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    This page contains bills sponsored by incumbent Senators who are running for re-election in 2008, plus House incumbents running for Senate in 2008. Bill sponsorships indicate the topics that legislators are most interested in, and spend the most time on. These bills are selected as the "signature issue" that each legislator focused on.

08-S2979 on May 6, 2008

Signature Legislation: removing African National Congress from terrorist list
Source: S.2979
A bill to exempt the African National Congress from treatment as a terrorist organization. [The ANC is now the ruling party of South Africa; as head of the ANC, Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years by the apartheid government before becoming President of South Africa].
  • For purposes of alien inadmissibility based upon terrorist-related grounds the African National Congress (ANC) shall not be considered to be a terrorist organization on the basis of any act or event that occurred before the date of enactment of such Act.
  • Expresses the sense of Congress to exempt the anti-apartheid activities of aliens who are current or former officials of the government of the Republic of South Africa.
  • Legislative Outcome: Related bill: H.R.5690; became Public Law 110-257 on 7/1/2008


  • Topic: Foreign Policy
  • Headline: Remove African National Congress from terrorist list
  • Headline 2: Remove African National Congress from terrorist list

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  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
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Democrats participating in 08-S2979

Howard Berman s1iCalifornia Democrat 
Benjamin Cardin s2oMaryland Democrat 
John Conyers s2oMichigan Democrat 
Russell Feingold s2oPOTUS Democrat 
Sheila Jackson Lee s2oTexas Democrat 
John Kerry s1iMA Democratic Sr Senator 
Mary Landrieu s2oLA Democratic Sr Senator 
Barbara Lee s2oCalifornia Democrat 
Carl Levin s2oMI Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Donald Payne s2oNew Jersey Former Democrat(Deceased 2012) 
Charles Schumer s2oNY Democratic Sr Senator 
Bennie Thompson s2oMississippi Democrat 
Peter Welch s2oVermont Democrat 
Sheldon Whitehouse s2oRI Democratic Jr Senator, previously attorney general 



Republicans participating in 08-S2979

Bob Corker s2oTN Republican Jr Senator 
Judd Gregg s2oNH Republican Sr Senator (retiring 2010) 



Independents participating in 08-S2979

Joe Biden s2oDE Vice President 
Bernie Sanders s2oVermont Independent 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 14
Republicans: 2
Independents: 2


















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