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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-SR584 on Jun 4, 2008

Signature Legislation: recognizing Juneteenth as historical end of slavery
Source: S.RES.584
A resolution recognizing the historical significance of Juneteenth Independence Day and expressing that history should be regarded as a means for understanding the past and solving the challenges of the future.

Recognizes the historical significance to the nation, and supports the continued celebration, of Juneteenth Independence Day (June 19, 1865, the day Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, with news that the Civil War had ended and that the enslaved African Americans were free). Declares the sense of Congress that:

  1. history should be regarded as a means for understanding the past and solving the challenges of the future; and
  2. the celebration of the end of slavery is an important and enriching part of the history and heritage of the United States.
Legislative Outcome: House versions are H.CON.RES.155 and H.RES.1237; related Senate resolution S.RES.584 counts for sponsorship. Resolution agreed to in Senate, by Unanimous Consent.


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 2. Question 2: Legally require hiring women & minorities Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Civil Rights
  • Headline: Recognize Juneteenth as historical end of slavery (Score: 1)
  • Headline 2: Recognize Juneteenth as historical end of slavery (Score: 2)

  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
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  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 08-SR584

Daniel Akaka s2oHI Democratic Jr Senator (Retiring) 
Joe Baca s2oCalifornia Democratic Challenger 
Shelley Berkley s2oNevada Democrat (Senate run 2012) 
Howard Berman s2oCalifornia Democrat 
Marion Berry s2oArkansas Former Democrat (until 2010) 
Jeff Bingaman s2oNM Democratic Sr Senator (Retiring) 
Sanford Bishop s2oGeorgia Democrat 
Leonard Boswell s2oIowa Democrat 
Barbara Boxer s2oCA Democratic Jr Senator 
Nancy Boyda s2oKansas Democrat (Unseated 2008) 
Robert Brady s2oPennsylvania Democrat 
Corrine Brown s2oFlorida Democrat 
Sherrod Brown s2oOH Democratic Sr Senator 
Benjamin Cardin s2oMaryland Democrat 
Andre Carson s2oIndiana Democrat 
Julia Carson s2oIndiana Former Dem. (Deceased 2008) 
William Lacy Clay s2oMissouri Democrat 
Emmanuel Cleaver s2oMissouri Democrat 
Hillary Clinton s2oNY Former Democratic Senator (NY); now Secretary of State 
Steve Cohen s2oTennessee Democrat 
John Conyers s2oMichigan Democrat 
Jim Cooper s2oTennessee Democrat 
Elijah Cummings s2oMaryland Democrat 
Artur Davis s2oAlabama Former Democrat (until 2010) 
Danny Davis s1iIllinois Democrat 
Chris Dodd s2oCT Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2010) 
Lloyd Doggett s2oTexas Democrat 
Mike Doyle s2oPennsylvania Democrat 
Richard Durbin s1iIL Democratic Sr Senator 
Keith Ellison s2oMinnesota Democrat 
Chaka Fattah s2oPennsylvania Democrat 
Russell Feingold s2oPOTUS Democrat 
Bob Filner s2oCalifornia Democrat (Mayoral run 2011) 
Charles Gonzalez s2oTexas Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Bart Gordon s2oTennessee Democrat (until 2010) 
Al Green s2oTexas Democrat 
Gene Green s2oTexas Democrat 
Raul Grijalva s2oArizona Democrat 
Luis Gutierrez s2oIllinois Democrat 
Phil Hare s2oIllinois Democrat (until 2010) 
Alcee Hastings s2oFlorida Democrat 
Maurice Hinchey s2oNew York Dem/Working-Fam.(Retired 2012) 
Ruben Hinojosa s2oTexas Democrat 
Mazie Hirono s2oHawaii Democrat (Senate run 2012) 
Tim Holden s2oPennsylvania Democrat (Lost 2012 Primary) 
Rush Holt s2oNew Jersey Democrat 
Mike Honda s2oCalifornia Democrat 
Jesse Louis Jackson s2oIllinois Democrat (Resgined 2013) 
Sheila Jackson Lee s2oTexas Democrat 
Eddie Bernice Johnson s2oTexas Democrat 
Hank Johnson s2oGeorgia Democrat 
Stephanie Tubbs Jones s2oOhio Former Dem. (Deceased, 2008) 
Ted Kennedy s2oMA Democratic Senator (until 2009) 
John Kerry s2oMA Democratic Sr Senator 
Dale Kildee s2oMichigan Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Carolyn Kilpatrick s2oMichigan Democrat (until 2010) 
Dennis Kucinich s2oOhio Democrat (Lost 2012 Primary) 
Nicholas Lampson s2oTexas Democrat (Unseated 2008) 
Mary Landrieu s2oLA Democratic Sr Senator 
Tom Lantos s2oCalifornia Former Democrat (until 2008) 
Frank Lautenberg s2oNJ Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Patrick Leahy s2oVT Democratic Sr Senator 
Barbara Lee s2oCalifornia Democrat 
Carl Levin s2oMI Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
John Lewis s2oGeorgia Democrat 
Blanche Lambert Lincoln s2oAR Former Democratic Senator 
David Loebsack s2oIowa Democrat 
Zoe Lofgren s2oCalifornia Democrat 
Carolyn Maloney s2oNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Claire McCaskill s2oMO Democratic Sr Senator; previously state Auditor 
Betty McCollum s2oMinnesota Democrat 
Jim McDermott s2oWashington Democrat 
Gregory Meeks s2oNew York Dem./Working-Families 
Robert Menendez s2oNew Jersey Democrat 
Barbara Mikulski s2oMD Democratic Sr Senator 
Brad Miller s2oNorth Carolina Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Dennis Moore s2oKansas Democrat (until 2010) 
Gwen Moore s2oWisconsin Democrat 
James Moran s2oVirginia Democrat 
Jerrold Nadler s2oNew York Dem./Lib./Working-Families 
Eleanor Holmes Norton s2oDistrict of Columbia Democrat 
Barack Obama s2oIL Former Democratic Senator (until 2008) 
Bill Pascrell s2oNew Jersey Democrat 
Donald Payne s2oNew Jersey Former Democrat(Deceased 2012) 
Mark Pryor s2oAR Democratic Sr Senator 
Charles Rangel s2oNew York Dem./Lib./Working-Families 
Harry Reid s2oNV Democratic Sr Senator 
Silvestre Reyes s2oTexas Democrat 
Mike Ross s2oArkansas Democratic Governor Challenger 
Dutch Ruppersberger s2oMaryland Democrat 
Bobby Rush s2oIllinois Democrat 
Tim Ryan s2oOhio Democrat 
Linda Sanchez s2oCalifornia Democrat 
Jan Schakowsky s2oIllinois Democrat 
Adam Schiff s2oCalifornia Democrat 
Charles Schumer s2oNY Democratic Sr Senator 
Bobby Scott s2oVirginia Democrat 
David Scott s2oGeorgia Democrat 
Jose Serrano s2oNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Vic Snyder s2oArkansas Former Democrat (until 2010) 
Debbie Stabenow s2oMI Democratic Jr Senator 
Betty Sutton s2oOhio Democrat 
Bennie Thompson s2oMississippi Democrat 
Ed Towns s2oNew York Democrat/Liberal (Retiring) 
Mark Udall s2oCO Democratic Sr Senator; previously Representative 
Chris Van Hollen s2oMaryland Democrat 
Debbie Wasserman Schultz s2oFlorida Democrat 
Lynn Woolsey s2oCalifornia Democrat (Retiring 2012) 



Republicans participating in 08-SR584

Sam Brownback s2oKS Republican Governor 
Thad Cochran s2oMS Republican Sr Senator 



Independents participating in 08-SR584

Donna Christensen s2oVirgin Islands - 
Brad Ellsworth s2oIN 2010 Democratic Challenger 
Joseph Lieberman s2oCT Independent Sr Senator; Gore's VP nominee (Retiring) 
Bernie Sanders s2oVermont Independent 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 108
Republicans: 2
Independents: 4


















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