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Each week, POPVOX highlights bills that are being considered in Congress, have recently been introduced, or are generally just getting some buzz. Here are a few on the list this week:

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (HR 3897 and S 2043) provides religious conscience protections for individuals and organizations. (Just introduced.)
The Paying a Fair Share Act (HR 3903 and S 2059) implements the Buffett Rule and reduces the deficit by imposing a minimum effective tax rate for high-income taxpayers. (Just introduced.)
S 1945 permits the televising of Supreme Court proceedings. (Senate committee vote on Thurs.)
Civilian Property Realignment Act (HR 1734) decreases the deficit by realigning, consolidating, selling, disposing, and improving the efficiency of federal buildings and other civilian real property. (Just passed the House)
Expedited Legislative Line-Item Veto and Rescissions Act (HR 3521) provides for a legislative line-item veto to expedite consideration of rescissions. (House considering today)
Budget and Accounting Transparency Act (HR 3581) increases transparency in Federal budgeting. (Passed the House on Tues)
STOCK Act (S 2038) prohibits Members of Congress and employees of Congress from using nonpublic information derived from their official positions for personal benefit. (Senate passed; House begins consideration this week.)
Corolla Wild Horses Protection Act (HR 306) directs the Secretary of the Interior to enter into an agreement to provide for management of the free-roaming wild horses in and around the Currituck National Wildlife Refuge. (House passed Mon.)

As we head into the New Hampshire primary week, here’s a look at what New Hampshire constituents shared with their Representatives and Senators in 2011 (and the first week of 2012.)  

Notably, the bills that most divided the nation produced a similar split in New Hampshire:

  1. 58% of those weighing in from New Hampshire supported the bill to repeal health reform: “H.R. 2: Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law”, compared to 59% of those weighing in nationally.
  2. 58% of input from New Hampshire supported the President’s American Jobs Act (S. 1549), compared to 67% nationally.

New Hampshire closely with tracked the nation on bills that have either been in the news or saw intense grassroots outreach:

  1. Just as in the first caucus state of Iowa, New Hampshire were overwhelmingly against allowing robocalls to cell phone, with 100% of those weighing in on POPVOX opposing H.R. 3035, the Mobile Informational Call Act. (99% opposed nationally.) Due to the outpouring of constituent protests, the bill was pronounced dead by its sponsor on December 17.
  2. The “Live free or die”” state is 100% opposed to H.R. 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), based on input provided to Congress using POPVOX. (98% oppose nationally.)
  3. All weighing in from New Hampshire on H.R. 2306 supported ending the federal prohibition of marijuana.  The bill would remove marijuana from the Schedule 1 list of federal controlled substances.  (91% support the bill nationally).
  4. The fourth most popular bill in New Hampshire is S. 1176, the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, which ranked #13 on the POPVOX list of top bills of 2011. Ninety-six percent of those weighing in from New Hampshire support the bill, compared to 76% nationally.
  5. Ninety-two percent of those weighing in from New Hampshire oppose H.R. 835, the “PUPS” Act, which introduces new regulations on puppy breeders, compared to 76% nationally.
  6. The National Right to Carry Reciprocity Act (H.R. 822), which passed the House on November 16, 2011, received 87.5% support from those weighing in from New Hampshire, compared to 77% nationally.
  7. New Hampshire strongly supported ensuring that the military is paid even in case of a government shutdown, with 100% in favor of S. 724 the Ensuring Pay for Our Military Act.  (95% support nationally.)

The 10 Million Solar Roofs Act, S. 1108, ranked 16th nationally and #10 in New Hampshire.  The bill was supported by 93% of constituents weighing in from New Hampshire, with 76% support nationally.