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Selected Sponsorships

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
April 1, 2014 S 2199 Paycheck Fairness Act Senate Co-sponsor
Dec. 17, 2013 S 1845 Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act Senate Co-sponsor
April 25, 2013 S 815 Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013 Senate Co-sponsor
Jan. 22, 2013 S 47 Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 Senate Co-sponsor
Nov. 28, 2012 S Amdt 2985 Repeals the Limit on the Use of Funds to Procure Alternative Fuel Senate Co-sponsor
Nov. 28, 2012 S Amdt 3095 Repeals the Prohibition on Biofuel Refinery Construction House Co-sponsor
Nov. 27, 2012 S Amdt 3018 Prohibits the Indefinite Detention of Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents Senate Co-sponsor
July 10, 2012 S 3369 DISCLOSE Act Senate Co-sponsor
July 9, 2012 S 3364 Bring Jobs Home Act Senate Co-sponsor
May 22, 2012 S 3220 Paycheck Fairness Act Senate Co-sponsor
March 26, 2012 S 2237 Small Business Jobs and Tax Relief Act Senate Co-sponsor
March 15, 2012 S Amdt 1836 Reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank of the United States Senate Co-sponsor
Nov. 30, 2011 S 1925 Reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act Senate Co-sponsor
Oct. 31, 2011 S 1769 Transportation Infrastructure Appropriations and Tax on Income Over $1 Million Senate Co-sponsor
June 7, 2011 S Amdt 392 Debit Card Transactions Senate Co-sponsor
May 10, 2011 S 940 Amending Oil Company Tax Laws Senate Co-sponsor
Jan. 25, 2011 S 23 Patent Reform Act of 2011 House Co-sponsor

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