect as a result of this legislation, including: No More Pre-existing Conditions: Insurance companies will no longer be allowed to impose pre-existing condition exclusions on children or set annual and lifetime limits on coverage. Protecting Coverage: Insurers are now prohibited from rescinding coverage when a person gets sick, except in cases of fraud or an intentional misrepresentation of facts. Covering Children Longer: Young people will now be allowed to remain on their parents' insurance plan up until their 26th birthday." (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "André Carson supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • André Carson. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. André Carson voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Andre Carson. Carson: Key Patient's Right Begin to Take Effect. 23 September 2010. "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. The new "Patient's Bill of Rights outlaws some of the most egregious practices of the insurance industry, while providing the stability and flexibility that families need to make the choices that work best for them. "The changes going into effect today are about Hoosier families taking back control of their medical decisions from health insurance companies," said Congressman Carson. "Too often, insurance companies have been more focused on profits than patients. They showed this time and time again by routinely dropping people from their coverage when they needed it most. "The reforms that take effect today, such as allowing children to stay on their parents' insurance plan until age 26, are key components of the historic health care reform law. These reforms mark the next step towards a healthier nation with more sustainable health care costs."" (votesmart.org)
  • Andre Carson. Carson: Key Patient's Right Begin to Take Effect. 23 September 2010. "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. The new "Patient's Bill of Rights outlaws some of the most egregious practices of the insurance industry, while providing the stability and flexibility that families need to make the choices that work best for them. "The changes going into effect today are about Hoosier families taking back control of their medical decisions from health insurance companies," said Congressman Carson. "Too often, insurance companies have been more focused on profits than patients. They showed this time and time again by routinely dropping people from their coverage when they needed it most. The reforms that take effect today, such as allowing children to stay on their parents' insurance plan until age 26, are key components of the historic health care reform law. These reforms mark the next step towards a healthier nation with more sustainable health care costs."" (votesmart.org)
  • Andre Carson. Lending to Small Businesses, Hispanic Heritage Month and Patient's Bill of Rights. 23 September 2010. "Patient's Bill of Rights Goes Into Effect This Week: One of the main goals in reforming the health care system was to put American consumers back in charge of their medical care. For too long, insurance companies have left patients without coverage when they needed it most and driven up the total cost of health care. That's why I was proud to cosponsor the Affordable Care Act last March. This week a number of crucial reforms to our health care system take effect as a result of this legislation, including: No More Pre-existing Conditions: Insurance companies will no longer be allowed to impose pre-existing condition exclusions on children or set annual and lifetime limits on coverage. Protecting Coverage: Insurers are now prohibited from rescinding coverage when a person gets sick, except in cases of fraud or an intentional misrepresentation of facts. Covering Children Longer: Young people will now be allowed to remain on their parents' insurance plan up until their 26th birthday." (votesmart.org)

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  • Andre Carson. Issue Position: Fix our Immigration System. 21 October 2011. "I understand Hoosiers' frustration about illegal immigration. Our country's immigration system is broken and nothing has been done in Washington to fix it. In Congress, I will fight to secure our borders and make sure the laws on the books are enforced. Employers who break the law must be held accountable. 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." (votesmart.org)
  • André Carson. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. André Carson voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "André Carson supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "André Carson supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 75 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Andre Carson. Carson Statement on the Indiana Compact. 9 February 2011. "Because Congress has been unable to pass true reform, state legislators feel they must take action. I agree the process in Washington can be frustrating and disheartening. The need for comprehensive reform still remains. Congress has taken steps by doubling the size of our Border Patrol and Security Task Forces, dispatching 1,200 National Guard troops and allocating more than $700 million in grants and resources to the southwest border. These actions have resulted in stemming illegal immigration into the United States. While these results are encouraging, Americans deserve legislation that fully addresses issues of border security, while also reforming immigration policies. These reforms must be done in a way that ensures our country will continue to attract the best and brightest from all over the world. 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." (votesmart.org)
  • Andre Carson. Letter to Janet Napolitano, Secretary, Homeland Security and Eric H. Holder, Jr., Attorney General. 27 September 2011. "The August 18 announcement made clear that the identification of high-priority deportation cases would be based on the June 17, 2011 prosecutorial discretion memorandum released by the Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, John Morton, and explained that a DHS and Department of Justice (DOJ) interagency working group would be created to review removal cases and prepare guidance for the field. Director Morton's memorandum identifies "Factors to Consider When Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion." These factors include "the person's ties and contributions to the community, including family relationships" and "whether the person has a U.S. citizen or permanent resident spouse, child, or parent." The memorandum does not, however, explicitly say that LGBT family ties, including those of spouses and partners of U.S. citizens and permanent residents, are to be included among the family relationships that weigh in favor of an exercise of discretion." (votesmart.org)
  • Andre Carson. E-newsletter. 10 December 2010. "This week the House voted to approve the DREAM Act which would create a pathway to citizenship for children of undocumented immigrants. These children had no control over how they came to this country, and it is unfair to punish them for their parents' decisions. This legislation targets only the best and brightest young people who are fully invested in contributing to this country. These children are already in our education system, and in order for us to see the benefits of this significant investment in their schooling, we must provide them with a path to citizenship. This measure has strict time requirements and guidelines for those that qualify, but it will afford them the opportunity to go to college or serve in the military, which will help improve our economy and national security for years to come." (votesmart.org)
  • André Carson. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. André Carson voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "André Carson supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "André Carson supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 75 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Andre Carson. Carson Statement on the Indiana Compact. 9 February 2011. "Because Congress has been unable to pass true reform, state legislators feel they must take action. I agree the process in Washington can be frustrating and disheartening. The need for comprehensive reform still remains. Congress has taken steps by doubling the size of our Border Patrol and Security Task Forces, dispatching 1,200 National Guard troops and allocating more than $700 million in grants and resources to the southwest border. These actions have resulted in stemming illegal immigration into the United States. While these results are encouraging, Americans deserve legislation that fully addresses issues of border security, while also reforming immigration policies. These reforms must be done in a way that ensures our country will continue to attract the best and brightest from all over the world. 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." (votesmart.org)
  • Andre Carson. Issue Position: Fix our Immigration System. 21 October 2011. "I understand Hoosiers' frustration about illegal immigration. Our country's immigration system is broken and nothing has been done in Washington to fix it. In Congress, I will fight to secure our borders and make sure the laws on the books are enforced. Employers who break the law must be held accountable. 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." (votesmart.org)
  • Andre Carson. Letter to Janet Napolitano, Secretary, Homeland Security and Eric H. Holder, Jr., Attorney General. 27 September 2011. "The August 18 announcement made clear that the identification of high-priority deportation cases would be based on the June 17, 2011 prosecutorial discretion memorandum released by the Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, John Morton, and explained that a DHS and Department of Justice (DOJ) interagency working group would be created to review removal cases and prepare guidance for the field. Director Morton's memorandum identifies "Factors to Consider When Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion." These factors include "the person's ties and contributions to the community, including family relationships" and "whether the person has a U.S. citizen or permanent resident spouse, child, or parent." The memorandum does not, however, explicitly say that LGBT family ties, including those of spouses and partners of U.S. citizens and permanent residents, are to be included among the family relationships that weigh in favor of an exercise of discretion." (votesmart.org)
  • Andre Carson. E-newsletter. 10 December 2010. "This week the House voted to approve the DREAM Act which would create a pathway to citizenship for children of undocumented immigrants. These children had no control over how they came to this country, and it is unfair to punish them for their parents' decisions. This legislation targets only the best and brightest young people who are fully invested in contributing to this country. These children are already in our education system, and in order for us to see the benefits of this significant investment in their schooling, we must provide them with a path to citizenship. This measure has strict time requirements and guidelines for those that qualify, but it will afford them the opportunity to go to college or serve in the military, which will help improve our economy and national security for years to come." (votesmart.org)

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  • André Carson. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. André Carson voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Andre Carson. Pelosi, 132 House Members File Amicus Brief in Landmark Court Challenge to DOMA. 2 November 2011. "1. Denying recognition to couples already married under state law does not further an interest in "procreation and responsible child-rearing." DOMA does not prevent gay and lesbian couples from marrying and an estimated 132,00 couples have now done so, with many of these couples raising children together. There is no logical connection between the denial of federal recognition to these gay and lesbian couples, who already are married, and the marital or parenting behavior of different-sex couples. It is nonsensical to claim that congress needs to or should harm these families in order to benefit others, particularly as those families receive federal recognition regardless of DOMA. [¦] 5. Ensuring "consistency" 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 to claim that this is now an interest only when it comes to the treatment of married lesbian and gay 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." (votesmart.org)
  • Andre Carson. Rep. Andre Carson guest post on hate crimes and gay rights. 30 April 2009. "As a proud member of the LGBT Equality Caucus, I am committed to the Caucus' mission to "achieve the extension of equal rights, the repeal of discriminatory laws, the elimination of hate-motivated violence, and the improved health and well being for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression". This commitment is coupled with my deep belief that discrimination is always wrong- always. No one should be fired or harassed at the work place because of their race, their gender, their sexual orientation or their gender identity. This is why I support an inclusive Employment Nondiscrimation Act." (www.bilerico.com)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "André Carson supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 94 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "André Carson supported the interests of the American Family Association 5 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • André Carson. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. André Carson voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Andre Carson. Pelosi, 132 House Members File Amicus Brief in Landmark Court Challenge to DOMA. 2 November 2011. "1. Denying recognition to couples already married under state law does not further an interest in "procreation and responsible child-rearing." DOMA does not prevent gay and lesbian couples from marrying and an estimated 132,00 couples have now done so, with many of these couples raising children together. There is no logical connection between the denial of federal recognition to these gay and lesbian couples, who already are married, and the marital or parenting behavior of different-sex couples. It is nonsensical to claim that congress needs to or should harm these families in order to benefit others, particularly as those families receive federal recognition regardless of DOMA. [¦] 5. Ensuring "consistency" 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 to claim that this is now an interest only when it comes to the treatment of married lesbian and gay 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." (votesmart.org)
  • Andre Carson. Rep. Andre Carson guest post on hate crimes and gay rights. 30 April 2009. "As a proud member of the LGBT Equality Caucus, I am committed to the Caucus' mission to "achieve the extension of equal rights, the repeal of discriminatory laws, the elimination of hate-motivated violence, and the improved health and well being for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression". This commitment is coupled with my deep belief that discrimination is always wrong- always. No one should be fired or harassed at the work place because of their race, their gender, their sexual orientation or their gender identity. This is why I support an inclusive Employment Nondiscrimation Act." (www.bilerico.com)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "André Carson supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 94 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "André Carson supported the interests of the American Family Association 5 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

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  • Andre Carson. Carson Statement on Osama Bin Laden. 2 May 2011. "Osama bin Laden's death is welcome news for our nation and for those who stand with the United States in its efforts to crush al Qaeda and defeat terrorism. I commend President Obama for his leadership and salute the intelligence community and our men and women in uniform for tracking down bin Laden and bringing him to justice [¦] All Americans should rest assured that this, in no way, lessens our vigilance or diminishes our resolve to track down terrorist elements globally that threaten our country and our way of life." (votesmart.org)
  • Andre Carson. Carson Statement on Osama Bin Laden. 2 May 2011. "Osama bin Laden's death is welcome news for our nation and for those who stand with the United States in its efforts to crush al Qaeda and defeat terrorism. I commend President Obama for his leadership and salute the intelligence community and our men and women in uniform for tracking down bin Laden and bringing him to justice [¦] All Americans should rest assured that this, in no way, lessens our vigilance or diminishes our resolve to track down terrorist elements globally that threaten our country and our way of life." (votesmart.org)
  • Andre Carson. Carson Statement on Osama Bin Laden. 2 May 2011. "Osama bin Laden's death is welcome news for our nation and for those who stand with the United States in its efforts to crush al Qaeda and defeat terrorism. I commend President Obama for his leadership and salute the intelligence community and our men and women in uniform for tracking down bin Laden and bringing him to justice. [¦] All Americans should rest assured that this, in no way, lessens our vigilance or diminishes our resolve to track down terrorist elements globally that threaten our country and our way of life." (votesmart.org)
  • Andre Carson. Carson Statement on Osama Bin Laden. 2 May 2011. "Osama bin Laden's death is welcome news for our nation and for those who stand with the United States in its efforts to crush al Qaeda and defeat terrorism. I commend President Obama for his leadership and salute the intelligence community and our men and women in uniform for tracking down bin Laden and bringing him to justice. [¦] All Americans should rest assured that this, in no way, lessens our vigilance or diminishes our resolve to track down terrorist elements globally that threaten our country and our way of life." (votesmart.org)

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  • Andre Carson. Preserving Medicare for Seniors. 22 April 2011. "I want my constituents, especially seniors, to know the impact the Republican-backed budget proposal would have on Medicare. Simply put, the plan written by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis) would end Medicare as we know it. The proposal would increase health care costs for seniors by as much as $6,000, while giving tax breaks of up to $200,000 to those in the highest income brackets. The Ryan plan puts insurance companies in charge of seniors' health care and provides billions in tax breaks to huge multinational corporations that continue to ship good American jobs overseas. Recently Alan Blinder, former Vice Chairman of the Federal Reserve, stated in the Wall Street Journal, "The [Ryan] plan threatens to eviscerate Medicare by privatizing it--with vouchers that, absent some sort of cost-control miracle, would fall further and further behind the rising cost of health insurance. And to make that miracle even less likely, House Republicans want to repeal every cost-containment measure enacted in last year's health-reform legislation. While I adamantly oppose the Ryan Plan, I want my constituents to know that I am committed to working with both parties to cut the deficit responsibly. But the cuts cannot be made at the expense of our seniors. I remain committed to preserving Medicare and Social Security and the services they provide." (votesmart.org)
  • Andre Carson. Issue Position: Standing up for our Seniors. 24 October 2011. "Our seniors have spent a lifetime working hard, providing for their families and saving for their retirement, and they deserve respect and peace of mind. I will never privatize Social Security and will fight to ensure it is managed responsibly to remain solvent for current retirees and future generations. Along with Social Security, Medicare is a promise we have made to our seniors, and it is essential to a dignified and financially sound retirement. I will fight any cuts to Medicare and will work to pass a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan that really works -- providing quality, affordable prescription drugs to our seniors, not one that benefits the big drug companies and leaves too many seniors confused, limited and without coverage." (votesmart.org)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "André Carson supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Andre Carson. Letter to Democratic Leader Pelosi. 25 July 2011. "Especially in these tough economic times, we should not be cutting Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid benefits that millions of our constituents paid into and depend on. Such benefit cuts should be off the table in current debt discussions. Our Republican colleagues should be embarrassed by their insistence that unless Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits are cut, the nation will default on its debts. Middle-class families have sacrificed enough, and a deal that pushes the American Dream further out of reach, in order to pay for extending tax breaks for the rich and corporations, is simply unacceptable." (votesmart.org)
  • Andre Carson. Letter to Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. 13 October 2011. "We are writing to request that you protect vital programs that comprise our social safety net, including but not limited to Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security, as well as the programs that provide economic security and opportunity to millions of Americans. Vital safety net services and programs support those people hit the hardest by the Great Recession. These services help people and families maintain housing or find shelter, keep food on the table, assist in access to health care, and support those looking for employment, including the long-term unemployed. Examples of federal programs that provide such services include programs which assist disabled veterans to find an accessible home, ensure seniors receive food to eat, help people access our health care system, connect people seeking jobs with employment, give shelter to homeless families, and ensure that children get meals in school." (votesmart.org)
  • Andre Carson. Letter to the Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 21 July 2011. "The current cut in Social Security contributions must be allowed to expire as scheduled. History instructs that any tax cut is politically difficult to terminate. As you know, although the Bush tax cuts were only supposed to last ten years, the debate of today is centered on whether to permanently extend most or permanently extend all of the Bush tax cuts. We are greatly concerned that a permanent extension of the 2011 payroll tax cut would double Social Security's long-range shortfall and make long-term solutions nearly impossible. Americans' contributions to Social Security should be used for Americans' Social Security benefits. To do otherwise flies in the face of the time-tested wisdom of this program, which was established with an independent revenue stream to protect the retirement earnings of America's workers from budgetary politics. We respectfully request that you reject any proposal that includes an extension or expansion of the payroll tax cut." (votesmart.org)
  • Andre Carson. Preserving Medicare for Seniors. 22 April 2011. "I want my constituents, especially seniors, to know the impact the Republican-backed budget proposal would have on Medicare. Simply put, the plan written by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis) would end Medicare as we know it. The proposal would increase health care costs for seniors by as much as $6,000, while giving tax breaks of up to $200,000 to those in the highest income brackets. The Ryan plan puts insurance companies in charge of seniors' health care and provides billions in tax breaks to huge multinational corporations that continue to ship good American jobs overseas. Recently Alan Blinder, former Vice Chairman of the Federal Reserve, stated in the Wall Street Journal, "The [Ryan] plan threatens to eviscerate Medicare by privatizing it--with vouchers that, absent some sort of cost-control miracle, would fall further and further behind the rising cost of health insurance. And to make that miracle even less likely, House Republicans want to repeal every cost-containment measure enacted in last year's health-reform legislation. While I adamantly oppose the Ryan Plan, I want my constituents to know that I am committed to working with both parties to cut the deficit responsibly. But the cuts cannot be made at the expense of our seniors. I remain committed to preserving Medicare and Social Security and the services they provide." (votesmart.org)
  • Andre Carson. Social Security. 27 July 2010. "Madam Speaker, one of the most important social programs of our times is nearing its 75th birthday, and I am so pleased to come to the floor today and speak on the vital role of Social Security. Our economy has indeed seen signs of rebirth. However, 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. I'm committed to working across the aisle on real solutions when problems arise, but the claim that Social Security is paying out more than it is taking in is simply untrue. The trust fund has reserves of $2.6 trillion, which continues to earn interest and will pay out benefits until 2037." (votesmart.org)
  • Andre Carson. Letter to the Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 21 July 2011. "The current cut in Social Security contributions must be allowed to expire as scheduled. History instructs that any tax cut is politically difficult to terminate. As you know, although the Bush tax cuts were only supposed to last ten years, the debate of today is centered on whether to permanently extend most or permanently extend all of the Bush tax cuts. We are greatly concerned that a permanent extension of the 2011 payroll tax cut would double Social Security's long-range shortfall and make long-term solutions nearly impossible. Americans' contributions to Social Security should be used for Americans' Social Security benefits. To do otherwise flies in the face of the time-tested wisdom of this program, which was established with an independent revenue stream to protect the retirement earnings of America's workers from budgetary politics. We respectfully request that you reject any proposal that includes an extension or expansion of the payroll tax cut." (votesmart.org)
  • Andre Carson. Issue Position: Standing up for our Seniors. 24 October 2011. "Our seniors have spent a lifetime working hard, providing for their families and saving for their retirement, and they deserve respect and peace of mind. I will never privatize Social Security and will fight to ensure it is managed responsibly to remain solvent for current retirees and future generations. Along with Social Security, Medicare is a promise we have made to our seniors, and it is essential to a dignified and financially sound retirement. I will fight any cuts to Medicare and will work to pass a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan that really works -- providing quality, affordable prescription drugs to our seniors, not one that benefits the big drug companies and leaves too many seniors confused, limited and without coverage." (votesmart.org)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "André Carson supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Andre Carson. Letter to Democratic Leader Pelosi. 25 July 2011. "Especially in these tough economic times, we should not be cutting Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid benefits that millions of our constituents paid into and depend on. Such benefit cuts should be off the table in current debt discussions. Our Republican colleagues should be embarrassed by their insistence that unless Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits are cut, the nation will default on its debts. Middle-class families have sacrificed enough, and a deal that pushes the American Dream further out of reach, in order to pay for extending tax breaks for the rich and corporations, is simply unacceptable." (votesmart.org)
  • Andre Carson. Letter to Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. 13 October 2011. "We are writing to request that you protect vital programs that comprise our social safety net, including but not limited to Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security, as well as the programs that provide economic security and opportunity to millions of Americans. Vital safety net services and programs support those people hit the hardest by the Great Recession. These services help people and families maintain housing or find shelter, keep food on the table, assist in access to health care, and support those looking for employment, including the long-term unemployed. Examples of federal programs that provide such services include programs which assist disabled veterans to find an accessible home, ensure seniors receive food to eat, help people access our health care system, connect people seeking jobs with employment, give shelter to homeless families, and ensure that children get meals in school." (votesmart.org)
  • Andre Carson. Social Security. 27 July 2010. "Madam Speaker, one of the most important social programs of our times is nearing its 75th birthday, and I am so pleased to come to the floor today and speak on the vital role of Social Security. Our economy has indeed seen signs of rebirth. However, 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. I'm committed to working across the aisle on real solutions when problems arise, but the claim that Social Security is paying out more than it is taking in is simply untrue. The trust fund has reserves of $2.6 trillion, which continues to earn interest and will pay out benefits until 2037." (votesmart.org)

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