Rating Group: Center for Security Policy

2009-2010 Positions

State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate-Sr Lisa Murkowski R 83%
AK U.S. Senate-Jr Mark Begich D 8%
AK U.S. House-At-Large Don Young R 100%
AL U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Shelby R 100%
AL U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Sessions III R 91%
AL U.S. House-3 Mike Rogers R 100%
AL U.S. House-4 Robert Aderholt R 100%
AL U.S. House-6 Spencer Bachus R 100%
AR U.S. Senate-Jr John Boozman R 100%
AZ U.S. Senate-Sr John McCain III R 100%
AZ U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Flake R 50%
AZ U.S. House-1 Ann Kirkpatrick D 100%
AZ U.S. House-3 Raúl Grijalva D 0%
AZ U.S. House-7 Ed Pastor D 0%
AZ U.S. House-8 Trent Franks R 100%
CA U.S. Senate-Sr Dianne Feinstein D 16%
CA U.S. Senate-Jr Barbara Boxer D 16%
CA U.S. House-3 John Garamendi D 12%
CA U.S. House-4 Tom McClintock R 100%
CA U.S. House-5 Mike Thompson D 0%
CA U.S. House-6 Doris Matsui D 0%
CA U.S. House-9 Jerry McNerney D 62%
CA U.S. House-11 George Miller D 0%
CA U.S. House-12 Nancy Pelosi D 0%
CA U.S. House-13 Barbara Lee D 0%
CA U.S. House-14 Jackie Speier D 0%
CA U.S. House-16 Jim Costa D 50%
CA U.S. House-17 Mike Honda D 0%
CA U.S. House-18 Anna Eshoo D 0%
CA U.S. House-19 Zoe Lofgren D 0%
CA U.S. House-20 Sam Farr D 0%
CA U.S. House-22 Devin Nunes R 100%
CA U.S. House-23 Kevin McCarthy R 87%
CA U.S. House-24 Lois Capps D 0%
CA U.S. House-25 Buck McKeon R 100%
CA U.S. House-27 Judy Chu D 0%
CA U.S. House-28 Adam Schiff D 12%
CA U.S. House-30 Brad Sherman D 25%
CA U.S. House-31 Gary Miller R 100%
CA U.S. House-32 Grace Napolitano D 0%
CA U.S. House-33 Henry Waxman D 0%
CA U.S. House-34 Xavier Becerra D 0%
CA U.S. House-38 Linda Sánchez D 0%
CA U.S. House-39 Ed Royce R 100%
CA U.S. House-40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 12%
CA U.S. House-42 Ken Calvert R 100%
CA U.S. House-43 Maxine Waters D 0%
CA U.S. House-45 John Campbell III R 100%
CA U.S. House-46 Loretta Sanchez D 12%
CA U.S. House-48 Dana Rohrabacher R 75%
CA U.S. House-49 Darrell Issa R 100%
CA U.S. House-50 Duncan Hunter R 100%
CA U.S. House-53 Susan Davis D 12%
CO U.S. Senate-Sr Mark Udall D 8%
CO U.S. Senate-Jr Michael Bennet D 8%
CO U.S. House-1 Diana DeGette D 0%
CO U.S. House-2 Jared Polis D 0%
CO U.S. House-5 Doug Lamborn R 100%
CO U.S. House-6 Michael Coffman R 100%
CO U.S. House-7 Ed Perlmutter D 12%
CO Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar N/A 25%
CT U.S. Senate-Jr Chris Murphy D 12%
CT U.S. House-1 John Larson D 0%
CT U.S. House-2 Joe Courtney D 12%
CT U.S. House-3 Rosa DeLauro D 0%
CT U.S. House-4 Jim Himes D 12%
DE U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Carper D 8%
FL U.S. Senate-Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. D 33%
FL U.S. House-1 Jeff Miller R 100%
FL U.S. House-4 Ander Crenshaw R 100%
FL U.S. House-5 Corrine Brown D 12%
FL U.S. House-7 John Mica R 100%
FL U.S. House-8 Bill Posey R 100%
FL U.S. House-9 Alan Grayson D 25%
FL U.S. House-12 Gus Bilirakis R 100%
FL U.S. House-14 Kathy Castor D 12%
FL U.S. House-16 Vern Buchanan R 100%
FL U.S. House-17 Tom Rooney R 100%
FL U.S. House-20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 0%
FL U.S. House-21 Ted Deutch D 0%
FL U.S. House-23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz D 0%
FL U.S. House-25 Mario Diaz-Balart R 100%
FL U.S. House-27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen R 100%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam R 62%
GA U.S. Senate-Sr Saxby Chambliss R 100%
GA U.S. Senate-Jr Johnny Isakson R 100%
GA U.S. House-1 Jack Kingston R 100%
GA U.S. House-2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 37%
GA U.S. House-3 Lynn Westmoreland R 100%
GA U.S. House-4 Hank Johnson, Jr. D 12%
GA U.S. House-5 John Lewis D 0%
GA U.S. House-6 Tom Price R 100%
GA U.S. House-10 Paul Broun R 100%
GA U.S. House-11 Phil Gingrey R 100%
GA U.S. House-12 John Barrow D 87%
GA U.S. House-13 David Scott D 25%
GA U.S. House-14 Tom Graves, Jr. R 0%
GA Governor Nathan Deal R 87%
HI U.S. Senate-Jr Mazie Hirono D 0%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie D 0%
IA U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Grassley R 100%
IA U.S. Senate-Jr Tom Harkin D 0%
IA U.S. House-1 Bruce Braley D 0%
IA U.S. House-2 Dave Loebsack D 0%
IA U.S. House-3 Tom Latham R 100%
IA U.S. House-4 Steve King R 100%
ID U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Crapo R 100%
ID U.S. Senate-Jr James Risch R 100%
ID U.S. House-2 Mike Simpson R 87%
IL U.S. Senate-Sr Dick Durbin D 0%
IL U.S. Senate-Jr Mark Kirk R 100%
IL U.S. House-1 Bobby Rush D 25%
IL U.S. House-3 Daniel Lipinski D 37%
IL U.S. House-4 Luis Gutierrez D 0%
IL U.S. House-5 Mike Quigley D 0%
IL U.S. House-6 Peter Roskam R 100%
IL U.S. House-7 Danny Davis D 0%
IL U.S. House-9 Jan Schakowsky D 0%
IL U.S. House-11 Bill Foster D 62%
IL U.S. House-15 John Shimkus R 100%
IL U.S. House-18 Aaron Schock R 87%
IL Mayor-At-Large Rahm Emanuel D 0%
IN U.S. Senate-Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. D 87%
IN U.S. House-1 Pete Visclosky D 12%
IN U.S. House-7 André Carson D 12%
IN Governor Mike Pence R 100%
KS U.S. Senate-Sr Pat Roberts R 100%
KS U.S. Senate-Jr Jerry Moran R 100%
KS U.S. House-2 Lynn Jenkins R 100%
KS Governor Sam Brownback R 100%
KY U.S. Senate-Sr Mitch McConnell R 100%
KY U.S. House-1 Ed Whitfield R 75%
KY U.S. House-2 Brett Guthrie R 100%
KY U.S. House-3 John Yarmuth D 12%
KY U.S. House-5 Hal Rogers R 100%
LA U.S. Senate-Sr Mary Landrieu D 16%
LA U.S. Senate-Jr David Vitter R 100%
LA U.S. House-1 Steve Scalise R 87%
LA U.S. House-3 Charles Boustany, Jr. R 100%
LA U.S. House-4 John Fleming, Jr. R 100%
LA U.S. House-6 Bill Cassidy R 87%
MA U.S. Senate-Jr Ed Markey D 0%
MA U.S. House-6 John Tierney D 0%
MA U.S. House-7 Mike Capuano D 0%
MA U.S. House-8 Stephen Lynch D 25%
MD U.S. Senate-Sr Barbara Mikulski D 8%
MD U.S. Senate-Jr Ben Cardin D 8%
ME U.S. Senate-Sr Susan Collins R 75%
MI U.S. Senate-Sr Carl Levin D 0%
MI U.S. Senate-Jr Debbie Stabenow D 16%
MI U.S. House-4 Dave Camp R 100%
MI U.S. House-6 Fred Upton R 100%
MI U.S. House-8 Mike Rogers R 100%
MI U.S. House-9 Sandy Levin D 12%
MI U.S. House-10 Candice Miller R 100%
MI U.S. House-12 John Dingell D 25%
MI U.S. House-13 John Conyers, Jr. D 0%
MI U.S. House-14 Gary Peters D 50%
MN U.S. Senate-Sr Amy Klobuchar DFL 25%
MN U.S. Senate-Jr Al Franken DFL 0%
MN U.S. House-1 Tim Walz DFL 12%
MN U.S. House-2 John Kline R 100%
MN U.S. House-3 Erik Paulsen R 100%
MN U.S. House-4 Betty McCollum DFL 0%
MN U.S. House-5 Keith Ellison DFL 0%
MN U.S. House-6 Michele Bachmann R 87%
MN U.S. House-7 Collin Peterson DFL 50%
MO U.S. Senate-Sr Claire McCaskill D 25%
MO U.S. Senate-Jr Roy Blunt R 87%
MO U.S. House-1 Lacy Clay, Jr. D 0%
MO U.S. House-3 Blaine Luetkemeyer R 100%
MO U.S. House-5 Emanuel Cleaver II D 12%
MO U.S. House-6 Sam Graves R 87%
MS U.S. Senate-Sr Thad Cochran R 83%
MS U.S. Senate-Jr Roger Wicker R 100%
MS U.S. House-2 Bennie Thompson D 12%
MS U.S. House-3 Gregg Harper R 100%
MT U.S. Senate-Sr Jon Tester D 16%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry D 8%
NC U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Burr R 100%
NC U.S. Senate-Jr Kay Hagan D 8%
NC U.S. House-1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. D 12%
NC U.S. House-3 Walter Jones, Jr. R 50%
NC U.S. House-4 David Price D 0%
NC U.S. House-5 Virginia Foxx R 100%
NC U.S. House-6 Howard Coble R 87%
NC U.S. House-7 Mike McIntyre D 62%
NC U.S. House-10 Patrick McHenry R 100%
NE U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Johanns R 83%
NE U.S. House-1 Jeff Fortenberry R 100%
NE U.S. House-2 Lee Terry R 100%
NE U.S. House-3 Adrian Smith R 100%
NH U.S. Senate-Sr Jeanne Shaheen D 8%
NH U.S. House-1 Carol Shea-Porter D 37%
NJ U.S. Senate-Sr Bob Menendez D 8%
NJ U.S. House-2 Frank LoBiondo R 100%
NJ U.S. House-4 Chris Smith R 87%
NJ U.S. House-5 Scott Garrett R 100%
NJ U.S. House-6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 0%
NJ U.S. House-7 Leonard Lance R 100%
NJ U.S. House-8 Albio Sires D 25%
NJ U.S. House-9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 0%
NJ U.S. House-11 Rodney Frelinghuysen R 100%
NJ U.S. House-12 Rush Holt, Jr. D 0%
NM U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Udall D 8%
NM U.S. Senate-Jr Martin Heinrich D 12%
NM U.S. House-3 Ben Lujan, Jr. D 0%
NV U.S. Senate-Sr Harry Reid D 16%
NV U.S. Senate-Jr Dean Heller R 100%
NV U.S. House-1 Dina Titus D 50%
NY U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Schumer D 16%
NY U.S. Senate-Jr Kirsten Gillibrand D 8%
NY U.S. House-1 Tim Bishop D 25%
NY U.S. House-2 Pete King R 87%
NY U.S. House-3 Steve Israel D 12%
NY U.S. House-4 Carolyn McCarthy D 12%
NY U.S. House-5 Gregory Meeks D 12%
NY U.S. House-7 Nydia Velázquez D 0%
NY U.S. House-9 Yvette Clarke D 0%
NY U.S. House-10 Jerry Nadler D 0%
NY U.S. House-12 Carolyn Maloney D 12%
NY U.S. House-13 Charlie Rangel D 12%
NY U.S. House-14 Joe Crowley D 0%
NY U.S. House-15 José Serrano D 0%
NY U.S. House-16 Eliot Engel D 37%
NY U.S. House-17 Nita Lowey D 25%
NY U.S. House-20 Paul Tonko D 25%
NY U.S. House-21 Bill Owens D 12%
NY U.S. House-24 Dan Maffei Other 25%
NY U.S. House-25 Louise Slaughter D 0%
NY U.S. House-26 Brian Higgins D 37%
OH U.S. Senate-Sr Sherrod Brown D 8%
OH U.S. House-4 Jim Jordan R 100%
OH U.S. House-5 Bob Latta R 87%
OH U.S. House-8 John Boehner R 100%
OH U.S. House-9 Marcy Kaptur D 12%
OH U.S. House-10 Mike Turner R 100%
OH U.S. House-11 Marcia Fudge D 0%
OH U.S. House-12 Pat Tiberi R 100%
OH U.S. House-13 Tim Ryan D 12%
OK U.S. Senate-Sr Jim Inhofe R 100%
OK U.S. Senate-Jr Thomas Coburn R 100%
OK U.S. House-3 Frank Lucas R 100%
OK U.S. House-4 Tom Cole R 100%
OK Governor Mary Fallin R 100%
OR U.S. Senate-Sr Ron Wyden D 16%
OR U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Merkley D 16%
OR U.S. House-2 Greg Walden R 100%
OR U.S. House-3 Earl Blumenauer D 0%
OR U.S. House-4 Peter DeFazio D 12%
OR U.S. House-5 Kurt Schrader D 25%
PA U.S. Senate-Sr Bob Casey, Jr. D 16%
PA U.S. House-1 Bob Brady D 0%
PA U.S. House-2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. D 0%
PA U.S. House-5 G.T. Thompson, Jr. R 100%
PA U.S. House-6 Jim Gerlach R 100%
PA U.S. House-9 Bill Shuster R 100%
PA U.S. House-13 Allyson Schwartz D 37%
PA U.S. House-14 Mike Doyle D 0%
PA U.S. House-15 Charlie Dent R 100%
PA U.S. House-16 Joe Pitts R 100%
PA U.S. House-18 Tim Murphy R 100%
RI U.S. Senate-Sr Jack Reed D 0%
RI U.S. Senate-Jr Sheldon Whitehouse D 0%
RI U.S. House-2 Jim Langevin D 25%
SC U.S. Senate-Sr Lindsey Graham R 100%
SC U.S. House-2 Joe Wilson, Sr. R 87%
SC U.S. House-6 Jim Clyburn D 0%
SD U.S. Senate-Sr Timothy Johnson D 8%
SD U.S. Senate-Jr John Thune R 100%
TN U.S. Senate-Sr Lamar Alexander R 100%
TN U.S. Senate-Jr Robert Corker R 83%
TN U.S. House-1 Phil Roe R 100%
TN U.S. House-2 John Duncan, Jr. R 75%
TN U.S. House-5 Jim Cooper D 25%
TN U.S. House-7 Marsha Blackburn R 100%
TN U.S. House-9 Steve Cohen D 12%
TX U.S. Senate-Sr John Cornyn R 100%
TX U.S. House-1 Louie Gohmert R 100%
TX U.S. House-2 Ted Poe R 100%
TX U.S. House-3 Sam Johnson R 100%
TX U.S. House-4 Ralph Hall R 87%
TX U.S. House-5 Jeb Hensarling R 100%
TX U.S. House-6 Joe Barton R 100%
TX U.S. House-7 John Culberson R 100%
TX U.S. House-8 Kevin Brady R 100%
TX U.S. House-9 Al Green D 12%
TX U.S. House-10 Michael McCaul R 100%
TX U.S. House-11 Mike Conaway R 100%
TX U.S. House-12 Kay Granger R 100%
TX U.S. House-13 Mac Thornberry R 100%
TX U.S. House-15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. D 12%
TX U.S. House-18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 0%
TX U.S. House-19 Randy Neugebauer R 87%
TX U.S. House-21 Lamar Smith R 50%
TX U.S. House-22 Pete Olson R 100%
TX U.S. House-24 Kenny Marchant R 100%
TX U.S. House-26 Michael Burgess R 100%
TX U.S. House-28 Henry Cuellar D 87%
TX U.S. House-29 Gene Green D 25%
TX U.S. House-30 Eddie Johnson D 12%
TX U.S. House-31 John Carter R 87%
TX U.S. House-32 Pete Sessions R 100%
TX U.S. House-35 Lloyd Doggett II D 0%
UT U.S. Senate-Sr Orrin Hatch R 100%
UT U.S. House-1 Rob Bishop R 100%
UT U.S. House-3 Jason Chaffetz R 100%
UT U.S. House-4 Jim Matheson D 62%
VA U.S. Senate-Sr Mark Warner D 8%
VA U.S. House-1 Rob Wittman R 100%
VA U.S. House-3 Bobby Scott D 0%
VA U.S. House-4 Randy Forbes R 100%
VA U.S. House-6 Bob Goodlatte R 100%
VA U.S. House-8 Jim Moran, Jr. D 0%
VA U.S. House-10 Frank Wolf R 100%
VA U.S. House-11 Gerry Connolly D 25%
VT U.S. Senate-Sr Patrick Leahy D 0%
VT U.S. Senate-Jr Bernie Sanders I 8%
VT U.S. House-At-Large Peter Welch D 0%
WA U.S. Senate-Sr Patty Murray D 8%
WA U.S. Senate-Jr Maria Cantwell D 16%
WA U.S. House-2 Rick Larsen D 12%
WA U.S. House-4 Doc Hastings R 87%
WA U.S. House-5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers R 87%
WA U.S. House-7 Jim McDermott D 0%
WA U.S. House-8 Dave Reichert R 87%
WA U.S. House-9 Adam Smith D 25%
WA Governor Jay Inslee D 12%
WI U.S. Senate-Jr Tammy Baldwin D 0%
WI U.S. House-1 Paul Ryan R 87%
WI U.S. House-3 Ron Kind D 25%
WI U.S. House-4 Gwen Moore D 0%
WI U.S. House-5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. R 100%
WI U.S. House-6 Tom Petri R 100%
WV U.S. Senate-Sr Jay Rockefeller IV D 8%
WV U.S. House-2 Shelley Capito R 100%
WV U.S. House-3 Nick Rahall II D 25%
WY U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Enzi R 100%
WY U.S. Senate-Jr John Barrasso R 100%
WY U.S. House-At-Large Cynthia Lummis R 100%
Gary Ackerman 12%
John Adler 62%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 8%
Todd Akin 100%
Rodney Alexander 100%
Jason Altmire 75%
Rob Andrews 25%
Michael Arcuri 62%
Steve Austria 100%
Joe Baca, Sr. 12%
Brian Baird 25%
J. Gresham Barrett 75%
Max Baucus 16%
Evan Bayh 41%
Melissa Bean 75%
Bob Bennett 91%
Shelley Berkley 12%
Howard Berman 0%
Marion Berry 12%
Judy Biggert 87%
Brian Bilbray 100%
Jeff Bingaman 8%
John Boccieri 62%
Kit Bond 100%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 100%
Mary Bono Mack 100%
Dan Boren 75%
Leonard Boswell 12%
Rick Boucher 50%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 37%
Bobby Bright 100%
Henry Brown, Jr. 100%
Scott Brown 8%
Ginny Brown-Waite 87%
Jim Bunning 100%
Roland Burris 8%
Dan Burton 100%
Steve Buyer 100%
Robert Byrd 0%
Eric Cantor 87%
Joseph Cao 50%
Dennis Cardoza 50%
Russ Carnahan 37%
Christopher Carney 37%
Mike Castle 75%
Ben Chandler III 50%
Travis Childers 87%
Kent Conrad 16%
Jerry Costello 25%
Mark Critz 12%
Kathy Dahlkemper 50%
Artur Davis 87%
Geoff Davis 87%
Lincoln Davis 75%
Bill Delahunt 0%
James DeMint 100%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 62%
Norm Dicks 12%
Charles Djou 12%
Chris Dodd 8%
Byron Dorgan 25%
David Dreier 100%
Steve Driehaus 12%
Chet Edwards 25%
Vern Ehlers 75%
Brad Ellsworth 62%
Jo Ann Emerson 87%
John Ensign 91%
Bob Etheridge 25%
Russ Feingold 33%
Bob Filner 0%
Elton Gallegly 100%
Gabrielle Giffords 50%
Charlie Gonzalez 12%
Carte Goodwin 0%
Bart Gordon 62%
Judd Gregg 91%
Parker Griffith, Jr. 87%
John Hall 50%
Debbie Halvorson 62%
Phil Hare 0%
Jane Harman 0%
Wally Herger, Jr. 100%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 87%
Baron Hill 25%
Maurice Hinchey 0%
Paul Hodes 37%
Pete Hoekstra 100%
Thomas Holden 62%
Kay Hutchison 91%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 87%
Daniel Inouye 8%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 12%
Tim Johnson 62%
Steve Kagen 0%
Paul Kanjorski 25%
Ted Kaufman 8%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 0%
Patrick Kennedy 0%
Dale Kildee 12%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 12%
Mary Jo Kilroy 0%
Paul Kirk, Jr. 0%
Larry Kissell 50%
Ron Klein 50%
Herb Kohl 8%
Suzanne Kosmas 62%
Dennis Kucinich 0%
Jon Kyl 100%
Steve LaTourette 100%
Frank Lautenberg 8%
Chris Lee 100%
George LeMieux 50%
Jerry Lewis 100%
Joe Lieberman 41%
Blanche Lincoln 50%
John Linder 87%
Dick Lugar 66%
Dan Lungren 100%
Connie Mack IV 100%
Don Manzullo 100%
Betsy Markey 37%
Jim Marshall 87%
Melquiades Martinez 33%
Eric Massa 12%
Thaddeus McCotter 100%
John McHugh 62%
Michael McMahon 75%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 50%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 37%
Brad Miller 25%
Walt Minnick 37%
Harry Mitchell 75%
Alan Mollohan 12%
Dennis Moore 37%
Patrick Murphy 37%
Scott Murphy 50%
Jack Murtha 0%
Sue Myrick 100%
Ben Nelson 41%
Glenn Nye III 50%
Jim Oberstar 0%
Dave Obey 0%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 25%
Ron Paul 0%
Donald Payne 0%
Tom Perriello 25%
Todd Platts 100%
Earl Pomeroy 37%
David Pryor 41%
George Radanovich 87%
Denny Rehberg 100%
Silvestre Reyes 12%
Laura Richardson 12%
Ciro Rodriguez 25%
Mike Ross 62%
Steve Rothman 0%
Ken Salazar 0%
Mark Schauer 37%
Jean Schmidt 75%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 0%
John Shadegg 87%
Heath Shuler 37%
Ike Skelton 37%
Olympia Snowe 83%
Vic Snyder 12%
Hilda Solis 0%
Mark Souder 87%
Zack Space 87%
Arlen Specter 33%
John Spratt, Jr. 25%
Pete Stark 0%
Cliff Stearns 100%
Bart Stupak 12%
John Sullivan 37%
Betty Sutton 12%
John Tanner 50%
Ellen Tauscher 12%
Gene Taylor 87%
Harry Teague 75%
Todd Tiahrt 100%
Ed Towns 0%
George Voinovich 75%
Zach Wamp 87%
Diane Watson 0%
Mel Watt 0%
Jim Webb, Jr. 25%
Anthony Weiner 0%
Robert Wexler 0%
Charlie Wilson, Jr. 25%
Lynn Woolsey 0%
David Wu 12%
Bill Young 100%

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