Congressman Russ Carnahan

Inaugural Information

Inauguration Ticket Requests

Monday, December 1, 2008 is the last day requests will be accepted.  There will be a lottery as well as an essay contest.  To enter the lottery, residents of the Third Congressional District should email with their name, address, phone number and email address. Requests are limited to two tickets.

The essay contest is designed to help insure that additional requests from throughout the district can be met as well.  Participants must answer the following question: "What does the election of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States mean to you and our nation?"  Those interested in participating are encouraged to forward an essay of 750 words or less via e-mail to, by Monday, December 1, 2008. Winning entries will be posted on

Those selected through the lottery or the essay contest will be notified no later than Monday, December 8, and will receive two tickets to view the inaugural swearing-in-ceremony on the Capital lawn if they have made, or are making, arrangements to attend the Tuesday, January 20th event. Those selected will be responsible for their own transportation and accommodations for attending the event.  

Congressman Carnahan on the Economic Rescue Plan

October 3, 2008


(WASHINGTON, DC) -   Congress has worked in a bipartisan way passing H.R. 1424, the Economic Emergency Stabilization Act of 2008, to ensure that this rescue effort protects the taxpayer and helps Americans struggling financially on Main Street – not just financial institutions on Wall Street.  The measure now on its way to the President is expected to be acted upon quickly to shore up the nation's rapidly deteriorating economy.

"I strongly opposed the original Bush/Paulson Bailout Plan that was basically a blank check with no accountability.  While I do not support paying billions of taxpayer dollars to bailout an industry that made poor decisions, the risk of taking no action at all is too great to our economy, and the financial stability of all Americans," said Carnahan. "We had to pass this legislation to unlock the credit market that is essential to both individuals and businesses.  Without a properly functioning credit market, small businesses, the backbone of Missouri's economy, were at risk of not making payrolls.  It also became clear that consumers were having increasing difficulty obtaining car loans, home loans, student loans, farm loans as well as other forms of credit." more

Congressman Carnahan's Floor Statement on H.R. 1424 


More Information on the Economic Rescue Plan

"It's the Credit Market" - Charts Demonstrating the Real Pain of Our Financial Crisis

Summary of H.R. 1424, Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008

Crisis on Wall Street Trickles Down to Main Street: With every passing day, it becomes more evident that the Bush financial crisis is having a very real impact on average Americans, homeowners, consumers and businesses. In working with the Bush Administration on its economic recovery plan, Democrats have fought to make substantial changes to ensure American taxpayers are protected and the interests of Main Street are addressed. more

Main Street Benefits of H.R. 1424, Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008Congress has worked in a bipartisan way to ensure that this rescue effort protects the taxpayer and helps Americans struggling financially on Main Street – not just financial institutions on Wall Street. more

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