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Mel Watt's Selected Sponsorships

Selected Sponsorships

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Dec. 5, 2013 H Amdt 521 Authorizes Judicial Discretion in Awarding Legal Fees in Patent Lawsuits House Sponsor
Oct. 29, 2013 HR 3370 Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 House Co-sponsor
March 13, 2013 HR 1123 Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act House Co-sponsor
June 10, 2010 HR 5510 Aiding Those Facing Foreclosure Act House Co-sponsor
May 13, 2010 HR 5297 Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments House Co-sponsor
June 8, 2009 HR 2751 Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save Act 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
April 16, 2008 HR 5818 Assistance to States for Purchasing Foreclosed Homes House Co-sponsor
Feb. 7, 2008 HR 5244 Credit Card Regulations House Co-sponsor
Oct. 22, 2007 HR 3915 Mortgage Reform and Anti-Subprime Lending Act House Co-sponsor
Oct. 12, 2007 H Res 734 Classification of Information Regarding Information on Iraq House Co-sponsor
June 28, 2007 HR 2895 National Affordable Housing Trust Fund Act of 2007 House Co-sponsor
June 28, 2007 HR 2929 Ban on Permanent Bases in Iraq House Co-sponsor
June 22, 2007 HR 2831 Equal Pay Bill House Co-sponsor
June 18, 2007 HR 2761 Terrorism Risk Insurance Revision and Extension Act (TRIA) House Co-sponsor
June 7, 2007 HR 2634 Expanding the List of Countries Eligible for Debt Forgiveness House Co-sponsor
May 1, 2007 HR 2095 Amtrak Reauthorization House Co-sponsor
March 9, 2007 HR 1424 Mental Health Coverage Bill 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. 5, 2007 HR 800 Union Organization Bill House Co-sponsor
Jan. 18, 2007 HR 556 Foreign Investment Oversight 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
Nov. 20, 2003 HR 3550 Highway Trust Fund Bill House Co-sponsor
April 12, 2003 HR 1829 Federal Prison Industries Competition in Contracting Act of 2003 House Co-sponsor
April 21, 1999 HR 1501 Juvenile Justice bill House Co-sponsor
March 4, 1999 HR 975 Steel Import Limitation bill House Co-sponsor
Feb. 10, 1999 HR 701 Conservation and Reinvestment Act of 1999 House Co-sponsor
April 24, 1997 HR 1432 African Growth bill House Co-sponsor
March 13, 1996 H Amdt 954 Habeas Corpus Reform Amendment House Sponsor
May 6, 1993 HR 2010 National Service Bill House Co-sponsor
Feb. 22, 1993 HR 1025 Brady Handgun Bill House Co-sponsor
Jan. 5, 1993 HR 1 Family & Medical Leave Bill House Co-sponsor
Jan. 5, 1993 HR 20 Hatch Act Reform Bill House Co-sponsor
Jan. 5, 1993 HR 51 D.C. Statehood Bill House Co-sponsor

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