National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008

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The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 (H.R.4986) was a bill in the 110th Congress "to amend title XXI of the Social Security Act to extend and improve the Children's Health Insurance Program, and for other purposes.” (Official title)[1]

Contents

Current status


Bill summary

  • Allows the President to grant immunity to Iraq for certain cases brought in U.S. courts for money damages due to state sponsored terrorism if the immunity is deemed to be in the national security interest of the U.S. and it will promote the reconstruction of Iraq (Sec. 1083).[2]
  • Increases the basic monthly pay for members of the uniformed services by 3.5 percent starting January 1, 2008 (Sec. 601).[2]
  • Permits veterans who are 100 percent disabled to receive all of both their retirement pay and their disability pay (Sec. 642).[2]
  • Provides that drugs prescribed under the TRICARE pharmaceutical program will be treated as a part of the Department of Defense procurement, and that these drugs are then subject to the pricing restrictions applicable to the procurement of drugs by federal agencies (Sec. 703).[2]
  • Establishes the National Security Personnel System as a human resources management system for the Department of Defense, and requires that this system allows employees to practice collective bargaining through labor organizations of their own choosing (Sec. 1106).[2]
  • Provides that the Inspector General of the Department of Defense and Inspectors General for Iraq Reconstruction and Afghanistan Reconstruction shall develop plans for auditing contracts made by the Department of Defense and other federal agencies (Sec. 842).[2]
  • Authorizes $187.14 billion for Iraq and Afghanistan operations.[2]

Key votes

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Scored vote

Scorecard: American Conservative Union 2007 Senate Scorecard

Org. position: Nay

Description:

"The Senate voted to stop debate and vote on an amendment establishing a special category of crime if it was based on the victim's race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender or disability. ACU opposes efforts to criminalize thought"

(Original scorecard available at: http://www.acuratings.org/)

Scored vote

Scorecard: Americans for Democratic Action 2007 Senate Scorecard

Org. position: Aye

Description:

"Motion to invoke cloture on the Kennedy (D-MA) amendment to Levin (D-MI) legislation... The Kennedy amendment would make violent crimes that cause bodily harm based on the victim’s race, color, religion or national origin punishable by a fine and up to 10 years in prison, and punishable by a life sentence if the victim dies, is kidnapped or subjected to aggravated sexual abuse. It also would create the same penalties for crimes motivated by gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability."

(Original scorecard available at: http://www.adaction.org/pages/publications/voting-records.php)

Scored vote

Scorecard: Family Research Council 2007-2008 Senate Scorecard

Org. position: Nay

Description:

"Sponsored by Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA), this thought crimes amendment (No. 3035) to the Department of Defense Authorization would establish federal “hate crimes” for certain violent acts based on the actual or perceived race, religion, disability, gender identity or sexual orientation of any person."

(Original scorecard available at http://www.frcaction.org/get.cfm?i=VR08I01

Scored vote

Scorecard: National Journal 2007 Senate Scorecard

Org. position: Aye

Description:

"Limit debate on a measure funding the prosecution of hate crimes. September 27. (60-39; 60 votes required to invoke cloture)"

(Original scorecard available at http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings/senate_votes.htm


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Scorecard: National Journal 2007 House Scorecard

Org. position: {{{Vote position 1}}}

Description:

"Bar the use of military funds for contingency operations in Iran. May 16. (202-216)"

(Original scorecard available at: http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings/house_votes.htm)


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Scorecard: National Journal 2007 House Scorecard

Org. position: {{{Vote position 1}}}

Description:

"Require the Pentagon to report on Cold War weapons systems. May 16. (119-303)"

(Original scorecard available at: http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings/house_votes.htm)


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Scorecard: National Journal 2007 House Scorecard

Org. position: {{{Vote position 1}}}

Description:

"Reduce missile defense funding by $1.1 billion. May 17. (127-299)"

(Original scorecard available at: http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings/house_votes.htm)


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Scorecard: National Journal 2007 House Scorecard

Org. position: {{{Vote position 1}}}

Description:

"Increase missile defense funding by $764 million. May 17. (199-226)"

(Original scorecard available at: http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings/house_votes.htm)


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Scorecard: National Journal 2007 House Scorecard

Org. position: {{{Vote position 1}}}

Description:

"Require the Pentagon to submit a report on the transfer of all detainees from Guantanamo. May 17. (220-208)"

(Original scorecard available at: http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings/house_votes.htm)


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Scored vote

Scorecard: American Civil Liberties Union 2007 House Scorecard

Org. position: Aye

Description:

"On May 17, 2007, the House defeated, by a vote of 199 to 229, an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 1585) that would have required the videotaping of interrogations of detainees being held by the Department of Defense. Additionally, the amendment would have mandated that human rights officials be allowed access to detainees. The ACLU supported the Holt Amendment because it took important steps to return accountability and the rule of law to the federal government's interrogation and detention policies."

(Original scorecard available at: {{{Scorecard source 1}}})

Scored vote

Scorecard: National Journal 2007 House Scorecard

Org. position: {{{Vote position 2}}}

Description:

"Require the Pentagon to videotape interrogations of detainees. May 17. (199-229)"

(Original scorecard available at: http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings/house_votes.htm)


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Scored vote

Scorecard: National Journal 2007 Senate Scorecard

Org. position: Nay

Description:

"Limit debate on a measure requiring longer rest periods for U.S. troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. July 11. (56-41; 60 votes required to invoke cloture)"

(Original scorecard available at: http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings/senate_votes.htm)


U.S. Senates record vote 243, 110th Congress, Session 1


U.S. Senates record vote 252, 110th Congress, Session 1


On its 2007 House scorecard, National Journal rated a no vote in roll call vote 340 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 measure to provide more due process rights to detainees of the U.S. government. September 19. (56-43; 60 votes required to invoke cloture) [3]

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Scored vote

Scorecard: American Civil Liberties Union 2007 Senate Scorecard

Org. position: Aye

Description:

"On September 19, 2007, a majority of the Senate (56-43) supported restoring habeas corpus rights to those being detained without charge by the United States. However, this amount fell a few votes short of the sixty needed to invoke cloture and allow consideration of the Specter-Leahy Amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 1585). The ACLU supported this amendment because it would have restored the fundamental constitutional due process right of habeas corpus that was stripped away by the Military Commissions Act of 2006."

(Original scorecard available at: http://action.aclu.org/site/VoteCenter?page=voteList)



On its 2007 House scorecard, National Journal rated a no vote in roll call vote 341 as "C-3" (Conservative-3). Votes were rated either conservative or liberal and weighted 1 to 3. The scorecard gave the following description:
Require longer rest periods for U.S. troops sent to war. September 19. (56-44; 60 votes required because of a unanimous consent agreement) [4]



On its 2007 House scorecard, National Journal rated a no vote in roll call vote 344 as "C-2" (Conservative-2). Votes were rated either conservative or liberal and weighted 1 to 3. The scorecard gave the following description:
Condemn personal attacks on Gen. David Petraeus, U.S. commander in Iraq. September 20. (72-25; 60 votes required because of a unanimous consent agreement)[5]



On its 2007 House scorecard, National Journal rated a no vote in roll call vote 345 as "C-2" (Conservative-2). Votes were rated either conservative or liberal and weighted 1 to 3. The scorecard gave the following description:
Require U.S. combat troops to withdraw from Iraq within 90 days. September 20. (28-70; 60 votes required because of a unanimous consent agreement)[6]


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Scored vote

Scorecard: National Journal 2007 Senate Scorecard

Org. position: Nay

Description:

"Set a timeline for most U.S. troops to withdraw from Iraq within nine months. September 21. (47-47; 60 votes required because of a unanimous consent agreement)"

(Original scorecard available at: http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings/senate_votes.htm)


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Scored vote

Scorecard: National Journal 2007 Senate Scorecard

Org. position: Aye

Description:

"Express the sense of Congress that Iraq should be divided into Shiite, Kurdish, and Sunni federal regions. September 26. (75-23; 60 votes required because of a unanimous consent agreement)"

(Original scorecard available at: http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings/senate_votes.htm)


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Scored vote

Scorecard: National Journal 2007 Senate Scorecard

Org. position: Aye

Description:

"Express the sense of the Senate that the Iranian revolutionary guard should be designated a terrorist organization. September 26. (76-22; 60 votes required because of a unanimous consent agreement)"

(Original scorecard available at: http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings/senate_votes.htm)

  • Vote to pass a bill that sets authorization limits for Defense appropriations in fiscal year 2008 at $688.60 billion.[2]




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Scored vote

Scorecard: American Civil Liberties Union 2008 House Scorecard

Org. position: Aye

Description:

"On June 25, 2009, the House passed, by a vote of 224-193, an anti-torture amendment offered by Representative Rush Holt (D-NJ) to the National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 2647) that would require the recording and retention of videos of interrogations of persons under the control of the Department of Defense, or being held at Defense Department facilities. The amendment would bring interrogations into line with recommended best practices for both military and law enforcement interrogations, increasing accountability for compliance with the McCain Anti-Torture Amendment, President Obama's Executive Order prohibiting torture and abuse, the Army Field Manual on Interrogations and other federal anti-torture laws and treaties. The ACLU supported the Holt Amendment because it takes important and needed steps in returning accountability and the rule of law to the federal government's interrogation and detention policies."

(Original scorecard available at: http://action.aclu.org/site/VoteCenter?page=voteList)

Articles and resources

See also

References

  1. OpenCongress’ info page on Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 (H.R. 4986).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Project Vote Smart’s info page on Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 (H.R. 4986).
  3. "2007 Vote Ratings, National Journal, March 7, 2008.
  4. "2007 Vote Ratings, National Journal, March 7, 2008.
  5. "2007 Vote Ratings, National Journal, March 7, 2008.
  6. "2007 Vote Ratings, National Journal, March 7, 2008.
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