The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Election 2012

September 29, 2012

The Top 24 Domestic Issues

How Ryan and Pelosi voted (and Valley congressmen)

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5. Violence Against Women: Members on May 16, 2012, passed, 222-205, a Republican bill to renew the Violence Against Women Act for five years at funding of $680 million annually. A yes vote was to pass the bill (HR 4970) over Democratic arguments it left unprotected some battered Native Americans, illegal immigrants and gays and lesbians.

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

6. Republican Tax Cuts: Members on Aug. 1, 2012, passed, 256-171, a Republican bill to extend Bush-era tax cuts for all income levels through 2013. The bill also kept estate taxes low, retained 15 percent as the capital-gains and dividends rate and allowed certain credits for the working poor to expire. A yes vote was to pass HR 8.

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

7. Democratic Tax Cuts: Members on Aug. 1, 2012, defeated, 170-257, a Democratic bill to extend Bush-era tax cuts through 2013 for couples with incomes under $250,000 and singles under $200,000, or 98 percent of taxpayers. A yes vote was to also raise taxes next year on the top 2 percent of payers. (HR 8)

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

8. Home-Mortgage, Charity Deductions: Voting 188-235, members on Aug. 2, 2012, defeated a Democratic motion stating that any Tax Code overhaul should retain deductions for home mortgages and charitable contributions. The underlying bill by Republicans (HR 8) did not identify breaks they would repeal to pay for tax cuts in their proposed reform. A yes vote was to affirm the tax deductions.

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

9. Welfare-to-Work Rules: Members on Sept. 20, 2012, voted, 250-164, to block an Obama administration policy that would allow certain states to experiment with new strategies for meeting work requirements in the 1996 welfare-to-work law. Republicans said the measure would preserve welfare reform, while Democrats called it blatantly political. A yes vote was to pass the resolution (HJ Res 118).

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

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