Issue Category

3 Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
11/03/11 H Amdt 849 Requires Public Disclosure of Bonuses and Golden Parachute Arrangements
Amendment Rejected - House (190 - 234)
Nay
9/15/11 HR 2587 National Labor Relations Board Prohibitions
Bill Passed - House (238 - 186)
Yea
2/19/11 H Amdt 155 Prohibits Use of Funds for Step Increase for General Schedule Employees
Amendment Rejected - House (191 - 230)
Did Not Vote
12/08/10 HR 6495 Mine Safety Act
Bill Failed - House (214 - 193)
Nay
7/30/10 HR 5851 "Whistleblower Protection" for Offshore Oil Workers
Bill Passed - House (315 - 93)
Nay
3/25/10 HR 4872 Health Care Reconciliation Act
Concurrence Vote Passed - House (220 - 207)
Nay
3/21/10 HR 4872 Health Care Reconciliation Act
Bill Passed - House (220 - 211)
Nay
3/04/10 HR 2847 Employment, Infrastructure, and Transportation Appropriations and Tax Credits ("Senate Jobs Bill")
Concurrence Vote Passed - House (217 - 201)
Nay
12/16/09 HR 2847 Employment, Infrastructure, and Transportation Appropriations
Concurrence Vote Passed - House (217 - 212)
Nay
1/27/09 S 181 Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009
Bill Passed - House (250 - 177)
Nay
1/09/09 HR 11 Employment Discrimination Law Amendments
Bill Passed - House (247 - 171)
Nay
1/09/09 HR 12 Employment Discrimination Law Amendments
Bill Passed - House (256 - 163)
Nay
7/31/08 HR 1338 Employment Discrimination Law Amendments
Bill Passed - House (247 - 178)
Nay
4/30/08 HR 5522 Requiring OSHA to Establish Combustible Dust Safety Standards
Bill Passed - House (247 - 165)
Nay
1/16/08 HR 2768 S-MINER Act
Bill Passed - House (214 - 199)
Did Not Vote
11/07/07 HR 3685 Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA)
Bill Passed - House (235 - 184)
Did Not Vote
10/31/07 HR 3920 Trade and Globalization Act of 2007
Bill Passed - House (264 - 157)
Did Not Vote
7/31/07 HR 2831 Equal Pay Bill
Bill Passed - House (225 - 199)
Nay
5/10/07 HR 2206 Emergency Departmental Supplemental Appropriations Bill of 2007
Bill Passed - House (221 - 205)
Nay
1/10/07 HR 2 Minimum Wage Increase
Bill Passed - House (315 - 116)
Nay
7/29/06 HR 5970 Death/Estate Tax and Minimum Wage Bill
Bill Passed - House (230 - 180)
Nay
7/28/06 HR 4 Pension Reform Bill
Bill Passed - House (279 - 131)
Nay
3/30/06 H Amdt 772 Reverse the Raid on Student Aid Amendment
Amendment Rejected - House (200 - 220)
Nay
7/26/05 H Amdt 514 Small Employer Health Benefits Plan Amendment
Amendment Rejected - House (197 - 230)
Nay
9/09/04 HR 5006 Labor, HHS and Education Appropriations Bill- FY 2005
Bill Passed - House (388 - 13)
Nay
5/12/04 HR 4279 Small Business Health Fairness Act of 2004
Bill Passed - House (273 - 152)
Yea
4/02/04 HR 3108 Pension Funding Equity Act of 2004
Conference Report Adopted - House (336 - 69)
Did Not Vote
2/25/04 HR 2751 GAO Human Capital Reform Act of 2004
Bill Passed - House (382 - 43)
Nay
6/19/03 HR 660 Small Business Health Fairness Act of 2003
Bill Passed - House (262 - 162)
Yea
1/08/03 S 23 Unemployment Benefits bill
Bill Passed - House (416 - 4)
Nay
7/19/01 H Amdt 200 Community Solutions Act Amendment
Amendment Rejected - House (168 - 261)
Nay
6/08/00 H Amdt 760 OSHA Ergonomic Protection Amendment
Amendment Rejected - House (203 - 220)
Nay
3/09/00 H Amdt 594 Minimum Wage Increase-Two Year Raise
Amendment Adopted - House (246 - 179)
Nay
3/09/00 HR 3081 Small Business Tax Fairness Act of 2000
Bill Passed - House (257 - 169)
Yea
3/09/00 HR 3846 Minimum Wage Increase bill
Bill Passed - House (282 - 143)
Nay
5/05/99 HR 833 Bankruptcy Reform bill
Bill Passed - House (313 - 108)
Yea
9/24/98 HR 3736 Nonimmigrant Specialty Workers bill
Bill Passed - House (288 - 133)
Yea
4/01/98 H Amdt 548 Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program Amendment
Amendment Rejected - House (194 - 225)
Yea
3/26/98 HR 3246 Small Business and Employee Fairness bill
Bill Passed - House (202 - 200)
Yea
3/19/97 HR 1 Compensatory Time Bill
Bill Passed - House (222 - 210)
Yea

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