IN THE HOUSE
1. Afghanistan Withdrawal: Members on May 17, 2012, defeated, 113-303, a bid to bar fiscal 2013 funding for war in Afghanistan except for actions necessary to conduct the “safe and orderly withdrawal” of U.S. troops and contractors. A yes vote was to start withdrawing U.S. forces from Afghanistan well ahead of President Obama’s timetable. (HR 4310)
2. 2013 Military Budget: Members on July 19, 2012, approved, 326-90, nearly $606 billion in military appropriations for fiscal 2013, including $87.7 billion for war in Afghanistan and other theaters and $35.1 billion for military healthcare. A yes vote was to send the Senate a budget containing a 1.7 percent military pay raise. (HR 5856)
3. Defense-Spending Freeze: Members on July 19, 2012, voted, 247-167, to freeze the core defense budget for fiscal 2013 at the 2012 level of $518 billion. Exempted from the freeze were military healthcare, payrolls and war in theaters such as Afghanistan. Eighty-nine Republicans and 158 Democrats backed the measure. A yes vote was to trim the 2013 defense budget (HR 5856) by as much as $1 billion.
4. Iran Sanctions: Members on Aug. 1, 2012, voted, 421-6, to toughen U.S. economic sanctions on Iran. A yes vote was to pass a bill (HR 1905) denying access to U.S. financial markets to any global entity whose investments or purchases boost Iran’s nuclear program.
5. Government Spy Powers: Members on Sept. 12, 2012, voted, 301-118, to renew the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act through 2017. The law allows the National Security Agency to spy without specific warrants on phone calls, emails and other contacts between foreigners that pass through telecommunications switching points in the U.S. A yes vote was to pass HR 5949.
RYAN DID NOT VOTE
6. U.N. Dues-U.S. Security: Members on Feb. 9, 2011, failed, 259-169, to reach a two-thirds majority needed to pass a Republican bill (HR 519) directing the United Nations to return $179 million in U.S. dues overpayments. The bill was opposed on grounds it would sink a State Department plan to divert $100 million of the $179 million to security improvements at U.N. headquarters in New York City. A yes vote was to pass the bill.