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Vote number 2006-262 building a fence along the Mexican border
on Sep 29, 2006 regarding bill H R 6061 Secure Fence Act
Results: Bill passed, 80-19

Within 18 months, achieves operational control over U.S. land and maritime borders, including:
  1. systematic border surveillance through more effective use of personnel and technology; and
  2. physical infrastructure enhancements to prevent unlawful border entry
Defines "operational control" as the prevention of all unlawful U.S. entries, including entries by terrorists, other unlawful aliens, narcotics, and other contraband.

Proponents support voting YES because:

It is obvious there is no more defining issue in our Nation today than stopping illegal immigration. The most basic obligation of any government is to secure the Nation's borders. One issue in which there appears to be a consensus between the Senate and the House is on the issue of building a secure fence. So rather than wait until comprehensive legislation is enacted, we should move forward on targeted legislation which is effective and meaningful. The legislation today provides over 700 miles of Within 18 months, achieves operational control over U.S. land and maritime borders, including:

  1. systematic border surveillance through more effective use of personnel and technology; and
  2. physical infrastructure enhancements to prevent unlawful border entry
Defines "operational control" as the prevention of all unlawful U.S. entries, including entries by terrorists, other unlawful aliens, narcotics, and other contraband.

Proponents support voting YES because:

It is obvious there is no more defining issue in our Nation today than stopping illegal immigration. The most basic obligation of any government is to secure the Nation's borders. One issue in which there appears to be a consensus between the Senate and the House is on the issue of building a secure fence. So rather than wait until comprehensive legislation is enacted, we should move forward on targeted legislation which is effective and meaningful. The legislation today provides over 700 miles of

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

Voting YES counts as answer D on AmericansElect question 4;
Voting NO counts as answer A 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 2006-262

Max Baucus YESMT Democratic Sr Senator
Barbara Boxer YESCA Democratic Jr Senator
Robert Byrd YESWV Former Democratic Senator
Maria Cantwell NOWA 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 NOIL Democratic Sr Senator
Russell Feingold NOWI Former Democratic Senator
Dianne Feinstein YESCA Democratic Sr Senator
Tom Harkin YESIA Democratic Jr Senator
Daniel Inouye NOHI Democratic Sr Senator
Tim Johnson YESSD Democratic Sr Senator
John Kerry NOMA Democratic Sr Senator
Mary Landrieu YESLA Democratic Sr Senator
Frank Lautenberg NONJ Democratic Sr Senator
Patrick Leahy NOVT Democratic Sr Senator
Carl Levin NOMI Democratic Sr Senator
Blanche Lambert Lincoln YESAR Former Democratic Senator
Robert Menendez NONJ Democratic Jr Senator; previously Representative
Barbara Mikulski YESMD Democratic Sr Senator
Patty Murray NOWA Democratic Sr Senator
Ben Nelson YESNE 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 NORI Democratic Sr Senator
Harry Reid NONV Democratic Sr Senator
John Rockefeller YESWV Democratic Sr Senator
Ken Salazar NOCO Former Democratic Senator (entered Cabinet, 2009)
Paul Sarbanes NOMD 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 2006-262

Lamar Alexander YESTN Republican Sr Senator
George Allen YESVA Republican Challenger
Robert Bennett YESUT Former Republican Senator
Conrad Burns YESMT Former Republican Senator (MT, 1989-2007)
Richard Burr YESNC Republican Sr Senator; previously Representative
Lincoln Chafee NORI Former Republican Senator (Lost re-election, 2006)
Saxby Chambliss YESGA Republican Sr Senator
Tom Coburn YESOK Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative
Thad Cochran YESMS Republican Sr Senator
Susan Collins YESME Republican Jr Senator
John Cornyn YESTX Republican Jr Senator
Michael Crapo YESID Republican Sr Senator
Jim DeMint YESSC Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative
Mike DeWine YESOH Former Republican Senator (lost re-election, 2006)
John Ensign YESNV Republican Jr Senator
Michael Enzi YESWY Republican Sr Senator
Bill Frist YESTN Former Republican Senator (retired 2006)
Lindsey Graham YESSC Republican Sr Senator
Chuck Grassley YESIA Republican Sr Senator
Orrin Hatch YESUT Republican Sr Senator
James Inhofe YESOK Republican Sr Senator
Johnny Isakson YESGA Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative
Trent Lott YESMS 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 YESKS Republican Sr Senator
Rick Santorum YESPA Former Republican Senator (lost re-election, 2006)
Jeff Sessions YESAL Republican Sr Senator
Richard Shelby YESAL Republican Jr Senator
Olympia Snowe YESME Republican Sr Senator
Jim Talent YESMO Former Republican Jr Senator (MO, 2002-2007)
Craig Thomas YESWY Former Republican Senator (deceased in office 2007)
John Thune YESSD Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative
David Vitter YESLA Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative


Independents voting on 2006-262

Jim Jeffords NOVT 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 21; NO 14
Republicans: YES 35; NO 1
Independents: YES 1; NO 1