Melvin 'Mel' Luther Watt's Voting Records



Full Name: Melvin 'Mel' Luther Watt
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Eulada; 2 Children: Brian, Jason
Birth Date: 08/26/1945
Birth Place: Charlotte, North Carolina
Home City: Charlotte, NC
Religion: Presbyterian - Christian
Issue Category

44 Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
12/05/13 H Amdt 521 Authorizes Judicial Discretion in Awarding Legal Fees in Patent Lawsuits
Amendment Rejected - House (199 - 213)
12/05/13 H Amdt 521 Authorizes Judicial Discretion in Awarding Legal Fees in Patent Lawsuits
None - House
12/05/13 H Amdt 524 Limits Covered Customers to Businesses With Less Than $25 Million in Revenue
Amendment Rejected - House (144 - 266)
12/05/13 HR 3309 Innovation Act
Bill Passed - House (325 - 91)
4/12/13 HR 1120 Preventing Greater Uncertainty in Labor-Management Relations Act
Bill Passed - House (219 - 209)
2/28/13 H Amdt 23 Reauthorizes the Violence Against Women Act
Amendment Rejected - House (166 - 257)
2/28/13 S 47 Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013
Bill Passed - House (286 - 138)
2/09/12 S 2038 Prohibits Insider Trading by Government Officials
Bill Passed - House (417 - 2)
9/21/06 HR 6095 Immigration Law Enforcement Act of 2006
Bill Passed - House (277 - 140)
7/19/06 HR 2389 Pledge Protection Act of 2006
Bill Passed - House (260 - 167)
6/30/05 HR 3058 Transportation, Treasury, HUD and Judiciary Appropriation
Bill Passed - House (405 - 18)
3/21/05 S 686 Terri Schiavo Incapacitated Persons Protection Bill
Bill Passed - House (203 - 58)
2/17/05 S 5 Class Action Fairness Act of 2005
Bill Passed - House (279 - 149)
9/23/04 HR 2028 Pledge of Allegiance Protection Bill
Bill Passed - House (247 - 173)
3/13/03 HR 5 Malpractice Liability bill
Bill Passed - House (229 - 196)
6/17/99 HR 1501 Juvenile Justice bill
Bill Passed - House (287 - 139)
2/25/98 H Amdt 497 Death Sentence Amendment
Amendment Rejected - House (113 - 300)

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