Congressman Carson was invited to join President Obama as he flew to Elkhart, Indiana for his first town hall meeting on the state of our economy. On Air Force One, Congressman Carson had an opportunity to discuss the Indianapolis economy with the President.
Congressman Carson visited Indiana Black Expo’s 39th Annual Summer Celebration where he had a chance to speak with many 7th District residents. He set up a booth that provided information about his legislative work in Congress and the services provided by his office.
Congressman Carson speaks with constituent Jeremy Warriner, who lost his legs after an accident involving his Chrylser Jeep. Jeremy’s liability claim has been eliminated by the Chrysler bankruptcy, but a bill filed by Carson would ensure that Jeremy and other consumers have their day in court.
Contact: Justin Ohlemiller – 317-283-6516 or 317-468-5167
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman André Carson issued the following statement after voting to provide an additional $2 billion to the “Cash for Clunkers” program, which provides vouchers to consumers who trade in old, inefficient vehicles for new, fuel-efficient ones:
“This week, I was amazed to witness the extreme popularity of the ‘Cash for Clunkers’ program.So many Americans have chosen to take advantage of this program that it has surpassed early expectations and run out of funding just one week after taking effect. I am pleased that thousands of Americans have been able to purchase new vehicles, and I believe that this unexpected success clearly illustrates the need for an immediate expansion of funding that would allow the program to continue.
“In this difficult economic climate, as unemployment rises and incomes drop, it has become very difficult for many families to replace their old, gas-guzzling automobiles. By passing this legislation, the House has maintained a critical program that provides American consumers with the assistance they need to purchase new vehicles—helping to bolster our struggling auto industry, promote fuel efficiency, and create and protect American jobs.
“In the coming months, I look forward to the continued success of the ‘Cash for Clunkers’ program and to the widespread benefits it will bring to our economy and environment.”
Contact: Justin Ohlemiller– 317.283.6516 or 317.468.5167
WASINGTON, D.C. – Congressman André Carson gave the following statement on the House floor today before voting to protect American taxpayers and shareholders from the types of excessive and risky corporate compensation practices that contributed to the collapse of the financial markets last fall.
Carson joined his colleagues in passing the Corporate and Financial Institution Compensation Fairness Act, a bill that requires federal regulators to monitor inappropriate or risky compensation practices and compels large financial firms to disclose any compensation structures that include incentive-based elements. The bill also gives shareholders at public companies a say on pay for top executives.
Carson is an original co-sponsor of the bill and serves on the House Financial Services committee that drafted the new regulations.
Mr. Speaker, today, I’ve heard a number of interesting accusations about what this legislation would do if passed.
I have heard that the government will sit in board rooms and set caps on pay.
But my constituents are accustomed to hearing these kinds of false arguments from those who seek to maintain the status quo. My constituents sent me to Congress to move beyond the status quo of a broken financial regulatory structure.
They sent me to enact common sense reforms like those included in the legislation we are discussing today. They know that average families have cut back, worked longer hours and saved their money during this economic crisis.
Meanwhile, Wall Street executives acted irresponsibility and enjoyed lavish compensation packages as their companies failed.
I am proud to be an original cosponsor of a bill that will bring about a new era of responsibility on Wall Street.
Contact: Justin Ohlemiller – 317.283.6516 or 317.468.1563
Washington, D.C. – Congressman André Carson issued the following statement after joining his fellow members of the Progressive Caucus on a letter sent today to House leadership addressing the negotiated health care reform agreement reached in the Energy and Commerce Committee:
“We are closer than ever before to finally transforming our current ‘disease care’ system into a true health care system that cuts costs, provides real options for care, and works for all Americans across the socio-economic spectrum.
“For the first time, we’ve got the American Medical Association on board with health-care reform. The pharmaceutical companies have come to the table to generate tens-of-billions-of dollars in savings. And we’ve got the American people squarely behind a health-care overhaul, with poll after poll showing more than 2/3 of the public supporting major changes being made to our current system.
“Given the momentum behind reform, I was disappointed to see the health-care debate take a step backward yesterday in the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
“The agreement reached between conservative members and committee leadership waters down the original legislation that offered true, comprehensive health-care reform.
“Simply put, the changes being discussed in committee would lead to higher costs for a public health insurance plan and would do little to keep private insurance companies honest and bring down skyrocketing rates.
“This negotiated agreement calls for a reduction in subsidies for low- and middle-income families, requiring them to pay more for insurance premiums; and it would impose an unfunded mandate on states, forcing them pick up a larger tab for health care costs.
“Make no mistake—I remain very optimistic about reaching a deal that will pass the House, but this agreement points to the fact that there is still more work to be done. I look forward to joining with my fellow members, conservatives and progressives alike, to shape a bill that will deliver the true reform that so many in my district and across this great nation demand and deserve.”
INDIANAPOLIS – Congressman André Carson has launched an online health care forum where people can submit their personal stories and opinions on the nation’s health care system, as well as review submissions by fellow Indianapolis residents.
The announcement comes as the debate on health care reform in the U.S. House of Representatives picks up speed. This week, House leaders unveiled America’s Affordable Health Choices Act, a comprehensive reform bill that focuses on providing quality affordable health care for all Americans and controlling health care costs.
Carson encouraged constituents to utilize his online forum to give their opinions about the current bill and share their personal stories about interactions they’ve had with the current system.
“Health care costs are out of control,” said Carson. “Despite all the money that we’re spending, 46 million Americans, including 766,000 Hoosiers, are without health insurance; and due to the ongoing economic downturn, an additional 36,000 Indiana residents, or 700 a week, will lose their health insurance between now and 2010.
“This crisis is not only negatively impacting the health of families and individuals—it’s also crippling our economy.
“Congress is currently debating a comprehensive solution to overhaul our broken health care system. While statistics pointing to the need for reform are plentiful, the best and most informative input I can gain comes from the people of the 7th District.
“That’s why I have created this online health care forum.I want to hear your story about the experiences you’ve had with our current health care system—both good and bad.I also need to hear your ideas about what we can do to improve health care.”
How to submit your story
Residents can submit a video or written testimonial of their health care experience. Constituents should email their story or video to [email protected].
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman André Carson issued the following statement after the House passed a resolution recognizing the life of athlete and musician Wayman Tisdale, who passed away on May 15, 2009:
“I was proud to join my House colleagues in passing a resolution honoring the life and accomplishments of Wayman Tisdale.From his years as an Indiana Pacer to his distinguished career as a jazz musician, Wayman Tisdale captured the imagination of Hoosiers across our state and left a lasting impression on sports and music fans everywhere.
“I was privileged to meet Wayman and was instantly struck by the innate skill and gracious charisma that has rightfully endeared him to so many Americans.While I know that he will be deeply missed, I am certain that the mark he made through his life and accomplishments will carry on for years to come.”
REMARKS BY THE HONORABLE ANDRÉ CARSON FLOOR REMARKS ON H.R. 2829, THE RECIDIVISM REDUCTION ACT
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16, 2009
Madam Speaker, yesterday I introduced the Recidivism Reduction Act, a bill that will quickly restore federal disability and health benefits to eligible individuals after they are released from incarceration.
As a former law enforcement officer, I’ve seen the public safety risks that exist when ex-offenders leave prison without the tools or resources they need—only to commit further crimes that return them to the criminal justice system.
Currently, these benefits are regularly suspended or terminated upon incarceration and take considerable time to be reinstated after an individual is released.
Without the health coverage they so desperately need, many newly released individuals cannot fully focus on securing gainful employment and developing a supportive home life.
My colleagues should rest assured that this legislation will not provide new benefits to recently released individuals.
Rather, it ensures that individuals receive the timely benefits they need to begin breaking the cycle of recidivism.
Join me in supporting H.R. 2829, the Recidivism Reduction Act.
REMARKS BY THE HONORABLE ANDRÉ CARSON FLOOR REMARKS ON DTV EXTENSION LEGISLATION WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2009
Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong support of this legislation and extending the DTV deadline.
As a father, I try and limit how much television my daughter watches. However, that does not mean I want to completely deny her access to this informative medium.
But that’s exactly what the minority would have us do here today. They would have us deny television access to millions of Americans. Americans who rely on TV not only for their entertainment but for their safety.
Mr. Speaker, two major winter storms have passed through my district in the last two weeks. And thousands of people stayed off the icy roads during these storms because of the winter advisory alerts that went out on our local TV affiliates in Indianapolis. By having access to these alerts, thousands of my constituents were able to remain safe.
So I would implore the minority not to politicize this issue. This is a serious issue that demands we act swiftly and responsibly. I encourage my colleagues to support this legislation and I yield back the balance of my time.
On June 1, 2009, new passport requirements took effect for American citizens returning to the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean or Bermuda.Returning U.S. citizens are now required to present a valid passport, passport card, or other travel document approved by the Department of Homeland Security.Before these new rules began, U.S. citizens only needed to show proof of identity and U.S. citizenship.
Please note that requirements for air, land and sea travel differ slightly.Those returning to the