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Vote number 2006-130 allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security
on May 18, 2006 regarding bill S.Amdt.3985 to S.2611 Preclusion of Social Security Credits
Results: Motion to table passed, 50-49

Voting YEA would table (kill) the proposed amendment to prohibit illegal immigrants from receiving Social Security benefits. Voting NAY supports that prohibition, while voting YEA supports immigrants participating in Social Security. Text of amendment:
To reduce document fraud, prevent identity theft, and preserve the integrity of the Social Security system, by ensuring that persons who receive an adjustment of status under this bill are not able to receive Social Security benefits as a result of unlawful activity.
    Proponents of the amendment say to vote NAY because:
  • The Immigration Reform bill would allow people to qualify for social security based on work they did while they were illegally present in the US and illegally working in the US. People who broke the law to come here and broke the law to work here can benefit from their conduct to collect social security.
  • In some cases, illegal immigrants may have stolen an American citizen's identity. They may have stolen an American's social security number to fraudulently work. This amendment corrects this problem.
    Opponents of the amendment say to vote YEA because:
  • Americans understand that for years there are undocumented workers who have tried to follow our laws and be good neighbors and good citizens, and have paid into the Social Security Trust Fund.
  • Once that person regularizes his or her status, and as they proceed down the path to earned citizenship, they should have the benefit after having followed the law and made those contributions. That is fairness.
  • We should not steal their funds or empty their Social Security accounts. That is not fair. It does not reward their hard work or their financial contributions.
  • The amendment proposes to change existing law to prohibit an individual from gaining the benefit of any contributions made while the individual was in an undocumented status. I oppose this amendment and believe it is wrong.

Categorized under Immigration

Voting YES counts for 2 points on VoteMatch question 12:
Illegal immigrants earn citizenship;
Voting NO counts for -2 points on VoteMatch question 12.


Democrats voting on 2006-130

Max Baucus YESMT Democratic Sr Senator
Barbara Boxer YESCA Democratic Jr Senator
Robert Byrd NOWV Former Democratic Senator
Maria Cantwell YESWA Democratic Jr Senator
Tom Carper YESDE Democratic Sr Senator
Hillary Clinton YESNY Former Democratic Senator (NY); now Secretary of State
Mark Dayton NOMN Former Democratic Senator (Retired 2006)
Richard Durbin YESIL Democratic Sr Senator
Russell Feingold YESWI Former Democratic Senator
Dianne Feinstein YESCA Democratic Sr Senator
Tom Harkin YESIA Democratic Jr Senator
Daniel Inouye YESHI Democratic Sr Senator
Tim Johnson YESSD Democratic Sr Senator
Ted Kennedy YESMA Former Democrat Senator (until 2009)
John Kerry YESMA Democratic Sr Senator
Mary Landrieu YESLA Democratic Sr Senator
Frank Lautenberg YESNJ Democratic Sr Senator
Patrick Leahy YESVT Democratic Sr Senator
Carl Levin YESMI Democratic Sr Senator
Blanche Lambert Lincoln YESAR Former Democratic Senator
Robert Menendez YESNJ Democratic Jr Senator; previously Representative
Barbara Mikulski YESMD Democratic Sr Senator
Patty Murray YESWA Democratic Sr Senator
Ben Nelson NONE Democratic Sr Senator
Bill Nelson NOFL Democratic Sr Senator
Barack Obama YESIL Former Democratic Senator (until 2008)
Mark Pryor YESAR Democratic Sr Senator
Jack Reed YESRI Democratic Sr Senator
Harry Reid YESNV Democratic Sr Senator
Ken Salazar YESCO Former Democratic Senator (entered Cabinet, 2009)
Paul Sarbanes YESMD Former Democrat Senator (Retired 2006)
Charles Schumer YESNY Democratic Sr Senator
Arlen Specter YESPA Former Democratic incumbent (elected as Republican)
Debbie Stabenow YESMI Democratic Jr Senator
Ron Wyden YESOR Democratic Sr Senator


Republicans voting on 2006-130

Lamar Alexander NOTN Republican Sr Senator
George Allen NOVA Republican Challenger
Robert Bennett NOUT Former Republican Senator
Conrad Burns NOMT Former Republican Senator (MT, 1989-2007)
Richard Burr NONC Republican Sr Senator; previously Representative
Lincoln Chafee YESRI Former Republican Senator (Lost re-election, 2006)
Saxby Chambliss NOGA Republican Sr Senator
Tom Coburn NOOK Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative
Thad Cochran NOMS Republican Sr Senator
Susan Collins NOME Republican Jr Senator
John Cornyn NOTX Republican Jr Senator
Michael Crapo NOID Republican Sr Senator
Jim DeMint NOSC Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative
Mike DeWine YESOH Former Republican Senator (lost re-election, 2006)
John Ensign NONV Republican Jr Senator
Michael Enzi NOWY Republican Sr Senator
Bill Frist NOTN Former Republican Senator (retired 2006)
Lindsey Graham YESSC Republican Sr Senator
Chuck Grassley NOIA Republican Sr Senator
Orrin Hatch NOUT Republican Sr Senator
James Inhofe NOOK Republican Sr Senator
Johnny Isakson NOGA Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative
Trent Lott NOMS Former Republican Senator (MS, 1989-2007)
Richard Lugar YESIN Republican Sr Senator
John McCain YESAZ Republican Sr Senator
Mitch McConnell NOKY Republican Sr Senator
Lisa Murkowski NOAK Republican Sr Senator
Pat Roberts NOKS Republican Sr Senator
Rick Santorum NOPA Former Republican Senator (lost re-election, 2006)
Jeff Sessions NOAL Republican Sr Senator
Richard Shelby NOAL Republican Jr Senator
Olympia Snowe NOME Republican Sr Senator
Jim Talent NOMO Former Republican Jr Senator (MO, 2002-2007)
Craig Thomas NOWY Former Republican Senator (deceased in office 2007)
John Thune NOSD Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative
David Vitter NOLA Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative


Independents voting on 2006-130

Jim Jeffords YESVT Former Independent Senator (retired 2006)
Mel Martinez YESFL Former GOP Senator (resigned 2009); previously HUD Secy.



Total votes recorded by OnTheIssues:

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Democrats: YES 31; NO 4
Republicans: YES 5; NO 31
Independents: YES 2; NO 0