Category Archives: 113th Congress

House: Two Immigration Votes

Below we use Optimal Classification (OC) in R to plot the House’s two recent votes on immigration: its 223-189 vote on a$694 million appropriations bill to enact new security measures along the U.S.-Mexico border and its 216-192 vote to end … Continue reading

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How Conservative is Eric Cantor?

Tonight comes the surprising news of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s (R-VA) primary upset by a Tea Party challenger. Just how conservative (or not) is Rep. Cantor? Using DW-NOMINATE Common Space scores (which measure the ideological positions of Members of … Continue reading

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House: Vote to Prohibit Funds for DEA Raids on State-Legalized Medical Marijuana

Below we use Optimal Classification (OC) in R to plot the House’s 219-189 vote to prohibit funds for DEA raids on medical marijuana operations in states that have legalized it. Contrary to the narrative that it was mostly moderate Republicans … Continue reading

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House: Vote to Limit NSA Phone Surveillance

Below we use Optimal Classification (OC) in R to plot the House’s 303-121 vote to limit the National Security Agency’s controversial phone surveillance program. As the plot below shows, there is almost no ideological organization to this vote. It would … Continue reading

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Senate: Vote to Invoke Cloture on the Nomination of Debo Adegbile

Below we use Optimal Classification (OC) in R to plot the Senate’s 47-52 vote to reject cloture on the nomination of Debo Adegbile to head the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. Adebbile is a controversial pick because of his ties … Continue reading

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House: Vote to Raise Debt Ceiling (updated with Senate Vote on Cloture)

Below we use Optimal Classification (OC) in R to plot the House’s 221-201 vote to pass a clean increase of the debt ceiling. The bill passed with the support of only 28 Republicans and all but two Democrats (Reps. John … Continue reading

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The House and Senate Votes on the Farm Bill

Below we use Optimal Classification (OC) in R to plot the House’s 251-166 vote and the Senate’s 68-32 vote to pass a five-year farm bill that cuts $8 billion from food stamps. In the House, Republicans voted 162-63 in favor … Continue reading

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The House and Senate Votes on the 2014 Omnibus Spending Bill

Below we use Optimal Classification (OC) in R to plot the House’s 359-67 vote and the Senate’s 72-26 vote to pass a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill that funds the federal government through October 1, 2014. All of the Nay … Continue reading

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Senate: Vote on Two-Year Budget Deal

Below we use Optimal Classification (OC) in R to plot the Senate’s 67-33 vote to invoke cloture and its 64-36 vote to pass a two-year compromise budget deal that was passed by the House last week. Unlike in the House, … Continue reading

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House: Vote on Two-Year Budget Deal

Below we use Optimal Classification (OC) in R to plot the House’s 332-94 vote to pass a two-year compromise budget deal brokered between Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA). The agreement reverses $63 billion in sequester cuts … Continue reading

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