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109th Congress Legal Reform Scorecard -- U.S. Senate


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Style: Tally Only    Preferred Position    Show Score

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- Did Not Vote A Absent
T Paired Vote Z Presiding
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Sessions, Jeff (R)
Alabama U.S. Senate
100%
Shelby, Richard (R)
Alabama U.S. Senate
100%
Murkowski, Lisa (R)
Alaska U.S. Senate
100%
McCain, John (R)
Arizona U.S. Senate
100%
Pryor, Mark (D)
Arkansas U.S. Senate
57%
Boxer, Barbara (D)
California U.S. Senate
0%
Feinstein, Dianne (D)
California U.S. Senate
- - - 18%
Carper, Thomas (D)
Delaware U.S. Senate
43%
Nelson, Bill (D)
Florida U.S. Senate
29%
Chambliss, Saxby (R)
Georgia U.S. Senate
100%
Isakson, Johnny (R)
Georgia U.S. Senate
100%
Crapo, Mike (R)
Idaho U.S. Senate
100%
Durbin, Richard (D)
Illinois U.S. Senate
0%
Grassley, Chuck (R)
Iowa U.S. Senate
100%
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Harkin, Tom (D)
Iowa U.S. Senate
- 0%
Brownback, Sam (R)
Kansas Governor
100%
Roberts, Pat (R)
Kansas U.S. Senate
- - - 100%
McConnell, Mitch (R)
Kentucky U.S. Senate
100%
Landrieu, Mary (D)
Louisiana U.S. Senate
71%
Vitter, David (R)
Louisiana U.S. Senate
100%
Collins, Susan (R)
Maine U.S. Senate
100%
Mikulski, Barbara (D)
Maryland U.S. Senate
0%
Levin, Carl (D)
Michigan U.S. Senate
7%
Stabenow, Debbie (D)
Michigan U.S. Senate
0%
Dayton, Mark (DFL)
Minnesota Governor
0%
Cochran, Thad (R)
Mississippi U.S. Senate
100%
Reid, Harry (D)
Nevada U.S. Senate
43%
Menendez, Robert (D)
New Jersey U.S. Senate
* * * * * * * * * * * * 0%
Schumer, Charles (D)
New York U.S. Senate
21%
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Burr, Richard (R)
North Carolina U.S. Senate
100%
Coburn, Tom (R)
Oklahoma U.S. Senate
100%
Inhofe, James (R)
Oklahoma U.S. Senate
100%
Wyden, Ron (D)
Oregon U.S. Senate
7%
Chafee, Lincoln (D)
Rhode Island Governor
57%
Reed, Jack (D)
Rhode Island U.S. Senate
7%
Graham, Lindsey (R)
South Carolina U.S. Senate
100%
Johnson, Tim (D)
South Dakota U.S. Senate
71%
Thune, John (R)
South Dakota U.S. Senate
100%
Alexander, Lamar (R)
Tennessee U.S. Senate
100%
Cornyn, John (R)
Texas U.S. Senate
- 100%
Hatch, Orrin (R)
Utah U.S. Senate
100%
Leahy, Patrick (D)
Vermont U.S. Senate
14%
Cantwell, Maria (D)
Washington U.S. Senate
21%
Murray, Patty (D)
Washington U.S. Senate
7%
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Preferred Position: Y N N N Y Y Y N N N Y Y Y Y Score
Rockefeller, Jay (D)
West Virginia U.S. Senate
- 54%
Enzi, Mike (R)
Wyoming U.S. Senate
100%

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Preferred Position: Y N N N Y Y Y N N N Y Y Y Y Score
Baucus, Max 
No longer in office
57%

Symbol Key:
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- Did Not Vote A Absent
T Paired Vote Z Presiding
P Voted PRESENT    

Key:

1 109-1 5: S.5, On the Motion to Table S.Amdt. 5 Class Action Reform (Motion to Table Pryor Amendment). Vote on a motion to table, or reject, a Pryor (D-AR) amendment to class action reform bill S. 5 that would have exempted class action lawsuits brought by attorneys general from any state from the modified civil procedures required under the bill. Motion was tabled and the amendment rejected, 60-39, on Feb. 9, 2005 (Roll No. 5). The NAM opposed the amendment and supported the tabling motion. FLAG POSITION: Yes.

2 109-1 6: S.5, On the Amendment S.Amdt. 2 Class Action Reform (Kennedy Amendment). Vote on a Kennedy (D-MA) amendment to class action reform bill S. 5 that would have amended the definition of class action to exclude cases related to civil rights or the payment of wages. Amendment was rejected 59-40 on Feb. 9, 2005 (Roll No. 6). FLAG POSITION: No.

3 109-1 7: S.5, On the Amendment S.Amdt. 4 Class Action Reform (Feinstein Amendment). Vote on a Feinstein (D-CA) amendment to class action reform bill S. 5 that would have changed the application of state law in certain class action cases. Amendment rejected 61-38 on Feb. 9, 2005 (Roll No. 7). FLAG POSITION: No.

4 109-1 8: S.5, On the Amendment S.Amdt. 12 Class Action Reform (Feingold Amendment). Vote on a Feingold (D-WI) amendment to class action reform bill S. 5 that would have established time limits for action by federal district courts on motions to remand cases that had been moved to federal courts. Rejected 61-37 on Feb. 10, 2005 (Roll No. 8). FLAG POSITION: No.

5 109-1 9: S.5, On Passage of the Bill Class Action Reform (S. 5). Vote on S. 5, the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005. Approved 72-26 on Feb. 10, 2005 (Roll No. 9). The NAM supported the legislation, which would curb trial lawyer "forum shopping" by shifting most major class actions to federal courts, without altering plaintiffs' right to sue. Signed into law (P.L. 109-2) on Feb. 18, 2005. FLAG POSITION: Yes.

6 109-1 206: S.397, On the Cloture Motion Regulation Through Litigation – Gun Liability (Cloture Vote). Vote on a procedural motion requiring 60 votes to limit debate and proceed to final action on gun liability bill S. 397. Approved 66-32 on July 26, 2005 (Roll No. 206). The NAM supported the cloture motion and the underlying bill, which would forestall lawsuits brought with the intent of shutting down a legitimate and legal industry, while allowing those with merit to proceed. FLAG POSITION: Yes.

7 109-1 208: S.397, On the Motion to Table S.Amdt. 1623 Regulation Through Litigation – Gun Liability (Levin Amendment). Vote on a motion to table, or reject, a Levin (D-MI) amendment to gun liability bill S. 397. The amendment would have altered language in the bill prohibiting certain civil liability actions. Tabling motion was approved, and the amendment rejected, 62-37 on July 28, 2005 (Roll No. 208). The NAM supported the tabling motion and opposed the amendment. FLAG POSITION: Yes.

8 109-1 215: S.397, On the Amendment S.Amdt. 1620 Regulation Through Litigation – Gun Liability (Lautenberg Amendment). Vote on a Lautenberg (D-NJ) amendment to gun liability bill S. 397 that would have exempted lawsuits from the bill's liability protections when injuries to children were involved. Rejected 64-25 on July 29, 2005 (Roll No. 215). FLAG POSITION: No.

9 109-1 217: S.297, On the Amendment S.Amdt. 1615 Regulation Through Litigation – Gun Liability (Kennedy Amendment). Vote on a Kennedy (D-MA) amendment to gun liability bill S. 397 that would have significantly expanded the bill's definition of armor piercing ammunition. Rejected 64-31 on July 29, 2005 (Roll No. 217). FLAG POSITION: No.

10 109-1 218: S.397, On the Amendment S.Amdt. 1642 Regulation Through Litigation – Gun Liability (Reed Substitute). Vote on a Reed (D-RI) substitute amendment to gun liability bill S. 397. Rejected 63-33 on July 29, 2005 (Roll No. 218). FLAG POSITION: No.

11 109-1 219: S.397, On Passage of the Bill Regulation Through Litigation – Gun Liability (S. 397) Vote on S. 397, the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. Approved 65-31 on July 29, 2005 (Roll No. 219). The NAM supported the bill, which would forestall lawsuits brought with the intent of shutting down a legitimate and legal industry, while allowing those with merit to proceed. Signed into law (P.L. 109-92) on Oct. 26, 2005. FLAG POSITION: Yes.

12 109-1 245: N/A, On the Nomination of John G. Roberts, Jr., of Maryland, to be Chief Justice of the United States Selecting Qualified, Pro-Business Judges (Judge John Roberts). Vote on the nomination of John Roberts, Jr., to be Chief Justice of the United States. Approved 78-22 on Sept. 29, 2005. The NAM formed the Judicial Review Committee (JRC) in early 2005 to actively review nominations to the federal courts. The overwhelming majority of federal cases involve issues that impact manufacturing, including contract law, employment law, regulatory policy, property rights and others. It is imperative that we have judges who understand these issues and their importance to the U.S. economy. NAM POSITION: Yes.

13 109-2 1: N/A, On the Cloture Motion Selecting Qualified, Pro-Business Judges (Cloture Vote on Judge Samuel Alito). Vote on a procedural (cloture) motion, requiring 60 affirmative votes, to limit debate on the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court. Approved 72-25 on Jan. 30, 2006 (Roll No. 1). The NAM supported the Alito nomination and this cloture vote, which prevented opponents from filibustering the nomination. NAM POSITION: Yes.

14 109-2 2: N/A, On the Nomination of Samuel A. Alito, Jr., of New Jersey, to be an Associate Justice Selecting Qualified, Pro-Business Judges (Confirmation of Judge Samuel Alito). Vote on the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court. Approved 58-42 on Jan. 31, 2006 (Roll No. 2). The NAM's Judicial Review Committee recommended supporting the Alito nomination. NAM POSITION: Yes.


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