Obama: Senate missed ``once in a decade’’ chance for ethics reform. Rare divide: Durbin, Obama split on vote.

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The Illinois senators split on Wednesday’s vote on lobbying and ethics reform.

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) who in January was named the Democratic lead on ethics reform, in the wake of GOP lobbying scandals, voted no because the bill was not tough enough.

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), the number two Democrat in the Senate, voted for the measure, which does include a variety of improvements on the current situation, such as forcing more lobbyist disclosure.

The full Obama statement and rollcall vote follows.

Obama Statement on Final Passage of Lobbying Reform Legislation


WASHINGTON U.S. Senator Barack (D-IL) today issued the following statement about the Senates passage of lobbying reform legislation:

Ironically, after learning today that Jack Abramoff will spend nearly six years in prison, the Senate passed a lobbying reform bill that does little to change the culture that allowed him to abuse the system in the first place. The Senate has missed a once-in-a-decade opportunity to clean up the way we do business in Washington. This bill fails to create an independent enforcement mechanism to investigate misconduct by members of Congress. It fails to stop lobbyists from currying influence by flying lawmakers on private jets. And it does nothing to prevent members of Congress from negotiating for jobs with the very industries theyre supposed to regulate.?


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U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 109th Congress – 2nd Session

as compiled through Senate LIS by the Senate Bill Clerk under the direction of the Secretary of the Senate

Vote Summary

Question: On Passage of the Bill (As Amended )

Vote Number: 82 Vote Date: March 29, 2006, 04:19 PM

Required For Majority: 1/2 Vote Result: Bill Passed

Measure Number: S. 2349 (Legislative Transparency and Accountability Act of 2006 )

Measure Title: An original bill to provide greater transparency in the legislative process.

Vote Counts: YEAs 90

NAYs 8

Not Voting 2

Vote Summary By Senator Name By Vote Position By Home State

Alphabetical by Senator Name Akaka (D-HI), Yea

Alexander (R-TN), Yea

Allard (R-CO), Yea

Allen (R-VA), Yea

Baucus (D-MT), Yea

Bayh (D-IN), Yea

Bennett (R-UT), Yea

Biden (D-DE), Yea

Bingaman (D-NM), Yea

Bond (R-MO), Yea

Boxer (D-CA), Yea

Brownback (R-KS), Yea

Bunning (R-KY), Yea

Burns (R-MT), Yea

Burr (R-NC), Yea

Byrd (D-WV), Not Voting

Cantwell (D-WA), Yea

Carper (D-DE), Yea

Chafee (R-RI), Yea

Chambliss (R-GA), Yea

Clinton (D-NY), Yea

Coburn (R-OK), Nay

Cochran (R-MS), Yea

Coleman (R-MN), Yea

Collins (R-ME), Yea

Conrad (D-ND), Yea

Cornyn (R-TX), Yea

Craig (R-ID), Yea

Crapo (R-ID), Yea

Dayton (D-MN), Yea

DeMint (R-SC), Nay

DeWine (R-OH), Yea

Dodd (D-CT), Yea

Dole (R-NC), Yea

Domenici (R-NM), Yea

Dorgan (D-ND), Yea

Durbin (D-IL), Yea

Ensign (R-NV), Yea

Enzi (R-WY), Yea

Feingold (D-WI), Nay

Feinstein (D-CA), Yea

Frist (R-TN), Yea

Graham (R-SC), Nay

Grassley (R-IA), Yea

Gregg (R-NH), Yea

Hagel (R-NE), Yea

Harkin (D-IA), Yea

Hatch (R-UT), Yea

Hutchison (R-TX), Yea

Inhofe (R-OK), Nay

Inouye (D-HI), Yea

Isakson (R-GA), Yea

Jeffords (I-VT), Yea

Johnson (D-SD), Yea

Kennedy (D-MA), Yea

Kerry (D-MA), Nay

Kohl (D-WI), Yea

Kyl (R-AZ), Yea

Landrieu (D-LA), Yea

Lautenberg (D-NJ), Yea

Leahy (D-VT), Yea

Levin (D-MI), Yea

Lieberman (D-CT), Yea

Lincoln (D-AR), Yea

Lott (R-MS), Yea

Lugar (R-IN), Yea

Martinez (R-FL), Yea

McCain (R-AZ), Nay

McConnell (R-KY), Yea

Menendez (D-NJ), Yea

Mikulski (D-MD), Yea

Murkowski (R-AK), Yea

Murray (D-WA), Yea

Nelson (D-FL), Yea

Nelson (D-NE), Yea

Obama (D-IL), Nay

Pryor (D-AR), Yea

Reed (D-RI), Yea

Reid (D-NV), Yea

Roberts (R-KS), Yea

Rockefeller (D-WV), Not Voting

Salazar (D-CO), Yea

Santorum (R-PA), Yea

Sarbanes (D-MD), Yea

Schumer (D-NY), Yea

Sessions (R-AL), Yea

Shelby (R-AL), Yea

Smith (R-OR), Yea

Snowe (R-ME), Yea

Specter (R-PA), Yea

Stabenow (D-MI), Yea

Stevens (R-AK), Yea

Sununu (R-NH), Yea

Talent (R-MO), Yea

Thomas (R-WY), Yea

Thune (R-SD), Yea

Vitter (R-LA), Yea

Voinovich (R-OH), Yea

Warner (R-VA), Yea

Wyden (D-OR), Yea

Vote Summary By Senator Name By Vote Position By Home State

Grouped By Vote Position YEAs —90

Akaka (D-HI)

Alexander (R-TN)

Allard (R-CO)

Allen (R-VA)

Baucus (D-MT)

Bayh (D-IN)

Bennett (R-UT)

Biden (D-DE)

Bingaman (D-NM)

Bond (R-MO)

Boxer (D-CA)

Brownback (R-KS)

Bunning (R-KY)

Burns (R-MT)

Burr (R-NC)

Cantwell (D-WA)

Carper (D-DE)

Chafee (R-RI)

Chambliss (R-GA)

Clinton (D-NY)

Cochran (R-MS)

Coleman (R-MN)

Collins (R-ME)

Conrad (D-ND)

Cornyn (R-TX)

Craig (R-ID)

Crapo (R-ID)

Dayton (D-MN)

DeWine (R-OH)

Dodd (D-CT)

Dole (R-NC)

Domenici (R-NM)

Dorgan (D-ND)

Durbin (D-IL)

Ensign (R-NV)

Enzi (R-WY)

Feinstein (D-CA)

Frist (R-TN)

Grassley (R-IA)

Gregg (R-NH)

Hagel (R-NE)

Harkin (D-IA)

Hatch (R-UT)

Hutchison (R-TX)

Inouye (D-HI)

Isakson (R-GA)

Jeffords (I-VT)

Johnson (D-SD)

Kennedy (D-MA)

Kohl (D-WI)

Kyl (R-AZ)

Landrieu (D-LA)

Lautenberg (D-NJ)

Leahy (D-VT)

Levin (D-MI)

Lieberman (D-CT)

Lincoln (D-AR)

Lott (R-MS)

Lugar (R-IN)

Martinez (R-FL)

McConnell (R-KY)

Menendez (D-NJ)

Mikulski (D-MD)

Murkowski (R-AK)

Murray (D-WA)

Nelson (D-FL)

Nelson (D-NE)

Pryor (D-AR)

Reed (D-RI)

Reid (D-NV)

Roberts (R-KS)

Salazar (D-CO)

Santorum (R-PA)

Sarbanes (D-MD)

Schumer (D-NY)

Sessions (R-AL)

Shelby (R-AL)

Smith (R-OR)

Snowe (R-ME)

Specter (R-PA)

Stabenow (D-MI)

Stevens (R-AK)

Sununu (R-NH)

Talent (R-MO)

Thomas (R-WY)

Thune (R-SD)

Vitter (R-LA)

Voinovich (R-OH)

Warner (R-VA)

Wyden (D-OR)

NAYs —8

Coburn (R-OK)

DeMint (R-SC)

Feingold (D-WI)

Graham (R-SC)

Inhofe (R-OK)

Kerry (D-MA)

McCain (R-AZ)

Obama (D-IL)

Not Voting – 2

Byrd (D-WV)

Rockefeller (D-WV)

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