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Election 2012

September 29, 2012

The Top 24 Domestic Issues

How Ryan and Pelosi voted (and Valley congressmen)

(Continued)

15. GOP Violence Bill: Senators on April 26, 2012, defeated, 37-62, a GOP substitute for S 1925 (above) that also extended coverage to gay men but which was less costly than the underlying bipartisan bill and did not cover battered immigrants or Native women. A yes vote backed a bill that also dealt harshly with pornographers and child-abusers.

TOOMEY VOTED YES. CASEY VOTED NO.

16. Gender-Based Payroll Bias: Senators on June 5, 2012, failed, 52-47, to reach 60 votes for advancing a bill giving women more tools for fighting wage discrimination based on gender. A yes vote backed a bill (S 3220) allowing class-action suits, enabling plaintiffs to receive punitive damages and barring employer retaliation against those who seek pay data on co-workers.

TOOMEY VOTED NO. CASEY VOTED YES.

17. Clean-Air Rules: Senators on June 20, 2012, defeated. 46-53, a Republican bid to nullify the Environmental Protection Agency’s first national curbs on air pollution from coal- and oil-fueled power plants. A yes vote was to block a set of rules, soon to take effect, that would give plants generating electricity at least three years to add scrubbers and other technology for cleansing emissions. (SJ Res 37)

TOOMEY VOTED YES. CASEY VOTED NO.

18. Democratic Tax Cuts: Senators on July 25, 2012, passed, 51-48, a bill by Democrats to extend Bush-era tax cuts through 2013 for couples with adjusted gross incomes under $250,000 and singles under $200,000 — 98 percent of taxpayers. A yes vote was to raise taxes next year only on the top 2 percent of taxpayers. (S 3412)

TOOMEY VOTED NO. CASEY VOTED YES.

19. Republican Tax Cuts: Senators on July 25, 2012, defeated, 45-54, a Republican amendment to S 3412 (above)that sought to extend Bush-era tax cuts for all income levels through 2013. A yes vote backed a measure that also retained 15 percent as the capital-gains and dividends tax rate and averted an increase next year in estate taxes.

TOOMEY VOTED YES. CASEY VOTED NO.

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