Category Archives: 112th Congress

House: Vote to Renew FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) Amendments Act

Below we use Optimal Classification (OC) in R to plot the House’s 301-118 vote to reauthorize the FISA Amendments Act passed in 2008 and set to expire. The measure allows for the NSA to conduct a warrantless surveillance program under … Continue reading

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Paul Ryan: Ideological Location and House and Senate Votes on the Ryan Budget

Below we plot the distribution of DW-NOMINATE (ideological) scores of members of the 112th Congress by chamber and party. We also single out presumptive Republican Vice-Presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and several figures of interest for comparison. We see … Continue reading

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House: Vote on Drought Aid Bill

Below we use Optimal Classification (OC) in R to plot the House’s 223-197 vote on the Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act of 2012, a measure designed to provide aid to farmers affected by the Summer drought. House Republicans mostly supported the … Continue reading

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House Vote to Audit the Federal Reserve and Senate Votes to Extend Bush Tax Cuts

Below we use Optimal Classification (OC) in R to plot the House’s 327-98 vote to require a full audit of the Federal Reserve, a measure

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House: Vote to Repeal “Obamacare”

Below we use Optimal Classification (OC) in R to plot the House’s 244-185 vote to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”). The vote marked the 33rd time that the 112th House has voted to repeal or defund … Continue reading

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House and Senate Votes on Highway, Student Loan, and NFIP Funding

Below we use Optimal Classification (OC) in R to plot the House’s 373-52 vote and the Senate’s 74-19 vote to extending funding for highway, student loan, and National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) programs. The bill was the product of extended … Continue reading

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House: Vote to Find Attorney General Eric Holder in Contempt of Congress

Below we use Optimal Classification (OC) in R to plot the House’s 255-67 vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress over his refusal to turn over documents related to the House’s investigation into the Justice Department’s … Continue reading

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NSF, Political Science Research, and the Development of NOMINATE

In our first book on NOMINATE (Congress: A Political-Economic History of Roll Call Voting, 1997), one of the roll call votes used in the introductory chapter on the spatial model of voting was the Senate’s 1981 vote to restore NSF … Continue reading

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Polarization is Real (and Asymmetric)

Revised 16 May 2012 Christopher Hare is a PhD student in Political Science at the University of Georgia. Nolan McCarty is the Susan Dod Brown Professor of Politics and Public Affairs and Chair of the Department of Politics at Princeton … Continue reading

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House: Vote to Defund NSF Political Science Program

Below we use Optimal Classification (OC) in R to plot the House’s 218-208 vote on an amendment offered by Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) to defund funding for the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) political science program. Rep. Flake has an M.A. … Continue reading

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