About the Initiatives and Votes
These 40 senators voted on June 23, 2004 with Senator Byrd (D-WV) on an amendment to the defense authorization bill to establish the maximum number of US troops permitted in Colombia at 500, rather than the 800 requested by the Administration (double the number previously permitted).
Feingold-Dodd letter to Colombian President Alvaro Uribe
These 23 senators signed a letter to the Colombian President in July 2004 urging him to make progress on breaking ties between the Colombian army and paramilitary forces and expressed concern about ongoing attacks against human rights and union activists. The letter also raised concerns about policies granting police powers to the military.
A joint bill introduced by Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) and Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) to provide for comprehensive immigration reform, both the House and Senate versions are identical. Immigration reform advocates consider this bill to set the standard in Congress. There was no vote on this bill in 2004. Co-sponsors are marked with an X.
A resolution to express sympathy for the families of the victims of women's murders in Ciudad Juarez and Chihuahua City, Mexico. It also outlines a number of steps the US government can take to help address the murders. The joint resolution was introduced by Rep. Hilda Solis (D-CA) in the House and by Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) in the Senate. There was no vote on this bill in 2004. Co-sponsors are marked with an X.
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