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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-S3202 on Jun 26, 2008

Signature Legislation: opening the Outer Continental Shelf for oil & gas leasing
Source: Gas Price Reduction Act (S.3202)
A bill to address record high gas prices at the pump, and for other purposes. The Gas Price Reduction Act amends the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) to prescribe procedures for petition, by the governor of a state with a new producing area within the offshore administrative boundaries beyond the state's submerged land, to make the new producing area available for oil and gas leasing.

Repeals the prohibition against funding: (1) regulations regarding a commercial leasing program for oil shale resources on public lands; or (2) an oil shale lease sale.

  • Instructs the Secretary of Energy to: (1) expand and accelerate research and development efforts for advanced batteries; and (2) implement a direct loan program for up to 30% of the costs of advanced battery production.
  • Expresses the sense of the Senate that the federal government should implement policies to increase federal purchases of plug-in electric drive vehicles.
  • Report to Congress on the international regime for regulating trading in energy commodity futures and derivatives.


      Participating counts on VoteMatch question 18. Question 18: Prioritize green energy Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
    • Topic: Energy & Oil
    • Headline: Open the Outer Continental Shelf for oil & gas leasing (Score: -2)
    • Headline 2: Open the Outer Continental Shelf for oil & gas leasing (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-S3202

    Arlen Specter s2oPA Former Democratic incumbent (elected as Republican) 



    Republicans participating in 08-S3202

    Lamar Alexander s2oTN Republican Sr Senator 
    Wayne Allard s2oCO Former Republican Senator (retired 2008) 
    John Barrasso s2oWY Republican Jr Senator 
    Robert Bennett s2oUT Former Republican Senator 
    Kit Bond s2oMO Republican Sr Senator (retiring 2010) 
    Sam Brownback s2oKS Republican Governor 
    Jim Bunning s2oKY Republican Jr Senator (retiring 2010) 
    Richard Burr s2oNC Republican Sr Senator; previously Representative 
    Saxby Chambliss s2oGA Republican Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
    Tom Coburn s2oOK Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 
    Thad Cochran s2oMS Republican Sr Senator 
    Norm Coleman s2oMN Former Republican Senator; lost court battle, 2009 
    Bob Corker s2oTN Republican Jr Senator 
    John Cornyn s2oTX Republican Sr Senator 
    Larry Craig s2oID Former Republican Senator (until 2008) 
    Michael Crapo s2oID Republican Sr Senator 
    Jim DeMint s2oSC Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 
    Pete Domenici s2oNM Former Republican Senator (retired 2008) 
    John Ensign s2oNV Republican Jr Senator 
    Michael Enzi s2oWY Republican Sr Senator 
    Lindsey Graham s2oSC Republican Sr Senator 
    Chuck Grassley s2oIA Republican Sr Senator 
    Judd Gregg s2oNH Republican Sr Senator (retiring 2010) 
    Orrin Hatch s2oUT Republican Sr Senator 
    Kay Bailey Hutchison s2oTX Republican Sr Senator (Retiring) 
    James Inhofe s2oOK Republican Sr Senator 
    Johnny Isakson s2oGA Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 
    Jon Kyl s2oAZ Republican Jr Senator (Retiring) 
    Richard Lugar s2oIN Republican Sr Senator 
    Mitch McConnell s1iKY Republican Sr Senator 
    Lisa Murkowski s2oAK Republican Sr Senator 
    Pat Roberts s2oKS Republican Sr Senator 
    Jeff Sessions s2oAL Republican Sr Senator 
    Richard Shelby s2oAL Republican Jr Senator 
    Ted Stevens s2oAK Former Republican Sr Senator 
    John Sununu s2oNew Hampshire Republican 
    John Thune s2oSD Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 
    David Vitter s2oLA Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 
    George Voinovich s2oOH Republican Sr Senator (retiring 2010) 
    John Warner s2oVA Former Republican Senator (retired 2008) 
    Roger Wicker s2oMississippi Republican (Senate 2008) 



    Independents participating in 08-S3202

    Elizabeth Dole s2oNC Former Cabinet Member (Labor Sec'y) and Senator 
    Mel Martinez s2oFL Former GOP Senator (resigned 2009); previously HUD Secy. 



    Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

    Democrats: 1
    Republicans: 41
    Independents: 2


















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