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12-H3783 on Jan 18, 2012

Bill Sponsorship: Countering Iran in the Western Hemisphere Act
Source: H.R.3783
Congressional Summary:A BILL: To provide for a comprehensive strategy to use all elements of national power to counter Iran's growing presence and hostile activity in the Western Hemisphere.
    Congress finds the following:
  • Iran is pursuing cooperation with Latin American countries by signing economic and security agreements in order to create a network of diplomatic and economic relationships to lessen the blow of international sanctions and oppose Western attempts to constrict its ambitions.
  • According to the Department of Defense, Iranian government agencies were involved in some of the deadliest terrorist attacks of the past two decades, including the 1994 attack on the AMIA Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires, by supporting the groups that actually executed the attacks.
  • Reports since the early 1990s suggest direct Iranian government support of Hezbollah activities in the Tri-Border Area of Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay, and in the past decade, Iran has built 17 cultural centers in Latin America.
  • Iran has used its proxies in Latin America to raise revenues through illicit activities, including drug and arms trafficking, counterfeiting, money laundering, forging travel documents, pirating software and music, and providing haven and assistance to other terrorists transiting the region.

Rep Jeff Duncan's Sponsor comments:Congress has spent trillions of dollars for military operations in the war on terror, yet we have neglected to protect ourselves from the threat that looms just beyond our own borders. We know that Iran has been building diplomatic, economic, and security relationships with Latin American countries for years. The US possesses vital political, economic, and security interests in the Western Hemisphere. I am concerned that our nation's vulnerability to this growing threat on our Southern border is not being adequately addressed."

    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 17. Question 17: Stay out of Iran Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: War & Peace
  • Headline: Sponsored countering Iran's growing presence in Latin America (Score: -1)
  • Headline 2: Counter Iran's growing presence in Latin America (Score: -2)

    Participating counts on AmericansElect question 5.
  • Headline: Sponsored countering Iran's growing presence in Latin America (Answer: A)
  • Headline 2: Counter Iran's growing presence in Latin America (Answer: A)
  • AmericansElect Quiz Question 5 on Foreign Policy: When you think about the US pursuing its interests abroad, which of the following is closest to your opinion?
    • A: The US should always act in its own interest regardless of what other countries think
    • B: The US should rarely listen to other countries
    • C: The US should listen to other countries more often than not
    • D: The US should always listen to other countries before pursuing its own interests
    • E: Unsure

  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
  • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.

Democrats participating in 12-H3783

Brian Higgins s2oNew York Democrat 
Kathy Hochul s2oNew York Democrat 

Republicans participating in 12-H3783

Steve Austria s2oOhio Republican (Retiring 2012) 
Gus Bilirakis s2oFlorida Republican 
Marsha Blackburn s2oTennessee Republican 
Dan Burton s2oIndiana Republican (Retiring 2012) 
Ken Calvert s2oCalifornia Republican 
Quico Canseco s2oTexas Republican 
Mike Conaway s2oTexas Republican 
John Culberson s2oTexas Republican 
Scott DesJarlais s2oTennessee Republican 
Jeff Duncan s1pSouth Carolina Republican 
Trent Franks s2oArizona Republican 
Randy Hultgren s2oIllinois Republican 
Duncan Hunter s2oCalifornia Republican (Retiring 2008) 
Peter King s2oNew York Rep./Ind./Cons./Right-To-Life 
Steve King s2oIowa Republican 
Doug Lamborn s2oColorado Republican 
Billy Long s2oMissouri Republican 
Cynthia Lummis s2oWyoming Republican 
Connie Mack IV s2oFL Republican Challenger 
Michael McCaul s2oTexas Republican 
Patrick Meehan s2oPennsylvania Republican 
Sue Myrick s2oNorth Carolina Republican (Retiring 2012) 
Joseph Pitts s2oPennsylvania Republican 
Ted Poe s2oTexas Republican 
Ben Quayle s2oArizona Republican (lost 2012 primary) 
Joe Walsh s2oIllinois Republican 
Frank Wolf s2oVirginia Republican 
Todd Young s2oIndiana Republican 

Independents participating in 12-H3783

Darrell Issa s2oCA03 Former Initiator of Gubernatorial Recall (2003) 

Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 2
Republicans: 28
Independents: 1

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