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Delaware U.S. Senate


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Senator Thomas R. Carper (D)
http://carper.senate.gov (web)
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Capitol Address:
U.S. Senate
513 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510-0001
(202) 224-2441 (phone)
(202) 228-2190 (fax)
 
District Address:
One Christina Centre
301 North Walnut Street, Suite 102L-1
Wilmington DE 19801-3964
(302) 573-6291 (phone)
(302) 573-6434 (fax)
 

Biography:
Born January 23, 1947, Beckley, WV; BA, Economics, Ohio State University, 1968; MBA, University of Delaware, 1975; Captain, United States Navy/United States Naval Reserves, Vietnam, 1968-1992; Industrial Development Specialist, Delaware Division of Economic Development, 1975-1976; Treasurer, State of Delaware, 1976-1982; Representative, United States House of Representatives, 1982-1992; Governor, State of Delaware, 1992-2000; Senator, United States Senate, 2001-present; Deputy Minority Whip, United States Senate, 2004.  

 
 
NFIB Key Senate Votes: 111th Congress
Description Preferred Position This official's vote compared with the preferred position
NFIB supported the amendment, sponsored by Senator John Cornyn (Texas), which would protect small businesses from higher taxes. This amendment would require a 60-vote point of order against any bill, joint resolution, amendment, motion or conference report that assumes an increase in income tax rates. The amendment passed by an 82-16 vote. WHAT MEMBERS SAID: According to NFIB's 2008 Small Business Problems and Priorities, federal taxes on business income ranked as the third most important issue facing small business owners. Y Voted WITH the preferred position
NFIB supported H.R. 627, the Credit Cardholders' Bill of Rights Act, sponsored by Sen. Chris Dodd (Conn.). The bill ends unfair penalties on cardholders who pay on time, requires 45 days notice of all interest rate increases, prohibits arbitrary interest rate increases and establishes industry-wide definitions for common terms to deter deceptive marketing and advertising. The bill passed by a 90-5 vote. WHAT MEMBERS SAID: In a 2008 NFIB Small Business Poll, 74 percent of small employers have a business credit card. The poll also found that small business owners often experienced abusive practices by the industry, including not receiving credit for payments until well after the payment cleared and being charged overdraft fees when the overdrafts were the exclusive result of bank holds. Y Voted WITH the preferred position
NFIB opposed H.R. 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, sponsored by Sen. Harry Reid (Nev.). The bill mandates that all individuals purchase health insurance by 2014, that all construction firms with five or more employees provide health insurance, levies a new tax on small business insurance plans and imposes a massive new IRS Form 1099 compliance requirement on small businesses. The bill passed by a 60-39 vote. WHAT MEMBERS SAID: According to NFIB's 2008 Small Business Problems and Priorities, the cost of health insurance ranked as the most important issue facing small business owners. In a 2006 Member Ballot (Vol. 547), 92 percent of NFIB members opposed a payroll tax or other sanction on businesses that do not provide health insurance to their employees. N Voted AGAINST the preferred position
NFIB supported the amendment, offered by Sen. John Thune (S.D.). The amendment would have ended the Treasury Asset Relief Program and used any unused TARP funds to reduce the federal debt. The amendment failed by a 53-45 vote. WHAT MEMBERS SAID: In a 2010 Member Ballot (Vol. 558), 87 percent of NFIB members said the federal government should be prohibited from spending any more TARP funds on new federal programs. Y Voted AGAINST the preferred position
NFIB opposed H.R. 4872, the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, sponsored by Sen. Harry Reid (Nev.), which amended the recently passed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. This bill increases the employer mandate penalty amount from $750 to $2,000 per employee and includes the counting of part-time workers for purposes of the employer mandate. This bill also imposes a new 3.8 percent Medicare payroll tax on investment income such as rents, interest and dividends. The bill passed by a 56-43 vote. WHAT MEMBERS SAID: According to NFIB's 2008 Small Business Problems and Priorities, the cost of health insurance ranked as the most important issue facing small business owners. In a 2006 Member Ballot (Vol. 547), 92 percent of NFIB members opposed a payroll tax or other sanction on businesses that do not provide health insurance to their employees. N Voted AGAINST the preferred position
NFIB supported the Greenhouse Gas Resolution, sponsored by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), expressing Congress's disapproval of new EPA emissions regulations on businesses and individuals under the Clean Air Act. This regulation creates new burdens on small businesses, including federal permitting requirements, restrictions on fuel choices and energy use, and expensive requirements for installation of new energy efficient equipment. The resolution failed by a 47-53 vote. WHAT MEMBERS SAID: According to NFIB's 2008 Small Business Problems and Priorities, the cost of natural gas, propane, gasoline, diesel and fuel oil ranked as the second most important issue facing small business owners, up from fourth in the 2004 report. Y Voted AGAINST the preferred position
NFIB opposed S. 3628, the Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Elections Act, sponsored by Senator Chuck Schumer (N.Y.). The bill would prohibit many businesses and trade associations from fully participating in the 2010 elections, while exempting labor unions from the same restrictions. The legislation is intended to partially overturn the Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. The bill failed by a 57-41 vote. WHAT MEMBERS SAID: NFIB supports the Supreme Court's ruling as it ensures that small business owners are heard on an equal footing throughout the electoral process. In a 2005 NFIB Small Business Poll, 43 percent of small employers contributed financially to causes, candidates or PACs over the last four years. N Voted AGAINST the preferred position
NFIB supported the Johanns amendment (S.A. 4596) to the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act of 2010, sponsored by Sen. Mike Johanns (Neb.). The amendment provides relief to small businesses who will face a newly expanded tax reporting burden under the healthcare law. Beginning in 2012, the new healthcare law requires businesses to send Form 1099s for every business-to-business transaction of $600 or more for both property and services. The Johanns amendment would have fully repealed this new reporting requirement. The amendment failed 46-52. WHAT MEMBERS SAID: In a 2003 Small Business Poll, the estimated average per-hour cost of paperwork and record-keeping for tax-related forms was $74.24. This new reporting requirement would have substantially increased paperwork filings for small business owners. Y Voted AGAINST the preferred position
NFIB opposed the Nelson amendment (S.A. 4595) to the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act of 2010, sponsored by Sen. Bill Nelson (Fla.). The Nelson amendment does not fully repeal the newly expanded 1099 reporting requirement burden adopted in the healthcare law and leaves business owners susceptible to mistakes and IRS penalties. The Nelson amendment allows the Treasury Department to create a list of reportable and non-reportable transactions, creating confusion for small businesses about what is and what is not a reportable transaction. The amendment failed 56-42. WHAT MEMBERS SAID: In a 2003 Small Business Poll, the estimated average per-hour cost of paperwork and record-keeping for tax-related forms was $74.24. This new reporting requirement would have substantially increased paperwork filings for small business owners. N Voted AGAINST the preferred position
This official's percentage on this voting record: 22%
NFIB Key Senate Votes: 112th Congress
Description Preferred Position This official's vote compared with the preferred position
The new healthcare law required businesses to send Form 1099s for every business-to-business transaction of $600 or more for both property and services—creating a tremendous new paperwork compliance burden for small business. The small business community made full repeal of the 1099 reporting provision a major priority and strongly supported S.AMDT.9, which fully repeals this new provision (Sec. 9006) from the recently enacted healthcare law. Y Voted AGAINST the preferred position
NFIB supported S.AMDT.13, S.223 To repeal the job-killing health care law and health care-related provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010. The amendment would fully repeal the Obama administration’s healthcare law and healthcare-related provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010. The amendment failed with a party-line vote of 47-51. WHAT MEMBERS SAID: According to NFIB's 2008 Small Business Problems and Priorities, the cost of health insurance ranked as the most important issue facing small business owners. In a 2006 Member Ballot (Vol. 547), 92 percent of NFIB members opposed a payroll tax or other sanction on businesses that do not provide health insurance to their employees. Y Voted AGAINST the preferred position
S. 223, On the Motion to Table S.Amdt. 19 - To limit the application of the Davis-Bacon Act in the case of projects funded under this Act (Preferred position: NAY) Motion brought by Sen. Rockefeller (D-W. Va.) to table the Paul amendment (S. Amdt. 19) that would restrict the use of funds authorized by the bill for projects subject to prevailing wage rates under the Davis-Bacon Act. Motion passed with a vote of 55-42. N Voted AGAINST the preferred position
NFIB supported H.R. 4, which would repeal the health care law’s 1099 tax reporting requirements. The bill passed the Senate with a bipartisan vote of 87- 12. The 1099 provision, which would have raised $19 billion to help pay for health reform, would have required business owners to file a tax reporting document for all vendors from which they buy $600 worth of goods or services within a year. Y Voted WITH the preferred position
The FREEDOM Act creates stronger protections for small business in the federal regulatory process. The bill expands the scope of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) by requiring federal regulators to include an analysis of the indirect impact of federal regulations on the small business sector. The bill also creates a stratified process to add new agencies to the small business advocacy review panel process as created by the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA). NFIB considers today’s vote a “Key Vote” due to the high level of concern among small businesses on regulatory issues. Not having achieved 60 votes in the affirmative, the amendment was not agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote of 53 - 46. Roll call: http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS /roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cf m? congress=112&session=1&vote=00 087 Y Voted AGAINST the preferred position
H.J. Res 66: On the Amendment S. Amdt. 610 – Duplicative Government Programs (Preferred position: YEA) This amendment, introduced by Sen. Coburn (R-Okla.), would direct the Office of Management and Budget to coordinate with department and agency officials, within 150 days, to eliminate and consolidate duplicative government programs identified in a March 2011 Government Accountability Office Report. OMB would be required to find about $7 billion in spending recessions. The amendment was rejected 54-45. Y Voted AGAINST the preferred position
On passage of H.R. 674: Contractor Withholding Repeal (Preferred position: YEA) This bill would repeal a requirement for federal, state and certain local governments to withhold 3 percent of payments to contractors. It would also provide tax incentives to hire unemployed veterans. The withholding provisions would be offset by counting Social Security benefits as income in an eligibility formula for certain health benefits, including Medicaid and subsidies to purchase health insurance on state-run exchanges, established under the 2010 healthcare overhaul law. Passed with a vote of 95-0. Y Voted WITH the preferred position
S. 1867: Small Business Research – Final Passage. A bill to reauthorize and improve the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, and for other purposes. Motion agreed to 93-7. Y Voted WITH the preferred position
– S.J. Res. 10 – Balanced Budget Amendment (Preferred position: YEA) S.J. Res. 10 was a joint resolution proposing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution of the United States. Rejected by a vote of 47-53. Y Voted AGAINST the preferred position
S.J.RES.36: NFIB strongly supported this resolution of disapproval that would have overturned the National Labor Relations Board’s “ambush elections” rule. Resolution failed 45-54. Y Voted AGAINST the preferred position
NFIB supported S.Amdt. 2573, sponsored by Sen. Mitch McConnell and Sen. Orrin Hatch. The amendment would have extended for an additional year the current individual income tax rates, as well as those for capital gains, dividends and the estate tax. It also would have extended the alternative minimum tax (known as AMT) patch for both 2012 and 2013. The amendment failed 45-54. NFIB’s preferred position: YEA. Y Voted AGAINST the preferred position
This official's percentage on this voting record: 27%
 
Symbol Key:
Voted with the preferred position Voted against the preferred position
Y Voted YES N Voted NO
- Did Not Vote A Absent
T Paired Vote Z Presiding
P Voted PRESENT    

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AFL-CIO, 2012:
    (91%)
American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, 2012:
    (100%)
League of Conservation Voters, 2012:
    (93%)
Service Employees International Union, 2012:
    (90%)
United Auto Workers, 2012:
    (100%)
Associated General Contractors, 2012:
    (42%)
BIPAC, 2012:
    (26%)
National Association of Manufacturers, 2012:
    (48%)
National Federation of Independent Business, 2012:
    (27%)
National Retail Federation, 2011:
    (42%)
National Small Business Association, 2012:
    (40%)
U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 2012:
    (38%)


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