Economic Recovery Act of 2008

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The Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (S. 3064) was introduced in the Senate on September 26, 2008.[1] The bill sought to make emergency appropriations - to a variety of departments and programs - in hopes of sparking economic growth. On September 26, 2008, a cloture vote to end debate and proceed failed by a vote of 52-42. [1]


Senate action

The bill, which was introduced September 26, 2008, is going to make emergency supplemental appropriations for economic recovery for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2008, and for other purposes. [2]

On its 2008 Senate scorecard, National Journal rated a no vote in roll call vote 206 as "C-3" (Conservative-3). Votes were rated either conservative or liberal and weighted 1 to 3. The scorecard gave the following description:

Limit debate on a bill that includes more than $50 billion for additional unemployment benefits and other economic stimulus spending. September 26. (52-42; 60 votes required for passage because of a unanimous consent agreement)[3]

Same for all scorecards:

Scored vote

Scorecard: AFSCME 2008 Senate Scorecard

Org. position: Aye


"The Senate blocked consideration of the Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (S. 3604), which would have provided $19.6 billion in federal support for state Medicaid programs, $490 million for Byrne Justice Assistance Grants to support state and local law enforcement and additional funds to avert staffing cuts for child support enforcement."

(Original scorecard available at:

Scored vote

Scorecard: League of Conservation Voters 2008 Senate Scorecard

Org. position: Aye


"In recent years, oil companies have pressured government agencies to open up 1.9 million acres in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming to develop oil shale. Development of oil shale requires huge amounts of energy and water resources, a process that produces global warming emissions that far surpass those of conventional fossil fuels. Additionally, the viability of oil shale as an energy source and its further environmental impacts are uncertain. In 2007, Senator Ken Salazar (D-CO) and Representatives John Salazar (D-CO) and Mark Udall (D-CO) worked to institute a 12-month moratorium on leasing lands for oil-shale development, a provision that passed both chambers of Congress and was eventually signed into law. Unfortunately, facing strong opposition to clean energy solutions, this year Congress passed a continuing budget resolution that let the oil shale moratorium expire. To address the growing economic crisis, Senators Harry Reid (D-NV) and Robert Byrd (D-WV) introduced S. 3604, an economic stimulus package. The bill included a provision to extend the moratorium on oil shale development for a second period of 12 months. In addition, the bill provided funding for energy and environment programs, including investments in public transportation, clean energy and energy efficiency, plug-in hybrid vehicles, and home weatherization. On September 26, the Senate rejected the motion to proceed by a 52-42 vote (Senate roll call vote 206). YES is the pro-environment vote."

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See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 OpenCongress, Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009,
  2. Economic Recovery Act, 2008 on [1].
  3. "2008 Vote Ratings - Key Votes Used To Calculate The Ratings", National Journal, February 28, 2009.

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