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Vote number 2006-157 establishing a Guest Worker program
on May 25, 2006 regarding bill S. 2611 Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act
Results: Bill Passed 62-36

    Voting YES establishes a guest worker program with a path to citizenship for illegal aliens who have worked in the US for 5 years. The bill:
  • Increases border security and enforcement
  • Makes it unlawful to knowingly hire, recruit, or refer for a fee an unauthorized alien.
  • Establishes a temporary guest worker program (H-2C visa) with a three-year admission and one additional three-year extension; and issuance of H-4 nonimmigrant visas for accompanying or following spouse and children;
  • Provides permanent resident status adjustment for a qualifying illegal alien, and family, for aliens who have been in the US and employed for five years.
    Proponents of the bill say:
  • Our immigration system is broken and needs to be repaired. This bill is a strong step in the right direction. We need to protect our borders and look out for American workers, and we also need a responsible way to meet the need for temporary workers, particularly in the agricultural area, where they represent about 70 percent of the U.S. agricultural workforce, with a path to earned citizenship for hard-working, law abiding temporary workers. This bill, the product of bipartisan compromise, takes a commonsense approach to all of these issues.
    Opponents of the bill say:
  • Our country has been built by immigrants. But the reason we have had quotas for immigration is the world has progressed in different parts of this globe at a very different rate. In some countries, the economies have lagged far behind.
  • There are jobs available in this country with rates of pay that are far in excess of those of Third World countries. We have on our southern border people who aspire to come to this country. In order to protect our way of life and our standard of living and to protect jobs, we have quotas.

Categorized under Immigration

Voting YES counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 12:
Illegal immigrants earn citizenship;
Voting NO counts for -1 points on VoteMatch question 12.

Voting YES counts as answer B on AmericansElect question 4;
Voting NO counts as answer D on AmericansElect question 4

Immigration: When you think about illegal immigration, which of the following solutions come closest to your opinion?
  • A: All illegal immigrants should be able to stay in the US legally
  • B: Most illegal immigrants should be able to stay in the US, with some exceptions
  • C: Most illegal immigrants should be deported, with some exceptions
  • D: All illegal immigrants should be deported
  • E: Unsure


Democrats voting on 2006-157

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 YESMN 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 YESFL 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
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 NOMI Democratic Jr Senator
Ron Wyden YESOR Democratic Sr Senator


Republicans voting on 2006-157

Lamar Alexander NOTN Republican Sr Senator
George Allen NOVA Republican Challenger
Robert Bennett YESUT 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 YESME 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 YESTN 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 YESKY Republican Sr Senator
Lisa Murkowski YESAK 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 YESME 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 2006-157

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 3
Republicans: YES 11; NO 25
Independents: YES 2; NO 0