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Selected Sponsorships

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Nov. 29, 2012 S Amdt 3245 Prohibits the Use of Funds for the Transfer or Release of Individuals Detained at Guantanamo Bay Senate Co-sponsor
Nov. 28, 2012 S Amdt 2985 Repeals the Limit on the Use of Funds to Procure Alternative Fuel Senate Co-sponsor
Nov. 28, 2012 S Amdt 3058 Expands TRICARE Coverage of Autism Senate Co-sponsor
July 19, 2012 S 3414 Cybersecurity Act of 2012 Senate Sponsor
June 19, 2012 S Amdt 2156 Increases Funding for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Senate Co-sponsor
March 15, 2012 S Amdt 1836 Reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank of the United States Senate Co-sponsor
Jan. 26, 2012 S 2038 Prohibits Insider Trading by Government Officials Senate Sponsor
Nov. 30, 2011 S 1925 Reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act Senate Co-sponsor
Nov. 2, 2011 S 1789 United States Postal Service Amendments Senate Sponsor
March 30, 2011 S 679 Presidential Appointment Efficiency and Streamlining Act of 2011 Senate Co-sponsor
Jan. 25, 2011 S 23 Patent Reform Act of 2011 House Co-sponsor
Jan. 21, 2010 S Amdt 3302 Establishing a Federal Budget Deficit Commission Senate Co-sponsor
Jan. 8, 2009 S 181 Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 Senate Co-sponsor
Jan. 6, 2009 S 160 Washington DC Voting Act Senate Sponsor
June 24, 2008 S 3186 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Funding Senate Co-sponsor
June 4, 2008 S Amdt 4825 Carbon Emissions Cap and Trade Plan Senate Co-sponsor
Sept. 20, 2007 S Amdt 3017 Expressing the Sense of Congress Regarding Iran and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Senate Co-sponsor
June 14, 2007 S Amdt 1519 Preventing Petroleum Export Organizations (NOPEC Act of 2007) Senate Co-sponsor
May 1, 2007 S 1257 District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act of 2007 Senate Sponsor
March 26, 2007 S Amdt 643 Iraq Withdrawal Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
Jan. 16, 2007 S 294 Amtrak Reauthorization Senate Co-sponsor
Jan. 4, 2007 S 1 Lobbying and Donation Regulations Senate Co-sponsor
Jan. 4, 2007 S 4 Implementing the 9/11 Commission Recommendations Act Senate Co-sponsor
Jan. 4, 2007 S 5 Stem Cell Research Act of 2007 Senate Co-sponsor
July 11, 2006 S AMDT 4560 USEMA Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
June 19, 2006 S AMDT 4322 Minimum Wage Adjustment Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
May 18, 2006 S AMDT 4072 "State Criminal Alien Assistance Program" Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
March 16, 2006 S AMDT 3071 Education Funding Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
March 16, 2006 S AMDT 3074 LIHEAP Funding Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
March 16, 2006 S AMDT 3103 Natural Resources and Environment Funding Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
Feb. 2, 2006 S AMDT 2730 Medicare Part D Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
Nov. 17, 2005 S AMDT 2601 Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
Nov. 17, 2005 S AMDT 2612 Price-Gouging During Emergencies Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
Nov. 17, 2005 S AMDT 2626 Temporary Tax on Crude Oil Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
Nov. 2, 2005 S AMDT 2358 ANWR Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
Oct. 26, 2005 S AMDT 2275 Elementary and Secondary Education Act Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
Oct. 26, 2005 S AMDT 2292 Individuals with Disabilities Education Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
Oct. 25, 2005 S AMDT 2194 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
Oct. 25, 2005 S AMDT 2213 Federal Pell Grant Increase Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
Sept. 9, 2005 S Amdt 1678 Hurricane Katrina Relief Amendment Senate Sponsor
July 13, 2005 S Amdt 1189 Air Cargo Security Programs Implementation Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
June 29, 2005 S J Res 20 EPA's Clean Air Mercury Rule Senate Co-sponsor
March 17, 2005 S AMDT 177 Education Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
March 16, 2005 S AMDT 220 Homeland Security Grant Program Amendment Senate Sponsor
March 15, 2005 S AMDT 168 Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Drilling Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
March 3, 2005 S AMDT 44 Minimum Wage Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
Jan. 25, 2005 S 5 Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 Senate Co-sponsor
Sept. 23, 2004 S 2845 National Intelligence Reform Act of 2004 Senate Co-sponsor
May 10, 2004 S Res 356 Resolution Condemning Abuse of Iraqi Prisoners House Co-sponsor
April 21, 2004 S 2329 Victims' Rights Bill Senate Co-sponsor

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