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Vote number 2007-174 eliminating the "Y" nonimmigrant guestworker program
on May 22, 2007 regarding bill S.Amdt.1153 on S.1348 Dorgan Amendment
Results: Amendment Rejected, 31-64

Proponents recommend voting YES because:

This legislation says we wish to add something called guest workers or temporary workers. With guest workers, working Americans would discover there is no opportunity for upward mobility at their job. In fact, every day their employers are trying to find ways to push down wages, eliminate retirement, and eliminate health care. What has happened in this country, with what is called the "new global economy," is dramatic downward pressure on income for American workers. The guest worker program provides that 400,000 people will be able to come in to assume jobs in our country per year--adding to the 12 million illegal immigrants already here.

Opponents recommend voting NO because:

I certainly concur about the need to secure our borders, about the need to have a workable immigration system, and the need for reform that ensures the rule of law is restored in the US. Where I differ is in the belief that we can actually achieve these goals if we have no ability for temporary workers to come to the country. This amendment would eliminate the temporary worker program from this bill.

Now, there are several reasons why a temporary worker program, within certain constraints, is a good idea. The first reason is because it will help to relieve the magnet for illegal immigration. The reason most of the people are crossing our border illegally is to get employment. There are jobs available for them. Some people say this is work Americans will not do. That is actually not true. But there are not enough American citizens to do all of the work that needs to be done. So naturally the law of supply and demand sets in here. People come across the border illegally, and they take that work. What we want to do is both close the border, but also eliminate the magnet for illegal employment here, because the reality is desperate people will always try to find some way to get into the country.

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Voting NO counts for 0 points on VoteMatch question 12:
Illegal immigrants earn citizenship;
Voting YES counts for 0 points on VoteMatch question 12.


Democrats voting on 2007-174

Max Baucus YESMT Democratic Sr Senator
Barbara Boxer YESCA Democratic Jr Senator
Sherrod Brown YESOH Democratic Sr Senator
Robert Byrd YESWV Former Democratic Senator
Maria Cantwell NOWA Democratic Jr Senator
Benjamin Cardin NOMD Democratic Jr Senator, previously Representative
Tom Carper NODE Democratic Sr Senator
Bob Casey YESPA Democratic Sr Senator; previously state treasurer
Hillary Clinton YESNY Former Democratic Senator (NY); now Secretary of State
Richard Durbin YESIL Democratic Sr Senator
Russell Feingold YESWI Former Democratic Senator
Dianne Feinstein NOCA Democratic Sr Senator
Tom Harkin YESIA Democratic Jr Senator
Daniel Inouye YESHI Democratic Sr Senator
Ted Kennedy NOMA Former Democrat Senator (until 2009)
John Kerry NOMA Democratic Sr Senator
Amy Klobuchar NOMN Democrat/DFL 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 NOAR Former Democratic Senator
Claire McCaskill YESMO Democratic Sr Senator; previously state Auditor
Robert Menendez NONJ Democratic Jr Senator; previously Representative
Barbara Mikulski NOMD Democratic Sr Senator
Patty Murray YESWA Democratic Sr Senator
Ben Nelson YESNE Democratic Sr Senator
Bill Nelson NOFL Democratic Sr Senator
Mark Pryor NOAR Democratic Sr Senator
Jack Reed YESRI Democratic Sr Senator
Harry Reid YESNV Democratic Sr Senator
John Rockefeller YESWV Democratic Sr Senator
Ken Salazar NOCO Former Democratic Senator (entered Cabinet, 2009)
Arlen Specter NOPA Former Democratic incumbent (elected as Republican)
Debbie Stabenow YESMI Democratic Jr Senator
Jon Tester YESMT Democratic Jr Senator
Sheldon Whitehouse YESRI Democratic Jr Senator, previously attorney general
Ron Wyden NOOR Democratic Sr Senator


Republicans voting on 2007-174

Lamar Alexander NOTN Republican Sr Senator
Robert Bennett NOUT Former Republican Senator
Richard Burr NONC Republican Sr Senator; previously Representative
Saxby Chambliss NOGA Republican Sr Senator
Tom Coburn YESOK Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative
Thad Cochran NOMS Republican Sr Senator
Susan Collins NOME Republican Jr Senator
Bob Corker NOTN Republican Jr Senator
John Cornyn NOTX Republican Jr Senator
Michael Crapo NOID Republican Sr Senator
Jim DeMint NOSC Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative
John Ensign NONV Republican Jr Senator
Michael Enzi NOWY Republican Sr Senator
Lindsey Graham NOSC 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 NOIN Republican Sr Senator
Mitch McConnell NOKY Republican Sr Senator
Lisa Murkowski NOAK Republican Sr Senator
Pat Roberts NOKS Republican Sr Senator
Jeff Sessions NOAL Republican Sr Senator
Richard Shelby NOAL Republican Jr Senator
Olympia Snowe NOME Republican Sr Senator
Craig Thomas NOWY Former Republican Senator (deceased in office 2007)
John Thune NOSD Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative
David Vitter YESLA Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative


Independents voting on 2007-174

Mel Martinez NOFL Former GOP Senator (resigned 2009); previously HUD Secy.
Bernie Sanders YESVT Independent Jr Senator, previously Representative



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Democrats: YES 23; NO 15
Republicans: YES 2; NO 27
Independents: YES 1; NO 1