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Vote number 2007-235 comprehensive immigration reform
on Jun 28, 2007 regarding bill S.1639 McCain-Kennedy Immigration Reform Bill
Results: Cloture Motion rejected, 46-53

    Establishes specified benchmarks which must be met before the guest worker and legalization programs may be initiated:
  1. operational control of the border with Mexico;
  2. Border Patrol increases;
  3. border barriers, including vehicle barriers, fencing, radar, and aerial vehicles;
  4. detention capacity for illegal aliens apprehended crossing the US-Mexico border;
  5. workplace enforcement, including an electronic employment verification system; and
  6. Z-visa alien processing.

Proponents recommend voting YES because:

If we do not legislate now, we will not legislate later this year when our calendar is crowded with Iraq and appropriations bills. We are then an election year, and it will be pushed over to 2009. Circumstances will not be better then, they will be worse.

A vote against cloture is a vote to kill the bill. A Senator may vote for cloture and then express himself in opposition to the bill by voting against the bill.

Opponents recommend voting NO because:

If this bill becomes law, we will see only a 13% reduction in illegal immigration into America, and in the next 20 years we will have another 8.7 million illegals in our country. How can that be reformed? I submit this would be a disaster.

The Congressional telephone systems have shut down because of the mass phone calls Congress is receiving. A decent respect for the views of the American people says let's stop here now. Let's go back to the drawing board and come up with a bill that will work.

The American people get it, and they do have common sense and wisdom on this issue. They know repeating the fundamental mistakes of the 1986 bill, joining a big amnesty with inadequate enforcement, will cause the problem to grow and not diminish. They know promising enforcement after 30 years of broken promises isn't good enough. They know the so-called trigger is a joke because if the trigger is never pulled, the Z visas, the amnesty happens forever.

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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 2007-235

Max Baucus NOMT Democratic Sr Senator
Barbara Boxer YESCA Democratic Jr Senator
Sherrod Brown NOOH Democratic Sr Senator
Robert Byrd NOWV Former Democratic Senator
Maria Cantwell YESWA Democratic Jr Senator
Benjamin Cardin YESMD Democratic Jr Senator, previously Representative
Tom Carper YESDE 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 YESCA Democratic Sr Senator
Tom Harkin NOIA Democratic Jr Senator
Daniel Inouye YESHI Democratic Sr Senator
Ted Kennedy YESMA Former Democrat Senator (until 2009)
John Kerry YESMA Democratic Sr Senator
Amy Klobuchar YESMN Democrat/DFL Sr Senator
Mary Landrieu NOLA 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
Claire McCaskill NOMO Democratic Sr Senator; previously state Auditor
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 NOAR Democratic Sr Senator
Jack Reed YESRI Democratic Sr Senator
Harry Reid YESNV Democratic Sr Senator
John Rockefeller NOWV Democratic Sr Senator
Ken Salazar YESCO Former Democratic Senator (entered Cabinet, 2009)
Charles Schumer YESNY Democratic Sr Senator
Arlen Specter YESPA Former Democratic incumbent (elected as Republican)
Debbie Stabenow NOMI Democratic Jr Senator
Jon Tester NOMT Democratic Jr Senator
Sheldon Whitehouse YESRI Democratic Jr Senator, previously attorney general
Ron Wyden YESOR Democratic Sr Senator


Republicans voting on 2007-235

Lamar Alexander NOTN Republican Sr Senator
John Barrasso NOWY Republican Jr Senator
Robert Bennett YESUT Former Republican Senator
Richard Burr NONC Republican Sr Senator; previously Representative
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
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 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 YESMS 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
Jeff Sessions NOAL Republican Sr Senator
Richard Shelby NOAL Republican Jr Senator
Olympia Snowe YESME Republican Sr Senator
John Thune NOSD Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative
David Vitter NOLA Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative


Independents voting on 2007-235

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



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Democrats: YES 29; NO 11
Republicans: YES 6; NO 24
Independents: YES 1; NO 1