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Selected Sponsorships

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
April 29, 2010 HR 5175 Campaign Finance Disclosure Requirements House Co-sponsor
Oct. 14, 2009 HR 3808 Interstate Recognition of Notarizations Act of 2010 House Co-sponsor
April 2, 2009 HR 1913 Hate Crimes Expansion House Co-sponsor
March 3, 2009 HR 1256 FDA Oversight of Tobacco Products House Co-sponsor
July 18, 2007 HR 3087 Requiring Reports from the Defense Department to Congress Regarding Withdrawal from Iraq House Co-sponsor
March 20, 2007 HR 1592 Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007 House Co-sponsor
March 9, 2007 HR 1429 Head Start Act of 2007 House Co-sponsor
Feb. 15, 2007 HR 1108 FDA Regulation of Tobacco House Co-sponsor
Jan. 5, 2007 HR 3 None House Co-sponsor
March 7, 2006 HR 4890 Line Item Veto bill House Co-sponsor
Oct. 27, 2005 HR 4157 Better Health Information Systems Act of 2006 House Co-sponsor
June 20, 2005 HR 2990 None House Co-sponsor
Feb. 15, 2005 HR 810 Stem Cell Research Bill of 2005 House Sponsor
Feb. 2, 2005 HR 513 527 Reform Act of 2005 House Co-sponsor
Feb. 1, 2005 HR 503 Horse Slaughter Prohibition Bill House Co-sponsor
March 2, 2004 HR 3873 Child Nutrition Improvement and Integrity Act House Sponsor
May 22, 2003 HR 2210 Head Start Bill House Sponsor
May 8, 2003 HR 2028 Pledge of Allegiance Protection Bill House Co-sponsor
March 19, 2003 HR 1350 Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act House Sponsor
June 24, 2002 HR 5005 Establishing the Department of Homeland Security House Co-sponsor
Nov. 14, 2001 HR 3295 Help America Vote Act of 2002 House Co-sponsor
March 22, 2001 HR 1 No Child Left Behind Act House Co-sponsor
June 22, 1999 HR 2300 Academic Achievement for All Act House Co-sponsor
May 27, 1999 HR 1995 Teacher Empowerment Act House Co-sponsor
Feb. 24, 1999 HR 833 Bankruptcy Reform bill House Co-sponsor
Feb. 23, 1999 HR 800 Education Flexibility Partnership Act of 1999 House Sponsor
Feb. 11, 1999 HR 2 Education Funding for Disadvantaged Students House Co-sponsor
Jan. 19, 1999 HR 417 Campaign Finance Reform bill House Co-sponsor
Jan. 6, 1999 HR 10 Financial Modernization bill House Co-sponsor
March 30, 1998 HR 3581 Campaign Finance Reform bill House Co-sponsor
Feb. 26, 1998 H J Res 111 Tax Limitation Amendment House Co-sponsor
Feb. 3, 1998 HR 3150 Bankruptcy Reform bill House Co-sponsor
Sept. 9, 1997 H Amdt 335 Family Planning Parental Notification Amendment House Sponsor
Feb. 13, 1997 H J Res 54 Flag Desecration Constitutional Amendment House Co-sponsor
Jan. 7, 1997 HR 10 Financial Services Act of 1998 House Co-sponsor
Jan. 7, 1997 HR 2 Public Housing bill House Co-sponsor
Jan. 7, 1997 HR 6 Higher Education Programs Authorization Extension bill House Co-sponsor
March 18, 1996 HR 3103 Health Insurance Portability bill House Co-sponsor
Oct. 31, 1995 HR 2564 Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 House Co-sponsor
Oct. 30, 1995 H Res 247 Bosnia Troop Deployment Resolution House Co-sponsor
March 21, 1995 H J Res 79 Flag Desecration bill House Co-sponsor
Jan. 30, 1995 HR 743 Teamwork for Employees and Managers Act of 1995 House Co-sponsor
Jan. 4, 1995 H J Res 1 Balanced Budget Proposed Constitutional Amendment House Co-sponsor
Jan. 4, 1995 HR 2 Line Item Veto Act House Co-sponsor
April 25, 1994 HR 4296 Regulation of Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons House Co-sponsor
Feb. 22, 1993 HR 1025 Brady Handgun Bill House Co-sponsor
Feb. 4, 1993 H J Res 103 Balanced Budget Amendment House Co-sponsor

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