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07-S2257 on Oct 29, 2007

Legislation by 2008 Presidential Candidates: imposing sanctions and an import ban on Burma
Source: Burma Democracy Promotion Act (S.2257 & S.2172)
A bill to impose sanctions on officials of the State Peace and Development Council in Burma, to prohibit the importation of gemstones and hardwoods from Burma, & to promote a coordinated international effort to restore civilian democratic rule to Burma.

(The two Senate versions currently differ in wording). The Saffron Revolution Support Act states that it is U.S. policy to:

  1. support the democratic aspirations of Burma's people;
  2. condemn the repression carried out by the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC); and
  3. hold accountable individuals responsible for the repression of peaceful political activity in Burma.
Directs the President to submit to the appropriate congressional committees a list of:
  1. SPDC officials who play or have played a substantial role in political repression in Burma or in the commission of human rights abuses;
  2. Subjects persons so identified to U.S. entry prohibition and financial sanctions.
  3. Amends the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act of 2003 to prohibit the importation into the US of Burmese gems, teak, or other hardwood timber.
  4. Prohibits any U.S. person or corporation from investing in Burma.

Introductory statement by Sponsor:

Sen. McCAIN. The world has reacted with horror and revulsion at the Burmese junta's recent brutal crackdown against peaceful demonstrators. In crushing the Saffron Revolution, killing hundreds and jailing thousands, including countless Buddhist monks, the junta has left no doubt about its blatant disregard for basic human decency. We, as Americans, stand on the side of freedom, not fear; of peace, not violence; and of the millions in Burma who aspire to a better life, not those who would keep them isolated and oppressed. Our response must go beyond statements of condemnation, and the time to act is now. This legislation imposes meaningful and effective punitive action against the cruel, thuggish, and illegitimate Burmese government.


  • Topic: Foreign Policy
  • Headline: Impose sanctions and an import ban on Burma

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Democrats participating in 07-S2257

Barbara Boxer s1oCA Democratic Jr Senator 
Sherrod Brown s1oOH Democratic Sr Senator 
Chris Dodd s1oCT Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2010) 
Richard Durbin s1oIL Democratic Sr Senator 
Dianne Feinstein s1oCA Democratic Sr Senator 
Tim Johnson s1oSD Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
John Kerry s1oMA Democratic Sr Senator 
Patrick Leahy s1oVT Democratic Sr Senator 
Blanche Lambert Lincoln s1oAR Former Democratic Senator 
Barbara Mikulski s1oMD Democratic Sr Senator 
Bill Nelson s1oFL Democratic Sr Senator 



Republicans participating in 07-S2257

Richard Burr s1oNC Republican Sr Senator; previously Representative 
Susan Collins s1oME Republican Sr Senator 
John Ensign s1oNV Republican Jr Senator 
Chuck Hagel s1oNE Former Republican Senator (retired 2008) 
Kay Bailey Hutchison s1oTX Republican Sr Senator (Retiring) 
James Inhofe s1oOK Republican Sr Senator 
Jon Kyl s1oAZ Republican Jr Senator (Retiring) 
John McCain s1pAZ Republican Sr Senator 
Mitch McConnell s1oKY Republican Sr Senator 
Lisa Murkowski s1oAK Republican Sr Senator 
Gordon Harold Smith s1oOR Former Republican Senator (lost re-election, 2008) 
Olympia Snowe s1oME Republican Sr Senator 
John Sununu s1oNew Hampshire Republican 



Independents participating in 07-S2257

Joe Biden s1pDE Vice President 
Elizabeth Dole s1oNC Former Cabinet Member (Labor Sec'y) and Senator 
Joseph Lieberman s1oCT Independent Sr Senator; Gore's VP nominee (Retiring) 
Bernie Sanders s1oVermont Independent 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 11
Republicans: 13
Independents: 4


















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