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Selected Sponsorships

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
July 25, 2012 S Amdt 2573 Tax Hike Prevention Act of 2012 Senate Co-sponsor
Feb. 28, 2012 S Amdt 1520 Authorizes Moral and Religious Objections to Certain Health Care Items and Services Senate Co-sponsor
Nov. 9, 2011 S Amdt 928 American Jobs and Economic Growth Senate Co-sponsor
Sept. 21, 2011 S Amdt 645 Repeals the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program for Firms Senate Sponsor
June 7, 2011 S Amdt 392 Debit Card Transactions Senate Co-sponsor
March 31, 2011 S J Res 10 Proposing a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (Hatch Bill) Senate Co-sponsor
March 30, 2011 S 679 Presidential Appointment Efficiency and Streamlining Act of 2011 Senate Co-sponsor
Feb. 16, 2011 S J Res 6 Disapproval of FCC Regulation of Internet and Broadband Industry Senate Co-sponsor
Jan. 25, 2011 S 23 Patent Reform Act of 2011 House Co-sponsor
June 9, 2010 S Amdt 4302 Requiring Reports on Foreign Holdings of U.S. Debt Senate Co-sponsor
May 27, 2010 S Amdt 4214 National Guard Deployment on Southern U.S. Land Border Senate Co-sponsor
Jan. 21, 2010 S J Res 26 Statement of Opposition to EPA Greenhouse Gas Rule Senate Co-sponsor
Jan. 20, 2010 S Amdt 3301 Ending the Troubled Asset Relief Program Senate Co-sponsor
Sept. 14, 2009 Amdt 2355 Prohibiting Funding for ACORN Senate Co-sponsor
March 13, 2008 S Amdt 4347 Earmark Moratorium Senate Co-sponsor
Oct. 2, 2007 S Amdt 3117 Border Fence and Customs Appropriations Senate Co-sponsor
Sept. 20, 2007 S Amdt 3017 Expressing the Sense of Congress Regarding Iran and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Senate Sponsor
July 26, 2007 S Amdt 2480 Border Fence and Customs Appropriations Senate Co-sponsor
July 25, 2007 S Amdt 2405 REAL ID Funding Senate Co-sponsor
Aug. 2, 2006 S AMDT 4775 Triple-Layered Fencing Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
May 17, 2006 S AMDT 3965 Employment-based Immigrant Visa Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
May 17, 2006 S AMDT 4064 English As National Language Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
Nov. 14, 2005 S AMDT 2524 Guantanamo Bay Detainees Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
Nov. 10, 2005 S Amdt 2516 Detainees at Guantanamo Bay Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
Oct. 17, 2005 S AMDT 2062 Congressional Pay Raise Amendment Senate Sponsor
July 13, 2005 S AMDT 1171 Detention Beds Increase Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
April 14, 2005 S J Res 12 Flag Desecration Constitutional Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
Feb. 16, 2005 S 397 Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill Senate Co-sponsor
Feb. 16, 2005 S 403 Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act Senate Co-sponsor
Jan. 25, 2005 S 5 Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 Senate Co-sponsor
Jan. 24, 2005 S J Res 1 Same Sex Marriage Resolution Senate Co-sponsor
July 7, 2004 S J Res 40 Federal Marriage Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
May 10, 2004 S Res 356 Resolution Condemning Abuse of Iraqi Prisoners House Co-sponsor
April 21, 2004 S 2329 Victims' Rights Bill Senate Sponsor
Feb. 14, 2003 S 3 Prohibit Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion bill Senate Co-sponsor
Oct. 5, 1999 S 1692 Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion Senate Co-sponsor
March 17, 1999 S J Res 14 Flag Desecration amendment Senate Co-sponsor
July 22, 1998 S Amdt 3266 Internet Gambling Amendment Senate Sponsor
May 25, 1998 S Amdt 393 FY 2000 Defense Auth.--Base Closures Senate Co-sponsor
March 30, 1998 S Amdt 2169 Medicare Choices Amendment Senate Sponsor
March 27, 1998 S 1873 American Missile Protection bill Senate Co-sponsor
March 2, 1998 S Con Res 78 Saddam Hussein War Crime Prosecution bill Senate Co-sponsor
Oct. 7, 1997 S 1260 Securities Litigation Senate Co-sponsor
June 24, 1997 S Amdt 468 Private Contracts Amendment Senate Sponsor
March 20, 1997 S 495 Chemical and Biological Weapons Threat Reduction Act Senate Sponsor
Jan. 21, 1997 S 104 Nuclear Waste Disposal bill Senate Co-sponsor
Jan. 21, 1997 S J Res 1 Balanced Budget amendment Senate Co-sponsor
July 9, 1996 S 1936 Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1996 Senate Co-sponsor
Oct. 12, 1995 S 1316 Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1995 Senate Co-sponsor
April 27, 1995 S 735 Comprehensive Terrorism Prevention Act Senate Co-sponsor

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