Issue Category

3 Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
1/22/09 S 181 Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009
Bill Passed - Senate (61 - 36)
Did Not Vote
7/31/08 HR 4040 Consumer Product Safety Commission Bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (89 - 3)
Did Not Vote
4/23/08 HR 2831 Equal Pay Bill
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (56 - 42)
Yea
3/13/08 S Amdt 4259 Immigration Enforcement and Employer Sanctions Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (53 - 45)
Yea
3/06/08 HR 4040 Consumer Product Safety Commission Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (79 - 13)
Yea
5/24/07 HR 2206 Emergency Departmental Supplemental Appropriations Bill of 2007
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (80 - 14)
Nay
8/03/06 HR 5970 Death/Estate Tax and Minimum Wage Bill
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (56 - 42)
Nay
6/21/06 S AMDT 4322 Minimum Wage Adjustment Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (52 - 46)
Yea
6/21/06 S AMDT 4376 Increasing Minimum Wage Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (45 - 53)
Nay
5/23/06 S AMDT 4177 Employer Verification Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (59 - 39)
Yea
3/07/05 S AMDT 128 Minimum Wage Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (38 - 61)
Nay
3/07/05 S AMDT 44 Minimum Wage Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (46 - 49)
Yea
4/08/04 HR 3108 Pension Funding Equity Act of 2004
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (78 - 19)
Nay
3/06/01 S J Res 6 Ergonomics Regulations Resolution
Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (56 - 44)
Nay
2/02/00 HR 833 Bankruptcy Reform bill
Bill Passed - Senate (83 - 14)
Nay
11/09/99 S Amdt 2547 Three Year Minimum Wage Increase Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (54 - 44)
Nay
11/09/99 S Amdt 2751 Two Year Minimum Wage Increase Amendment
Amendment Tabled - Senate (50 - 48)
Nay
7/23/98 S Amdt 3258 Temporary Farm Workers Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (68 - 31)
Nay
5/18/98 S Amdt 2417 U.S. Citizen Recruitment Amendment
Amendment Tabled - Senate (59 - 39)
Nay
3/06/98 S Amdt 1708 Disadvantaged Business Enterprises Amendment
Amendment Tabled - Senate (58 - 37)
Yea
9/10/96 S 2056 Employment Nondiscrimination Act of 1996
Bill Failed - Senate (49 - 50)
Yea
8/02/96 HR 3103 Health Insurance Portability bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (98 - 0)
Yea
8/02/96 HR 3448 Minimum Wage Increase bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (76 - 22)
Yea
7/10/96 HR 743 Teamwork for Employees and Managers Act of 1995
Bill Passed - Senate (53 - 46)
Nay
7/10/96 S Amdt 4438 Teamwork for Employees and Managers Act of 1995
Amendment Adopted - Senate (61 - 38)
Nay
7/09/96 HR 3448 Minimum Wage Increase bill
Bill Passed - Senate (74 - 24)
Yea
7/09/96 S Amdt 4435 Minimum Wage Increase Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (46 - 52)
Yea
5/01/96 S Amdt 3752 Citizen Verification Pilot Program Amendment
Amendment Tabled - Senate (54 - 46)
Yea
7/12/94 S 55 Striker Replacement
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (53 - 47)
Yea

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