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Following are issue stance summaries by several 2012 rating organizations, plus some "lame-duck" bills.

For the "lame-duck" bills: The "lame duck" session means that Congress meets after the election but before the new members are sworn in, i.e., the old members meet one last time. We include several "lame-duck" bills from both the House and Senate.

For 2012, the "lame-duck" session also includes four newly-elected members from special elections (they get seated right after the election, whereas the winners of general elections get seated in Jan. 2013). They are hence members of the "lame-duck" session, and can "co-sponsor" older bills. Since those bills are the first sponsorships for the new members, one may consider them "signature issues" for those members. The four special election new members are:

For the 2012 rating organizations: All of the organizations below rated some or all of the 2013 newly incoming House members.

Abortion
Public NoteVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageParticipants
12-NARAL
on Jan 1, 2012
by NARAL, indicating a pro-choice stance Participating counts on VoteMatch question 1. Democrats: 24
Republicans: 0
Independents: 0

Budget & Economy
Public NoteVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageParticipants
12-CFG
on Oct 31, 2012
by the Club for Growth, for pro-growth stances (Not used in VoteMatch) Democrats: 0
Republicans: 9
Independents: 0
12-CCB
on Jan 1, 2012
Supports the Cut-Cap-and-Balance Pledge (Not used in VoteMatch) Democrats: 0
Republicans: 73
Independents: 1

Civil Rights
Public NoteVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageParticipants
12-FemMaj
on Oct 31, 2012
by The Feminist Majority indicating a pro-women's rights stance Participating counts on VoteMatch question 2. Democrats: 140
Republicans: 0
Independents: 1

Corporations
Public NoteVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageParticipants
12-S2231
on Mar 22, 2012
(1) Sponsored raising cap on credit union small business loans or (2) Expand lending caps for credit unions to small business (Not used in VoteMatch) Democrats: 102
Republicans: 43
Independents: 3

Drugs
Public NoteVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageParticipants
12-S3501
on Aug 2, 2012
(1) Sponsored defining industrial hemp as not marijuana or (2) Exclude industrial hemp from definition of marijuana Participating counts on VoteMatch question 19. Democrats: 26
Republicans: 10
Independents: 0

Energy & Oil
Public NoteVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageParticipants
2010-LC-EO
on Sep 1, 2010
Liberty Candidate: tax incentives for US-based alternatives Participating counts on VoteMatch question 18. Democrats: 0
Republicans: 4
Independents: 5

Environment
Public NoteVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageParticipants
12-HR6038
on Jun 27, 2012
(1) Sponsored establishing International Conservation Strategy or (2) Establish an International Conservation Strategy (Not used in VoteMatch) Democrats: 29
Republicans: 15
Independents: 1
12-HR4122
on Mar 9, 2012
(1) Sponsored ban on breeding or possessing Big Cat species or (2) Prohibits breeding or possessing Big Cat species (Not used in VoteMatch) Democrats: 50
Republicans: 8
Independents: 1

Families & Children
Public NoteVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageParticipants
12-HRes809
on Nov 15, 2012
(1) Sponsored encouraging adoption of children in foster care or (2) Encourage adoption of children in foster care Participating counts on VoteMatch question 1. Democrats: 14
Republicans: 28
Independents: 1

Foreign Policy
Public NoteVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageParticipants
12-HRes814
on Nov 16, 2012
(1) Sponsored opposing Arms Treaty that limits gun trade abroad or (2) Oppose Arms Treaty that limits gun trade to Israel & Taiwan Participating counts on VoteMatch question 15. Democrats: 4
Republicans: 76
Independents: 0
12-SRes599
on Nov 16, 2012
(1) Sponsored supporting State of Israel against Hamas in Gaza or (2) Vigorous support for State of Israel against Hamas in Gaza (Not used in VoteMatch) Democrats: 34
Republicans: 28
Independents: 1
12-S3477
on Aug 1, 2012
(1) Sponsored integrating gender into diplomacy and foreign aid or (2) Integrate gender into diplomatic and foreign aid processes (Not used in VoteMatch) Democrats: 25
Republicans: 3
Independents: 0

Government Reform
Public NoteVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageParticipants
12-HR6591
on Nov 15, 2012
(1) Sponsored 15 days of early voting in all states or (2) Establish 15 days of early voting in all states Participating counts on VoteMatch question 16. Democrats: 77
Republicans: 0
Independents: 1
12-S3369
on Jul 10, 2012
(1) Sponsored disclosure of independent campaign expenditures or (2) Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures Participating counts on VoteMatch question 16. Democrats: 37
Republicans: 0
Independents: 0
12-HR4010
on Feb 9, 2012
(1) Sponsored disclosure of independent campaign expenditures or (2) Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures Participating counts on VoteMatch question 16. Democrats: 136
Republicans: 0
Independents: 1

Gun Control
Public NoteVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageParticipants
11-S0798
on Apr 12, 2011
(1) Sponsored veterans registering unlicensed guns from abroad or (2) Allow veterans to register unlicensed guns acquired abroad Participating counts on VoteMatch question 10. Democrats: 8
Republicans: 13
Independents: 0
11-HR0420
on Jan 25, 2011
(1) Sponsored veterans registering unlicensed guns from abroad or (2) Allow veterans to register unlicensed guns acquired abroad Participating counts on VoteMatch question 10. Democrats: 30
Republicans: 170
Independents: 1

Health Care
Public NoteVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageParticipants
10-CfG-can
on Jul 4, 2010
Repeal any federal health care takeover Participating counts on VoteMatch question 5. Democrats: 0
Republicans: 86
Independents: 5
10-CfG-inc
on Jul 4, 2010
Repeal any federal health care takeover Participating counts on VoteMatch question 5. Democrats: 1
Republicans: 94
Independents: 3

Immigration
Public NoteVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageParticipants
12-HR6412
on Sep 14, 2012
(1) Sponsored allowing more visas for STEM college graduates or (2) Allow more visas for STEM college graduates Participating counts on VoteMatch question 12. Democrats: 58
Republicans: 0
Independents: 0

Principles & Values
Public NoteVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageParticipants
10-HRYG
on Sep 14, 2010
Member of the House Republican Young Guns (Not used in VoteMatch) Democrats: 0
Republicans: 95
Independents: 2
10-Tea
on Aug 11, 2010
Member of the Tea Party movement (Not used in VoteMatch) Democrats: 2
Republicans: 117
Independents: 1

Social Security
Public NoteVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageParticipants
12-NCPSSM
on Oct 31, 2012
by NCPSSM indicating a pro-Social Security stance Participating counts on VoteMatch question 6. Democrats: 23
Republicans: 1
Independents: 0
Tax Reform
Public NoteVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageParticipants
12-ATR
on Jan 1, 2012
Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge Participating counts on VoteMatch question 11. Democrats: 3
Republicans: 300
Independents: 5
12-HR3903
on Apr 16, 2012
(1) Sponsored minimum tax rate of 30% for those earning over $1M or (2) Minimum tax rate of 30% for those earning over $1 million Participating counts on VoteMatch question 11. Democrats: 58
Republicans: 0
Independents: 0
12-S2230
on Mar 22, 2012
(1) Sponsored minimum tax rate of 30% for those earning over $1M or (2) Minimum tax rate of 30% for those earning over $1 million Participating counts on VoteMatch question 11. Democrats: 16
Republicans: 0
Independents: 0
War & Peace
Public NoteVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageParticipants
12-SJR41
on May 24, 2012
(1) Sponsored prevention, not containment, for Iranian nukes or (2) Iranian nuclear weapons: prevention instead of containment Participating counts on VoteMatch question 17. Democrats: 35
Republicans: 41
Independents: 1
12-HJR568
on Mar 1, 2012
(1) Sponsored prevention, not containment, for Iranian nukes or (2) Iranian nuclear weapons: prevention instead of containment Participating counts on VoteMatch question 17. Democrats: 111
Republicans: 176
Independents: 1


                                                                                                                                                                               
  

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