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Selected Sponsorships

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Nov. 27, 2012 S Amdt 3018 Prohibits the Indefinite Detention of Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents Senate Co-sponsor
Nov. 30, 2011 S 1925 Reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act Senate Co-sponsor
Nov. 17, 2011 S Amdt 1107 Removes Provisions Requiring Military Custody of al-Qaeda Suspects Senate Co-sponsor
Nov. 17, 2011 S Amdt 1125 Limits New Detention Rules to Prisoners Captured Outside the U.S. Senate Co-sponsor
Nov. 17, 2011 S Amdt 1126 Prohibits Detention of U.S. Citizens Without Trial Senate Co-sponsor
Feb. 1, 2011 S Amdt 9 Repealing the IRS 1099 Provision from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Senate Co-sponsor
May 27, 2010 S Amdt 4214 National Guard Deployment on Southern U.S. Land Border Senate Co-sponsor
May 13, 2010 S Amdt 3746 Allowing States to Limit Credit Card Interest Rates Senate Co-sponsor
Jan. 21, 2010 S Amdt 3302 Establishing a Federal Budget Deficit Commission Senate Co-sponsor
Dec. 8, 2009 S Amdt 2793 Authorizing Importation of Prescription Drugs Senate Co-sponsor
Jan. 8, 2009 S 181 Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 Senate Co-sponsor
May 20, 2008 S 3044 Increasing Taxes on Profits, Rescinding Certain Tax Deductions, and Increasing Tax Incentives for Alternative Energy Programs for Oil Companies Senate Co-sponsor
Sept. 19, 2007 S Amdt 2909 Time Between Troop Deployments Senate Sponsor
July 26, 2007 S Amdt 2480 Border Fence and Customs Appropriations Senate Co-sponsor
May 24, 2007 S J Res 14 Attorney General No Confidence Vote 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

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  4. The vote was passed or defeated by a very close margin
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