Power and Politics - I am Not the Yellow Peril

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Wednesday, June 06, 2007

ROLL CALL: English is now the national language of the US Govt?

WOW. This slipped under the radar of the NYTimes and the AP. An amendment by Inhofe (R-OK) to make English the national language of the United States. And another amendment to strengthen English by Salazar (D-Colorado.)

Just like before, pres. candidates in bold, those voting against party starred.

Inhofe Amdt. No. 1151; To amend title 4, United States Code, to declare English as the national language of the Government of the United States, and for other purposes.

YEAs ---64
Alexander (R-TN)
Allard (R-CO)
*Baucus (D-MT)
Bennett (R-UT)
Bond (R-MO)
Brownback (R-KS)
Bunning (R-KY)
Burr (R-NC)
*Byrd (D-WV)
*Cardin (D-MD)
*Carper (D-DE)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Coleman (R-MN)
Collins (R-ME)
*Conrad (D-ND)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Craig (R-ID)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC)
Dole (R-NC)
*Dorgan (D-ND)
Ensign (R-NV)
Enzi (R-WY)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Gregg (R-NH)
Hagel (R-NE)
Hatch (R-UT)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
*Klobuchar (D-MN)
Kyl (R-AZ)
*Landrieu (D-LA)
Lincoln (D-AR)
Lott (R-MS)
Lugar (R-IN)
Martinez (R-FL)
McCain (R-AZ)
*McCaskill (D-MO)
McConnell (R-KY)
*Mikulski (D-MD)
Murkowski (R-AK)
*Nelson (D-FL)
*Nelson (D-NE)
*Pryor (D-AR)
Roberts (R-KS)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Smith (R-OR)
Snowe (R-ME)
Specter (R-PA)
Stevens (R-AK)
Sununu (R-NH)
*Tester (D-MT)
Thune (R-SD)
Vitter (R-LA)
Voinovich (R-OH)
Warner (R-VA)
*Webb (D-VA)
*Wyden (D-OR)
NAYs ---33
Akaka (D-HI)
Bayh (D-IN)
Biden (D-DE)
Bingaman (D-NM)
Boxer (D-CA)
Brown (D-OH)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Casey (D-PA)
Clinton (D-NY)
Domenici (R-NM)
Durbin (D-IL)
Feingold (D-WI)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Harkin (D-IA)
Inouye (D-HI)
Kennedy (D-MA)
Kerry (D-MA)
Kohl (D-WI)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Leahy (D-VT)
Levin (D-MI)
Lieberman (ID-CT)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Murray (D-WA)
Obama (D-IL)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Salazar (D-CO)
Sanders (I-VT)
Schumer (D-NY)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Whitehouse (D-RI)
Not Voting - 2
Dodd (D-CT)
Johnson (D-SD)

Wow. Not sure what some progressive stalwarts like Amy Klobuchar, James Webb, Jon Tester are doing voting for this crappy bill. Wow, I officially feel sick, nauseated by the lack of backbone that the US Senate has. That some so-called progressive Senators have. I feel pretty betrayed by the faith that so many people have in the system, and I want to wash my hands of all electoral politics for the evening. I guess you could say that this is the last straw. I don't want this bill. I don't want this bill passed at all, i don't want it with its poisonous sides (amendments), I don't want it with green eggs or ham. I hope this bill dies.

Salazar Amdt. No. 1384; To preserve and enhance the role of the English language.

YEAs ---58
Akaka (D-HI)
Baucus (D-MT)
Bayh (D-IN)
*Bennett (R-UT)
Biden (D-DE)
Bingaman (D-NM)
Boxer (D-CA)
Brown (D-OH)
Brownback (R-KS)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Cardin (D-MD)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Clinton (D-NY)
*Coleman (R-MN)
*Collins (R-ME)
Conrad (D-ND)
*Domenici (R-NM)
Dorgan (D-ND)
Durbin (D-IL)
Feingold (D-WI)
Feinstein (D-CA)
*Hagel (R-NE)
Harkin (D-IA)
Inouye (D-HI)
Kennedy (D-MA)
Kerry (D-MA)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Kohl (D-WI)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Leahy (D-VT)
Levin (D-MI)
Lieberman (ID-CT)
Lincoln (D-AR)
*Lugar (R-IN)
McCaskill (D-MO)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Mikulski (D-MD)
*Murkowski (R-AK)
Murray (D-WA)
Nelson (D-FL)
Nelson (D-NE)
Obama (D-IL)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Salazar (D-CO)
Sanders (I-VT)
Schumer (D-NY)
*Snowe (R-ME)
8Specter (R-PA)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Tester (D-MT)
Warner (R-VA)
Webb (D-VA)
Whitehouse (D-RI)
Wyden (D-OR)
NAYs ---39
Alexander (R-TN)
Allard (R-CO)
Bond (R-MO)
Bunning (R-KY)
Burr (R-NC)
*Byrd (D-WV)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Craig (R-ID)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC)
Dole (R-NC)
Ensign (R-NV)
Enzi (R-WY)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Gregg (R-NH)
Hatch (R-UT)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Kyl (R-AZ)
Lott (R-MS)
Martinez (R-FL)
McCain (R-AZ)
McConnell (R-KY)
*Pryor (D-AR)
Roberts (R-KS)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Smith (R-OR)
Stevens (R-AK)
Sununu (R-NH)
Thune (R-SD)
Vitter (R-LA)
Voinovich (R-OH)
Not Voting - 2
Dodd (D-CT)
Johnson (D-SD)

Guessing from how partisan the voting was, this was probably the softball amendment that is intended to somewhat ameliorate Inhofe's amendment. But the roll call won't link to the full text of the amendment until a few days later, since they only voted tonight.

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