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John Kerry's Selected Sponsorships

Office: U.S. Secretary of State, Democratic

Selected Sponsorships

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Nov. 1, 2005 S AMDT 2357 Medicare Premiums 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
Oct. 5, 2005 S AMDT 1937 Health Care for Veterans Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
Oct. 5, 2005 S Amdt 2033 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Amendment Senate Sponsor
June 29, 2005 S J Res 20 EPA's Clean Air Mercury Rule Senate Co-sponsor
June 16, 2005 S AMDT 791 Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
June 15, 2005 S AMDT 784 Reduction in Dependence on Foreign Oil Senate Co-sponsor
March 17, 2005 S AMDT 177 Education Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
March 17, 2005 S Amdt 244 Unintended Pregnancy Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
March 16, 2005 S AMDT 172 Perkins Vocational Education Program Amendment Senate Co-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
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
July 15, 2003 S J Res 17 FCC Media Ownership bill Senate Co-sponsor
June 9, 2003 S Amdt 865 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
March 18, 2003 S Amdt 272 ANWR Oil Drilling Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
Feb. 26, 2002 S Amdt 2937 Allowing Signatures for Voter Registration by Mail Senate Co-sponsor
Sept. 21, 2001 S 1447 Federalize Aviation Security bill Senate Co-sponsor
March 27, 2001 S 625 Hate Crimes Bill Senate Co-sponsor
March 19, 2001 S 565 Equal Protection of Voting Rights Act of 2001 Senate Co-sponsor
Jan. 22, 2001 S 27 Campaign Reform Act of 2001 Senate Co-sponsor
May 17, 2000 S Amdt 3154 Troop Withdrawal from Kosovo Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
March 3, 1998 S Amdt 1682 Blood Alcohol Content Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
March 2, 1998 S Con Res 78 Saddam Hussein War Crime Prosecution bill Senate Co-sponsor
Oct. 7, 1997 S 1260 Securities Litigation Senate Co-sponsor
June 26, 1997 S Amdt 527 Family Tax Relief Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
March 20, 1997 S Amdt 25 U.S.- Mexico Drug Trafficking Prevention Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
March 13, 1997 S 442 Internet Tax Freedom bill Senate Co-sponsor
Sept. 16, 1996 S Amdt 5353 Federal Land Grazing Fee Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
May 1, 1996 S Amdt 3780 Asylum Seeker Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
Sept. 7, 1995 S 1219 Campaign Finance Reform bill Senate Co-sponsor
March 28, 1995 S 641 Ryan White CARE Reauthorization Act of 1995 Senate Co-sponsor
June 30, 1994 S Amdt 2127 Advanced Liquid Metal Reactor Termination Amendment Senate Sponsor
Jan. 26, 1994 S Amdt 1263 Vietnam Trade Embargo Senate Sponsor
Sept. 9, 1993 S Amdt 790 U.S. Policy Towards Somalia Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
March 23, 1993 S 636 Abortion Clinic Access Bill Senate Co-sponsor
Feb. 4, 1993 S J Res 45 Authorization for Use of U.S. Armed Forces in Somalia Senate Co-sponsor
Jan. 21, 1993 S 21 California Desert Protection Act of 1994 Senate Co-sponsor
Jan. 21, 1993 S 55 Striker Replacement Senate Co-sponsor
Jan. 23, 1992 S 250 Expanding Voter Registration Opportunities Senate Co-sponsor
Feb. 20, 1991 S 429 Civil Actions Regarding Price-Fixing House Co-sponsor
Jan. 14, 1991 S 2 National Education Goals and Funding Reform Senate Co-sponsor
Jan. 14, 1991 S 3 Congressional Campaign Finance Reform Senate Co-sponsor
Jan. 14, 1991 S 5 Family and Medical Leave Senate Co-sponsor

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