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Selected Sponsorships

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
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 Co-sponsor
July 8, 2008 S Amdt 5064 Striking Telecom Immunity from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Bill Senate Co-sponsor
June 24, 2008 S 3186 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Funding Senate Co-sponsor
May 7, 2008 S Amdt 4719 Optional Wind Damage Insurance Senate Co-sponsor
March 13, 2008 S Amdt 4347 Earmark Moratorium Senate Co-sponsor
Feb. 5, 2008 S Amdt 3907 Striking Telecommunications Companies' Civil Immunity for Surveillance Senate Co-sponsor
Dec. 18, 2007 S Amdt 3875 Iraq Withdrawal Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
Sept. 20, 2007 S Amdt 2898 Iraq Troop Reduction Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
Sept. 19, 2007 S Amdt 2909 Time Between Troop Deployments Senate Co-sponsor
Sept. 17, 2007 S Amdt 2022 Habeas Corpus for Detainees of the United States Senate Co-sponsor
Sept. 10, 2007 S Amdt 2792 Bridge Repair Funding Senate Co-sponsor
Sept. 10, 2007 S Amdt 2797 Limiting Mexican Trucks to Commercial Zones Near the Border Between the U.S. and Mexico Senate Co-sponsor
July 11, 2007 S Amdt 2087 Iraq Troop Reduction Senate Co-sponsor
May 24, 2007 S J Res 14 Attorney General No Confidence Vote Senate Co-sponsor
May 1, 2007 S 1257 District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act of 2007 Senate Co-sponsor
April 24, 2007 S 1200 Health Care for Indigenous Peoples Senate Co-sponsor
March 8, 2007 S J Res 9 United States Policy in Iraq Resolution of 2007 Senate Co-sponsor
Jan. 16, 2007 S 294 Amtrak Reauthorization Senate Co-sponsor
Jan. 9, 2007 S 214 United States Attorneys Act of 2007 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
Sept. 28, 2006 S Amdt 5095 Oversight of CIA Interrogation and Detention Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
Sept. 28, 2006 S Amdt 5104 Military Commissions Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
Sept. 27, 2006 S Amdt 5087 Habeas Review Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
July 25, 2006 S AMDT 4689 Teen Pregnancy Education Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
July 12, 2006 S AMDT 4553 Rail and Transit Security Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
July 12, 2006 S AMDT 4587 Transit Security Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
July 11, 2006 S AMDT 4563 FEMA Amendment Senate Sponsor
June 19, 2006 S AMDT 4322 Minimum Wage Adjustment Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
May 18, 2006 S 2832 Appalachian Regional Development Act Amendments of 2006 Senate Co-sponsor
May 18, 2006 S AMDT 4072 "State Criminal Alien Assistance Program" Amendment Senate 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 14, 2006 S AMDT 3013 Reinstate Pay-As-You-Go through 2011 Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
Feb. 2, 2006 S AMDT 2730 Medicare Part D Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
Feb. 2, 2006 S AMDT 2737 Military Funding and Tax Cuts 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. 3, 2005 S AMDT 2371 Medicare Prescription Drug Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
Nov. 3, 2005 S AMDT 2409 Targeted Case Management Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
Nov. 2, 2005 S AMDT 2358 ANWR Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
Nov. 1, 2005 S AMDT 2351 Pay As You Go Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
Nov. 1, 2005 S AMDT 2356 Hurricane Health Care for Survivors Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
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 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 2033 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Amendment Senate Co-sponsor

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