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America Competes Act +The Senate killed an amendment allowing small businesses to opt out of the most burdensome reporting provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act regulating reporting of publicly-traded companies on the stock exchange. ACU favors this exemption, but the Senate defeated it April 24, 2007, by a vote of 62-35.
An original concurrent resolution setting forth the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2008 and including the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2007 and 2009 through 2012 +The Senate rejected an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2008 Budget Resolution that would have permitted the extension of the 2001 tax cuts ACU favored the amendment.

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CLEAN Energy Act of 2007 +The Senate rejected an amendment to the Energy Policy Bill that would have allowed Virginia to petition for natural gas exploration and drilling in the state’s coastal waters. ACU favors development of domestic energy sources and supported this amendment., The Senate passed legislation imposing massive new regulation on the energy industry, including a rise in automobile mileage to 35 miles per gallon by 2020, a ban on the incandescent light bulb, new energy efficiency mandates for appliances, the use of 15 billion gallons of biofuels by 2015, and the taxpayer subsidy of new energy technologies. ACU opposes this kind of direct government interference in the economy., Although the Senate had earlier voted for new energy regulations, the House then revised them, and the Senate refused to shut off debate and move to a final vote on the revised bill mandating increased automobile mileage, the production of 36 billion gallons of “biofuels” by 2022, and new energy efficiency standards on appliances, lights, and other consumer goods while increasing taxes on domestic oil and gas companies. ACU opposes expansion of federal authority into the economy and so opposed this bill. ACU opposed this massive expansion of welfare programs.,
Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007 +The Senate passed a major expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) program authorizing $60 billion over five years, increasing subsidies and prohibiting the Department of Health and Human Services from requiring that poor children be covered before other groups. The costs of the expansion were to be paid from increased tobacco taxes. ACU opposed this massive expansion of welfare programs.
College Cost Reduction Act of 2007 +The Senate voted to continue to allow Social Security benefits to be paid for illegal and fraudulent work, including the work of illegal aliens. ACU opposes such payments and supported the effort to prohibit it.

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Department of State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2008 +The Senate killed an amendment designed to stop an increase in the U.S. share of United Nations peacekeeping costs, which is now 25 percent. ACU opposes increased assistance to the U.N., The Senate adopted an amendment that would bar the use of taxpayer money for any organization or program that supports or manages a program of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization. ACU favors such a limitation., The Senate adopted an amendment repealing the Mexico City Policy, which prohibits the use of taxpayer funds by organizations that promote or perform abortions. ACU supports this limitation and opposed the amendment.,
Department of Transportation Appropriations Act, 2008 +The Senate voted to kill an amendment prohibiting implementation of the Davis-Bacon Act, which requires union rates to be paid on federal construction projects. ACU opposes Davis-Bacon, and supported the amendment

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Employee Free Choice Act +The Senate refused to stop debate and move to a vote on a bill that would have stripped workers of the rights to a secret ballot when deciding on unionization. ACU opposed the bill and supported continued debate.

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FY 2008 Defense Department authorization +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
FY 2008 U.S. federal budget +The Senate rejected an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2008 Budget Resolution that would have permitted the extension of the 2001 tax cuts ACU favored the amendment., The Senate rejected an amendment to the FY 2008 Budget Resolution that would have permitted the repeal of the Alternative Minimum Tax, a tax designed to apply only to millionaires, but now affecting 21 million middle-income families. ACU favors repeal of the AMT and so supported this amendment
Farm Bill Extension Act of 2007 +The Senate defeated an amendment that would have prohibited federal, state and local governments from using eminent domain to take farmland or grazing land and use it for parks, open space or similar purposes. ACU opposes misuse of eminent domain, and so supported the amendment.

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Higher Education Access Act of 2007 +The Senate killed an effort to establish a new program of government loans to full-time undergraduate and graduate students. ACU opposes the creation of new federal subsidies and opposed this amendment

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Legislative Transparency and Accountability Act of 2007 +The Senate killed an amendment that would have required the disclosure of the names of Senators requesting special interest earmark spending and expanded the definition of earmarks to include federally-funded non-federal projects. ACU favors greater transparency in “earmarked” spending and favored this amendment, The Senate adopted an amendment protecting grassroots lobbying organizations from having to reveal the names of their contributors. ACU favored this amendment.
Legislative Transparency and Accountability Act of 2007/Amendments +The Senate killed an amendment that would have required the disclosure of the names of Senators requesting special interest earmark spending and expanded the definition of earmarks to include federally-funded non-federal projects. ACU favors greater transparency in “earmarked” spending and favored this amendment, The Senate adopted an amendment protecting grassroots lobbying organizations from having to reveal the names of their contributors. ACU favored this amendment.

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National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 +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

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Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007 +The Senate passed a bill mandating the use of federal funds in research on embryonic stem cells derived from surplus embryos at in vitro fertilization clinics. ACU opposes such research and opposed the bill.

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U.S. Senate record vote 107, 110th Congress, Session 1 +The Senate rejected an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2008 Budget Resolution that would have permitted the extension of the 2001 tax cuts ACU favored the amendment.
U.S. Senate record vote 108, 110th Congress, Session 1 +The Senate rejected an amendment to the FY 2008 Budget Resolution that would have permitted the repeal of the Alternative Minimum Tax, a tax designed to apply only to millionaires, but now affecting 21 million middle-income families. ACU favors repeal of the AMT and so supported this amendment
U.S. Senate record vote 127, 110th Congress, Session 1 +The Senate passed a bill mandating the use of federal funds in research on embryonic stem cells derived from surplus embryos at in vitro fertilization clinics. ACU opposes such research and opposed the bill.
U.S. Senate record vote 139, 110th Congress, Session 1 +The Senate killed an amendment allowing small businesses to opt out of the most burdensome reporting provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act regulating reporting of publicly-traded companies on the stock exchange. ACU favors this exemption, but the Senate defeated it April 24, 2007, by a vote of 62-35.
U.S. Senate record vote 17, 110th Congress, Session 1 +The Senate adopted an amendment protecting grassroots lobbying organizations from having to reveal the names of their contributors. ACU favored this amendment.
U.S. Senate record vote 212, 110th Congress, Session 1 +The Senate rejected an amendment to the Energy Policy Bill that would have allowed Virginia to petition for natural gas exploration and drilling in the state’s coastal waters. ACU favors development of domestic energy sources and supported this amendment.
U.S. Senate record vote 226, 110th Congress, Session 1 +The Senate passed legislation imposing massive new regulation on the energy industry, including a rise in automobile mileage to 35 miles per gallon by 2020, a ban on the incandescent light bulb, new energy efficiency mandates for appliances, the use of 15 billion gallons of biofuels by 2015, and the taxpayer subsidy of new energy technologies. ACU opposes this kind of direct government interference in the economy.
U.S. Senate record vote 227, 110th Congress, Session 1 +The Senate refused to stop debate and move to a vote on a bill that would have stripped workers of the rights to a secret ballot when deciding on unionization. ACU opposed the bill and supported continued debate.
U.S. Senate record vote 263, 110th Congress, Session 1 +The Senate voted to continue to allow Social Security benefits to be paid for illegal and fraudulent work, including the work of illegal aliens. ACU opposes such payments and supported the effort to prohibit it.
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