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    This page contains bills sponsored by presidential contenders. Bill sponsorships indicate the topics that legislators are most interested in, and spend the most time on.

05-S1114 on May 24, 2005

Legislation by 2008 Presidential Candidates: establishing drug testing standards for major league sports
Source: Clean Sports Act (S.1114/H.R.2565)
OFFICIAL CONGRESSIONAL SUMMARY: To establish minimum drug testing standards for major professional sports leagues.

SPONSOR'S INTRODUCTORY REMARKS: Sen. McCAIN: The purpose of this bill is to protect the integrity of professional sports and, more importantly, the health and safety of our nation's youth, who, for better or for worse, see professional athletes as role models. The legislation would achieve that goal by establishing minimum standards for the testing of steroids and other performance-enhancing substances by major professional sports leagues. By adhering to--and hopefully exceeding--these minimum standards, major professional sports leagues would send a strong signal to the public that performance-enhancing drugs have no legitimate role in American sports.

Finally, the bill would give the Office of National Drug Control Policy--ONDCP--the ability to add other professional sports leagues as well as certain college sports if the ONDCP were to determine that such additions would prevent the use of performance-enhancing substances by high school, college, or professional athletes.

The need for reforming the drug testing policies of professional sports is clear. However, I introduce this legislation reluctantly. Over a year ago, I stated publicly that the failure of professional sports--and in particular Major League Baseball--to commit to addressing the issue of doping straight on and immediately would motivate Congress to search for legislative remedies. Despite my clear warning and the significant attention that Congress has given to this stain on professional sports, baseball, and other professional leagues have refused to do the right thing.

LEGISLATIVE OUTCOME:Referred to Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation; hearings held (S.Hrg.109-525); never came to a vote.


  • Topic: Drugs
  • Headline: Establish drug testing standards for major league sports
  • Headline 2: Sponsored bill on drug testing for major league sports

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  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 05-S1114

Robert Brady s1oPennsylvania Democrat 
William Lacy Clay s1oMissouri Democrat 
Elijah Cummings s1oMaryland Democrat 
Danny Davis s1oIllinois Democrat 
Steve Lynch s1oMassachusetts Democrat (Senate run 2013) 
Carolyn Maloney s1oNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Eleanor Holmes Norton s1oDistrict of Columbia Democrat 
Major Owens s1oNew York Democrat (until 2007) 
Linda Sanchez s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Henry Waxman s1oCalifornia Democrat 



Republicans participating in 05-S1114

Tom Davis s2pVirginia Republican (Retiring 2008) 
Charles Dent s1oPennsylvania Republican 
Jimmy Duncan s1oTennessee Republican 
Virginia Foxx s1oNorth Carolina Republican 
Chuck Grassley s1oIA Republican Sr Senator 
Kenny Marchant s1oTexas Republican 
John McCain s2pAZ Republican Sr Senator 
John McHugh s1oNew York Republican/Conservative 
Candice Miller s1oMichigan Republican 
Todd Platts s1oPennsylvania Republican (Retiring 2012) 
Christopher Shays s1oConnecticut Republican (Unseated 2008) 
Mark Souder s1oIndiana Republican (until 2010) 
Ted Stevens s2iAK Former Republican Sr Senator 
John Sweeney s1oNew York Republican/Conservative 



Independents participating in 05-S1114

Darrell Issa s1oCA03 Former Initiator of Gubernatorial Recall (2003) 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 10
Republicans: 14
Independents: 1


















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