Category Archives: Tom Carper

Carper Responds to Townhall; Rather listen to children than constituents

From the office of Senator Thomas R. Carper In the days and weeks following the horrific shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, we heard an outcry from students in Parkland and across the country. Their message to all of us – enough. Too many communities have lost friends and loved ones to the epidemic of gun violence. And too often, these shooting take place in a classroom, movie theater, shopping mall, or on the walk home from school – all places we expect our children to be safe from gun violence. Just a few weeks after the Parkland shooting, our students and young people organized some 250 marches around the country to protest gun violence, and to call on their elected leaders to take action to protect them. The entirely student-led March for Our Lives was a sight to behold. I was proud to join the students marching in Wilmington, with my homemade sign that quoted the Read more

Senator Tom Carper on Charolettesville

Last weekend in Charlottesville, we saw a display of hatred and bigotry from a shameful group of small individuals that took aim at our neighbors, friends, families and our country itself.  The United States of America is built upon the principle that every man and woman should have equal opportunity for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. In Charlottesville, bigots took to the streets to violently proclaim that this sacred right belongs only to certain people. They are wrong. They are cowards, and those who maintain neutrality in the face of such clear evil are cowards, too. We all have a moral obligation to stand up to this hatred. This has been a trying week for our nation. But it gives me great hope to see that countless Delawareans and Americans, from every walk of life and from every corner of our country have stood up, spoken out and condemned in unequivocal terms the Read more

Senator Tom Carper Comments on Defeating ISIS at Home

U.S. Senator Tom Carper(D- DE), through his electronic Newsletter "Carpers Connection" (12/13/2015) comments on Defeating ISIS at Home: Dear Friends, This week, the Philadelphia Inquirer published my op-ed that shares my views on what I believe to be the greater threat to our homeland – homegrown terrorism driven or inspired by ISIS. Tragically, as the San Bernardino, California attacks underscored, the threat of a homegrown attack and self-radicalization is all too real. In my op-ed, I explain what we need to do to counter this threat and defeat ISIS here at home. You can read my op-ed below or click the link: “Defeat ISIS here at home .” The recent attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif., have made it all too clear that terrorists’ threats to Americans and our allies are real. Whether these recent attacks were coordinated or inspired by ISIS or another terrorist Read more

DE U.S. Senator, Tom Carper: Reflections on Syrian Refugees

November 21, 2015 US Senator Tom Carper:Reflections on Syrian Refugees Just over a week ago, terrorists struck at the heart of our nation’s oldest ally in Paris, France. I offer my deepest sympathies to the French people. Our nation mourns with the French people as they bury their loved ones and countrymen. The attack in Paris was not just an attack on France, but on the core values that we share with France – freedom, democracy and respect for human life. This week, the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee held the hearing, “The Impact of ISIS on the Homeland and Refugee Resettlement.” As the committee’s ranking member, I questioned officials fro m the Department of Homeland Security and State Department about the implications of the Paris terror attacks on our national security, including the questions surrounding refugee resettlement. You can Read more

Delaware’s Congressional Delegation Had Differing Responses to BEBE

Senator Carper seemed to forget his moderate image and boycotted the Netanyahu address, while Senator Coons and Congressman Carney found common ground with his concern about Iran. While Carney faulted Boehner for politicizing the format, he thought Netanyahu gave a strong speech and was acting in his nation's interests. I agree with Congressman Carney that the PM was acting his nation's interest, but I also think the Speaker was. He was asserting the duty of Congress to bring to the forefront a critical issue that affects our national interest. It is not politicizing something to debate and discuss it. 90% of the politicizing was on the side of the Obama administration and Minority leader Pelosi. They are the ones who appeal to partisanship and image while refusing to discuss the issue. That is the essence of politicizing the issue. Read more

Carper Blasts Curious Timing of President’s Immigration Memo

Senator Carper was quoted in the state's largest newspaper criticizing the timing of the President's grant of temporary amnesty to 5 million undocumented immigrants. It is as if the administration wanted a fight turning down the advice of its party Homeland Security Committee Chair. The $1.1 trillion spending bill awaiting Obama’s signature funds all other federal agencies through Sept. 30. The deal that produced the bill gives Republicans a chance next year, when they will take control of the Senate and expand their majority in the House, to block Obama’s immigration order, using the Homeland Security Department’s finances as leverage. “No one told me this, I just think the president was hell-bent to do it,” Carper said of the executive order. “(He) thought it was the right thing to do, and went ahead. We’re turning out to have a productive lame duck, at least with Read more

Carper Takes Aim at High Capacity Clips

WASHINGTON – Today, on the first day for bills to be introduced in the 113th Congress, Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) announced his intention to cosponsor legislation authored by Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) aimed at reducing gun violence. The bill, the Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act, would ban high-capacity ammunition magazines holding more than ten rounds and is a component of the gun safety proposal put forth by President Obama and Vice President Biden. "I'm a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, but I also believe we must take common sense steps to reduce gun violence," Sen. Carper said. "Last week, President Obama and Vice President Biden outlined a comprehensive list of straightforward proposals, including a reinstatement of the ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines that existed from 1994 through 2004. These military-style magazines have been used in mass Read more

Carper Steps Up

I have to say that I am proud of Senator Tom Carper for stepping up Tuesday and voting against the Fiscal Cliff deal. It is his reasoning that pleases me. I had said just hours before to some friends that I often feel like that I have no representation in Washington from Delaware. Then someone surprises you. Coons voted against FISA. Carper voted against the cliff notes to deficit reduction because they left out the key element, reforming spending. It is spending stupid. This administration immediately increased spending 23% in the middle of the fiscal year as an emergency measure. The problem is that much of the spending never went away. Entitlement reform is met with scorn. The nation's debt is now in the danger zone. We were not supposed to reach 100% of GDP for a decade. We already have and exceed it. The debt is stagnating growth. One way debt is hurting growth is Read more

Senator Carper participates in Town Hall

WASHINGTON — On Sunday, Nov. 6, Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.) will participate in the YouTube Town Hall – a monthly online forum connecting Members of Congress to YouTube users and the general public. Sen. Carper will share his thoughts on how to overcome gridlock in Congress by answering the question, "Why has partisan bickering taken hold in Congress and can we learn to compromise again?" YouTube Town Hall is an online forum for Members of Congress to debate and discuss important issues facing the country. Visitors to YouTube can select an issue, watch two short videos expressing "competing" ideas, and then support the one they agree with most. The questions are submitted and chosen by YouTube users, and Members of Congress share their views with the entire YouTube online community. "Taking part in this month's YouTube Town Hall gives me a unique chance to connect with constituents Read more

Super PAC Targets Carper’s Record

Renew Delaware PAC was formed yesterday.  It is organized to educate the voters of Delaware about Tom Carper’s voting record in the U.S. Senate and to encourage voters to return balance to the Delaware Congressional Delegation by defeating Tom Carper and electing a Republican to the U.S. Senate in 2012.  The Super PAC has no contribution limits and can accept corporate money.

Carper Attacks Vehicle Choice

Sen. Carper Joins Sen. Feinstein and 16 Colleagues in Call for Stronger Fuel-Economy Standards Will reduce pollution, increase consumer information and save money for American families WASHINGTON – Today, Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), with Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and 16 other Senate colleagues, called for the Department of Transportation and Environmental Protection Agency to establish stronger fuel-economy standards and increase consumer information to reduce pollution and save money for American families and businesses.   In a letter to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson, the senators called on the agencies to enact joint standards for fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions under the Feinstein-Snowe Ten-in-Ten Fuel Economy Act, which was signed into law in 2007.   The agencies are currently establishing Read more


Senator Carper of Delaware just happened to be in that secret squirrel meeting with Senator Schumer that was caught on tape.  You know, the one where we get this precious little gem from Sen. Schumer, “I always use the word extreme. That is what the caucus instructed me to use this week.” Not only was Senator Carper there, but the NY Times Caucus Blog shows that gamely goes along with the instructions that were handed out to them.  "Mr. Carper continued with the theme, referring to some House Republicans’ “right-wing extremist friends.”  Wow, he fell in line with those instructions extremely fast didn't he? It is worth remembering this moment, and who Sen. Carper actually listens to the next time you call or write Senator Carper.  When it comes from above, it seems Senator Carper is quick to comply.  When it comes from his constituents experience shows that Senator Carper Read more

Balanced Budget

The balanced budget has been a good thing for the State of Delaware and many people think it would be a good thing for the country.  One of them is Senator Mike Lee of Utah. He recently proposed Senate Amendment 115 to Senate Bill 23 The Patent Reform Act of 2011.  The purpose of the amendment was to express the Senate's support for a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution.  The legislative amendment failed to achieve the required supermajority of 60 to pass.  However, considering the vote was 58 in favor and 40 opposed I am pretty excited by the progress. The amendment read as follows, "It is the sense of the Senate that Congress should pass and the States should agree to an amendment to the Constitution requiring a Federal balanced budget."  In my opinion the entire amendment process is worth looking at, as this was just one of several heavy impact amendments proposed.  Read more

Contrary to Rumors

If this is a typical week, Tom Carper looks a definite for running again.  The fact he is fundraising and repositioning himself again as mainstream indicates that rumors which say he will step aside for AG Biden are incorrect.  They cleared the decks once, now it comes to waiting your turn.  Markell v. Biden in 2018.  Thanks to Patrick Davis for the compilation. U.S. Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) Sen. Carper Cheers Administration Efforts to Reduce Medicare and Health Care Fraud; Record $4 Billion Recovered in 2010 January 24: Tom Carper–U.S. Senator: Pressroom: "The Obama Administration is making strong and serious strides to better protect scarce taxpayer dollars by combating Medicare and health care waste and fraud," said Sen. Carper, Chair of the Senate subcommittee which oversees federal financial management. "Not only have federal law enforcement and local partners stepped up their Read more

Carper votes against Small Business

Obamacare has many aspects designed to kill small business. None were more onerous than the Obamacare provision of mandating the production of an IRS document, a 1099 form, for any vendor who does $600.00 worth of purchases from a business. The amount of paperwork and time required to comply with this ludicrous requirement would place another drag on all business hiring especially small business. This attempted power play by the liberals in the end was found to be indefensible even by the White House. So in the end an amendment (Senate Amendment 9) to Senate Bill 223 was offered to end this onerous requirement.  The amendment reads as follows: To repeal the expansion of information reporting requirements for payments of $600 or more to corporations, and for other purposes.  This is pretty simple and worthy of any Senator's vote but 17 Senators voted to extend this hardship Read more

Carper signs on to Deficit Plan

Senator Carper has joined in a group of 14 Democrats who support Tom Coburn and Mike Crapo in efforts to bring the deficit commission plan to Congress. The Hill gives us some background on the Bipartisan Plan.   The 11 commissioners who did vote for the plan includes a mixture of liberals and conservatives, Democrats and Republicans. The bipartisan vote has spurred hopes that a plan in the mold of the fiscal commission's recommendations might come up before Congress, especially with a GOP-held House eager to enact spending cuts. The 14 senators hailed the commission's recommendations on Social Security, healthcare, and tax reforms — three cornerstones of the plan on which support for a plan could hinge. "There is no easy way out, and Washington must lead the way," they said. "The strong bipartisan support its recommendations have already received demonstrates we can, and must, Read more

Harry Reid’s Pet and Tom Too

Delaware's Two Senators helped block an Earmark ban yesterday.  Harry Reid pet Chris Coons spouted the party line, but Senator Tom Carper surprised observers because he had voiced support for the ban. Maybe the Language needed to be worked out.  Here is the Coburn amendment, you decide. SA 4697. Mr. COBURN (for himself, Mrs. McCaskill, and Mr. Udall of Colorado) submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill S. 510, to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to the safety of the food supply; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows: At the appropriate place, insert the following: SEC. __X. FISCAL YEARS 2011 THROUGH 2013 EARMARK MORATORIUM. (a) Bills and Joint Resolutions.-- (1) POINT OF ORDER.--It shall not be in order to-- (A) consider a bill or joint resolution reported by any committee or a bill or joint resolution Read more

Carper wants Huge Gas Tax Hike

The Federal Transportation Trust fund will fall 34 Billion dollars short in order to maintain the new level of spending for infrastructure.  That is a gas tax hike of around 4 cents a gallon.  That sounds reasonable to me to upgrade our aging highways, bridges, etc.  So Senator Carper proposes… a 25 cent a gallon hike over the next two years.  He proposes 83 billion in new spending and the rest for deficit reduction. Deficits caused by the excessive spending he supported.  This is just a backdoor carbon tax.  The working people of this state are struggling enough already. We cannot afford Mr. Carper.  He was joined in this proposal by short timer and Republican moderate George Voinovich who is being replaced this January.

Senator Carper Responds to State of the Union

Okay so I didn't look too closely at my email. Sorry Senator, please keep sending them. I will post the federal green initiative one in the first draft. Here is Senator Carper's take on the state of the union. I think that believing the climate change agenda is a net job creator is fantasy unless it is radically revised, but the Senator has a different take. Sen. Carper Reacts To President Obama's State Of The Union Applauds emphasis on passing health care reform, creating jobs, stabilizing economy WASHINGTON – Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) issued the following statement tonight in response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address to Congress. Sen. Carper said: “A year ago, President Obama inherited an economy that was losing more than half a million jobs month after month. Job creation, relief for the middle class and economic recovery were priorities from day Read more

Carper Knows Best

Sen. Tom Carper (D-De) was a studio guest on The Bill Colley Show on local talk radio station WGMD on Monday afternoon.  The hot topic with callers to the show was of course health care. As you can most likely guess, the callers were a majority against health care reform that is currently being rushed through congress. This seemed to have little or no effect on the Senator.   As he is known for, the Senator would take a question from a caller or from the host and then proceed to give a three or four-minute response that could not in any way be mistaken for an answer. Oh, he speaks in very even and measured tones that reminds one of Ward Cleaver talking to the Beaver, you know the tone that says," I am your father and I know what is best for you, even if you don't ."  It didn't matter how many callers, or let me say citizens, expressed their opposition to health care reform. Sen. Read more

Tom Carper’s thinking on Healthcare

Delaware's senior senator is right in the mix of any healthcare compromise.  It pays to keep up with his thinking.  Here he is unedited.  His press release is on First drafts and below the fold. Reforming Our Nation's Health Care System — Americans will spend over $2 trillion on health care this year and that number is only growing. This translates into $6,700 in health care for each individual, more than twice the amount allocated by any other country. Even with such a large investment, more than 40 million Americans still do not have health insurance and an additional 25 million Americans have inadequate health care coverage. Such high costs jeopardize the economic well-being of millions of Americans. As President Obama recently noted, an American goes bankrupt every 30 seconds because of high health care costs and by the end of 2009, almost four million foreclosure notices will Read more

Markell’s Approval at 40%

The details of the Public Policy polling in Delaware have been released and the news is not good for Democrats. The three top Democrat office holders have followed the nationwide trend of dissatisfaction with Democrat officials. The winner for the biggest decline is Governor Jack Markell.  Polling in March gave Markell a 67% approval rating.  This month's results show a 27% drop to 40%.   31% of Delaware voters disapprove of Markell's job performance.   Markell's drop is across the board politically but he takes the biggest hit from Democrats.  Whereas Democrat approval ratings for Markell last winter was 76%, The current Democrat approval for Markell is at 43%. Senator Tom Carper also has taken a hit.  Carper's approval ratings are barely better than Markell's.  44% approve of Carper's performance.  His  disapproval ratings match Markell's at 31%.   Carper's approval Read more

The trip–Hey Michelle, we came–Conversation with Senator Carper

Thousands and thousands (including hundreds from Delaware) came to a house call at the people's house.  The diagnosis was kill the bill.   The crowd had a lot of interesting signs.  My favorite was if you can't read the bill, read the Constitution.    Congresswoman Michelle Bachman,Congressman Wilson, and actor John Voight fired up the crowd.  They called for rejecting the bill and embracing our founder's values.  Congressman Wilson celebrated the victories in VA and NJ. The Delaware Delegation was able to to get a 2:00pm appointment with our senior senator due to the persistence of 9/12 Delaware Patriot Founder Russ Murphy and supporting calls from others. We were told that we would meet with health care advisor, Ms. Lynn Shaw. Right before the meeting the Senator entered and was greeted by mild cheers and applause. The Senator decided to listen to us first. Donna outlined Read more