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Selected Sponsorships

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Sept. 18, 2012 HR 6429 STEM Jobs Act of 2012 House Co-sponsor
March 21, 2012 HR 9 Income Tax Deduction for Small Businesses House Co-sponsor
Feb. 17, 2012 HR 4078 Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Job Creation Act House Co-sponsor
Jan. 23, 2012 HR 3803 District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act House Co-sponsor
Dec. 1, 2011 HR 3541 Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA) of 2012 House Co-sponsor
Sept. 22, 2011 HR 3010 Establishes Additional Requirements for Regulatory Agencies House Co-sponsor
March 30, 2011 HR 1249 Patent Law Amendments House Co-sponsor
Feb. 18, 2011 HR 822 Requiring State Reciprocity for Carrying Concealed Firearms House Co-sponsor
Feb. 8, 2011 HR 527 Increases Requirements for Agencies that Promulgate Regulations Affecting Small Businesses House Co-sponsor
Jan. 26, 2011 HR 459 Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2012 House Co-sponsor
Jan. 25, 2011 HR 436 Repeals Excise Tax on Medical Devices House Co-sponsor
Jan. 20, 2011 HR 10 Congressional Approval of Regulations House Co-sponsor
Jan. 20, 2011 HR 3 Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion House Co-sponsor
Jan. 12, 2011 HR 4 Repeals the Form 1099 Provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act House Co-sponsor
Jan. 5, 2011 H J Res 2 Proposing a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution House Co-sponsor
Jan. 5, 2011 HR 2 Repealing the Health Care Bill House Co-sponsor
March 8, 2007 HR 1400 Iran Counter-Proliferation Act of 2007 House Co-sponsor
Feb. 12, 2007 HR 980 Collective Bargaining for Public Safety Officers House Co-sponsor
July 18, 2006 HR 5825 Electronic Surveillance Modernization Act House Co-sponsor
March 7, 2006 HR 4890 Line Item Veto bill House Co-sponsor
Feb. 16, 2006 HR 4772 Private Property Rights Implementation Act of 2006 House Co-sponsor
Oct. 27, 2005 HR 4167 None House Co-sponsor
May 17, 2005 HR 2389 Pledge Protection Act of 2006 House Co-sponsor
Feb. 17, 2005 HR 8 Death/Estate Tax Repeal Permanency Act of 2005 House Co-sponsor
Feb. 1, 2005 HR 503 Horse Slaughter Prohibition Bill House Co-sponsor
Jan. 26, 2005 HR 418 Real ID Act of 2005 House Co-sponsor
Jan. 26, 2005 HR 420 Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2005 House Co-sponsor
June 15, 2004 HR 4571 Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2004 House Co-sponsor
May 8, 2003 HR 2028 Pledge of Allegiance Protection Bill House Co-sponsor
May 1, 2003 HR 1904 Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003 House Co-sponsor
April 11, 2003 H Res 198 Iraq's Reconstruction Resolution House Co-sponsor
Feb. 27, 2003 HR 1036 Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act House Co-sponsor
Feb. 5, 2003 HR 5 Malpractice Liability bill House Co-sponsor
Jan. 27, 2003 HR 339 Food Industry Obesity Lawsuits (Cheeseburger Bill) House Co-sponsor
Oct. 2, 2002 H J Res 114 Use of Military Force Against Iraq House Co-sponsor
May 23, 2001 HR 1954 Iran and Libya Sanctions House Co-sponsor
June 17, 1999 HR 2260 Pain Relief Promotion Act of 1999 House Co-sponsor
April 21, 1999 HR 1501 Juvenile Justice bill House Co-sponsor
March 24, 1999 HR 1259 Social Security Lock Box bill House Co-sponsor
Feb. 25, 1999 HR 8 Estate Tax Elimination Act of 2000 House Co-sponsor
Feb. 24, 1999 H J Res 33 Flag Desecration Resolution House Co-sponsor
Feb. 10, 1999 HR 6 Changes in Income Tax Deductions for Married Couples House Co-sponsor
Feb. 10, 1999 HR 701 Conservation and Reinvestment Act of 1999 House Co-sponsor
Jan. 19, 1999 HR 417 Campaign Finance Reform bill House Co-sponsor
Sept. 16, 1998 HR 4579 Tax Cut bill House Co-sponsor
July 16, 1998 HR 4250 Patient Protection bill House Co-sponsor
Feb. 26, 1998 H J Res 111 Tax Limitation Amendment House Co-sponsor
May 8, 1997 H J Res 78 Religious Freedom Constitutional Amendment House Co-sponsor
May 6, 1997 HR 1534 Private Property Rights bill House Sponsor
April 10, 1997 HR 1270 Nuclear Waste Disposal bill House Co-sponsor

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