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Selected Sponsorships

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
May 26, 2011 H J Res 66 Emergency Disaster Relief Appropriations House Co-sponsor
July 15, 2009 HR 3221 Student Aid Program Modifications House Co-sponsor
April 2, 2009 HR 1913 Hate Crimes Expansion House Co-sponsor
Feb. 23, 2009 HR 1106 Mortgage Restructuring In Bankruptcy House Co-sponsor
Jan. 6, 2009 HR 11 Employment Discrimination Law Amendments House Co-sponsor
Jan. 6, 2009 HR 12 Employment Discrimination Law Amendments House Co-sponsor
Sept. 25, 2008 HR 7081 United States - India Nuclear Agreement House Sponsor
May 13, 2008 HR 6028 Assistance for Mexico and Central America for Anti-Drug Programs (Merida Program) House Sponsor
March 13, 2008 HR 5613 Medicaid Extensions and Changes House Co-sponsor
Feb. 27, 2008 HR 5501 Funding to Combat AIDS, Malaria, and Tuberculosis House Sponsor
Feb. 7, 2008 HR 5244 Credit Card Regulations House Co-sponsor
Jan. 17, 2008 HR 5036 Federal Funding for Voting System Changes House Co-sponsor
June 22, 2007 HR 2831 Equal Pay Bill House Co-sponsor
June 19, 2007 HR 2768 S-MINER Act House Co-sponsor
June 7, 2007 HR 2634 Expanding the List of Countries Eligible for Debt Forgiveness House Co-sponsor
May 10, 2007 HR 2262 Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act House Co-sponsor
April 18, 2007 HR 1908 Patent Reform Act of 2007 House Sponsor
March 20, 2007 HR 1592 Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007 House Co-sponsor
March 9, 2007 HR 1424 Mental Health Coverage Bill House Co-sponsor
March 8, 2007 HR 1400 Iran Counter-Proliferation Act of 2007 House Co-sponsor
March 6, 2007 HR 1338 Employment Discrimination Law Amendments House Co-sponsor
Feb. 12, 2007 HR 980 Collective Bargaining for Public Safety Officers House Co-sponsor
Feb. 12, 2007 HR 985 Whistleblower Protection Act of 2007 House Co-sponsor
Feb. 5, 2007 HR 800 Union Organization Bill House Co-sponsor
Jan. 12, 2007 HR 5 College Student Relief Act of 2007 House Co-sponsor
Jan. 12, 2007 HR 6 Energy Act of 2007 House Co-sponsor
Jan. 5, 2007 HR 1 None House Co-sponsor
Jan. 5, 2007 HR 2 None House Co-sponsor
Jan. 5, 2007 HR 3 None House Co-sponsor
Jan. 5, 2007 HR 4 None House Co-sponsor
May 2, 2006 HR 9 Voting Rights Act Reauthorization House Co-sponsor
Feb. 15, 2005 HR 810 Stem Cell Research Bill of 2005 House Co-sponsor
Feb. 1, 2005 HR 503 Horse Slaughter Prohibition Bill House Co-sponsor
Nov. 20, 2003 HR 3550 Highway Trust Fund Bill House Co-sponsor
July 24, 2003 HR 2844 Continuity in Representation Act of 2003 House Co-sponsor
May 5, 2003 HR 1950 State Department FY2004-2005 Authorizations bill House Co-sponsor
April 2, 2003 HR 1561 US Patent and Trademark Fee Modernization Act, 2004 House Co-sponsor
Oct. 2, 2002 H J Res 114 Use of Military Force Against Iraq House Co-sponsor
Nov. 14, 2001 HR 3295 Help America Vote Act of 2002 House Co-sponsor
Oct. 2, 2001 HR 2975 Anti-Terrorism Act of 2001 House Co-sponsor
July 19, 2001 HR 2563 Bipartisan Patient Protection Act House Co-sponsor
May 23, 2001 HR 1954 Iran and Libya Sanctions House Co-sponsor
May 18, 1999 HR 1838 Taiwan Security Enhancement Act House Co-sponsor
Feb. 10, 1999 HR 669 Peace Corps Authorization Bill House Co-sponsor
Feb. 10, 1999 HR 701 Conservation and Reinvestment Act of 1999 House Co-sponsor
Feb. 12, 1998 H Res 364 Human Rights in China House Co-sponsor
Oct. 23, 1997 HR 2709 Iran Missile Sanctions bill House Co-sponsor
April 25, 1994 HR 4296 Regulation of Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons House Co-sponsor
June 8, 1993 HR 2333 State Department FY94-95 Authorization Bill House Co-sponsor
May 6, 1993 HR 2010 National Service Bill House Co-sponsor

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