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Election 2012

September 29, 2012

The Top 24 Domestic Issues

How Ryan and Pelosi voted (and Valley congressmen)

(Continued)

Here are the issues, and how Ryan; House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.; Pennsylvania Republican U.S. Reps. Tom Marino and Lou Barletta; and Pennsylvania U.S. Sens. Pat Toomey, a Republican, and Bob Casey Jr., a Democrat, voted:

In the House

1. Medicare Costs Panel: Members on March 22, 2012, voted, 223-181, to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board created by the 2010 health law to curb Medicare costs with Congress having veto power over in its decisions. A yes vote was to pass a bill that also made medical-malpractice changes such as capping punitive-damage awards at $250,000 and limiting attorneys’ contingency fees. (HR 5)

RYAN VOTED YES. MARINO DID NOT VOTE. BARLETTA VOTED YES. MINORITY LEADER NANCY PELOSI, D-CALIF., VOTED NO.

2. “The Paul Ryan Budget”: Members on March 29, 2012, passed, 228-191, a Republican budget drafted by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., for fiscal 2013 and later years that would eventually privatize Medicare, make Bush-era tax cuts permanent, cut personal and business taxes, simplify the tax code, reduce deficits and slash domestic spending. A yes vote was to pass H Con Res 112.

RYAN VOTED YES. MARINO VOTED YES. BARLETTA VOTED YES. PELOSI DID NOT VOTE.

3. Financial Deregulation: Members on April 25, 2012, voted, 312-111, to exempt derivatives transactions by credit unions, small banks and rural lenders from transparency and collateral rules set by the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial-regulation law. A yes vote was to waive the regulations on grounds that they raise the cost of credit for small businesses. (HR 3336)

RYAN VOTED YES. MARINO DID NOT VOTE. BARLETTA VOTED YES. PELOSI VOTED NO.

4. Voter ID Laws: Members on May 10, 2012, voted, 232-190, to prevent the Justice Department from interfering with state voter ID laws. This followed the department’s blocking of such laws in South Carolina and Texas as racially discriminatory. The department acted under authority of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. A yes vote backed the amendment to HR 5326.

RYAN VOTED YES. MARINO VOTED YES. BARLETTA VOTED YES. PELOSI VOTED NO.

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