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Rick Larsen's Voting Records on Issue: Legal

Office: U.S. House (WA) - District 2, Democratic
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 2

National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
July 30, 2014 H Res 676 Providing for Authority to Initiate Litigation for Actions by the President or Other Executive Branch Officials Inconsistent with Their Duties Under the Constitution of the United States Resolution Passed - House
(225 - 201)
Nay
Dec. 5, 2013 H Amdt 521 Authorizes Judicial Discretion in Awarding Legal Fees in Patent Lawsuits Amendment Rejected - House
(199 - 213)
Yea
Dec. 5, 2013 H Amdt 524 Limits Covered Customers to Businesses With Less Than $25 Million in Revenue Amendment Rejected - House
(144 - 266)
Nay
Dec. 5, 2013 HR 3309 Innovation Act Bill Passed - House
(325 - 91)
Yea
Nov. 14, 2013 HR 2655 Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2013 Bill Passed - House
(228 - 195)
Nay
Nov. 13, 2013 HR 982 Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act of 2013 Bill Passed - House
(221 - 199)
Nay
Oct. 23, 2013 HR 3309 Innovation Act House Co-sponsor
Sept. 18, 2013 H Amdt 463 Amends the Definition of "Strategic and Critical Minerals" Amendment Rejected - House
(187 - 241)
Yea
Sept. 18, 2013 HR 761 National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2013 Bill Passed - House
(246 - 178)
Nay
May 22, 2013 H Amdt 72 Increases Time to File a Claim Under the Northern Route Approval Act from 60 Days to 1 Year Amendment Rejected - House
(182 - 234)
Yea
May 16, 2012 HR 4970 Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2012 Bill Passed - House
(222 - 205)
Nay
June 23, 2011 HR 1249 Patent Law Amendments Bill Passed - House
(304 - 117)
Yea
Dec. 17, 2010 HR 5510 Aiding Those Facing Foreclosure Act Bill Failed - House
(210 - 145)
Yea
Nov. 17, 2010 HR 3808 Requiring Interstate Recognition of Notarizations Veto Override Failed - House
(185 - 235)
Nay
July 30, 2010 HR 5851 "Whistleblower Protection" for Offshore Oil Workers Bill Passed - House
(315 - 93)
Yea
July 21, 2010 HR 725 Tribal Law Enforcement Amendments Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(326 - 92)
Yea
Nov. 7, 2009 H Amdt 510 Substitute Health Care and Insurance Law Amendments Amendment Rejected - House
(176 - 258)
Nay
May 20, 2008 HR 6074 Prohibiting Foreign States or Associations from Forming a Group to Control Oil Bill Passed - House
(324 - 84)
Yea
Oct. 16, 2007 HR 2102 Reporter's Source Confidentiality Guidelines Bill Passed - House
(398 - 21)
Yea
Oct. 4, 2007 HR 2740 Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act (MEJA) Expansion and Enforcement Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House
(389 - 30)
Yea
May 22, 2007 HR 2264 Preventing the Organization of Petroleum Export Groups Bill Passed - House
(345 - 72)
Yea
May 22, 2007 S 214 United States Attorneys Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House
(306 - 114)
Yea
Sept. 29, 2006 HR 4772 Private Property Rights Implementation Act of 2006 Bill Passed - House
(231 - 181)
Nay
Sept. 29, 2006 S 3930 Military Commissions Act of 2006 Bill Passed - House
(250 - 170)
Nay
Sept. 27, 2006 HR 6166 Military Commissions Act of 2006 Bill Passed - House
(253 - 168)
Nay
Sept. 26, 2006 HR 2679 Public Expression of Religion Act of 2006 Bill Passed - House
(244 - 173)
Nay
Sept. 26, 2006 HR 4772 Private Property Rights Implementation Act of 2005 Bill Failed - House
(234 - 172)
Nay
Sept. 21, 2006 HR 6095 Immigration Law Enforcement Act of 2006 Bill Passed - House
(277 - 140)
Nay
March 7, 2006 S 2271 PATRIOT Act Reauthorization bill Bill Passed - House
(280 - 138)
Yea
Dec. 19, 2005 HR 2863 Defense Department FY2006 Appropriations Bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(308 - 106)
Yea
Oct. 27, 2005 HR 420 Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2005 Bill Passed - House
(228 - 184)
Nay
Oct. 19, 2005 HR 554 Food Industry Obesity Lawsuits Bill Passed - House
(306 - 120)
Yea
July 28, 2005 HR 5 Malpractice Liability Reform Bill Bill Passed - House
(230 - 194)
Nay
June 20, 2005 HR 2863 Defense Department FY2006 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - House
(398 - 19)
Yea
April 21, 2005 H Amdt 370 Liability Shield Language Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(213 - 219)
Yea
Sept. 14, 2004 HR 4571 Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2004 Bill Passed - House
(229 - 174)
Nay
May 12, 2004 HR 4280 Medical Malpractice Liability Limitation Bill Bill Passed - House
(229 - 197)
Nay
March 10, 2004 HR 339 Food Industry Obesity Lawsuits (Cheeseburger Bill) Bill Passed - House
(276 - 139)
Yea
April 9, 2003 HR 1036 Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act Bill Passed - House
(285 - 140)
Yea

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