Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Obama and McCain: Key Senate Votes from 2005 through 2008

Here is the Senate voting record on energy for the presidential candidate:

Renewable Energy Tax Breaks

April 10, 2008 -- The U.S. Senate passes -- by a vote of 88-8 -- an amendment to extend expiring tax breaks for renewable energy and energy efficiency for a year at a cost of $6 billion, which would not be offset.

McCain: Did not vote
Obama: Did not vote

Energy Policy Overhaul

December 13, 2007 -- The U.S. Senate refuses -- by a vote of 59-40 -- to limit debate on bill that would overhaul federal energy programs and would include a $21.8 billion package of tax incentives that would be offset in part by eliminating or reducing $13 billion in subsidies for major oil and gas companies.

McCain: Did not vote
Obama: Yea

Drilling in Alaska's Artic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR)

December 21, 2005 -- The U.S. Senate rejects -- by a vote of 56-44 -- a motion to limit debate on fiscal 2006 Defense spending bill that would open Alaska�s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas exploration.

McCain: Yea
Obama: Nay

Energy Policy Overhaul

July 29, 2005 -- The Energy Policy Act of 2005 is passed 74-26 by the U.S. Senate. The act is intended to help U.S. consumers, via tax credits, buy energy-efficient vehicles and appliances.

McCain: Nay
Obama: Yea

(Sources: CQ Weekly; U.S. Senate Legislation Database)

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