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08-SR550 on May 2, 2008

Legislation by 2008 Presidential Candidates: condemning Russia for provocative statements to Georgia
Source: Resolution on South Ossetia (S. RES. 550)
A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate regarding provocative and dangerous statements made by the Government of the Russian Federation that undermine the territorial integrity of the Republic of Georgia.
  • Whereas, since 1993, the territorial integrity of the Republic of Georgia has been reaffirmed by the international community and 32 UN Security Council resolutions;
  • Whereas the Government of the Republic of Georgia has pursued with good faith the peaceful resolution of territorial conflicts in the regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia since the end of hostilities in 1993;
  • Whereas, for several years, the Government of Russia has engaged in an ongoing process of usurping the sovereignty of Georgia in Abkhazia and South Ossetia by awarding subsidies, the right to vote in elections in Russia, and Russian passports to people living in those regions;
  • Whereas the announcement of the Government of the Russian Federation that it will establish 'official ties' with the breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia and further involve itself in aspects of their government appears to be a thinly veiled attempt at annexation;
  • Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the Congress condemns recent decisions made by the Government of the Russian Federation to establish 'official ties' with the breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia;
  • Calls upon the Government of the Russian Federation to disavow this policy, which gives the appearance of being motivated by an appetite for annexation;
  • affirms that the restoration of the territorial integrity of the Republic of Georgia is in the interest of all who seek peace and stability in the region.
Legislative Outcome: Related bills: H.RES.1166 & S.RES.418; Agreed to by Senate; Passed/agreed to in House, by recorded vote: 390-23 (Roll no. 269).


  • Topic: Foreign Policy
  • Headline: Condemns Russia for provocative statements to Georgia
  • Headline 2: Condemns Russia for provocative statements to Georgia

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Democrats participating in 08-SR550

Gary Ackerman s2oNew York Dem./Ind./Lib. (Retiring 2012) 
Rob Andrews s2oNew Jersey Democrat 
Shelley Berkley s2oNevada Democrat (Senate run 2012) 
Howard Berman s2oCalifornia Democrat 
Robert Brady s2oPennsylvania Democrat 
Russ Carnahan s2oMissouri Democrat 
Bob Casey s2oPA Democratic Sr Senator; previously state treasurer 
Emmanuel Cleaver s2oMissouri Democrat 
Joseph Crowley s2oNew York Democrat 
Danny Davis s2oIllinois Democrat 
Eliot Engel s2oNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Alcee Hastings s2oFlorida Democrat 
Maurice Hinchey s2oNew York Dem/Working-Fam.(Retired 2012) 
Sheila Jackson Lee s2oTexas Democrat 
John Kerry s2oMA Democratic Sr Senator 
Ron Kind s2oWI Former Democratic challenger (2012) 
Ron Klein s2oFlorida Former Democrat (until 2010) 
Jim McGovern s2oMassachusetts Democrat 
Michael McNulty s2oNew York Dem./Cons. (Retiring 2008) 
David Eugene Price s2oNorth Carolina Democrat 
Steven Rothman s2oNew Jersey Democrat 
Linda Sanchez s2oCalifornia Democrat 
Allyson Schwartz s2oPennsylvania Democratic Governor Challenger 
Albio Sires s2oNew Jersey Democrat 
Ellen Tauscher s2oCalifornia Former Democrat (until 2009) 
Robert Wexler s1iFlorida Democrat (resigned Jan. 2010) 



Republicans participating in 08-SR550

Steve Chabot s2oOhio Republican 
David Dreier s2oCalifornia Republican (Retiring 2012) 
Phil English s2oPennsylvania Republican (Unseated 2008) 
Richard Lugar s2oIN Republican Sr Senator 
Thad McCotter s2oMichigan Republican 
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen s2oFlorida Republican 
John Shimkus s2oIllinois Republican 
Bill Shuster s2oPennsylvania Republican 
Christopher Smith s2oNew Jersey Republican 
Gordon Harold Smith s2oOR Former Republican Senator (lost re-election, 2008) 



Independents participating in 08-SR550

Joe Biden s1iDE Vice President 
Lincoln Diaz-Balart s2oFlorida Former GOP (until 2010) 
Luis Fortuno s2oPuerto Rico At-Large (retired 2008) 
Joseph Lieberman s2oCT Independent Sr Senator; Gore's VP nominee (Retiring) 
Mel Martinez s2oFL Former GOP Senator (resigned 2009); previously HUD Secy. 
Joe Sestak s2oPA 2010 Democratic Senate Challenger; currently US Rep. 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 26
Republicans: 10
Independents: 6


















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