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    This page contains bills sponsored by incumbent Senators who are running for re-election in 2008, plus House incumbents running for Senate in 2008. Bill sponsorships indicate the topics that legislators are most interested in, and spend the most time on. These bills are selected as the "signature issue" that each legislator focused on.

08-SR449 on Feb 12, 2008

Signature Legislation: condemning Iranian Pres. Ahmadinejad's anti-Israel statement
Source: S.RES.449
  • Whereas President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stated on October 26, 2005, that 'The establishment of the Zionist regime was a move by the world oppressor against the Islamic world.... Anybody who recognizes Israel will burn in the fire of the Islamic nation's fury.... There is no doubt that the new wave in Palestine will soon wipe off this disgraceful blot from the face of the Islamic world.';
  • Whereas President Ahmadinejad stated on December 14, 2005, that 'They have invented a myth that Jews were massacred and place this above God, religions and the prophets.... If you have burned the Jews, why don't you give a piece of Europe, the United States, Canada or Alaska to Israel. Our question is, if you have committed this huge crime, why should the innocent nation of Palestine pay for this crime?';

    Whereas President Ahmadinejad stated on June 3, 2007, that 'With God's help, the countdown button for the destruction of the Zionist regime has been pushed by the hands of the children of Lebanon and Palestine.... By God's will, we will witness the destruction of this regime in the near future';

  • Whereas President Ahmadinejad stated on September 12, 2007, that 'We do not accept or officially recognize Israel. They are occupiers and illegitimate'; and
  • Whereas President Ahmadinejad stated on January 30, 2008, 'I advise you to abandon the filthy Zionist entity which has reached the end of the line. It has lost its reason to be and will sooner or later fall':
  • Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the Senate--
  • (1) condemns in the strongest possible terms President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's hateful and anti-Semitic statements regarding the State of Israel and the Holocaust; and
  • (2) calls on all member States of the United Nations to publicly condemn President Ahmadinejad's statements as a violation of the principles of both the United Nations Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

  • Topic: War & Peace
  • Headline: Condemn Iranian Pres. Ahmadinejad's anti-Israel statement
  • Headline 2: Condemn Iranian Pres. Ahmadinejad's anti-Israel statement

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Democrats participating in 08-SR449

Dianne Feinstein s2oCA Democratic Sr Senator 
Frank Lautenberg s2oNJ Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 

Republicans participating in 08-SR449

Sam Brownback s2oKS Republican Governor 
Saxby Chambliss s2oGA Republican Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Thad Cochran s2oMS Republican Sr Senator 
Norm Coleman s2oMN Former Republican Senator; lost court battle, 2009 
John Ensign s2oNV Republican Jr Senator 
Johnny Isakson s2oGA Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 
Gordon Harold Smith s1iOR Former Republican Senator (lost re-election, 2008) 
Olympia Snowe s2oME Republican Sr Senator 
Ted Stevens s2oAK Former Republican Sr Senator 

Independents participating in 08-SR449

Elizabeth Dole s2oNC Former Cabinet Member (Labor Sec'y) and Senator 
Joseph Lieberman s2oCT Independent Sr Senator; Gore's VP nominee (Retiring) 
Mel Martinez s2oFL Former GOP Senator (resigned 2009); previously HUD Secy. 

Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 2
Republicans: 9
Independents: 3

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