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Strongly Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(-5 points on Social scale)
Defend the sanctity of life: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Prohibit transporting minors across state lines for abortion: Opposes topic 1
Bar funding for abortion under federal Obamacare plans: Opposes topic 1
Prohibit federal funding for abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Prohibit federal funding to groups like Planned Parenthood: Strongly Opposes topic 1
No family planning assistance that includes abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
YES on banning federal health coverage that includes abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
NO on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines: Opposes topic 1
Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-3 points on Economic scale)
YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act: Favors topic 2
Strongly Opposes topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(-5 points on Social scale)
NO on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation: Strongly Opposes topic 3
NO on enforcing against anti-gay hate crimes: Opposes topic 3
Strongly Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-5 points on Social scale)
Supports right of our children to pray: Strongly Favors topic 4
Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Repeal the Job-Killing Health Care Law: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Repeal ObamaCare reporting requirements for small business: Opposes topic 5
Establishment of Office of Health Care Fraud Prevention: Opposes topic 5
YES on giving mental health full equity with physical health: Favors topic 5
YES on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids: Strongly Favors topic 5
YES on repealing the "Prevention and Public Health" slush fund: Strongly Opposes topic 5
YES on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts: Opposes topic 5
YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D: Favors topic 5
YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility: Favors topic 5
YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare: Favors topic 5
YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program: Favors topic 5
YES on regulating tobacco as a drug: Favors topic 5
Neutral on topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(0 points on Economic scale)
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Strongly Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Give parents more choices and less bureaucracy: Favors topic 7
YES on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program: Strongly Favors topic 7
NO on $40B for green public schools: Favors topic 7
Opposes topic 8:
Clean air and water are property rights
(-3 points on Social scale)
Make tax deduction permanent for conservation easements: Opposes topic 8
Regulate all dog breeders down to kennels of 50 dogs: Opposes topic 8
Sponsored educating humans about spaying, neutering, & adopting pets: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Strengthen prohibitions against animal fighting: Strongly Opposes topic 8
YES on environmental education grants for outdoor experiences: Opposes topic 8
NO on protecting free-roaming horses and burros: Favors topic 8
Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+2 points on Social scale)
YES on expanding services for offenders' re-entry into society: Opposes topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Defend the Second Amendment: Strongly Favors topic 10
National cross-state standard for concealed carry: Strongly Favors topic 10
Loosen restrictions on interstate gun purchases: Strongly Favors topic 10
Allow veterans to register unlicensed guns acquired abroad: Favors topic 10
Ban gun registration & trigger lock law in Washington DC: Strongly Favors topic 10
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Completely repeal the death tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge: Strongly Opposes topic 11
NO on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
NO on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income: Favors topic 11
Strongly Opposes topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(-5 points on Social scale)
Crack down on illegal immigrants: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Rated A by the ALI, indicating a strongly anti-amnesty stance: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Declare English as the official language of the US: Opposes topic 12
Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+2 points on Economic scale)
NO on assisting workers who lose jobs due to globalization: Favors topic 13
YES on promoting free trade with Peru: Favors topic 13
Strongly Favors topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Withhold UN funding until voluntary and program-specific: Strongly Favors topic 14
NO on Veto override: Congressional oversight of CIA interrogations: Favors topic 14
NO on requiring FISA warrants for wiretaps in US, but not abroad: Strongly Favors topic 14
YES on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad: Strongly Favors topic 14
Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-3 points on Social scale)
Supported “National Strategy for Homeland Security”: Strongly Favors topic 15
Extend reserve retirement pay parity back to 9/11: Favors topic 15
YES on restricting no-bid defense contracts: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Stricter limits on voting rights
(-5 points on Social scale)
Ban stock trading based on Congressional insider knowledge: Strongly Favors topic 16
Repeal automatic Congressional pay raises: Favors topic 16
YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations: Strongly Favors topic 16
Strongly Opposes topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(-5 points on Social scale)
Strengthen sanctions on Syria & assist democratic transition: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Boycott & sanctions against Iran for terrorism & nukes: Opposes topic 17
Iranian nuclear weapons: prevention instead of containment: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Sanctions on Iran to end nuclear program: Opposes topic 17
NO on removing US armed forces from Afghanistan: Strongly Opposes topic 17
YES on banning armed forces in Libya without Congressional approval: Favors topic 17
NO on redeploying US troops out of Iraq starting in 90 days: Strongly Opposes topic 17
NO on investigating Bush impeachment for lying about Iraq: Opposes topic 17
Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Bar greenhouse gases from Clean Air Act rules: Strongly Opposes topic 18
YES on tax incentives for renewable energy: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases: Opposes topic 18
NO on opening Outer Continental Shelf to oil drilling: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on investing in homegrown biofuel: Strongly Opposes topic 18
YES on criminalizing oil cartels like OPEC: Favors topic 18
YES on tax incentives for energy production and conservation: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on tax credits for renewable electricity, with PAYGO offsets: Favors topic 18
NO on enforcing limits on CO2 global warming pollution: Opposes topic 18
Strongly Favors topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(-5 points on Social scale)
Sponsored bill for harsher sentencing for "pill mills": Strongly Favors topic 19
YES on more funding for Mexico to fight drugs: Favors topic 19
Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Audit the Federal Reserve & its actions on mortgage loans: Opposes topic 20
YES on prioritizing spending in case debt limit is reached: Opposes topic 20
YES on $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy: Strongly Favors topic 20
YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending: Strongly Favors topic 20

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Left 113th Congress, 2013-2014:
AL-1: Jo Bonner(R,resigned)
FL-13:Bill Young(R,deceased)
FL-19:Trey Radel(R,arrested)
IL-2: Jesse L. Jackson(D,convicted)
LA-5: Rodney Alexander(R,resigned)
MA-5: Ed Markey(D,elected)
MO-8: Jo Ann Emerson(R,resigned)
NC-12:Mel Watt(D,appointed)
NJ-1: Rob Andrews(D,investigated)
SC-1: Tim Scott(R,appointed)

Newly-elected special elections 2013-2014:
AL-1: Bradley Byrne(R)
FL-13:David Jolly(R)
FL-19:Curt Clawson(R)
IL-2: Robin Kelly(D)
LA-5: Vance McAllister(R)
MA-5: Katherine Clark(D)
MO-8: Jason Smith(R)
NC-12: Pending Jul.15
NJ-1: Pending Nov.4
SC-1: Mark Sanford(R)

New challengers for 2014:
CA-7: Elizabeth Emken(R)
CO-6: Andrew Romanoff(D)
MA-6: Richard Tisei(R)
MT-0: Corey Stapleton(R)
NJ-3: Steve Lonegan(R)
TX-8: Scott Keller(I)
Won nomination against an incumbent:
TX-4: John Ratcliffe(R)
VA-7: Dave Brat(R)

Retiring to run for Senate in 2014:
AR-4: Tom Cotton(R)
CO-4: Cory Gardner(R)
GA-1: Jack Kingston(R)
GA-10:Paul Broun(R)
GA-11:Phil Gingrey(R)
HI-1: Colleen Hanabusa(D)
IA-1: Bruce Braley(D)
LA-6: Bill Cassidy(R)
MI-14:Gary Peters(D)
MT-0: Steve Daines(R)
OK-5: James Lankford(R)
TX-36:Steve Stockman(R)
WV-2: Shelley Moore Capito(R)

Former Reps running for House in 2014:
CA-3: Doug Ose(R)
FL-26:David Rivera(R)
GA-11:Bob Barr(R)
CA-31:Joe Baca(D)
IL-10:Bob Dold(R)
IL-17:Bobby Schilling(R)
MS-4: Gene Taylor(D)
MT-0: Denny Rehberg(R)
NH-1: Frank Guinta(R)
NY-11:Vito Fossella(R)
NY-18:Nan Hayworth(R)
OH-7: John Boccieri(D)
PA-13:Marjorie Margolies(D)
TX-23:Francisco Canseco(R)
Lost primary 2014:
TX-4: Ralph Hall(R)
VA-7: Eric Cantor(R)

Retiring to run for State Office in 2014:
AL-5: Parker Griffith(R)
AR-2: Tim Griffin(R)
CA-35:Gloria McLeod(D)
ME-2: Mike Michaud(D)
PA-13:Allyson Schwartz(D)
VI-0: Donna Christensen(D)

Retiring effective Jan. 2015:
AL-6: Spencer Bachus(R)
AZ-7: Ed Pastor(D)
CA-11:George Miller(D)
CA-25:Howard McKeon(R)
CA-31:Gary Miller(R)
CA-33:Henry Waxman(D)
CA-45:John Campbell(R)
IA-3: Tom Latham(R)
MI-4: Dave Camp(R)
MI-6: Tom Petri(R)
MI-12:John Dingell(D)
MN-6: Michele Bachmann(R)
NC-6: Howard Coble(R)
NC-7: Mike McIntyre(D)
NJ-3: Jon Runyan(R)
NJ-12:Rush Holt(D)
NY-4: Carolyn McCarthy(D)
NY-21:Bill Owens(D)
PA-6: Jim Gerlach(R)
UT-4: Jim Matheson(D)
VA-8: James Moran(D)
VA-10:Frank Wolf(R)
WA-4: Doc Hastings(R)
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