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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-S2917 on Apr 24, 2008

Signature Legislation: strengthening sanctions on Syria & assist democratic transition
Source: Syria Accountability and Liberation Act (S2917/HR2332)
A bill to strengthen sanctions against the Government of Syria, to enhance multilateral commitment to address the Government of Syria's threatening policies, to establish a program to support a transition to a democratically-elected government in Syria.
    Syria Accountability and Liberation Act - States that US sanctions, controls, and regulations relating to Syria shall remain in effect until the President certifies that Syria has ceased support for terrorism, has dismantled biological, chemical, or nuclear weapons programs and has committed to combat their proliferation, respects the boundaries and sovereignty of all neighboring countries, and upholds human rights and civil liberties.
  • Imposes specified trade, assistance, and military sanctions, as appropriate, on persons or countries that transfer goods or technology so as to contribute to Syria's biological, chemical, nuclear, or advanced conventional weapons programs.
  • Imposes specified sanctions aimed at Syria's energy sector.
  • Sets forth diplomatic measures intended to isolate the government of Syria.
  • Directs the President to provide assistance to support a democratic transition in Syria. Authorizes appropriations.


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 17. Question 17: Stay out of Iran Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: War & Peace
  • Headline: Strengthen sanctions on Syria & assist democratic transition (Score: -1)
  • Headline 2: Strengthen sanctions on Syria & assist democratic transition (Score: -2)

  • 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-S2917

John Barrow s2oGeorgia Democrat 
Shelley Berkley s2oNevada Democrat (Senate run 2012) 
Leonard Boswell s2oIowa Democrat 
Robert Brady s2oPennsylvania Democrat 
Chris Carney s2oPennsylvania Democrat (Retired 2010) 
Ben Chandler s2oKentucky Democrat 
Steve Cohen s2oTennessee Democrat 
Jim Costa s2oCalifornia Democrat 
Danny Davis s2oIllinois Democrat 
Eliot Engel s2oNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Eni Faleomavaega s2oSamoa Democrat 
Bill Foster s2oIllinois Democrat 
Gabby Giffords s2oArizona Democrat (Resigned 2012) 
Charles Gonzalez s2oTexas Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Gene Green s2oTexas Democrat 
Tim Holden s2oPennsylvania Democrat (Lost 2012 Primary) 
William Jefferson s2oLouisiana Democrat 
Stephanie Tubbs Jones s2oOhio Former Dem. (Deceased, 2008) 
Ron Klein s2oFlorida Former Democrat (until 2010) 
Carolyn Maloney s2oNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Jim Marshall s2oGeorgia Former Democrat (until 2010) 
Michael Michaud s2oMaine Democratic Governor Challenger 
Charles Rangel s2oNew York Dem./Lib./Working-Families 
Mike Ross s2oArkansas Democratic Governor Challenger 
Ed Towns s2oNew York Democrat/Liberal (Retiring) 
Robert Wexler s2oFlorida Democrat (resigned Jan. 2010) 



Republicans participating in 08-S2917

Robert Aderholt s2oAlabama Republican 
Rodney Alexander s2oLouisiana Republican 
Gresham Barrett s2oSouth Carolina Republican (until 2010) 
Gus Bilirakis s2oFlorida Republican 
Rob Bishop s2oUtah Republican 
Marsha Blackburn s2oTennessee Republican 
Roy Blunt s2oMissouri Republican (until 2010) 
Jo Bonner s2oAlabama Republican 
John Boozman s2oAR Republican Jr Senator 
Paul Broun s2oGA Republican Challenger 
Henry Brown s2oSouth Carolina Republican (until 2010) 
Vern Buchanan s2oFlorida Republican 
Michael Burgess s2oTexas Republican 
Dan Burton s2oIndiana Republican (Retiring 2012) 
Steve Buyer s2oIndiana Republican (until 2010) 
Ken Calvert s2oCalifornia Republican 
Dave Camp s2oMichigan Republican 
Chris Cannon s2oUtah Republican 
Eric Cantor s2oVirginia Republican 
Shelley Moore Capito s2oWest Virginia Republican 
John Carter s2oTexas Republican 
Steve Chabot s2oOhio Republican 
John Howard Coble s2oNorth Carolina Republican 
Tom Cole s2oOklahoma Republican 
Mike Conaway s2oTexas Republican 
John Cornyn s1iTX Republican Sr Senator 
Ander Crenshaw s2oFlorida Republican 
Barbara Cubin s2oWyoming Republican (Retiring 2008) 
John Culberson s2oTexas Republican 
David Davis s2oTennessee Republican (Unseated 2008) 
Jo Ann Davis s2oVirginia Republican 
Mario Diaz-Balart s2oFlorida Republican 
John Doolittle s2oCalifornia Republican (Retiring 2008) 
Thelma Drake s2oVirginia Republican (Unseated 2008) 
Phil English s2oPennsylvania Republican (Unseated 2008) 
John Ensign s2oNV Republican Jr Senator 
Mike Ferguson s2oNew Jersey Republican (Retiring 2008) 
Randy Forbes s2oVirginia Republican 
Virginia Foxx s2oNorth Carolina Republican 
Trent Franks s2oArizona Republican 
Rodney Frelinghuysen s2oNew Jersey Republican 
Elton Gallegly s2oCalifornia Republican (Retiring 2012) 
Scott Garrett s2oNew Jersey Republican 
Jim Gerlach s2oPennsylvania Republican 
Phil Gingrey s2oGA Republican Challenger 
Louie Gohmert s2oTexas Republican 
Bob Goodlatte s2oVirginia Republican 
Kay Granger s2oTexas Republican 
Samuel Graves s2oMissouri Republican 
Denny Hastert s2oIllinois Republican (Retired 2007) 
Doc Hastings s2oWashington Republican 
Robin Hayes s2oNorth Carolina Republican (Unseated 2008) 
Dean Heller s2oNevada Republican (Resigned 2011) 
Jeb Hensarling s2oTexas Republican 
Peter Hoekstra s2oMI Republican Challenger 
Duncan Hunter s2oCalifornia Republican (Retiring 2008) 
Bob Inglis s2oSouth Carolina Republican (until 2010) 
Sam Johnson s2oTexas Republican 
Jim Jordan s2oOhio Republican 
Ric Keller s2oFlorida Republican (Unseated 2008) 
Peter King s2oNew York Rep./Ind./Cons./Right-To-Life 
Steve King s2oIowa Republican 
Mark Kirk s2oIL Republican Jr Senator 
John Kline s2oMinnesota Republican 
Joe Knollenberg s2oMichigan Republican (Unseated 2008) 
Randy Kuhl s2oNew York Republican (Unseated 2008) 
Jon Kyl s2oAZ Republican Jr Senator (Retiring) 
Ray LaHood s2oIllinois Republican (Retiring 2008) 
Doug Lamborn s2oColorado Republican 
Steven LaTourette s2oOhio Republican 
Bob Latta s2oOhio Republican 
Frank LoBiondo s2oNew Jersey Republican 
Connie Mack s2oFL Former Republican Senator (until 2000) 
Kenny Marchant s2oTexas Republican 
Michael McCaul s2oTexas Republican 
Thad McCotter s2oMichigan Republican 
Patrick McHenry s2oNorth Carolina Republican 
John McHugh s2oNew York Republican/Conservative 
Buck McKeon s2oCalifornia Republican 
Candice Miller s2oMichigan Republican 
Jeff Miller s2oFlorida Republican 
Tim Murphy s2oPennsylvania Republican 
Marilyn Musgrave s2oColorado Republican (Unseated 2008) 
Sue Myrick s2oNorth Carolina Republican (Retiring 2012) 
Randy Neugebauer s2oTexas Republican 
Devin Nunes s2oCalifornia Republican 
Mike Pence s2oIN Republican Governor 
John Peterson s2oPennsylvania Republican (Retired 2008) 
Todd Platts s2oPennsylvania Republican (Retiring 2012) 
Ted Poe s2oTexas Republican 
Jon Porter s2oNevada Republican (Unseated 2008) 
Tom Price s2oGeorgia Republican 
Deborah Pryce s2oOhio Republican 
Jim Ramstad s2oMinnesota Republican (Retiring 2008) 
Ralph Regula s2oOhio Republican (Retiring 2008) 
Dave Reichert s2oWashington Republican (Governor run 2012) 
Rick Renzi s2oArizona Republican (Retiring 2008) 
Thomas Reynolds s2oNew York Republican (Retiring 2008) 
Hal Rogers s2oKentucky Republican 
Mike Rogers s2oMichigan Republican 
Dana Rohrabacher s2oCalifornia Republican 
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen s1iFlorida Republican 
Paul Ryan s2oPOTUS Republican 
Bill Sali s2oIdaho Republican (Unseated 2008) 
Jim Saxton s2oNew Jersey Republican (Retiring 2008) 
Jean Schmidt s2oOhio Republican (Lost 2012 Primary) 
James Sensenbrenner s2oWisconsin Republican 
Pete Sessions s2oTexas Republican 
John Shadegg s2oArizona Republican 
Christopher Shays s2oConnecticut Republican (Unseated 2008) 
John Shimkus s2oIllinois Republican 
Bill Shuster s2oPennsylvania Republican 
Mike Simpson s2oIdaho Republican 
Christopher Smith s2oNew Jersey Republican 
Lamar Smith s2oTexas Republican 
Mark Souder s2oIndiana Republican (until 2010) 
Cliff Stearns s2oFlorida Republican (Lost 2012 primary) 
Tom Tancredo s2oColorado Republican Governor challenger 
Lee Terry s2oNebraska Republican 
Todd Tiahrt s2oKansas Republican (until 2010) 
Pat Tiberi s2oOhio Republican 
Fred Upton s2oMichigan Republican 
Tim Walberg s2oMichigan Republican 
Greg Walden s2oOregon Republican 
Jim Walsh s2oNew York Rep./Ind. (Retiring 2008) 
Zach Wamp s2oTennessee Republican (until 2010) 
Jerry Weller s2oIllinois Republican (Retiring 2008) 
Lynn Westmoreland s2oGeorgia Republican 
Heather Wilson s2oNew Mexico Republican (Senate 2008) 
Joe Wilson s2oSouth Carolina Republican 
Robert Wittman s2oVirginia Republican 
Don Young s2oAlaska Republican 



Independents participating in 08-S2917

Ginny Brown-Waite s2oFlorida Former GOP (until 2010) 
Lincoln Diaz-Balart s2oFlorida Former GOP (until 2010) 
Tom Feeney s2oFlorida Former GOP 
Luis Fortuno s2oPuerto Rico At-Large (retired 2008) 
Virgil Goode s2oPOTUS Constitution Party Challenger 
John Linder s2oGeorgia Former GOP (until 2010) 
Adam Putnam s2oFlorida Former GOP (until 2010) 
George Radanovich s2oCalifornia Former GOP (until 2010) 
Joe Sestak s2oPA 2010 Democratic Senate Challenger; currently US Rep. 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 26
Republicans: 132
Independents: 9


















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