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    This page contains bill sponsorships in the Senate and House. Bill sponsorships indicate the topics that legislators are most interested in, and spend the most time on.

2007-S185 on Jun 22, 2007

Bill Sponsorship: restoring habeas corpus for detainees in the War on Terror
Source: Habeas Corpus Restoration Act (S.185/H.R.2826)
A bill to restore habeas corpus for those detained by the United States; to the Committee on the Judiciary.

Sen. SPECTER. "I introduce this legislation, denominated the Habeas Corpus Restoration Act. Last year, in the Military Commissions Act, the constitutional right of habeas corpus was attempted to be abrogated. I say "attempted to be abrogated" because, in my legal judgment, that provision in the Act is unconstitutional.

"It is hard to see how there can be legislation to eliminate the constitutional right to habeas corpus when the Constitution is explicit that habeas corpus may not be suspended except in time of invasion or rebellion, and we do not have either of those circumstances present, as was conceded by the advocates of the legislation last year to take away the right of habeas corpus.

"We have had Supreme Court decisions which have made it plain that habeas corpus is available to non-citizens and that habeas corpus applies to territory controlled by the US, specifically, including Guantanamo. More recently, however, we had a decision in the US District Court applying the habeas corpus jurisdiction stripping provision of the Military Commissions Act, but I believe we will see the appellate courts strike down this legislative provision.

"The New York Times had an extensive article on this subject, starting on the front page, last Sunday, and continuing on a full page on the back page about what is happening at Guantanamo. It is hard to see how in America, or in a jurisdiction controlled by the United States, these proceedings could substitute for even rudimentary due process of law."


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 14. Question 14: Maintain US sovereignty from UN Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Homeland Security
  • Headline: Restore habeas corpus for detainees in the War on Terror (Score: -1)

  • 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 2007-S185

Neil Abercrombie s1oHawaii Democrat (Resigned 2010) 
Rob Andrews s1oNew Jersey Democrat 
Tammy Baldwin s1oWI Democratic Challenger 
Jeff Bingaman s1oNM Democratic Sr Senator (Retiring) 
Rick Boucher s1oVirginia Democrat (until 2010) 
Barbara Boxer s1oCA Democratic Jr Senator 
Robert Brady s1oPennsylvania Democrat 
Sherrod Brown s1oOH Democratic Sr Senator 
Robert Byrd s1oWV Former Democratic Senator 
Maria Cantwell s1oWA Democratic Jr Senator 
Benjamin Cardin s1oMaryland Democrat 
Tom Carper s1oDE Democratic Sr Senator 
Kathy Castor s1oFlorida Democrat 
Hillary Clinton s1oNY Former Democratic Senator (NY); now Secretary of State 
Steve Cohen s1oTennessee Democrat 
John Conyers s1oMichigan Democrat 
Joe Courtney s1oConnecticut Democrat 
Elijah Cummings s1oMaryland Democrat 
Susan Davis s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Chris Dodd s1oCT Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2010) 
Richard Durbin s1oIL Democratic Sr Senator 
Keith Ellison s1oMinnesota Democrat 
Russell Feingold s1oPOTUS Democrat 
Dianne Feinstein s1oCA Democratic Sr Senator 
Bob Filner s1oCalifornia Democrat (Mayoral run 2011) 
Gabby Giffords s1oArizona Democrat (Resigned 2012) 
Kirsten Gillibrand s1oNew York Democrat 
Luis Gutierrez s1oIllinois Democrat 
John Hall s1oNew York Former Democrat (until 2010) 
Phil Hare s1oIllinois Democrat (until 2010) 
Tom Harkin s1oIA Democratic Jr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Jane Harman s1oCalifornia Democrat (Resigned 2011) 
Brian Higgins s1oNew York Democrat 
Mike Honda s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Sheila Jackson Lee s1oTexas Democrat 
Hank Johnson s1oGeorgia Democrat 
Ted Kennedy s1oMA Democratic Senator (until 2009) 
John Kerry s1oMA Democratic Sr Senator 
Amy Klobuchar s1oMN Democrat/DFL Sr Senator 
James Langevin s1oRhode Island Democrat 
Rick Larsen s1oWashington Democrat 
Frank Lautenberg s1oNJ Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Patrick Leahy s1oVT Democratic Sr Senator 
Carl Levin s1oMI Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
David Loebsack s1oIowa Democrat 
Zoe Lofgren s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Steve Lynch s1oMassachusetts Democrat (Senate run 2013) 
Carolyn Maloney s1oNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Ed Markey s1oMA Democratic Challenger 
Claire McCaskill s1oMO Democratic Sr Senator; previously state Auditor 
Mike McIntyre s1oNorth Carolina Democrat 
Michael McNulty s1oNew York Dem./Cons. (Retiring 2008) 
Marty Meehan s1oMassachusetts Democrat (Retired 2007) 
Robert Menendez s1oNew Jersey Democrat 
Patrick Joseph Murphy s1oPennsylvania Democrat (until 2010) 
Patty Murray s1oWA Democratic Sr Senator 
Jerrold Nadler s1oNew York Dem./Lib./Working-Families 
Bill Nelson s1oFL Democratic Sr Senator 
Barack Obama s1oIL Former Democratic Senator (until 2008) 
Solomon Ortiz s1oTexas Democrat (Unseated 2010) 
Earl Pomeroy s1oNorth Dakota Democrat (until 2010) 
Mark Pryor s1oAR Democratic Sr Senator 
John Rockefeller s1oWV Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Ken Salazar s1oCO Former Democratic Senator (entered Cabinet, 2009) 
Linda Sanchez s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Bobby Scott s1oVirginia Democrat 
Carol Shea-Porter s1oNew Hampshire Democrat 
Ike Skelton s1pMissouri Democrat (until 2010) 
Louise Slaughter s1oNew York Democrat 
David Adam Smith s1oWashington Democrat 
Vic Snyder s1oArkansas Former Democrat (until 2010) 
Arlen Specter s1pPA Former Democratic incumbent (elected as Republican) 
Debbie Stabenow s1oMI Democratic Jr Senator 
Betty Sutton s1oOhio Democrat 
Ellen Tauscher s1oCalifornia Former Democrat (until 2009) 
Mark Udall s1oCO Democratic Sr Senator; previously Representative 
Debbie Wasserman Schultz s1oFlorida Democrat 
Mel Watt s1oNorth Carolina Democrat 
Sheldon Whitehouse s1oRI Democratic Jr Senator, previously attorney general 



Republicans participating in 2007-S185

Roscoe Bartlett s1oMaryland Republican 
Walter Beaman Jones s1oNorth Carolina Republican 



Independents participating in 2007-S185

Joe Biden s1oDE Vice President 
Bernie Sanders s1oVermont Independent 
Joe Sestak s1oPA 2010 Democratic Senate Challenger; currently US Rep. 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 79
Republicans: 2
Independents: 3


















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