June 11, 2007 | Vote 207

On the Cloture Motion

 
Yes 53

46

7

No 38

1

37

Not voting: 7

Answered present: 1

About this vote

On the Cloture Motion

With this vote Democrats and some Republicans in the Senate sought to move forward on a measure that would have registered the Senate's official opposition to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, whose tenure was plagued by controversy. The Washington Post reported that “Democrats fell seven votes short of the 60 needed to invoke cloture and begin the debate on a resolution condemning Gonzales.” Seven Republicans distanced themselves from the Bush administration and refused to support the attorney general who had been a target of sharp criticism for five months. Gonzales came under fire for his involvement in administration policies such as harsh interrogation policies, secret overseas prisons, and a domestic surveillance program. But his most controversial action was the firings of nine U.S. attorneys last year. The attorney general's critics claimed he fired the prosecutors for political reasons. If passed, the resolution would have done nothing more than send a public rebuke to Bush and Gonzales. But enough Republicans were able oppose "cloture," effectively killing the measure. As the Post reported, “Democrats were aware that victory on the vote was unlikely, but they claimed a symbolic triumph in getting more than a handful of Republicans to join the effort to publicly shame the attorney general.” Gonzales, who initially claimed he would not step down amid the controversies, announced his resignation on August 27.

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Yes
53
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No
38
(1, 37, 0)
Not Voting
7
(4, 3, 0)
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HI
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MT
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IN
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NM
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CA
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OH
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WV
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WA
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MD
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DE
D Casey Robert Casey
PA
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NY
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MN
R Collins Susan Collins
ME
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ND
D Dorgan Byron Dorgan
ND
D Durbin Richard Durbin
IL
D Feingold Russell Feingold
WI
D Feinstein Dianne Feinstein
CA
R Hagel Charles Hagel
NE
D Harkin Thomas Harkin
IA
D Inouye Daniel Inouye
HI
D Kennedy Edward Kennedy
MA
D Kerry John Kerry
MA
D Klobuchar Amy Klobuchar
MN
D Kohl Herbert Kohl
WI
D Landrieu Mary Landrieu
LA
D Lautenberg Frank Lautenberg
NJ
D Leahy Patrick Leahy
VT
D Levin Carl Levin
MI
D Lincoln Blanche Lincoln
AR
D McCaskill Claire McCaskill
MO
D Menéndez Robert Menéndez
NJ
D Mikulski Barbara Mikulski
MD
D Murray Patty Murray
WA
D Nelson Clarence Nelson
FL
D Nelson Earl Nelson
NE
D Pryor Mark Pryor
AR
D Reed John Reed
RI
D Reid Harry Reid
NV
D Rockefeller John Rockefeller
WV
D Salazar Kenneth Salazar
CO
D Sanders Bernard Sanders
VT
D Schumer Charles Schumer
NY
R Smith Gordon Smith
OR
R Snowe Olympia Snowe
ME
R Specter Arlen Specter
PA
D Stabenow Deborah Stabenow
MI
R Sununu John Sununu
NH
D Tester Jon Tester
MT
D Webb James Webb
VA
D Whitehouse Sheldon Whitehouse
RI
D Wyden Ronald Wyden
OR
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R Alexander Andrew Alexander
TN
R Allard Alan Allard
CO
R Bennett Robert Bennett
UT
R Bond Christopher Bond
MO
R Bunning James Bunning
KY
R Burr Richard Burr
NC
R Chambliss Clarence Chambliss
GA
R Cochran William Cochran
MS
R Corker Robert Corker
TN
R Cornyn John Cornyn
TX
R Craig Larry Craig
ID
R Crapo Michael Crapo
ID
R DeMint James DeMint
SC
R Dole Elizabeth Dole
NC
R Domenici Pietro Domenici
NM
R Ensign John Ensign
NV
R Enzi Michael Enzi
WY
R Graham Lindsey Graham
SC
R Grassley Charles Grassley
IA
R Gregg Judd Gregg
NH
R Hatch Orrin Hatch
UT
R Hutchison Kathyrn Hutchison
TX
R Inhofe James Inhofe
OK
R Isakson Johnny Isakson
GA
R Kyl Jon Kyl
AZ
D Lieberman Joseph Lieberman
CT
R Lott Chester Lott
MS
R Lugar Richard Lugar
IN
R Martinez Melquiades Martinez
FL
R McConnell Addison McConnell
KY
R Murkowski Lisa Murkowski
AK
R Roberts Charles Roberts
KS
R Sessions Jefferson Sessions
AL
R Shelby Richard Shelby
AL
R Thune John Thune
SD
R Vitter David Vitter
LA
R Voinovich George Voinovich
OH
R Warner John Warner
VA
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D Biden Joseph Biden
DE
R Brownback Samuel Brownback
KS
R Coburn Thomas Coburn
OK
D Dodd Christopher Dodd
CT
D Johnson Timothy Johnson
SD
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AZ
D Obama Barack Obama
IL