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Election 2012

October 13, 2012

SPECIAL REPORT: Top 20 foreign affairs votes in the 112th Congress

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But the Republican presidential ticket would rather talk about the incident Sept. 11 in which U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three American colleagues were killed in an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney faults the administration for failing to heed diplomats’ requests for beefed up security at the compound, and also for being slow to acknowledge that the assault was more than just random violence in response to a made-in-America video that defiled the prophet Muhammad.

In a speech Oct. 8 at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Romney said the attack “was likely the work of the same forces that attacked our homeland on September 11th, 2001.”

This report also covers votes on national-security and civil-liberties issues having mainly a domestic impact. They concern extending the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA); renewing parts of the USA Patriot Act; advancing a cyber-security bill over Chamber of Commerce objections; requiring terrorist suspects to be tried in military tribunals instead of U.S. civilian courts and denying Americans charged with terrorism access to the federal civilian courts.

Additionally, the report covers a Senate vote on the annual military budget and a House amendment, backed by a coalition of Tea Party members and liberals, that sought unsuccessfully to freeze military spending.

The report also covers votes on withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan; repealing the congressional authorization for the 2003 invasion of Iraq; toughening U.S. economic sanctions on Iran; urging the U.N. to return a U.S. dues overpayment and cutting off aid to Libya, Egypt and Pakistan in response to the killings in Benghazi and mob actions against U.S. facilities.

Here are summaries of the 20 issues along with a listing of how Ryan voted on each one. For contrast, votes by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., are shown alongside Ryan’s.

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