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Vote number 2007-226 removing oil & gas exploration subsidies
on Jun 21, 2007 regarding bill H.R.6 Creating Long-Term Energy Alternatives for the Nation (CLEAN)
Results: Bill passed, 65-27 Bill passed

Creating Long-term Energy Alternatives for the Nation (CLEAN) Act
  • Title I: Ending Subsidies for Big Oil Act--denying a deduction for income attributable to domestic production of oil, natural gas, or their related primary products.
  • Title II: Royalty Relief for American Consumers Act--to incorporate specified price thresholds for royalties on oil & gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Title III: Strategic Energy Efficiency And Renewables Reserve--makes the Reserve available to accelerate the use of clean domestic renewable energy resources and alternative fuels.

Proponents support voting YES because:

This legislation seeks to end the unwarranted tax breaks & subsidies which have been lavished on Big Oil over the last several years, at a time of record prices at the gas pump and record oil industry profits. Big Oil is hitting the American taxpayer not once, not twice, but three times. They are hitting them at the pump, they are hitting them through the Tax Code, and they are hitting them with royalty holidays put into oil in 1995 and again in 2005.

It is time to vote for the integrity of America's resources, to vote for the end of corporate welfare, to vote for a new era in the management of our public energy resources.

Opponents support voting NO because:

I am wearing this red shirt today, because this shirt is the color of the bill that we are debating, communist red. It is a taking. It will go to court, and it should be decided in court.

This bill will increase the competitive edge of foreign oil imported to this country. If the problem is foreign oil, why increase taxes and make it harder to produce American oil and gas? That makes no sense. We should insert taxes on all foreign oil imported. That would raise your money for renewable resources. But what we are doing here today is taxing our domestic oil. We are raising dollars supposedly for renewable resources, yet we are still burning fossil fuels.

Categorized under Energy & Oil

Voting YES counts for 2 points on VoteMatch question 18:
Replace coal & oil with alternatives;
Voting NO counts for -2 points on VoteMatch question 18.

Voting YES counts as answer C on AmericansElect question 2;
Voting NO counts as answer B on AmericansElect question 2

Energy: When you think about America�s energy needs, which of the following solutions comes closest to your opinion?
  • A: Strong investment in renewable energy like wind and solar
  • B: More drilling than investment in renewables (mix of both solutions)
  • C: More investment in renewable than drilling (mix of both solutions)
  • D: Strong focus on offshore drilling and allowing drilling in federal lands including wildlife reserves
  • E: Unsure


Democrats voting on 2007-226

Max Baucus YESMT Democratic Sr 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 NOMI Democratic Sr Senator
Blanche Lambert Lincoln YESAR Former Democratic Senator
Claire McCaskill NOMO 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 NOMI 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 2007-226

Lamar Alexander YESTN Republican Sr Senator
Robert Bennett NOUT Former Republican Senator
Richard Burr NONC Republican Sr Senator; previously Representative
Saxby Chambliss NOGA 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 NOSC Republican Sr Senator
Chuck Grassley YESIA Republican Sr Senator
Orrin Hatch NOUT Republican Sr Senator
James Inhofe NOOK Republican Sr Senator
Johnny Isakson NOGA Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative
Trent Lott NOMS Former Republican Senator (MS, 1989-2007)
Richard Lugar YESIN Republican Sr Senator
Mitch McConnell NOKY Republican Sr Senator
Lisa Murkowski YESAK Republican Sr Senator
Pat Roberts NOKS Republican Sr Senator
Jeff Sessions YESAL Republican Sr 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 2007-226

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



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Democrats: YES 35; NO 4
Republicans: YES 11; NO 15
Independents: YES 1; NO 1