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Carson Courier: April 20, 2012


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Dear Friend:

Thank you for reading another edition of my e-newsletter, the Carson Courier. For additional information on these and other topics, please visit my website at

In this week's Carson Courier:

Supporting Equal Pay & Gender Equality
Tax Fairness for the Middle Class

Supporting Equal Pay & Gender Equality

It might surprise Hoosiers that women in Indiana make on average 72 cents for every dollar earned by their male counterparts. African-American and Latino women fare even worse. Overall, Indiana ranks fifth worst in the nation when it comes to equity in women's pay. These staggering numbers make clear that we must strive to be a nation where women receive equal pay for equal work.

This past Tuesday, supporters of gender equality celebrated Equal Pay Day, recognizing the importance of closing the wage gap that still exists between men and women in this country. Equal pay is not simply a women's issue -- it's a family issue. Families in the great state of Indiana and across the country increasingly rely on women's wages to help make ends meet.

Achieving equal pay for women has been a top priority for Democrats over the past few years. In January 2009, the Democratic-led 111th Congress sent to the President's desk the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act -- and it became the first bill signed into law by President Obama. This legislation was an enormous victory for women. Tellingly, nearly all of my Republican House colleagues voted against the Fair Pay Act.

I proudly supported the Lilly Ledbetter Act, but it's not enough. That's why I am also fighting for the enactment of the Paycheck Fairness Act, which provides effective remedies to women who are not being paid equal wages for doing equal work.

I am dedicated to strengthening the American family and ensuring fairness for all Americans. It may not be obvious to my colleagues across the aisle, but I recognize that man, woman and child benefit when all people, irrespective of gender, receive equal pay for equal work.

Tax Fairness for the Middle-Class

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.

The "Buffett Rule" is not class warfare. The "Buffett Rule" is a recognition that far too many middle class families continue to struggle to pay their bills and feed their families, while those most fortunate benefit from tax breaks and tax shelters. I recognize that the middle-class, not the top 1%, are the lifeblood of this economy. A prosperous middle-class stimulates the economy, creates jobs and produces wealth for all segments of our great nation. We must do everything we can to make the American Dream accessible to as many of our neighbors as possible.

Thank you for reading the Carson Courier. Please do not hesitate to contact me with your thoughts and concerns. For more information, visit my website at, my Congressional Facebook page at follow me on Twitter @RepAndreCarson. I value your views and your input, which help me better represent the people of Indiana's 7th District.

André Carson
Member of Congress

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