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Rep Carol Shea-Porter

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  • (D NH-1)
  • 1530 Longworth House Office Building
  • 202-225-5456

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Afghanistan

Issue Date Bill Outcome Vote Score
Blocking funding for wasteful ANSF training (RC #395)
This amendment blocked funding to train the Afghan National Security Forces to use helicopters provided by Rosoboronexport, a company that provides arms to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction reports that the forces don't have the capacity to use the helicopters. Passed, 333-93.
Jul 24, 2013Agreed ToYeacheckmark
Wasteful funds for unprepared Afghan Security Forces (RC #391)
Rep. Garamendi's (D-CA) amendment would have cut $2.6 billion in wasteful funds for the Afghan Security Forces. Much of the money has been wasted or is intended for equipment the ANSF is not prepared to use. Failed, 150-276.
Jul 24, 2013FailedNayxmark
Overwhelming support to exit Afghanistan (RC #226)
The House voted overwhelmingly in favor of this amendment supporting accelerated withdrawal from Afghanistan and urging a congressional vote to approve any decision to keep troops on the ground after 2014. Passed, 305-121.
Jun 13, 2013Agreed ToNot Voting--

Arms sales

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Counterterrorism

Issue Date Bill Outcome Vote Score
Ending the forever war (RC #237)
Rep. Adam Schiff’s (D-CA) amendment would have sunset the authorization for military force (AUMF) passed by Congress way back in 2001. The AUMF has been used to target suspected terrorists all around the globe, far beyond what Congress expected when voting 13 years ago. Failed, 191-233.
May 22, 2014FailedYeacheckmark
Ending indefinite detention (RC #234)
This bipartisan amendment by Reps. Smith (D-WA) and Broun (R-GA) would have ended the shameful practice of indefinite detention and brought detainees to trial in the US. Failed, 191-230.
May 22, 2014FailedYeacheckmark
Still trying to close Guantanamo (RC #233)
Rep. Smith’s (D-WA) amendment provided a framework for the long overdue task of closing the Guantamano Bay prison. Failed, 177-247.
May 22, 2014FailedNayxmark
Blocking NSA overreach (RC #412)
Rep. Amash's (R-MI) closely watched amendment would have blocked blanket collection of metadata--information related to phone calls--requiring a suspicion of terrorist activity. The amendment came on the heels of revelations about the NSA's overreach to monitor all Americans, and came within a handful of votes of passing. Failed, 205-217.
Jul 24, 2013FailedYeacheckmark
Ending the authorization for the forever war (RC #410)
Rep. Schiff's (D-CA) amendment would have prohibited funding for the use of force under the Authorization for Use of Military Force passed in September 2001 at the end of 2014--the date combat operations are set to end in Afghanistan. The administration has revealed a disturbingly broad interpretation of the AUMF and used it as justification for lethal attacks around the world. Repealing the AUMF is an important step in reining in the drone war. Failed, 185-236.
Jul 24, 2013FailedNayxmark
Stop wasting money on Guantanamo construction (RC #409)
This amendment would have prevented further construction or expansion of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. Failed, 187-237.
Jul 24, 2013FailedYeacheckmark
Ending the unjust detention of innocent people (RC #408)
Rep. Nadler's (D-NY) amendment would have prohibited the continued detention of Guantanamo Bay prisoners who had been cleared for release. Failed, 176-242.
Jul 24, 2013FailedYeacheckmark
A plan to close Guantanamo (RC #237)
Rep. Smith's (D-WA) amendment would have provided a framework for closing the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, a move that is well overdue for the sake of human rights and the US's global reputation. Failed, 174-249.
Jun 14, 2013FailedNot Voting--
Roadblocks to closing Guantanamo (RC #236)
Rep. Walorski (R-IN) offered this amendment to prohibit funding to transfer Guantanamo detainees to Yemen. Returning detainees who have not been charged to their home countries is an important step to closing the Guantanamo detention facility. Passed, 236-188.
Jun 14, 2013Agreed ToNot Voting--
Ending indefinite detention (RC #228)
Rep. Smith's (D-WA) amendment attempted to undo previous dangerous provisions that allow indefinite military detention of people detained under the authorization for use of military force in the United States or it possessions or territories. Failed, 200-226.
Jun 13, 2013FailedNot Voting--

International cooperation

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Iran

Issue Date Bill Outcome Vote Score
Undermining diplomacy with unnecessary sanctions (RC #427)
This counterproductive vote on additional sanctions on Iran came after the election of Hassan Rouhani raised hopes for reinvigorated negotiations. Passing sanctions right before Rouhani's inauguration sent the wrong message. If Congress continues this ill-advised approach, it could undermine the delicate diplomatic opportunity. Passed, 400-20.
Jul 31, 2013PassedYeaxmark

Iraq

Issue Date Bill Outcome Vote Score
Prohibiting the President from deploying or maintaining U.S. troops in a sustained combat role in Iraq without authorization from Congress (RC #452)
H.Con.Res.105. Rep. Jim McGovern’s (D-MA) concurrent resolution prohibits the President from deploying or maintaining U.S. troops in a sustained combat role in Iraq without authorization from Congress after the enactment of this resolution. It was referred to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee never to be heard from again. Passed 370-40.
Jul 25, 2014PassedYeacheckmark
Blocking funding for the 2002 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) (RC #326)
H.Amdt.912 to H.R.4870. Rep. Barbara Lee’s (D-CA) amendment would have prohibited funds from being used for the 2002 Iraq War AUMF. Like the 2001 AUMF, the 2002 AUMF has no expiration date, which has allowed for continued military operations in Iraq without a debate in Congress. Failed 182-231.
Jun 20, 2014FailedYeacheckmark

Libya

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Nuclear weapons

Issue Date Bill Outcome Vote Score
Cutting $7.6 million from the new nuclear cruise missile, known as the Long Range Standoff Weapon (LRSO) (RC #384)
H.Amdt.1005 to H.R.4923. Rep. Mike Quigley’s (D-IL) amendment would have cut $7.6 million from the LRSO and put that money towards a deficit reduction account. Failed 181-239.
Jul 10, 2014FailedYeacheckmark
Wasting money on nuclear missiles (RC #320)
Rep. Nadler (D-NY) offered this amendment to strike language that required wasting money on expensive nuclear missile solos. But representatives in those states fight hard to keep the money flowing, and the amendment was defeated. Failed, 187-233.
Jun 19, 2014FailedYeacheckmark
Cutting $3.4 million from the new nuclear cruise missile, known as the Long Range Standoff Weapon (LRSO) (RC #319)
H.Amdt.885 to H.R.4870. Rep. Earl Blumenauer’s (D-OR) amendment would have cut $3.4 million from the LRSO — a destabilizing, expensive, duplicative, new nuclear cruise missile — and put that money towards environmental restoration. Failed 179-242.
Jun 19, 2014FailedYeacheckmark
A real accounting of the cost of nuclear weapons (RC #238)
Rep. Blumenauer’s (D-OR) amendment requires annual updates on the cost estimate of maintaining our bloated nuclear arsenal. Nuclear hawks on the committee fought the amendment because the truth about nuclear weapons spending shows that we are on an unsustainable path. Passed, 224-199.
May 22, 2014Agreed ToYeacheckmark
Clinging to the Cold War (RC #236)
Rep. Lamborn’s (D-CO) amendment shows a refusal to come to terms with the fact that our nuclear weapons arsenal is shrinking. The amendment puts unrealistic restrictions on funding for implementing the New START treaty to lower the number of nuclear weapons held by the US and Russia. The Senate is unlikely to approve this provision in their version of the bill. Passed, 233-191.
May 22, 2014Agreed ToNaycheckmark
Removing language from the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would terminate a requirement that ICMB silos remain in at least warm status (RC #227)
H.Amdt.669 to H.R.4435. Rep. Steve Daines’ (R-MT) amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act removed language that would have ended the requirement that ICBM silos remain in at least warm status. Passed 222-196.
May 21, 2014Agreed ToNaycheckmark
Allowing the Department of Defense (DoD) to transfer funds to nuclear nonproliferation efforts (RC #226)
H.Amdt.666 to H.R.4435. Rep. Loretta Sanchez’s (D-CA) amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act would have given the DoD the authority to transfer funds to nuclear nonproliferation programs that work to reduce the spread of nuclear weapons and keep nuclear material safe and secure. Failed 194-227.
May 21, 2014FailedYeacheckmark
No shutdown for nukes (RC #542)
While refusing to vote on a clean bill to fund the whole government, the House passed a bill to fund nuclear weapons programs. Millions of people are suffering from lack of government services due to the shutdown, but this bill prioritized the wasteful nuclear weapons budget. The Senate has no immediate plans to take up the bill. Passed, 248-176.
Oct 11, 2013PassedNaycheckmark
Cut funds to tinker with nuclear weapons (RC #334)
Rep. Polis' (D-CO) amendment would have cut $13 million in funds for a program to extend the life of the W76 nuclear warhead. Failed, 182-243.
Jul 10, 2013FailedYeacheckmark
Robbing nonproliferation to buy more weapons (RC #333)
Rep. Joe Heck's (R-NV) amendment would have pulled money for crucial nonproliferation programs to pad the already bloated nuclear weapons budget. Failed, 86-338.
Jul 10, 2013FailedNaycheckmark
Reining in the wasteful B61 nuclear bomb (RC #332)
The unnecessary B61 nuclear bomb Life Extension Program is projected to cost at least $10 billion. This amendment, offered by Reps. Quigley (D-IL) and Polis (D-CO) would have cut excess funding for the program added by the committee. Failed, 196-227.
Jul 10, 2013FailedYeacheckmark
Funding to reduce the nuclear arsenal (RC #233)
Rep. Rick Larsen's (D-WA) amendment would have reinstated funding cut by the committee for implementing the New START treaty to reduce our nuclear arsenal. Failed, 195-229.
Jun 14, 2013FailedNot Voting--

Pentagon spending

Issue Date Bill Outcome Vote Score
A budget that would leave us better off (RC #173)
The Congressional Progressive Caucus offered their Better Off Budget, a moral document that reflects how most Americans want to see their tax dollars spent. It would have reduced wasteful weapons spending and created 8.8 million jobs by 2017 through investments in education, infrastructure and research. Failed, 89-327.
Apr 09, 2014FailedNayxmark
National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2015 (RC #116)
H.R.3979. The FY 2015 NDAA includes incredibly problematic programs like Pentagon slush funds (namely the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) budget and the National Sea Based Deterrence Fund), the F-35 fighter jet, and the new nuclear cruise missile known as the Long Range Standoff Weapon (LRSO), among others. Passed 410-0.
Mar 11, 2014PassedYeaxmark
Success in cutting wasteful war funding (RC #403)
After the committee added additional funding to the war account, a bipartisan group offered an amendment to cut $3.5 billion. Passed, 215-206.
Jul 24, 2013Agreed ToYeacheckmark
Limiting missiles in our backyard (RC #397)
Rep. Quigley's (D-IL) amendment would have limited funding to maintaining no more than 300 intercontinental ballistic missiles. Failed, 142-283.
Jul 24, 2013FailedYeacheckmark
Chipping away at Pentagon spending (RC #396)
Reps. Lee (D-CA), Blumenauer (D-OR), Schrader (D-OR), Conyers (D-MI) and Polis (D-CO) offered this amendment to make a modest 1% cut in the Pentagon budget. Failed, 109-317.
Jul 24, 2013FailedNayxmark
Prohibiting contract with Assad's arms dealer (RC #390)
This amendment cuts funds for a contract to buy helicopters for the Afghan Security Forces from Rosoboronexport, a Russian arms contractor that is supplying the Assad government with weapons. Passed, 346-79.
Jul 24, 2013Agreed ToYeacheckmark
Missile defense money the Pentagon doesn't want (RC #384)
This amendment would have cut $70.2 million the committee added for a wasteful East Coast missile defense site that the Pentagon doesn't want to build. Failed, 173-249.
Jul 23, 2013FailedYeacheckmark
Reducing funding for submarines (RC #382)
Reps. Blumenauer (D-OR) and Conyers (D-MI) offered this amendment to reduce funding for the Ohio-class submarine by 10%, to help the Pentagon get in line with sequestration spending limits. Failed, 49-372.
Jul 23, 2013FailedNayxmark
Funding for missile interceptors (RC #381)
Rep. Polis' (D-CO) amendment would have cut funding for 14 ground-based missile interceptors in Alaska and puts the savings toward deficit reduction. Failed, 141-272.
Jul 23, 2013FailedNayxmark
Eliminating extra war funding (RC #240)
The House Armed Services Committee added $5 billion for the Overseas Contingency Operations budget, which funds the war in Afghanistan. Rep. Van Hollen's (D-MD) amendment would have taken away the increase. Failed, 191-232.
Jun 14, 2013FailedNot Voting--
Cutting wasteful missile defense funding (RC #239)
Rep. Polis's (D-CO) amendment would have reduced funding for inefficient ground-based missile interceptors. Failed, 146-278.
Jun 14, 2013FailedNot Voting--
Reducing troops in Europe (RC #235)
Reps. Coffman (R-CO) and Polis (D-CO) offered this amendment to save money by reducing the number of troops in Europe. Failed, 110-313.
Jun 14, 2013FailedNot Voting--
Reining in out of control Pentagon spending (RC #232)
Rep. Nolan's (D-MN) amendment would have cut $60 billion from the Pentagon budget, bringing it closer to caps set by Congress and eliminating waste. Failed, 71-353.
Jun 14, 2013FailedNot Voting--
Using sports to promote the military (RC #231)
Rep. McCollum's (D-MN) amendment would have prohibited funding for the Army National Guard to sponsor wrestling and motor sports. Failed, 134-290.
Jun 14, 2013FailedNot Voting--
Ready to launch (RC #223)
Rep. Lummis's (R-WY) amendment to waste money to keep missile silos on "warm status," so they could be used quickly, is a favorite of nuclear hawks and politicians with intercontinental missiles based in their states. Passed, 235-189.
Jun 13, 2013Agreed ToNot Voting--
Saving money on aircraft carriers (RC #222)
Congress passed legislation requiring the Navy to have 11 aircraft carriers, even though they only have ten. Eliminating this requirement could have saved money, but Congress failed to pass this common sense measure. Failed, 106-318.
Jun 13, 2013FailedNot Voting--
A smarter alternative budget (RC #85)
The Congressional Progressive Caucus offered this alternative to the House Republicans' budget. The budget would have created jobs and invested in communities, while lowering Pentagon spending to 2006 levels. Failed, 84-327.
Mar 20, 2013FailedNayxmark

Syria

Issue Date Bill Outcome Vote Score
Caution with Syria (RC #234)
Reps. Gibson (R-NY) and Garamendi (D-CA) offered this amendment to remove problematic language in the bill that pointed toward a more militaristic approach to Syria including urging President Obama to“fully consider all courses of action to remove President Bashar al-Assad from power” and to enforce his ill-advised “red line.” Failed, 123-301.
Jun 14, 2013FailedNot Voting--