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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-SR583 on Jun 4, 2008

Signature Legislation: celebrating the recovery of the bald eagle
Source: x (S.RES.583)
A resolution designating June 20, 2008, as "American Eagle Day", and celebrating the recovery and restoration of the bald eagle, the national symbol of the United States.
  • Whereas, on June 20, 1782, the bald eagle was officially designated as the national emblem of the US by the founding fathers at the Second Continental Congress;
  • Whereas the bald eagle is the central image of the Great Seal of the United States; and is displayed in the official seal of many branches and departments of the Federal Government;
  • Whereas the bald eagle is an inspiring symbol of the spirit of freedom; and the democracy of the United States;
  • Whereas the habitat of bald eagles exists only in North America;
  • Whereas, by 1963, the population of bald eagles that nested in the lower 48 States had declined to approximately 417 nesting pairs;
  • Whereas, due to the dramatic decline in the population of bald eagles in the lower 48 States, the Secretary of the Interior listed the bald eagle as an endangered species;
  • Whereas caring and concerned citizens of the United States banded together to save bald eagles;
  • Whereas, by 2006, the population of bald eagles that nested in the lower 48 States had increased to approximately 7,000 nesting pairs;
  • Whereas, on June 28, 2007, the Secretary of the Interior removed the bald eagle from the list of threatened species;
  • Whereas, on January 15, 2008, the Secretary of the Treasury issued 3 limited edition bald eagle commemorative coins;
  • Resolved, That the Senate designates June 20, 2008, as 'American Eagle Day'; and
  • encourages the citizens of the United States to observe American Eagle Day with appropriate ceremonies and other activities.
  • Legislative Outcome: Related bills: H.RES.341, H.RES.1247, S.RES.146; passed Senate, by Unanimous Consent, 6/5/2008.


    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: Celebrate the recovery of the bald eagle (Score: -2)
  • Headline 2: Celebrate the recovery of the bald eagle (Score: -2)

    Participating counts on AmericansElect question 8.
  • Headline: Celebrate the recovery of the bald eagle (Answer: D)
  • Headline 2: Celebrate the recovery of the bald eagle (Answer: D)
  • 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-SR583

Barbara Boxer s2oCA Democratic Jr Senator 
Robert Byrd s2oWV Former Democratic Senator 
Steve Cohen s2oTennessee Democrat 
Dianne Feinstein s2oCA Democratic Sr Senator 
Ted Kennedy s2oMA Democratic Senator (until 2009) 
Mary Landrieu s2oLA Democratic Sr Senator 
Charles Schumer s2oNY Democratic Sr Senator 
Arlen Specter s2oPA Former Democratic incumbent (elected as Republican) 
John Tanner s2oTennessee Democrat (until 2010) 



Republicans participating in 08-SR583

Lamar Alexander s1iTN Republican Sr Senator 
Wayne Allard s2oCO Former Republican Senator (retired 2008) 
Marsha Blackburn s2oTennessee Republican 
Norm Coleman s2oMN Former Republican Senator; lost court battle, 2009 
Bob Corker s2oTN Republican Jr Senator 
Michael Crapo s2oID Republican Sr Senator 
David Davis s1iTennessee Republican (Unseated 2008) 
Jimmy Duncan s2oTennessee Republican 
Phil English s2oPennsylvania Republican (Unseated 2008) 
Chuck Grassley s2oIA Republican Sr Senator 
Judd Gregg s2oNH Republican Sr Senator (retiring 2010) 



Independents participating in 08-SR583



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 9
Republicans: 11
Independents: 0


















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