WASHINGTON - Foreign policy is a likely discussion point in the vice-presidential debate Thursday and the remaining presidential encounters Oct. 16 and Oct. 22.

Following is a report on the top 20 foreign-affairs and national-security votes of the 112th Congress. It details votes cast on overseas issues by U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., the GOP vice presidential candidate, a congressional budget specialist whose views on foreign affairs are not widely known.

For contrast, votes by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., are shown alongside Ryan's.

In the House

1. Afghanistan Withdrawal: Members on May 17, 2012, defeated, 113-303, a bid to bar fiscal 2013 funding for war in Afghanistan except for actions necessary to conduct the "safe and orderly withdrawal" of U.S. troops and contractors. A yes vote was to start withdrawing U.S. forces from Afghanistan well ahead of President

Obama's timetable. (HR 4310)

Ryan voted no. Pelosi voted no.

2. 2013 Military Budget: Members on July 19, 2012, approved, 326-90, nearly $606 billion in military appropriations for fiscal 2013, including $87.7 billion for war in Afghanistan and other theaters and $35.1 billion for military health care. A yes vote was to send the Senate a budget containing a 1.7 percent military pay raise. (HR 5856)

Ryan voted yes. Pelosi voted yes.

3. Defense-Spending Freeze: Members on July 19, 2012, voted, 247-167, to freeze the core defense budget for fiscal 2013 at the 2012 level of $518 billion. Exempted from the freeze were military healthcare, payrolls and war in theaters such as Afghanistan. Eighty-nine Republicans and 158 Democrats backed the measure. A yes vote was to trim the 2013 defense budget (HR 5856) by as much as $1 billion.

Ryan voted no. Pelosi voted yes.

4. Iran Sanctions: Members on Aug. 1, 2012, voted, 421-6, to toughen U.S. economic sanctions on Iran. A yes vote was to pass a bill (HR 1905) denying access to U.S. financial markets to any global entity whose investments or purchases boost Iran's nuclear program.

Ryan voted yes. Pelosi voted yes.

5. Government Spy Powers: Members on Sept. 12, 2012, voted, 301-118, to renew the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act through 2017. The law allows the National Security Agency to spy without specific warrants on phone calls, emails and other contacts between foreigners that pass through telecommunications switching points in the U.S. A yes vote was to pass HR 5949.

Ryan did not vote. Pelosi voted yes.

6. U.N. Dues-U.S. Security: Members on Feb. 9, 2011, failed, 259-169, to reach a two-thirds majority needed to pass a Republican bill (HR 519) directing the United Nations to return $179 million in U.S. dues overpayments. The bill was opposed on grounds it would sink a State Department plan to divert $100 million of the $179 million to security improvements at U.N. headquarters in New York City. A yes vote was to pass the bill.

Ryan voted yes. Pelosi voted no.

7. Mass-Transit Terrorism: Voting 187-234, members on June 2, 2011, defeated a Democratic motion to set aside an additional $75 million in the fiscal 2012 homeland-security budget (HR 2017) for programs to protect intercity and commuter rail lines and bus services from terrorist attacks. Funding to protect these transportation modes received deep cuts in the Republican budget plan for 2012. A yes vote was to shift $75 million to transportation-security grants from elsewhere in the bill.

Ryan voted no. Pelosi voted yes.

8. GOP Libya Plan: Members on June 3, 2011, passed, 268-145, the softer of two pending bills concerning U.S. participation in the NATO coalition operating in Libyan airspace. A yes vote backed a Republican measure (H Res 92) that gave President Obama 14 days to justify the deployment but which stated no consequences if he failed to do so. A competing measure (below) sought to use the 1973 War Powers Resolution to force an end to the action within 15 days of enactment.

Ryan voted yes. Pelosi voted no.

Continued Thursday