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Selected Sponsorships

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
June 4, 2014 S 2432 Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act Senate Co-sponsor
April 8, 2014 S 2223 Minimum Wage Fairness Act Senate Co-sponsor
April 1, 2014 S 2199 Paycheck Fairness Act Senate Co-sponsor
May 14, 2013 S 953 Student Loan Affordability 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. 30, 2012 S Amdt 3025 Requires Sufficient Sizing of Civilian and Contract Services Workforces 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 22, 2012 S 2230 Establishes a Minimum 30 Percent Tax Rate for High-Income Taxpayers Senate Co-sponsor
March 19, 2012 S 2204 Amends Energy-Related Tax Credits Senate Co-sponsor
March 15, 2012 S Amdt 1836 Reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank of the United States Senate Co-sponsor
Jan. 31, 2012 S Amdt 1472 Prohibits Consideration of Bills Containing Earmarks Senate Co-sponsor
Nov. 30, 2011 S 1925 Reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act Senate Co-sponsor
Aug. 2, 2011 S J Res 24 Proposing a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (Udall Bill) Senate Co-sponsor
May 10, 2011 S 940 Amending Oil Company Tax Laws Senate Co-sponsor
Feb. 1, 2011 S Amdt 9 Repealing the IRS 1099 Provision from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Senate Co-sponsor
Nov. 17, 2010 S Amdt 4697 Prohibiting Earmarks Senate Co-sponsor
Sept. 13, 2010 S 3772 Paycheck Fairness Act Senate Co-sponsor
May 18, 2010 S Amdt 4072 Inspector General Appointment Modification Senate Co-sponsor
Jan. 21, 2010 S Amdt 3302 Establishing a Federal Budget Deficit Commission Senate Co-sponsor
Jan. 8, 2009 S 181 Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 Senate Co-sponsor
Jan. 6, 2009 S 160 Washington DC Voting Act Senate Co-sponsor
June 24, 2008 S 3186 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Funding Senate Co-sponsor
May 20, 2008 S 3044 Increasing Taxes on Profits, Rescinding Certain Tax Deductions, and Increasing Tax Incentives for Alternative Energy Programs for Oil Companies Senate Co-sponsor
March 13, 2008 S Amdt 4347 Earmark Moratorium Senate Co-sponsor
Sept. 19, 2007 S Amdt 2909 Time Between Troop Deployments Senate Co-sponsor
July 26, 2007 S Amdt 2480 Border Fence and Customs Appropriations Senate Co-sponsor
May 1, 2007 S 1257 District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act of 2007 Senate Co-sponsor
March 8, 2007 S J Res 9 United States Policy in Iraq Resolution of 2007 Senate Co-sponsor
Jan. 16, 2007 S 294 Amtrak Reauthorization Senate Co-sponsor
Jan. 4, 2007 S 5 Stem Cell Research Act of 2007 Senate Co-sponsor

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