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Election 2012

October 13, 2012

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

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7. Mass-Transit Terrorism: Voting 187-234, members on June 2, 2011, defeated a Democratic motion to set aside an additional $75 million in the fiscal 2012 homeland-security budget (HR 2017) for programs to protect intercity and commuter rail lines and bus services from terrorist attacks. Funding to protect these transportation modes received deep cuts in the Republican budget plan for 2012. A yes vote was to shift $75 million to transportation-security grants from elsewhere in the bill.

RYAN: NO.

PELOSI: YES.

8. GOP Libya Plan: Members on June 3, 2011, passed, 268-145, the softer of two pending bills concerning U.S. participation in the NATO coalition operating in Libyan airspace. A yes vote backed a Republican measure (H Res 92) that gave President Obama 14 days to justify the deployment but which stated no consequences if he failed to do so. A competing measure (below) sought to use the 1973 War Powers Resolution to force an end to the action within 15 days of enactment.

RYAN: YES.

PELOSI: NO.

9. War Powers Resolution: Members on June 3, 2011, defeated, 148-265, the tougher of two pending challenges to President Obama’s addition of U.S. forces to the NATO-led air war over Libya. A yes vote backed a measure (HCR 51) requiring Obama to end the deployment in 15 days under terms of a 1973 law known as the War Powers Resolution.

RYAN: NO.

PELOSI: NO.

10. Libya War Authorization: Members on June 24, 2011, defeated, 123-295, a measure (HJR 68) under which Congress would authorize for one year U.S. participation in the NATO coalition supporting rebel forces in Libya’s civil war. A yes vote was to authorize U.S. military actions in Libya for one year. (HJR 68)

RYAN: NO.

PELOSI: YES.

11. Libya Funds Cutoff: Members on June 24, 2011, defeated, 180-238, a bill to end funding for direct U.S. military involvement in the ongoing NATO-led operation in support of Libyan rebels. A yes vote was to end most funding but continue it for search-and-rescue and aerial-refueling missions. (HR 2278)

RYAN: NO.

PELOSI: NO.

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