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Selected Sponsorships

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Aug. 5, 2010 PN 1768 Elena Kagan, Associate Justice House Sponsor
Jan. 20, 2010 PN 1351-111 Craig Becker, Member of the National Labor Relations Board Executive Sponsor
Sept. 17, 2009 PN 959-111 Ben S. Bernanke, Federal Reserve Chairman Executive Sponsor
March 17, 2009 PN 188 Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services Senate Sponsor
June 24, 2008 S 3186 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Funding 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
Dec. 7, 2007 S Amdt 3695 Limit on Farm Subsidies 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 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 25, 2007 S Amdt 1202 Point Based Immigration Expiration Date Senate Sponsor
May 24, 2007 S J Res 14 Attorney General No Confidence Vote Senate Co-sponsor
May 23, 2007 S Amdt 1169 Guest Worker Number Reduction Amendment 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. 4, 2007 S 5 Stem Cell Research Act of 2007 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
May 23, 2006 S AMDT 4177 Employer Verification Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
May 22, 2006 S AMDT 4087 Orange Card Program Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
May 18, 2006 S AMDT 4072 "State Criminal Alien Assistance Program" Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
March 14, 2006 S AMDT 3013 Reinstate Pay-As-You-Go through 2011 Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
Nov. 17, 2005 S AMDT 2601 Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
Nov. 17, 2005 S AMDT 2616 Earned Income Tax Credit Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
Nov. 17, 2005 S AMDT 2650 Pay As You Go Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
Nov. 10, 2005 S AMDT 2519 Reporting Matters in Iraq Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
Nov. 3, 2005 S AMDT 2409 Targeted Case Management Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
Nov. 1, 2005 S AMDT 2351 Pay As You Go Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
Nov. 1, 2005 S AMDT 2357 Medicare Premiums Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
Oct. 25, 2005 S AMDT 2194 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
Oct. 5, 2005 S Amdt 2033 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
Sept. 12, 2005 S Amdt 1660 Congressional Commission on Hurricane Katrina Senate Co-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 16, 2005 S Amdt 214 Prescription Drugs Amendment Senate Co-sponsor

Executive Actions

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Feb. 7, 2014 HR 2642 Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 Signed - Executive
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Jan. 17, 2014 HR 3547 Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014 Signed - Executive
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Dec. 26, 2013 H J Res 59 Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Signed - Executive
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Oct. 16, 2013 HR 2775 Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Signed - Executive
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Aug. 9, 2013 HR 1911 Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013 Signed - Executive
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March 26, 2013 HR 933 Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 Signed - Executive
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March 7, 2013 S 47 Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 Signed - Executive
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Feb. 4, 2013 HR 325 No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013 Signed - Executive
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Jan. 29, 2013 HR 152 Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013 Signed - Executive
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Jan. 2, 2013 HR 4310 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 Signed - Executive
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Jan. 2, 2013 HR 8 Job Protection and Recession Prevention Act of 2012 Signed - Executive
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Dec. 30, 2012 HR 5949 FISA Amendments Act Reauthorization Act of 2012 Signed - Executive
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April 4, 2012 S 2038 Prohibits Insider Trading by Government Officials Signed - Executive
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Feb. 22, 2012 HR 3630 Extends Payroll Tax Cut Signed - Executive
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Feb. 14, 2012 HR 658 Federal Aviation Administration Act of 2012 Signed - Executive
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Dec. 31, 2011 HR 1540 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 Signed - Executive
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Dec. 23, 2011 HR 2055 Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2012 Signed - Executive
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Nov. 18, 2011 HR 2112 Appropriations for Agriculture, Rural Development, and the Food and Drug Administration Signed - Executive
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Oct. 21, 2011 HR 3080 Free Trade Agreement with Korea Signed - Executive
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Oct. 21, 2011 HR 3078 Trade Promotion Agreement with Colombia Signed - Executive
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Oct. 21, 2011 HR 3079 Trade Promotion Agreement with Panama Signed - Executive
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Oct. 5, 2011 HR 2608 Continuing Appropriations Act of 2012 Signed - Executive
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Sept. 30, 2011 HR 2017 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act Signed - Executive
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Sept. 16, 2011 HR 1249 Patent Law Amendments Signed - Executive
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Aug. 5, 2011 HR 2553 Airport and Airway Extension Act Signed - Executive
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Aug. 2, 2011 S 365 Budget Control Act of 2011 Signed - Executive
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May 26, 2011 S 990 PATRIOT Act Extension Signed - Executive
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April 15, 2011 HR 1473 2011 Budget Signed - Executive
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April 14, 2011 HR 4 Repeals the Form 1099 Provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Signed - Executive
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April 9, 2011 HR 1363 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations Signed - Executive
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March 18, 2011 H J Res 48 Additional Continuing Appropriations Signed - Executive
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March 2, 2011 H J Res 44 Continuing Appropriations Amendments Signed - Executive
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Feb. 25, 2011 HR 514 Extension of Various USA PATRIOT Act Provisions Signed - Executive
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Jan. 2, 2011 HR 847 9/11 Health and Compensation Act Signed - Executive
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Dec. 22, 2010 HR 3082 Continuing Appropriations Signed - Executive
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Dec. 22, 2010 HR 2965 Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act Signed - Executive
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Dec. 17, 2010 HR 4853 Temporary Extension of Tax Relief Signed - Executive
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Oct. 8, 2010 HR 3808 Requiring Interstate Recognition of Notarizations Vetoed - Executive
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Sept. 30, 2010 HR 3081 Continuing Appropriations Signed - Executive
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Sept. 27, 2010 HR 5297 Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments Signed - Executive
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Aug. 11, 2010 HR 4380 Temporary Tariff Suspensions and Reductions Signed - Executive
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Aug. 10, 2010 HR 1586 Aid To States for Medicaid, Teacher Employment, and Other Purposes Signed - Executive
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July 29, 2010 HR 4899 Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Supplemental Appropriations Signed - Executive
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July 22, 2010 HR 4213 Unemployment Benefits Extension Signed - Executive
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July 21, 2010 HR 4173 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act Signed - Executive
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May 14, 2010 HR 5146 Prohibiting 2010- 2011 Congressional Cost-of-Living Pay Increase Signed - Executive
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April 15, 2010 HR 4851 Unemployment Benefits Extension Signed - Executive
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March 30, 2010 HR 4872 Health Care Reconciliation Act Signed - Executive
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March 23, 2010 HR 3590 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Signed - Executive
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March 18, 2010 HR 2847 Employment, Infrastructure, and Transportation Appropriations and Tax Credits ("Senate Jobs Bill") Signed - Executive
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Dec. 30, 2009 HJ Res 64 Continuing Appropriations Resolution Vetoed - Executive
Pocket Veto
Dec. 28, 2009 HR 4314 Increasing the National Public Debt Limit Signed - Executive
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Dec. 16, 2009 HR 3288 2009-2010 Omnibus Appropriations Signed - Executive
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Nov. 6, 2009 HR 3548 Extending Federal Emergency Unemployment Benefits and Providing Business and Homebuyer Tax Credits Signed - Executive
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Oct. 30, 2009 HR 2996 Continuing Appropriations Extension and 2009-2010 Department of Interior, Environmental Protection Agency, and Related Appropriations Signed - Executive
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Oct. 28, 2009 HR 2647 2009-2010 Defense Appropriations Signed - Executive
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Oct. 28, 2009 HR 2892 2009-2010 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Authorizations Signed - Executive
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Oct. 21, 2009 HR 2997 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agency Appropriations Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Signed - Executive
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Oct. 1, 2009 HR 2918 Continuing Appropriations Resolution and 2009-2010 Legislative Appropriations Signed - Executive
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Aug. 7, 2009 HR 3435 Supplemental Appropriations for the "Cash for Clunkers" Program Signed - Executive
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June 24, 2009 HR 2346 2008-2009 Supplemental Appropriations Signed - Executive
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June 23, 2009 HR 1256 FDA Oversight of Tobacco Products Signed - Executive
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April 21, 2009 HR 1388 National Volunteer Program Expansion Signed - Executive
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March 30, 2009 HR 146 Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 Signed - Executive
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March 11, 2009 HR 1105 2009 Budget Bill Signed - Executive
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Feb. 17, 2009 HR 1 Appropriations, Tax Law Amendments, and Unemployment Benefit Amendments ("Stimulus Bill") Signed - Executive
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Feb. 4, 2009 HR 2 Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization and Expansion Signed - Executive
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Jan. 29, 2009 S 181 Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 Signed - Executive
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