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André Carson's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)



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Issue Positions

For Presidential and Congressional candidates who refuse to provide voters with their positions, Vote Smart has researched their public records to determine their likely responses. These issue positions are from 2020.

  • Signed a letter stating: "Birth control is health care, plain and simple." (
  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood. (
  • "Something is wrong when 80% of Hoosiers only get 31% of the tax breaks. No individual should be seeing a tax cut larger than an entire working neighborhood. Hoosiers deserve better." (
  • "For those still actively looking for work, lowering taxes and extending unemployment benefits are two of the best ways to stimulate the economy by putting more cash in the pockets of millions of Americans. While some in Congress seem beholden to millionaires and billionaires, I advocated for extending and expanding payroll tax cuts for nearly 160 million working and middle class Americans." (
  • "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." (
  • Rated 100% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (
  • "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." (
  • "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!" (
  • "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. (
  • Rated 0% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • "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." (
  • 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;" (
  • "The People's Budget focuses on the needs of hardworking Americans, investing in infrastructure" (
  • "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." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 22 - Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. (
  • "Corporations will see a massive permanent tax cut, which is more likely to line the pockets of executives and wealthy investors than create jobs." (
  • "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." (
  • "No Child Left Behind is the most recent law reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. This law established admirable goals and objectives for improving our public education system and closing achievement gaps. Nevertheless, it has done a disservice to our children by overwhelmingly focusing on performance on standardized tests." (
  • Rated 100% by National Education Association. (
  • "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." (
  • Rated 0% by American Energy Alliance. (
  • Rated 94% by League of Conservation Voters. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 9 - Climate Action Now Act. (
  • "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." (
  • "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." (
  • "In March of 2010, I voted to pass the Affordable Care Act, historic legislation overhauling our nation's broken health-care system." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (
  • "This compromise also removed many controversial proposals. It includes no funding for President Trump's immoral and expensive border wall with Mexico and does not cut funding to Planned Parenthood or sanctuary cities." (
  • Rated 18% by NumbersUSA. (
  • Rated 18% by NumbersUSA. (
  • "#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." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6 - American Dream and Promise Act of 2019. (
  • "The summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un has the potential to be an important first step toward a long lasting, productive dialogue. If achieved, the Administration's stated goal of complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization would remove the threat of an unpredictable nuclear power and create a unique opportunity to pursue peace on the Korean Peninsula and relief for millions of struggling people in North Korea." (
  • "By walking away from the JCPOA, Trump makes it easier for Iran to develop nuclear weapons. He is creating this crisis. Now, we all have to face the consequences." (
  • Rated 0% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • "Without this deal, Iran sits within 2-3 months of securing a nuclear weapon, without any inspections or constraints. It is unrealistic to think that we can back away, increase pressure on Iran to achieve greater Iranian concessions, and successfully restart talks before Iran reaches its goal. Despite this, I firmly believe that all options, including resumption of sanctions and the use of military force, must remain on the table in the event that Iran fails to comply." (
  • "The war in Iraq was devastating for the American people both in terms of lives and financial costs, which is why I am opposed to the idea of once again putting a large-scale contingent of troops on the ground in Iraq. Alternatively, we should be looking at options that will minimize our commitment while still supporting our interests in the region, including air strikes, use of special operations forces, airborne surveillance support, and logistical support for the Iraqi military." (
  • "For far too long, the United States has acted alone to address threats around the world. This has overstretched our military and strained our relationships with many countries and people. While we must always be willing to act when threatened, it is critical that we redouble our efforts to engage international partners to participate in and lead military efforts." (
  • Rated 0% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • Signed a letter stating: "We support your restraint to date in resisting the calls for a "quick" and "easy" military intervention, and for your commitment not to send combat troops back to Iraq." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 550 - No War Against Iran Act . (
  • "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." (
  • Rated 100% by Public Citizen. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 - United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act. (

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