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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.

2009-S182 on Jan 8, 2009

Bill Sponsorship: Paycheck Fairness Act
Source: S.182&H.R.12
    A bill to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to provide more effective remedies to victims of discrimination in the payment of wages on the basis of sex.
  • Revises the exception to the prohibition for a wage rate differential based on any other factor other than sex. Limits such factors to bona fide factors, such as education, training, or experience.
  • Prohibits employer retaliation for inquiring about, discussing, or disclosing the wages of the employee in response to a sex discrimination investigation.
  • Makes employers who violate sex discrimination prohibitions liable in a civil action for either compensatory or punitive damages.
  • States that any action brought to enforce the prohibition against sex discrimination may be maintained as a class action in which individuals may be joined as party plaintiffs without their written consent.

Also see the related Senate bill S.84.


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 2. Question 2: Legally require hiring women & minorities Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Jobs
  • Headline: Stronger enforcement against gender-based pay discrimination (Score: 1)
  • Headline 2: Sponsored bill enforcing against gender pay discrimination (Score: 2)

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



Democrats participating in 2009-S182

Neil Abercrombie s1sHawaii Democrat (Resigned 2010) 
Gary Ackerman s1sNew York Dem./Ind./Lib. (Retiring 2012) 
John Adler s1sNew Jersey Democrat (until 2010) 
Daniel Akaka s1sHI Democratic Jr Senator (Retiring) 
Rob Andrews s1sNew Jersey Democrat 
Michael Arcuri s1sNew York Democrat (until 2010) 
Joe Baca s1sCalifornia Democratic Challenger 
Brian Baird s1sWashington Democrat (until 2010) 
Tammy Baldwin s1sWI Democratic Challenger 
John Barrow s1sGeorgia Democrat 
Xavier Becerra s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Shelley Berkley s1sNevada Democrat (Senate run 2012) 
Howard Berman s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Marion Berry s1sArkansas Former Democrat (until 2010) 
Sanford Bishop s1sGeorgia Democrat 
Timothy Bishop s1sNew York Democrat 
Earl Blumenauer s1sOregon Democrat 
John Boccieri s1sOhio Democratic challenger 
Leonard Boswell s1sIowa Democrat 
Rick Boucher s1sVirginia Democrat (until 2010) 
Barbara Boxer s1sCA Democratic Jr Senator 
Robert Brady s1sPennsylvania Democrat 
Bruce Braley s1sIA Democratic Challenger 
Corrine Brown s1sFlorida Democrat 
Sherrod Brown s1sOH Democratic Sr Senator 
Roland Burris s1sIL Democratic Jr Senator (retiring 2010) 
G.K. Butterfield s1sNorth Carolina Democrat 
Maria Cantwell s1sWA Democratic Jr Senator 
Lois Capps s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Michael Capuano s1sMA Former Democratic Primary Senate Challenger (2009) 
Benjamin Cardin s1sMaryland Democrat 
Dennis Cardoza s1sCalifornia Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Russ Carnahan s1sMissouri Democrat 
Andre Carson s1sIndiana Democrat 
Bob Casey s1sPA Democratic Sr Senator; previously state treasurer 
Kathy Castor s1sFlorida Democrat 
Yvette Clarke s1sNew York Democrat 
William Lacy Clay s1sMissouri Democrat 
Emmanuel Cleaver s1sMissouri Democrat 
Hillary Clinton s2pNY Former Democratic Senator (NY); now Secretary of State 
James Clyburn s1sSouth Carolina Democrat 
Steve Cohen s1sTennessee Democrat 
Gerry Connolly s1sVirginia Democrat 
John Conyers s1sMichigan Democrat 
Jim Cooper s1sTennessee Democrat 
Jerry Costello s1sIllinois Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Joe Courtney s1sConnecticut Democrat 
Elijah Cummings s1sMaryland Democrat 
Kathy Dahlkemper s1sPennsylvania Democrat (until 2010) 
Artur Davis s1sAlabama Former Democrat (until 2010) 
Danny Davis s1sIllinois Democrat 
Susan Davis s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Peter Defazio s1sOregon Democrat 
Diana DeGette s1sColorado Democrat 
Rosa DeLauro s2pConnecticut Democrat 
Norm Dicks s1sWashington Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
John Dingell s1sMichigan Democrat 
Chris Dodd s1sCT Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2010) 
Lloyd Doggett s1sTexas Democrat 
Mike Doyle s1sPennsylvania Democrat 
Steven Driehaus s1sOhio Democrat (until 2010) 
Richard Durbin s1sIL Democratic Sr Senator 
Chet Edwards s1sTexas Former Democrat (until 2010) 
Donna Edwards s1sMaryland Democrat 
Keith Ellison s1sMinnesota Democrat 
Eliot Engel s1sNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Anna Eshoo s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Sam Farr s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Chaka Fattah s1sPennsylvania Democrat 
Russell Feingold s1sPOTUS Democrat 
Bob Filner s1sCalifornia Democrat (Mayoral run 2011) 
Marcia Fudge s1sOhio Democrat 
Gabby Giffords s1sArizona Democrat (Resigned 2012) 
Kirsten Gillibrand s1sNew York Democrat 
Charles Gonzalez s1sTexas Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Al Green s1sTexas Democrat 
Gene Green s1sTexas Democrat 
Raul Grijalva s1sArizona Democrat 
Luis Gutierrez s1sIllinois Democrat 
John Hall s1sNew York Former Democrat (until 2010) 
Debbie Halvorson s1sIllinois Democrat (until 2010) 
Phil Hare s1sIllinois Democrat (until 2010) 
Tom Harkin s1sIA Democratic Jr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Jane Harman s1sCalifornia Democrat (Resigned 2011) 
Alcee Hastings s1sFlorida Democrat 
Martin Heinrich s1sNew Mexico Democrat (Senate run 2012) 
Brian Higgins s1sNew York Democrat 
Jim Himes s1sConnecticut Democrat 
Maurice Hinchey s1sNew York Dem/Working-Fam.(Retired 2012) 
Ruben Hinojosa s1sTexas Democrat 
Mazie Hirono s1sHawaii Democrat (Senate run 2012) 
Paul Hodes s1sNew Hampshire Democrat (until 2010) 
Rush Holt s1sNew Jersey Democrat 
Mike Honda s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Steny Hoyer s1sMaryland Democrat 
Daniel Inouye s1sHI Democratic Sr Senator 
Steve Israel s1sNew York Democrat 
Jesse Louis Jackson s1sIllinois Democrat (Resgined 2013) 
Sheila Jackson Lee s1sTexas Democrat 
Eddie Bernice Johnson s1sTexas Democrat 
Hank Johnson s1sGeorgia Democrat 
Steve Kagen s1sWI Former Democratic challenger (2012) 
Marcy Kaptur s1sOhio Democrat 
Ted Kaufman s1sDE Democratic Jr Senator (retiring 2010) 
Patrick Kennedy s1sRhode Island Democrat (until 2010) 
Ted Kennedy s1sMA Democratic Senator (until 2009) 
John Kerry s1sMA Democratic Sr Senator 
Dale Kildee s1sMichigan Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Mary Jo Kilroy s1sOhio Democrat (until 2010) 
Ron Kind s1sWI Former Democratic challenger (2012) 
Amy Klobuchar s1sMN Democrat/DFL Sr Senator 
Dennis Kucinich s1sOhio Democrat (Lost 2012 Primary) 
James Langevin s1sRhode Island Democrat 
Rick Larsen s1sWashington Democrat 
John Larson s1sConnecticut Democrat 
Frank Lautenberg s1sNJ Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Patrick Leahy s1sVT Democratic Sr Senator 
Barbara Lee s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Carl Levin s1sMI Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Sander Levin s1sMichigan Democrat 
John Lewis s1sGeorgia Democrat 
Dan Lipinski s1sIllinois Democrat 
David Loebsack s1sIowa Democrat 
Zoe Lofgren s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Nita Lowey s1sNew York Democrat 
Ben Ray Lujan s1sNew Mexico Democrat 
Steve Lynch s1sMassachusetts Democrat (Senate run 2013) 
Dan Maffei s1sNew York Democrat 
Carolyn Maloney s1sNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Ed Markey s1sMA Democratic Challenger 
Jim Marshall s1sGeorgia Former Democrat (until 2010) 
Eric Massa s1sNew York Democrat (until 2010) 
Doris Matsui s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Carolyn McCarthy s1sNew York Dem./Ind./Working-Families 
Betty McCollum s1sMinnesota Democrat 
Jim McDermott s1sWashington Democrat 
Mike McMahon s1sNew York Democrat (until 2010) 
Robert Menendez s1sNew Jersey Democrat 
Jeff Merkley s1sOR Democratic Jr Senator 
Michael Michaud s1sMaine Democratic Governor Challenger 
Barbara Mikulski s1sMD Democratic Sr Senator 
Brad Miller s1sNorth Carolina Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
George Miller s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Harry Mitchell s1sArizona Former Democrat (until 2010) 
Dennis Moore s1sKansas Democrat (until 2010) 
Gwen Moore s1sWisconsin Democrat 
James Moran s1sVirginia Democrat 
Chris Murphy s1sConnecticut Democrat (Senate run 2012) 
Patrick Joseph Murphy s1sPennsylvania Democrat (until 2010) 
Patty Murray s1sWA Democratic Sr Senator 
John Murtha s1sPennsylvania Democrat (Deceased Feb. 2010) 
Jerrold Nadler s1sNew York Dem./Lib./Working-Families 
Eleanor Holmes Norton s1sDistrict of Columbia Democrat 
Glenn Nye s1sVirginia Democrat (until 2010) 
James Oberstar s1sMinnesota Dem./Farmer/Labor (until 2010) 
David Obey s1sWisconsin Democrat (until 2010) 
John Olver s1sMassachusetts Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Solomon Ortiz s1sTexas Democrat (Unseated 2010) 
Frank Pallone s1sNew Jersey Democrat 
Bill Pascrell s1sNew Jersey Democrat 
Donald Payne s1sNew Jersey Former Democrat(Deceased 2012) 
Tom Perriello s1sVirginia Democrat (until 2010) 
Gary Peters s1sMI Democratic Challenger 
Collin Peterson s1sMinnesota Democrat/Farmer/Labor 
Chellie Pingree s1sMaine Democrat 
Jared Polis s1sColorado Democrat 
Earl Pomeroy s1sNorth Dakota Democrat (until 2010) 
David Eugene Price s1sNorth Carolina Democrat 
Charles Rangel s1sNew York Dem./Lib./Working-Families 
Jack Reed s1sRI Democratic Sr Senator 
Harry Reid s1sNV Democratic Sr Senator 
Silvestre Reyes s1sTexas Democrat 
Laura Richardson s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Ciro Rodriguez s1sTexas Democrat (until 2010) 
Steven Rothman s1sNew Jersey Democrat 
Lucille Roybal-Allard s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Dutch Ruppersberger s1sMaryland Democrat 
Bobby Rush s1sIllinois Democrat 
Tim Ryan s1sOhio Democrat 
Linda Sanchez s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Loretta Sanchez s1sCalifornia Democrat 
John Sarbanes s1sMaryland Democrat 
Jan Schakowsky s1sIllinois Democrat 
Adam Schiff s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Charles Schumer s1sNY Democratic Sr Senator 
Allyson Schwartz s1sPennsylvania Democratic Governor Challenger 
Bobby Scott s1sVirginia Democrat 
David Scott s1sGeorgia Democrat 
Jose Serrano s1sNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Carol Shea-Porter s1sNew Hampshire Democrat 
Brad Sherman s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Heath Shuler s1sNorth Carolina Democrat (retiring 2012) 
Albio Sires s1sNew Jersey Democrat 
Ike Skelton s1sMissouri Democrat (until 2010) 
Louise Slaughter s1sNew York Democrat 
Jackie Speier s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Debbie Stabenow s1sMI Democratic Jr Senator 
Pete Stark s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Bart Stupak s1sMichigan Democrat (until 2010) 
Betty Sutton s1sOhio Democrat 
Ellen Tauscher s1sCalifornia Former Democrat (until 2009) 
Harry Teague s1sNew Mexico Democrat (until 2010) 
Bennie Thompson s1sMississippi Democrat 
Mike Thompson s1sCalifornia Democrat 
John Tierney s1sMassachusetts Democrat 
Dina Titus s1sNevada Democrat 
Ed Towns s1sNew York Democrat/Liberal (Retiring) 
Niki Tsongas s1sMassachusetts Democrat 
Tom Udall s1sNew Mexico Democrat (Senate 2008) 
Chris Van Hollen s1sMaryland Democrat 
Nydia Velazquez s1sNew York Democrat/Working-Families 
Peter Visclosky s1sIndiana Democrat 
Tim Walz s1sMinnesota Democrat 
Debbie Wasserman Schultz s1sFlorida Democrat 
Maxine Waters s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Diane Watson s1sCalifornia Former Democrat (until 2010) 
Mel Watt s1sNorth Carolina Democrat 
Henry Waxman s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Anthony Weiner s1sNew York Former Democrat(Resigned 2011) 
Peter Welch s1sVermont Democrat 
Robert Wexler s1sFlorida Democrat (resigned Jan. 2010) 
Lynn Woolsey s1sCalifornia Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
David Wu s1sOregon Democrat (Resigned 2011) 
Ron Wyden s1sOR Democratic Sr Senator 
John Yarmuth s1sKentucky Democrat 



Republicans participating in 2009-S182



Independents participating in 2009-S182

Donna Christensen s1sVirgin Islands - 
Bernie Sanders s1sVermont Independent 
Joe Sestak s1sPA 2010 Democratic Senate Challenger; currently US Rep. 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 225
Republicans: 0
Independents: 3


















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