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    This page contains bills sponsored by incumbent Senators who are running for re-election in 2008, plus House incumbents running for Senate in 2008. Bill sponsorships indicate the topics that legislators are most interested in, and spend the most time on. These bills are selected as the "signature issue" that each legislator focused on.

08-S2844 on Apr 10, 2008

Signature Legislation: grants for beach water pollution under Clean Water Act
Source: Beach Protection Act (S.2844)
Beach Protection Act of 2008 - Amends the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (popularly known as the Clean Water Act) to include among eligible grant activities the development and implementation of programs for source tracking, sanitary surveys, and prevention efforts to address the identified sources of beach water pollution. Requires grant recipients to identify:
  1. the use of a rapid testing method;
  2. measures for communication within 24 hours of the results of a water sample concerning pollutants to specified officials with authority to require the prevention or treatment of the sources of beach water pollution;
  3. measures to develop and implement a beach water pollution source identification and tracking program for the coastal recreation waters that are not meeting applicable water quality standards for pathogens; and
  4. a publicly accessible and searchable global information system database with information updated within 24 hours of its availability, organized by beach and with defined standards, sampling plan, monitoring protocols, sampling results, and number and cause of beach closing and advisory days.
  5. Legislative Outcome: Related bills: H.R.2537, S.1506. Senate Reports: 110-414.


      Participating counts on VoteMatch question 8. Question 8: Human needs over animal rights Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
    • Topic: Environment
    • Headline: Grants for beach water pollution under Clean Water Act (Score: -1)
    • Headline 2: Grants for beach water pollution under Clean Water Act (Score: -1)

      Participating counts on AmericansElect question 8.
    • Headline: Grants for beach water pollution under Clean Water Act (Answer: C)
    • Headline 2: Grants for beach water pollution under Clean Water Act (Answer: C)
    • AmericansElect Quiz Question 8 on Environment: Which of the following statements comes closest to your personal view?
      • A: Natural resources exist for the benefit of humanity
      • B: Natural resources exist for the benefit of humanity, but should be somewhat protected
      • C: Natural resources should be mostly protected, but also exist for the benefit of humanity
      • D: Natural resources exist on their own and should be completely protected
      • E: Unsure


    • Key for participation codes:
    • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
    • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
    • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
    • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
    • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



    Democrats participating in 08-S2844

    Gary Ackerman s2oNew York Dem./Ind./Lib. (Retiring 2012) 
    Howard Berman s2oCalifornia Democrat 
    Timothy Bishop s2oNew York Democrat 
    Sherrod Brown s2oOH Democratic Sr Senator 
    Lois Capps s2oCalifornia Democrat 
    Benjamin Cardin s2oMaryland Democrat 
    Hillary Clinton s2oNY Former Democratic Senator (NY); now Secretary of State 
    Bill Delahunt s2oMassachusetts Democrat (until 2010) 
    Rosa DeLauro s2oConnecticut Democrat 
    Richard Durbin s2oIL Democratic Sr Senator 
    Anna Eshoo s2oCalifornia Democrat 
    Bob Filner s2oCalifornia Democrat (Mayoral run 2011) 
    Jane Harman s2oCalifornia Democrat (Resigned 2011) 
    Alcee Hastings s2oFlorida Democrat 
    Brian Higgins s2oNew York Democrat 
    Steve Israel s2oNew York Democrat 
    Steve Kagen s2oWI Former Democratic challenger (2012) 
    John Kerry s2oMA Democratic Sr Senator 
    Ron Klein s2oFlorida Former Democrat (until 2010) 
    Amy Klobuchar s2oMN Democrat/DFL Sr Senator 
    Frank Lautenberg s1iNJ Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
    Zoe Lofgren s2oCalifornia Democrat 
    Nita Lowey s2oNew York Democrat 
    Carolyn Maloney s2oNew York Democrat/Liberal 
    Doris Matsui s1iCalifornia Democrat 
    Carolyn McCarthy s2oNew York Dem./Ind./Working-Families 
    Mike McIntyre s2oNorth Carolina Democrat 
    Gregory Meeks s2oNew York Dem./Working-Families 
    Robert Menendez s2oNew Jersey Democrat 
    George Miller s2oCalifornia Democrat 
    Solomon Ortiz s2oTexas Democrat (Unseated 2010) 
    Frank Pallone s1iNew Jersey Democrat 
    Steven Rothman s2oNew Jersey Democrat 
    Linda Sanchez s2oCalifornia Democrat 
    Loretta Sanchez s2oCalifornia Democrat 
    Jan Schakowsky s2oIllinois Democrat 
    Charles Schumer s2oNY Democratic Sr Senator 
    Jose Serrano s2oNew York Democrat/Liberal 
    Carol Shea-Porter s2oNew Hampshire Democrat 
    David Adam Smith s2oWashington Democrat 
    Debbie Stabenow s2oMI Democratic Jr Senator 
    Henry Waxman s2oCalifornia Democrat 
    Anthony Weiner s2oNew York Former Democrat(Resigned 2011) 
    Robert Wexler s2oFlorida Democrat (resigned Jan. 2010) 
    Sheldon Whitehouse s2oRI Democratic Jr Senator, previously attorney general 



    Republicans participating in 08-S2844

    Peter King s2oNew York Rep./Ind./Cons./Right-To-Life 
    Mark Kirk s2oIL Republican Jr Senator 
    Jim Saxton s2oNew Jersey Republican (Retiring 2008) 
    Christopher Smith s2oNew Jersey Republican 
    George Voinovich s2oOH Republican Sr Senator (retiring 2010) 
    John Warner s2oVA Former Republican Senator (retired 2008) 



    Independents participating in 08-S2844

    Donna Christensen s2oVirgin Islands - 
    Joseph Lieberman s2oCT Independent Sr Senator; Gore's VP nominee (Retiring) 
    Joe Sestak s2oPA 2010 Democratic Senate Challenger; currently US Rep. 



    Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

    Democrats: 45
    Republicans: 6
    Independents: 3


















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