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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-S2899 on Apr 22, 2008

Signature Legislation: studying & addressing suicides among veterans
Source: Veterans Suicide Study Act (S.2899/H.R.4204)
Veterans Suicide Study Act - Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs conduct a study to determine the number of veterans who have committed suicide between January 1, 1997, and the date of the enactment of this Act. Congress makes the following findings:
  • Suicide among the veteran population is a serious problem.
  • There is lack of information on the number of veterans who commit suicide each year.
  • Study Required- The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall conduct a study to determine the number of veterans who have committed suicide between January 1, 1997 and the date of the enactment of this Act.
  • Coordination- In carrying out the study, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall coordinate with the Secretary of Defense; Veterans Service Organizations; and States' public health offices and veterans agencies.
  • Report to Congress- Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall submit to Congress a report on the study and the findings of the Secretary.


  • Topic: Homeland Security
  • Headline: Study & address suicides among veterans
  • Headline 2: Study & address suicides among veterans

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  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
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  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 08-S2899

Jason Altmire s2oPennsylvania Democrat (Lost 2012 Primary) 
Joe Baca s2oCalifornia Democratic Challenger 
Tammy Baldwin s2oWI Democratic Challenger 
John Barrow s2oGeorgia Democrat 
Melissa Bean s2oIllinois Democrat (Unseated 2010) 
Shelley Berkley s2oNevada Democrat (Senate run 2012) 
Earl Blumenauer s2oOregon Democrat 
Leonard Boswell s1iIowa Democrat 
Allen Boyd s2oFlorida Former Democrat (until 2010) 
Nancy Boyda s2oKansas Democrat (Unseated 2008) 
Bruce Braley s2oIA Democratic Challenger 
Emmanuel Cleaver s2oMissouri Democrat 
Steve Cohen s2oTennessee Democrat 
John Conyers s2oMichigan Democrat 
Danny Davis s2oIllinois Democrat 
Bill Delahunt s2oMassachusetts Democrat (until 2010) 
Joe Donnelly s2oIN Democratic Challenger 
Chet Edwards s2oTexas Former Democrat (until 2010) 
Keith Ellison s2oMinnesota Democrat 
Bob Etheridge s2oNorth Carolina Democrat (Unseated 2010) 
Sam Farr s2oCalifornia Democrat 
Russell Feingold s2oPOTUS Democrat 
Bob Filner s2oCalifornia Democrat (Mayoral run 2011) 
Barney Frank s2oMassachusetts Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Al Green s2oTexas Democrat 
Raul Grijalva s2oArizona Democrat 
Phil Hare s2oIllinois Democrat (until 2010) 
Tom Harkin s1iIA Democratic Jr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Stephanie Herseth s2oSouth Dakota Democratic (until 2010) 
Baron Hill s2oIndiana Democrat (until 2010) 
Tim Holden s2oPennsylvania Democrat (Lost 2012 Primary) 
Eddie Bernice Johnson s2oTexas Democrat 
Steve Kagen s2oWI Former Democratic challenger (2012) 
Patrick Kennedy s2oRhode Island Democrat (until 2010) 
John Kerry s2oMA Democratic Sr Senator 
Amy Klobuchar s2oMN Democrat/DFL Sr Senator 
David Loebsack s2oIowa Democrat 
Zoe Lofgren s2oCalifornia Democrat 
Carolyn Maloney s2oNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Jim Marshall s2oGeorgia Former Democrat (until 2010) 
Doris Matsui s2oCalifornia Democrat 
Betty McCollum s2oMinnesota Democrat 
Jim McDermott s2oWashington Democrat 
Michael Michaud s2oMaine Democratic Governor Challenger 
Barbara Mikulski s2oMD Democratic Sr Senator 
Brad Miller s2oNorth Carolina Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Harry Mitchell s2oArizona Former Democrat (until 2010) 
Dennis Moore s2oKansas Democrat (until 2010) 
James Moran s2oVirginia Democrat 
Patrick Joseph Murphy s2oPennsylvania Democrat (until 2010) 
Patty Murray s2oWA Democratic Sr Senator 
Grace Napolitano s2oCalifornia Democrat 
Barack Obama s2oIL Former Democratic Senator (until 2008) 
Ed Perlmutter s2oColorado Democrat 
Collin Peterson s2oMinnesota Democrat/Farmer/Labor 
Silvestre Reyes s2oTexas Democrat 
Mike Ross s2oArkansas Democratic Governor Challenger 
Bobby Rush s2oIllinois Democrat 
Jan Schakowsky s2oIllinois Democrat 
Adam Schiff s2oCalifornia Democrat 
Bobby Scott s2oVirginia Democrat 
Jose Serrano s2oNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Heath Shuler s2oNorth Carolina Democrat (retiring 2012) 
Debbie Stabenow s2oMI Democratic Jr Senator 
Pete Stark s2oCalifornia Democrat 
Betty Sutton s2oOhio Democrat 
Jon Tester s2oMT Democratic Jr Senator 
Mike Thompson s2oCalifornia Democrat 
Ed Towns s2oNew York Democrat/Liberal (Retiring) 
Mark Udall s2oCO Democratic Sr Senator; previously Representative 
Chris Van Hollen s2oMaryland Democrat 
Tim Walz s2oMinnesota Democrat 
Debbie Wasserman Schultz s2oFlorida Democrat 
Diane Watson s2oCalifornia Former Democrat (until 2010) 
Peter Welch s2oVermont Democrat 



Republicans participating in 08-S2899

Chuck Grassley s2oIA Republican Sr Senator 
Michael McCaul s2oTexas Republican 



Independents participating in 08-S2899

Brad Ellsworth s2oIN 2010 Democratic Challenger 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 75
Republicans: 2
Independents: 1


















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