“We’re very excited about it,” Carson said. “It will go a long way to address hunger in the wealthiest nation in history.”
In the next two weeks, U.S. Rep. Andre Carson is expected to introduce legislation that would direct the Department of Agriculture to provide grants to each state to establish revolving funds that would be used in the form of low-interest loans for the creation and operation of grocery stores in underserved communities.
Rep. Carson is named by New York Magazine as one of ten young Democrats who, like Obama, have unusual ambition, an inspiring life story, a gift for public oratory, or some combination of the three.
Mr. Carson said “Having had my own experiences with law enforcement as a teenager, being harassed without cause, has given me a deeper level of sensitivity as a legislator.”
Rep. Carson received the Friend of the National Parks Award from the National Parks Conservation Association in July.
Mr Carson said “Our national parks, namely Indiana Dunes, are a source of beauty and civic pride. I look forward to continuing my support for them in Congress.”
Rep. Carson partnered with Ivy Tech to host the annual Central Indiana Job Fair on August 5th.
“When U.S. Congressman Andre Carson started the event in 2010 the Indianapolis area unemployment rate was at 9.6 according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Today the rate is 4.5, the lowest it’s been since before the recession.”
The Hill spoke to Rep. Carson about Ramadan’s importance and his experience as a Muslim in Congress.
“Ramadan highlights our collective duty to give more and to do more for those who are suffering,” Carson said.
Rep. Carson met with members of the Indianapolis Jewish Relations Council recently, and he didn’t hesitate when the conversation turned towards his faith and his political career.
“I don’t think politicians should run from these kinds of conversations,” he said.
Rep. Carson recently had the honor of reuniting a constituent with the man who saved his life.
Capitol Police Officer Nicholas Simons came to the aid of Indiana Trucking Association president Gary Langston after Langston suffered a cardiac arrest in front of a Senate building. A year later, Langston had the opportunity to thank Officer Simons when they met in Congressman Carson’s office.
These are our true heroes,” Carson said of Simons and other officers.
Rep. Carson introduced an amendment to the bipartisan Protecting Cyber Networks Act, which will “back up the bill’s ban on the sharing of personal information with federal agencies.” The bill passed 307-116.
“We have protections in place to ensure that the intelligence community cannot collect and utilize your personal data,” the Indianapolis Democrat said during the floor debate. “This amendment simply ensures that Congress and the public get to see this sharing process, see how it works, if these protections happen to fail.”
Congressman Carson’s “Equality for All” Resolution “is intended as a prelude to legislation to be introduced later this spring by Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I,” says Maureen Groppe at the Indianapolis Star.