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Alternative Minimum Tax Relief Act of 2008 +Allow the Senate to proceed to a bill authorizing $14 billion in government loans to domestic automobile manufacturers. December 11. (52-35; 60 votes required to invoke cloture. Reid voted no so that he could subsequently move to reconsider the vote.)

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Budget resolution FY2009 +Increase income taxes for millionaires and use the extra money for special education, low-income energy assistance, Head Start, and other programs, Adopt the Democrats' fiscal 2009 budget resolution

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CPSC Reform Act of 2008 +Kill a House-passed measure with less stringent consumer product safety rules than a Senate committee alternative. March 4. (57-39)
Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 2008 +Require an annual report on federal land ownership. April 10.
Consumer Product Safety Modernization Act +Pass a bill overhauling the Consumer Product Safety Commission and setting tougher consumer product safety rules. March 6.
Consumer-First Energy Act of 2008 +Allow the Senate to proceed to a bill raising taxes on oil and gas companies and directing the funds to renewable energy. June 10. (51-43; 60 votes required to invoke cloture. Reid voted no so that he could subsequently move to reconsider the vote.)

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Disabled Veterans Insurance Improvement Act of 2007 +Eliminate $221 million in new benefits for Filipino veterans of World War II. April 24. (41-56)

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Employment discrimination legislation (U.S.) +Limit debate on a measure expanding women's right to sue for wage discrimination. April 23. (56-42; 60 votes required to invoke cloture. Reid voted no so that he could subsequently move to reconsider the vote.)
Energy and Tax Extenders Act of 2008 +Extend numerous expiring tax provisions, including for renewable fuels, with budgetary offsets. May 21. (263-160), Offset a reduction in the alternative minimum tax with tax increases on businesses. September 23. (53-42; 60 votes required for passage because of a unanimous consent agreement)

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FISA Amendments Act of 2008 +Eliminate a proposal to grant retroactive legal immunity to telecommunications companies that assisted with government surveillance, Pass an overhaul of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, including retroactive legal immunity for telecommunications companies.
FY 2009 Defense Department authorization +Allow the Senate to proceed to the fiscal 2009 Defense authorization bill. July 31. (51-39; 60 votes required to invoke cloture. Reid voted no so that he could subsequently move to reconsider the vote.), Boost funding for missile defense programs, Limit debate on the fiscal 2009 Defense authorization bill.
FY 2009 U.S. federal budget +Adopt the Democrats' fiscal 2009 budget resolution, Extend some of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts and limit the estate tax., Create a mechanism to offset reductions in the alternative minimum tax with tax hikes or spending cuts,
Farm Bill Extension Act of 2007 +Waive spending rules pending against the farm bill. May 15. (62-34; 60 votes required to waive earmark rules)
Federal Railroad Safety Improvement Act of 2007 +Pass a measure increasing safety regulations on the railroad industry. October 1. (74-24)
Federal housing and mortgage legislation (U.S.) +Kill an amendment allowing bankruptcy judges to adjust mortgage terms, Provide mortgage relief, including a line of credit for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
Flood Insurance Reform and Modernization Act of 2007 +Waive budget rules against forgiving debt under the flood insurance program. May 8. (70-26; 60 votes required to waive the Budget Act), Expand offshore drilling, drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and clean-coal technology development. May 13. (42-56; 60 votes required for passage because of a unanimous consent agreement)
Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 Amendments Act of 2008 +Pass an overhaul of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, including retroactive legal immunity for telecommunications companies., Table a Democratic plan overhauling the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that would restrict government authority and allow lawsuits against telecommunications companies that support such surveillance. January 24. (60-36), Sequester communications of people in the United States obtained by surveillance agencies for review by independent overseers. February 7. (40-56),
Free Flow of Information Act of 2007 +Allow the Senate to proceed to a bill limiting government power to compel journalists to reveal sources. July 30. (51-43; 60 votes required to invoke cloture. Reid voted no so that he could subsequently move to reconsider the vote.)

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Global AIDS programs (U.S.) +Kill an amendment restricting global AIDS program funds to countries that were already eligible to receive the funding and blocking funding related to abortions., Sunset global AIDS programs after several years and an independent assessment., Set up an independent inspector general office for global AIDS programs.,

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H.R. 2881 FAA Reauthorization Act of 2007 (Cloture). Roll Call 115. +Limit debate on legislation reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration that raises fuel taxes on general aviation. May 6. (49-42; 60 votes required to invoke cloture. Reid voted no so that he could subsequently move to reconsider the vote.)

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Indian Health Care Improvement Act Amendments of 2007 +Provide American Indians with vouchers for health insurance., Bar Indian Health Service funding for gun buy-back programs., Bar Indian Health Service funding for abortions.
Intelligence Authorization Act for FY 2008 +Approve the conference report on the fiscal 2008 intelligence authorization bill, including a provision prohibiting interrogation techniques not authorized by the Army field manual.

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Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2007 +Limit debate on a measure expanding women's right to sue for wage discrimination. April 23. (56-42; 60 votes required to invoke cloture. Reid voted no so that he could subsequently move to reconsider the vote.)

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Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 +Allow the Senate to proceed to a bill blocking cuts in Medicare payments to doctors. June 12. (54-39; 60 votes required to invoke cloture. Reid voted no so that he could subsequently move to reconsider the vote.)
Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2008 +Pass a $62 billion veterans benefits package and $21 billion for other domestic programs., Express the sense of Congress that combat missions in Iraq should end, Provide $162.5 billion in supplemental funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.,
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