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André Carson's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)



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Issue Positions

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  • Rated 100% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (
  • "President Trump was simply not being honest with the American people in his #SOTU address. His pledge to protect Americans' health care, and vital lifelines like Medicare and Social Security, don't line up with his record. We're headed down the wrong path under his presidency." (
  • "What do we have to lose under President Trump? Security, stability, and much more. His latest budget proposal cuts #SNAP, #Medicaid, #SocialSecurity benefits, and loan forgiveness programs -- just to name a few. Under the #TrumpBudget, working families everywhere will suffer." (
  • "The recent Citizens United Supreme Court decision opened the door for special interests and foreign corporations to have undue influence on our elections," said Congressman Carson. "Voters have the right to know who is behind the ads they are seeing on television, and this legislation is significant in ensuring we have that necessary accountability. The American people should be the center of our Democracy and our elections, not big corporations and special interests." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 "For the People Act of 2021." (
  • "I'm honored to receive an "A" rating from @StopBigMoney for my work in Congress to end the dominance of big money in politics, expand voting rights, and secure our elections from foreign interference. Nearly a decade after #CitizensUnited, this goal is more important than ever!" (
  • "Today, we introduced the Justice in Policing Act, a sweeping bill with bold, unprecedented reforms to curb police brutality, challenge racism in our criminal justice system, and hold police accountable." (
  • "Hoosiers are grieving the countless loved ones we have lost to police brutality and racism, and are demanding change," said Rep. Carson. "The House's passage of the Justice in Policing Act is a bold step towards much-needed reforms, with provisions that address systemic racism and help save Black lives while increasing transparency to ensure police are held accountable. As a former law enforcement officer, I know this bill will make a positive difference. I am pleased that it also includes many of the recommendations I've made over a number of years -- especially requiring body cameras and dash cams." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 7120 - George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020. (
  • "As we address defense spending, we should look to Indianapolis. We need smart investments, like the LiftFan System being produced locally by Rolls-Royce, which will provide more versatility to our modern aircraft. With these sorts of investments, we can spend less while maintaining force strength and protecting hundreds of thousands of good paying defense industry jobs, including thousands locally." (
  • Rated 0% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • Signed a letter stating: "Preserving the agreement in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 that required increased spending to be spread evenly between defense spending and non-defense discretionary accounts which have both been harmed by the ongoing sequester;" (
  • Voted in favor of HR 22 - Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. (
  • "Maintaining our roads, highways and bridges is absolutely critical. It not only creates jobs through construction and other related fields but also encourages professionals and entrepreneurs to locate in our city, allows lower cost shipping to and from local businesses, and reduces commute times for local workers. In short, a quality road system is one of our strongest economic drivers." (
  • "The People's Budget focuses on the needs of hardworking Americans, investing in infrastructure" (
  • "I was honored to preside over the House of Representatives tonight as we passed an updated version of the #HeroesAct. This $2.2 trillion dollar relief bill strengthens our fight against COVID-19 and its economic devastation. I urge the Senate to pass it immediately." (
  • "I'm honored to support the CARES Act -- Congress' biggest and boldest effort yet to tackle the COVID-19 crisis," Rep. Carson said. "This comprehensive legislation provides an unprecedented $2 trillion dollars to help our families, workers, and small businesses deal with this pandemic's challenge to our health and our economy. And House Democrats worked to ensure this legislation prioritizes every day Americans and the people most in need of assistance." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 1319 "American Rescue Plan Act of 2021" (
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 7688 “Consumer Fuel Price Gouging Prevention Act” (
  • "Hoosiers deserve to know their representatives in Washington are fighting to lower prices and fight inflation. That’s why I was proud to vote for the Inflation Reduction Act, which became law today and takes historic measures to reduce the deficit and ensure a fairer tax code." (
  • "Today I voted in favor of the Inflation Reduction Act, which will take historic action to lower prescription drug prices and healthcare costs, address climate change, and reduce our deficit while fighting inflation." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 5376 “Inflation Reduction Act of 2022” (
  • "The student loan debt crisis is out of control, and the economic devastation of #COVID19 makes that even clearer. That's why I have cosponsored the “Student Debt Emergency Relief Act," which cancels at least $30K in loan debt per borrower." (
  • "I applaud this necessary move by the Biden Administration to provide relief to millions of student loan borrowers. This is one of many steps that we should take to ease the crushing burden of student loan debt during this pandemic and into the future." (
  • "I joined around 100 of my congressional colleagues in formally urging @POTUS to extend the pause on federal student loan payments until at least the end of this year and provide meaningful student debt cancellation. Borrowers need and deserve more relief!" (
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 2547 “Comprehensive Debt Collection Improvement Act” (
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 5746 “Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act” (
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 4 “John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2021” (
  • "If Georgia can get away with this blatant voter suppression and intimidation, other states will follow suit. We need to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act to protect the vote nationwide!" (
  • "This #ConstitutionDay225, we must honor our proud history by rethinking the #VoterID laws that would undermine it." (
  • Rated 0% by American Energy Alliance. (
  • "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." (
  • "I am also a strong supporter of an "all in" approach to American energy, which seeks to improve petroleum, coal and natural gas technologies while prioritizing research into renewable sources of energy like wind, solar, hydro, nuclear and geothermal. These new technologies will ensure that our future is not tied to unstable oil producers abroad and our large, but limited, supply of coal and natural gas." (
  • "Happy #EarthDay! We only have one planet, and it's up to all of us to take care of it. America has a responsibility to lead the world in our fight against climate change. That's why I'm extremely pleased the #AmericanJobsPlan places a major focus on environmental sustainability." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 9 - Climate Action Now Act. (
  • Rated 94% by League of Conservation Voters. (
  • "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." (
  • "Happy #EarthDay! We only have one planet, and it's up to all of us to take care of it. America has a responsibility to lead the world in our fight against climate change. That's why I'm extremely pleased the #AmericanJobsPlan places a major focus on environmental sustainability." (
  • Rated 100% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence (
  • "Mass shootings have become unacceptably commonplace in our country. Moreover, our communities are struggling to create safe environments and reduce violent crime. It is clearer than ever that we have a searing responsibility to do more to keep guns out of the wrong hands." (
  • "Protecting our constitutional right to bear arms does not mean giving free rein to dangerous people to purchase the deadliest weapons on the market. We need to stop hiding behind the false narrative that enacting common sense gun policies somehow limits the rights of law abiding Americans." (
  • "We need gun safety reforms now!" (
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 1425 “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act” (
  • "Something is wrong when nearly 30 million people are uninsured in the richest country on Earth, and millions more struggle to afford their co-pays and deductibles. That's why I'm proud to cosponsor the #MedicareForAll Act to help ensure every American's right to health care." (
  • "Today I’m honored to join @RepJayapal and @RepDebDingell in reintroducing The #MedicareForAll Act of 2021. This legislation offers a bold change to our country’s health care system. Hoosier families shouldn't have to choose between groceries and medical care." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 987 “MORE Health Education Act” (
  • "Instead of downplaying #COVID19 to protect his Wall Street buddies, President Trump should be supporting legislation to guarantee that all employees have paid sick leave. Nobody should be forced to make the choice between getting sick and paying the bills." (
  • "Great news: The House has just passed the #BuildBackBetterAct! This is a MAJOR investment in the well-being of Hoosiers and all Americans. Our bill establishes paid family and medical leave, lowers health care costs, and helps working families. I urge the Senate to pass it ASAP!" (
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 6201 “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” (
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 3 “Lower Drug Costs Now Act of 2019” (
  • "Today I spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives about the need to lower prescription drug costs. @HouseDemocrats have taken bold action on this goal, but we must continue to do more. Let's finally make life-saving medication affordable" (
  • "Today I voted in favor of the Inflation Reduction Act, which will take historic action to lower prescription drug prices and healthcare costs, address climate change, and reduce our deficit while fighting inflation." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 6833 “The Affordable Insulin Now Act” (
  • "Last night, I proudly voted for the House's legislation that addresses the mistreatment of migrants on our southern border. The treatment of these individuals, including young children, is heartbreaking & wrong. We must reject this cruelty once & for all." (
  • "Border security is essential, but we shouldn't criminalize immigrant communities, militarize the borders or carry out policies that dont represent our values. Instead of funding a wall we should adopt comprehensive immigration reform to protect our border & fix our broken system" (
  • "I just voted to terminate President Trump's Border Emergency. This #FakeEmergency is nothing but a scheme to build his ineffective wall by diverting money from important military projects. It's not only xenophobic, it's fiscally irresponsible and an insult to our troops." (
  • Rated 18% by NumbersUSA. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6 - American Dream and Promise Act of 2019. (
  • "#DACA recipients must submit renewals by TODAY! Congress must also do its part & pass the #DREAMAct to permanently protect #DACA recipients." (
  • "For the last few years, I remained optimistic that Congress would finally address these issues by passing comprehensive immigration reform. I cosponsored bipartisan legislation that included strengthening our borders, increasing workforce protections and providing a roadmap to eventual citizenship." ( (
  • Rated 18% by NumbersUSA. (
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 6968 “Suspending Energy Imports from Russia Act” (
  • "Today, I proudly voted for S. 3744, a bipartisan bill to sanction China for its human rights violations against #Uyghur Muslims. China is engaging in genocide, and the U.S. must not stand for these crimes against humanity. Our nation must condemn these abuses wherever they occur." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 7691 “Making emergency supplemental appropriations for assistance for the situation in Ukraine for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2022, and for other purposes.” (
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 7691 “Making emergency supplemental appropriations for assistance for the situation in Ukraine for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2022, and for other purposes.” (
  • "Congress and the Biden Administration are taking important steps to support #Ukraine. We must continue to help strengthen its fight against Russia." (
  • "My prayers are with the people of Ukraine as they face an unjust attack by Russia. This is a clear power grab and act of aggression that could destabilize the world. The U.S. must continue doing all we can to stop this war and hold Russia accountable." (
  • Voted in favor of S. 3522 “Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act of 2022” (
  • Rated 10% by National Tax Limitation Committee (
  • "Democrats have a real plan to tackle inflation: We are working to lower costs, lower deficits, and to make corporations and the ultra-rich pay their fair share. The Republican plan is the same as it's always been: Cut taxes for the wealthiest and make the middle class pay more." (
  • "Our country should reward work, not wealth. That's why the ultra-rich should start paying their fair share in taxes, so every American has a real shot at success." (
  • "We cut the national deficit by $300 billion and reduced inflation—all without ANY new taxes for families making $400,000 or less. We did this by ensuring that the biggest corporations and the ultra-rich pay their fair share, like hardworking families have been doing for decades." (
  • Rated 100% by Public Citizen. (
  • "From cars to planes to computers, America has always been a manufacturing leader. However, after a decade of jobs moving overseas, our manufacturing sector is nearing collapse. One reason so many jobs have left our country is our approval of so called free trade agreements. These agreements are intended to streamline trade between us and our allies. However, they more often encourage American businesses to ship jobs out of the country in order to take advantage of cheaper labor costs and lax regulation. I was proud to stand up for working Americans by opposing the Korea, Panama and Columbia Free Trade Agreements. I believed that these agreements will only hurt more American workers by making us less competitive and sending their jobs overseas." (
  • "I support fair trade that will create jobs for Americans and that will ensure workers around the world are not treated unfairly. This is why I opposed "Fast Track" legislation that would prevent me from making improvements to future trade legislation. Every trade bill that comes up for a vote warrants careful consideration to make sure that it will help Hoosiers. If I am not convinced that it helps American workers and businesses, I will vote against it." (

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