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    This page contains bill sponsorships in the Senate and House. Bill sponsorships indicate the topics that legislators are most interested in, and spend the most time on.

2007-S2521 on Dec 19, 2007

Bill Sponsorship: providing benefits to domestic partners of Federal employees
Source: Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act (S.2521/H.R.4838)
Sen. LIEBERMAN: This legislation would require the Government to extend employee benefit programs to the same-sex domestic partners of Federal employees. It is sound public policy and it makes excellent business sense.

Under our bill, Federal employee and the employee's domestic partner would be eligible to participate in benefits to the same extent that married employees and their spouses participate. Employees and their partners would also assume the same obligations that apply to married employees and their spouses, such as anti-nepotism rules and financial disclosure requirements.

The Federal Government is our Nation's largest employer and should lead other employers, rather than lagging behind, in the quest to provide equal and fair compensation and benefits to all employees. That thousands of Federal workers who have dedicated their careers to public service and who live in committed relationships with same-sex domestic partners receive fewer protections for their families than those married employees is patently unfair and, frankly, makes no economic sense.

I call upon my colleagues to express their support for this important legislation. It is time for the Federal Government to catch up to the private sector, not just to set an example but so that it can compete for the most qualified employees and ensure that all of our public servants receive fair and equitable treatment. It makes good economic and policy senses. It is the right thing to do.

SUMMARY: Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act of 2007

    Employees and their domestic partners will have the same benefits as married employees and their spouses under--
  • Employee health benefits
  • Retirement and disability plans
  • Family, medical, and emergency leave
  • Group life insurance
  • Long-term care insurance
  • Compensation for work injuries
  • Death, disability, and similar benefits
  • Relocation, travel, and related expenses.


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 3. Question 3: Comfortable with same-sex marriage Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Civil Rights
  • Headline: Provide benefits to domestic partners of Federal employees (Score: 2)

  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
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  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 2007-S2521

Neil Abercrombie s1oHawaii Democrat (Resigned 2010) 
Daniel Akaka s1oHI Democratic Jr Senator (Retiring) 
Tom Allen s1oMaine Democrat (Retiring 2008) 
Tammy Baldwin s1pWI Democratic Challenger 
Shelley Berkley s1oNevada Democrat (Senate run 2012) 
Howard Berman s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Earl Blumenauer s1oOregon Democrat 
Barbara Boxer s1oCA Democratic Jr Senator 
Sherrod Brown s1oOH Democratic Sr Senator 
Maria Cantwell s1oWA Democratic Jr Senator 
Lois Capps s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Michael Capuano s1oMA Former Democratic Primary Senate Challenger (2009) 
Benjamin Cardin s1oMaryland Democrat 
Hillary Clinton s1oNY Former Democratic Senator (NY); now Secretary of State 
Joseph Crowley s1oNew York Democrat 
Elijah Cummings s1oMaryland Democrat 
Susan Davis s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Bill Delahunt s1oMassachusetts Democrat (until 2010) 
Rosa DeLauro s1oConnecticut Democrat 
John Dingell s1oMichigan Democrat (retiring 2014) 
Chris Dodd s1oCT Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2010) 
Richard Durbin s1oIL Democratic Sr Senator 
Keith Ellison s1oMinnesota Democrat 
Rahm Emanuel s1oIllinois Former Democrat (until 2009) 
Eliot Engel s1oNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Anna Eshoo s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Sam Farr s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Chaka Fattah s1oPennsylvania Democrat 
Russell Feingold s1oPOTUS Democrat 
Bob Filner s1oCalifornia Democrat (Mayoral run 2011) 
Barney Frank s1oMassachusetts Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Raul Grijalva s1oArizona Democrat 
Luis Gutierrez s1oIllinois Democrat 
Phil Hare s1oIllinois Democrat (until 2010) 
Jane Harman s1oCalifornia Democrat (Resigned 2011) 
Maurice Hinchey s1oNew York Dem/Working-Fam.(Retired 2012) 
Rush Holt s1oNew Jersey Democrat (retiring 2014) 
Jesse Louis Jackson s1oIllinois Democrat (Resigned 2013) 
Sheila Jackson Lee s1oTexas Democrat 
Patrick Kennedy s1oRhode Island Democrat (until 2010) 
Ted Kennedy s1oMA Democratic Senator (until 2009) 
John Kerry s1oMA Democratic Sr Senator 
Dennis Kucinich s1oOhio Democrat (Lost 2012 Primary) 
James Langevin s1oRhode Island Democrat 
Tom Lantos s1oCalifornia Former Democrat (until 2008) 
Frank Lautenberg s1oNJ Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Patrick Leahy s1oVT Democratic Sr Senator 
Barbara Lee s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Carl Levin s1oMI Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Zoe Lofgren s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Carolyn Maloney s1oNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Ed Markey s1oMA Democratic Challenger 
Doris Matsui s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Betty McCollum s1oMinnesota Democrat 
Jim McDermott s1oWashington Democrat 
Jim McGovern s1oMassachusetts Democrat 
Barbara Mikulski s1oMD Democratic Sr Senator 
George Miller s1oCalifornia Democrat (retiring 2014) 
Dennis Moore s1oKansas Democrat (until 2010) 
Gwen Moore s1oWisconsin Democrat 
James Moran s1oVirginia Democrat (retiring 2014) 
Patty Murray s1oWA Democratic Sr Senator 
Jerrold Nadler s1oNew York Dem./Lib./Working-Families 
Eleanor Holmes Norton s1oDistrict of Columbia Democrat 
Barack Obama s1oIL Former Democratic Senator (until 2008) 
John Olver s1oMassachusetts Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Ed Pastor s1oArizona Democrat (retiring 2014) 
David Eugene Price s1oNorth Carolina Democrat 
Charles Rangel s1oNew York Dem./Lib./Working-Families 
Lucille Roybal-Allard s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Linda Sanchez s1oCalifornia Democrat 
John Sarbanes s1oMaryland Democrat 
Jan Schakowsky s1oIllinois Democrat 
Charles Schumer s1oNY Democratic Sr Senator 
Jose Serrano s1oNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Brad Sherman s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Louise Slaughter s1oNew York Democrat 
David Adam Smith s1oWashington Democrat 
Hilda Solis s1oCA Democratic Gubernatorial Challenger 
Pete Stark s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Ellen Tauscher s1oCalifornia Former Democrat (until 2009) 
Ed Towns s1oNew York Democrat/Liberal (Retiring) 
Mark Udall s1oCO Democratic Sr Senator; previously Representative 
Nydia Velazquez s1oNew York Democrat/Working-Families 
Debbie Wasserman Schultz s1oFlorida Democrat 
Henry Waxman s1oCalifornia Democrat (retiring 2014) 
Sheldon Whitehouse s1oRI Democratic Jr Senator, previously attorney general 
Lynn Woolsey s1oCalifornia Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
David Wu s1oOregon Democrat (Resigned 2011) 
Ron Wyden s1oOR Democratic Sr Senator 
Albert Wynn s1oMaryland Democrat (Unseated 2008) 



Republicans participating in 2007-S2521

Tom Davis s1oVirginia Republican (Retiring 2008) 
Christopher Shays s1oConnecticut Republican (Unseated 2008) 
Gordon Harold Smith s1oOR Former Republican Senator (lost re-election, 2008) 



Independents participating in 2007-S2521

Joseph Lieberman s1pCT Independent Sr Senator; Gore's VP nominee (Retiring) 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 91
Republicans: 3
Independents: 1


















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