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Election 2012

September 29, 2012

The Top 24 Domestic Issues

How Ryan and Pelosi voted (and Valley congressmen)

(Continued)

10. Planned Parenthood: Voting 241-185, members on April 14, 2011, cancelled funding in the fiscal 2011 federal budget for Planned Parenthood, a private organization that provides healthcare for women at 800 clinics nationwide. A yes vote was to eliminate $363 million in appropriations for Planned Parenthood. (H Con Res 36)

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

11. Expanded Offshore Drilling: Members on May 12, 2011, approved, 243-179, energy drilling in several Outer Continental Shelf regions where it is now barred for environmental reasons. A yes vote was to pass a bill (HR 1231) to start drilling, in part, off much of the Atlantic Coast, southern California and the eastern Gulf of Mexico.

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

12. Budget Control Act: Members on Aug. 1, 2011, passed, 269-161, a bill that raised the national-debt ceiling by $2.7 trillion to $17 trillion when it became law the next day, while requiring at least $2.7 trillion in deficit reduction by 2021, to be imposed either by the fiat of a newly created super-committee or an across-the-board “sequestration” process. A yes vote was to pass the Budget Control Act, which effectively barred tax increases as tools for reducing deficits. (S 365)

RYAN VOTED YES. MARINO VOTED YES. BARLETTA VOTED YES. PELOSI VOTED YES.

In the Senate

13. Contraception, Religion, Healthcare: Senators on March 1, 2012, tabled, 51-48, and thus killed an amendment enabling employers and insurers to refuse to insure contraception or any other medical care that conflicts with their religion or moral code. The care targeted by the amendment would be provided under the “Essential Health Benefits” section of the 2010 health law. A yes vote was to kill what was known as “the Blunt amendment” to a pending transportation bill (S 1813).

TOOMEY VOTED NO. CASEY VOTED YES.

14. Violence Against Women: Senators on April 26, 2012, renewed, 68-31, the Violence Against Women Act and expanded it to cover gay men and battered undocumented immigrants and Native Americans on reservations. A yes vote was to pass a bill (S 1925) that also protects children and the elderly from abuse.

TOOMEY VOTED NO. CASEY VOTED YES.

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