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Vote number 2007-215 making oil-producing and exporting cartels illegal
on Jun 19, 2007 regarding bill S.Amdt.1519 to H.R.6 NOPEC Amendment to CLEAN Energy Act
Results: Amendment Agreed to, 70-23

Voting YES would amend the Sherman Anti-Trust Act to make oil-producing and exporting cartels illegal. It would be a violation for any foreign state:
  1. to limit the production or distribution of oil & natural gas;
  2. to set or maintain the price of oil & natural gas; or
  3. to otherwise take any action in restraint of trade for oil & natural gas;
  4. when such collective action has a direct, substantial, and reasonably foreseeable effect on the market, supply, price, or distribution of oil & natural gas in the US.

Proponents recommend voting YES because:

Our NOPEC bill will authorize filing suit against nations that participate in a conspiracy to limit the supply, or fix the price, of oil. In addition, it will specify that the doctrines of sovereign immunity do not exempt nations that participate in oil cartels from basic antitrust law.

Opponents recommend voting NO because:

No one likes OPEC. But this amendment, in my opinion, would make bad law. The Framers of the Constitution wisely assigned responsibility for formulating foreign policy and conducting foreign relations to the President and to the Congress, not to the law courts.

The amendment before us has its roots in a lawsuit filed by the labor union nearly 30 years ago. The union at that time charged OPEC with price fixing in violation of our antitrust laws. The trial court dismissed the case on the ground that OPEC members are sovereign nations and are immune from suit. Adopting the amendment will undoubtedly be very popular, but it is also very unwise.

In addition, we here in the Senate ought to consider how enactment of this amendment might affect our relations with OPEC members. What will be the international repercussions when the US starts awarding judgments against foreign nations and attaching their assets in this country? Will other nations start to view our trade policies--such as our nuclear trade restrictions--as violations of their antitrust laws?

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Democrats voting on 2007-215

Max Baucus YESMT Democratic Sr Senator
Barbara Boxer YESCA Democratic Jr Senator
Sherrod Brown YESOH Democratic Sr Senator
Robert Byrd YESWV Former Democratic Senator
Maria Cantwell YESWA Democratic Jr Senator
Benjamin Cardin YESMD Democratic Jr Senator, previously Representative
Tom Carper YESDE Democratic Sr Senator
Bob Casey YESPA Democratic Sr Senator; previously state treasurer
Hillary Clinton YESNY Former Democratic Senator (NY); now Secretary of State
Richard Durbin YESIL Democratic Sr Senator
Russell Feingold YESWI Former Democratic Senator
Dianne Feinstein YESCA Democratic Sr Senator
Tom Harkin YESIA Democratic Jr Senator
Daniel Inouye YESHI Democratic Sr Senator
Ted Kennedy YESMA Former Democrat Senator (until 2009)
John Kerry YESMA Democratic Sr Senator
Amy Klobuchar YESMN Democrat/DFL Sr Senator
Mary Landrieu NOLA Democratic Sr Senator
Frank Lautenberg YESNJ Democratic Sr Senator
Patrick Leahy YESVT Democratic Sr Senator
Carl Levin YESMI Democratic Sr Senator
Blanche Lambert Lincoln YESAR Former Democratic Senator
Claire McCaskill YESMO Democratic Sr Senator; previously state Auditor
Robert Menendez YESNJ Democratic Jr Senator; previously Representative
Barbara Mikulski YESMD Democratic Sr Senator
Patty Murray YESWA Democratic Sr Senator
Ben Nelson YESNE Democratic Sr Senator
Bill Nelson YESFL Democratic Sr Senator
Barack Obama YESIL Former Democratic Senator (until 2008)
Mark Pryor YESAR Democratic Sr Senator
Jack Reed YESRI Democratic Sr Senator
Harry Reid YESNV Democratic Sr Senator
John Rockefeller YESWV Democratic Sr Senator
Ken Salazar YESCO Former Democratic Senator (entered Cabinet, 2009)
Charles Schumer YESNY Democratic Sr Senator
Arlen Specter YESPA Former Democratic incumbent (elected as Republican)
Debbie Stabenow YESMI Democratic Jr Senator
Jon Tester YESMT Democratic Jr Senator
Sheldon Whitehouse YESRI Democratic Jr Senator, previously attorney general
Ron Wyden YESOR Democratic Sr Senator


Republicans voting on 2007-215

Lamar Alexander YESTN Republican Sr Senator
Robert Bennett NOUT Former Republican Senator
Richard Burr NONC Republican Sr Senator; previously Representative
Saxby Chambliss YESGA Republican Sr Senator
Thad Cochran NOMS Republican Sr Senator
Susan Collins YESME Republican Jr Senator
Bob Corker YESTN Republican Jr Senator
John Cornyn NOTX Republican Jr Senator
Michael Crapo YESID Republican Sr Senator
Jim DeMint NOSC Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative
John Ensign YESNV Republican Jr Senator
Michael Enzi NOWY Republican Sr Senator
Lindsey Graham YESSC Republican Sr Senator
Chuck Grassley YESIA Republican Sr Senator
Orrin Hatch YESUT Republican Sr Senator
James Inhofe NOOK Republican Sr Senator
Johnny Isakson YESGA Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative
Trent Lott NOMS Former Republican Senator (MS, 1989-2007)
Richard Lugar NOIN Republican Sr Senator
Mitch McConnell YESKY Republican Sr Senator
Lisa Murkowski NOAK Republican Sr Senator
Pat Roberts NOKS Republican Sr Senator
Jeff Sessions YESAL Republican Sr Senator
Richard Shelby YESAL Republican Jr Senator
Olympia Snowe YESME Republican Sr Senator
John Thune YESSD Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative
David Vitter NOLA Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative


Independents voting on 2007-215

Mel Martinez YESFL Former GOP Senator (resigned 2009); previously HUD Secy.
Bernie Sanders YESVT Independent Jr Senator, previously Representative



Total votes recorded by OnTheIssues:

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Democrats: YES 39; NO 1
Republicans: YES 15; NO 12
Independents: YES 2; NO 0