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Vote number 2008-150 tax incentives for energy production and conservation
on Jun 17, 2008 regarding bill HR6049 Renewable Energy and Job Creation Act
Results: Cloture Motion Rejected, 52-44 (3/5 needed)

OnTheIssues.org Explanation:A "Cloture Motion" would end debate on the bill, and then allow a vote on passage. This motion failed (3/5ths of the Senators must vote YEA), based on objections of how the new incentives would be paid for.Congressional Summary:A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide Tax incentives for energy production and conservation, to extend certain expiring provisions, and to provide individual income tax relief.
  • TITLE I--ENERGY TAX INCENTIVES
  • Sec. 102. Production credit for electricity produced from marine renewables.
  • Sec. 104. Credit for residential energy efficient property.
  • Sec. 106. New clean renewable energy bonds.
  • Part II--Carbon Mitigation Provisions
  • Sec. 112. Expansion and modification of coal gasification investment credit.
  • Sec. 115. Carbon audit of the tax code.
  • Sec. 121. Inclusion of cellulosic biofuel in bonus depreciation for biomass ethanol plant property.
  • Sec. 122. Credits for biodiesel and renewable diesel.
  • Sec. 124. Credit for new qualified plug-in electric drive motor vehicles.
  • Sec. 127. Transportation fringe benefit to bicycle commuters.
  • Sec. 146. Qualified green building and sustainable design projects.Opponents argument for voting NAY:Sen. SPECTER: H.R. 6049 would revive important tax provisions that expired at the end of 2007 and extend provisions that are set to expire at the end of 2008. I support extension of the R&D tax credit, the renewable energy tax incentives, and many other important provisions in this package.

    Despite the positive elements of this legislation, the main sticking point is whether temporary extensions of tax relief should be offset with permanent tax increases elsewhere. The White House issued a statement recommending a Presidential veto of this bill in its current form. [Vote NAY to] allow the Senate to work its will and pass legislation that can be quickly signed by the President.

Categorized under Energy & Oil

Voting YES counts for 2 points on VoteMatch question 18:
Replace coal & oil with alternatives;
Voting NO counts for -2 points on VoteMatch question 18.


Democrats voting on 2008-150

Max Baucus YESMT Democratic Sr Senator
Barbara Boxer YESCA Democratic Jr Senator
Sherrod Brown YESOH Democratic Sr Senator
Robert Byrd YESWV Former Democratic Senator
Maria Cantwell YESWA Democratic Jr Senator
Benjamin Cardin YESMD Democratic Jr Senator, previously Representative
Tom Carper YESDE Democratic Sr Senator
Bob Casey YESPA Democratic Sr Senator; previously state treasurer
Richard Durbin YESIL Democratic Sr Senator
Russell Feingold YESWI Former Democratic Senator
Dianne Feinstein YESCA Democratic Sr Senator
Tom Harkin YESIA Democratic Jr Senator
Daniel Inouye YESHI Democratic Sr Senator
Tim Johnson YESSD Democratic Sr Senator
John Kerry YESMA Democratic Sr Senator
Amy Klobuchar YESMN Democrat/DFL Sr Senator
Mary Landrieu YESLA Democratic Sr Senator
Frank Lautenberg YESNJ Democratic Sr Senator
Patrick Leahy YESVT Democratic Sr Senator
Carl Levin YESMI Democratic Sr Senator
Blanche Lambert Lincoln YESAR Former Democratic Senator
Claire McCaskill YESMO Democratic Sr Senator; previously state Auditor
Robert Menendez YESNJ Democratic Jr Senator; previously Representative
Barbara Mikulski YESMD Democratic Sr Senator
Patty Murray YESWA Democratic Sr Senator
Ben Nelson YESNE Democratic Sr Senator
Bill Nelson YESFL Democratic Sr Senator
Mark Pryor YESAR Democratic Sr Senator
Jack Reed YESRI Democratic Sr Senator
Harry Reid NONV Democratic Sr Senator
John Rockefeller YESWV Democratic Sr Senator
Ken Salazar YESCO Former Democratic Senator (entered Cabinet, 2009)
Charles Schumer YESNY Democratic Sr Senator
Arlen Specter NOPA Former Democratic incumbent (elected as Republican)
Debbie Stabenow YESMI Democratic Jr Senator
Jon Tester YESMT Democratic Jr Senator
Sheldon Whitehouse YESRI Democratic Jr Senator, previously attorney general
Ron Wyden YESOR Democratic Sr Senator


Republicans voting on 2008-150

Lamar Alexander NOTN Republican Sr Senator
John Barrasso NOWY Republican Jr Senator
Robert Bennett NOUT Former Republican Senator
Richard Burr NONC Republican Sr Senator; previously Representative
Saxby Chambliss NOGA Republican Sr Senator
Tom Coburn NOOK Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative
Thad Cochran NOMS Republican Sr Senator
Susan Collins YESME Republican Jr Senator
Bob Corker YESTN Republican Jr Senator
John Cornyn NOTX Republican Jr Senator
Michael Crapo NOID Republican Sr Senator
Jim DeMint NOSC Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative
John Ensign NONV Republican Jr Senator
Michael Enzi NOWY Republican Sr Senator
Lindsey Graham NOSC Republican Sr Senator
Chuck Grassley NOIA Republican Sr Senator
Orrin Hatch NOUT Republican Sr Senator
James Inhofe NOOK Republican Sr Senator
Johnny Isakson NOGA Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative
Richard Lugar NOIN Republican Sr Senator
Mitch McConnell NOKY Republican Sr Senator
Lisa Murkowski NOAK Republican Sr Senator
Pat Roberts NOKS Republican Sr Senator
Jeff Sessions NOAL Republican Sr Senator
Richard Shelby NOAL Republican Jr Senator
Olympia Snowe YESME Republican Sr Senator
John Thune NOSD Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative
David Vitter NOLA Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative
Roger Wicker NOMS Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative


Independents voting on 2008-150

Mel Martinez NOFL Former GOP Senator (resigned 2009); previously HUD Secy.
Bernie Sanders YESVT Independent Jr Senator, previously Representative



Total votes recorded by OnTheIssues:

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Democrats: YES 36; NO 2
Republicans: YES 3; NO 26
Independents: YES 1; NO 1