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29 July 2008

Saxby Chambliss Votes Against Child Predator Legislation, Other Bills

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee leveled some heavy criticisms against Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss after his "No" vote on a package of bills that included legislation protecting children from sexual predators, improving stroke prevention and expanding access to broadband internet services.

"Anyone who thinks it doesn’t matter who represents them in Washington should pay attention to what Saxby Chambliss did in the Senate," DSCC spokesman Matthew Miller said. "Saxby Chambliss chose to follow his party’s marching orders over protecting our children and helping victims of stroke and paralysis. Georgia deserves better than a politician who plays partisan games with vital legislation."

The "Advancing America's Priorities Act" (S.3297) did not progress in the Senate after a vote to move forward with the consideration of the legislation failed to reach the sixty vote threshold. Both Georgia senators, Chambliss and Isakson, voted against moving the bill [Source: United States Senate, Vote Number 189, July 28, 2008].

Some of the bills covered under the Advancing America's Priorities Act were:

  • the Christoper and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act;
  • the Vision Care for Kids Act;
  • the Emmitt Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Act;
  • the Star-Spangled Banner and War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission; and
  • the Effective Child Pornography Prosecution Act