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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.

97-S419 on Mar 11, 1997

Decided Apr 21, 1998
Bill Sponsorship: the Birth Defects Prevention Act
Source: Bill sponsored by 35 Senators and 164 Reps
    Directs the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to carry out programs to:
  • collect and analyze, and make available data on the causes of birth defects and on the incidence and prevalence of such defects;
  • operate regional centers for the conduct of applied epidemiological research on the prevention of such defects;
  • provide information and education to the public on the prevention of such defects;
  • collect and analyze data by gender and by racial and ethnic group9/6/2004
  • collect such data from birth and death certificates, hospital records, and such other sources; and
  • (3) encourage States to establish or improve programs for the collection and analysis of epidemiological data on birth defects and to make the data available.
Corresponding House bill is H.R.1114. Became Public Law No: 105-168.


  • Topic: Health Care
  • Headline: Collect data on birth defects and present to the public

  • 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 97-S419

Neil Abercrombie s1oHawaii Democrat (Resigned 2010) 
Gary Ackerman s1oNew York Dem./Ind./Lib. (Retiring 2012) 
Tom Allen s1oMaine Democrat (Retiring 2008) 
Rob Andrews s1oNew Jersey Democrat (resigned 2014) 
Scotty Baesler s1oKentucky Democrat 
John Baldacci s1oMaine Democrat 
Tom Barrett s1oWisconsin Democrat 
Max Baucus s1oMT Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Ken Bentsen s1oTexas Democrat 
Jeff Bingaman s1oNM Democratic Sr Senator (Retiring) 
Earl Blumenauer s1oOregon Democrat 
Robert Borski s1oPennsylvania Democrat 
Leonard Boswell s1oIowa Democrat 
Rick Boucher s1oVirginia Democrat (until 2010) 
Allen Boyd s1oFlorida Former Democrat (until 2010) 
John Breaux s1oLA Former Democratic incumbent; retired 2004 
Corrine Brown s1oFlorida Democrat 
Sherrod Brown s1oOH Democratic Sr Senator 
Bill Clay Sr. s1oMissouri Democrat (retired 2000) 
Bob Clement s1oTennessee Democrat 
James Clyburn s1oSouth Carolina Democrat 
Kent Conrad s1oND Democrat Sr Senator (Retiring) 
Jerry Costello s1oIllinois Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
William Coyne s1oPennsylvania Democrat 
Bud Cramer s1oAlabama Democrat (Retired 2008) 
Elijah Cummings s1oMaryland Democrat 
Tom Daschle s1oSD Former Democratic Senator 
Danny Davis s1oIllinois Democrat 
Ron Dellums s1oCalifornia Democrat (1993-1998) 
Chris Dodd s1oCT Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2010) 
Byron Dorgan s1oND Democratic Jr Senator (retiring 2010) 
Richard Durbin s1oIL Democratic Sr Senator 
Chet Edwards s1oTexas Former Democrat (until 2010) 
Eliot Engel s1oNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Bob Etheridge s1oNorth Carolina Democrat (Unseated 2010) 
Lane Evans s1oIllinois Democrat 
Eni Faleomavaega s1oSamoa Democrat 
Chaka Fattah s1oPennsylvania Democrat 
Vic Fazio s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Bob Filner s1oCalifornia Democrat (Mayoral run 2011) 
Wendell Ford s1oKY Democratic Senator (Former) 
Barney Frank s1oMassachusetts Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
John Glenn s1oOH Democratic Senator (Former) 
Gene Green s1oTexas Democrat 
Luis Gutierrez s1oIllinois Democrat 
Ralph Moody Hall s1oTexas Democrat 
Ruben Hinojosa s1oTexas Democrat 
Tim Holden s1oPennsylvania Democrat (Lost 2012 Primary) 
Fritz Hollings s1oSC Former Democratic Sr Senator; retired 2004 
Daniel Inouye s1oHI Democratic Sr Senator 
Sheila Jackson Lee s1oTexas Democrat 
Eddie Bernice Johnson s1oTexas Democrat 
Marcy Kaptur s1oOhio Democrat 
Patrick Kennedy s1oRhode Island Democrat (until 2010) 
Ted Kennedy s1oMA Democratic Senator (until 2009) 
Barbara Bailey Kennelly s1oConnecticut Democrat 
Bob Kerrey s1oNE Democratic Challenger (previously Senator) 
John Kerry s1oMA Democratic Sr Senator 
Dale Kildee s1oMichigan Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Jerry Kleczka s1oWisconsin Democrat (Until 2004) 
Herbert Kohl s1oWI Democratic Sr Senator (Retiring) 
Dennis Kucinich s1oOhio Democrat (Lost 2012 Primary) 
Nicholas Lampson s1oTexas Democrat (Unseated 2008) 
Mary Landrieu s1oLA Democratic Sr Senator 
Carl Levin s1oMI Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
John Lewis s1oGeorgia Democrat 
William Lipinski s1oIllinois Democrat (Until 2004) 
Zoe Lofgren s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Nita Lowey s1oNew York Democrat 
Jim Maloney s1oConnecticut Democrat (retired) 
Robert Matsui s1oCalifornia Former Democrat (deceased) 
Karen McCarthy s1oMissouri Democrat (Until 2004) 
Jim McDermott s1oWashington Democrat 
Paul McHale s1oPennsylvania Democrat (retired 1998 
Mike McIntyre s1oNorth Carolina Democrat (retiring 2014) 
Michael McNulty s1oNew York Dem./Cons. (Retiring 2008) 
Carrie Meek s1oFlorida Democrat (retired 2002) 
Juanita Millender-McDonald s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Patsy Mink s1oHawaii Democrat 
Carol Moseley-Braun s1oIL Former Democratic Senator (Until 1998) 
Pat Moynihan s1oNY Democratic Senator (Former) 
Patty Murray s1oWA Democratic Sr Senator 
John Murtha s1oPennsylvania Democrat (Deceased Feb. 2010) 
Solomon Ortiz s1iTexas Democrat (Unseated 2010) 
Frank Pallone s1oNew Jersey Democrat 
Bill Pascrell s1oNew Jersey Democrat 
Donald Payne s1oNew Jersey Former Democrat(Deceased 2012) 
Collin Peterson s1oMinnesota Democrat/Farmer/Labor 
Earl Pomeroy s1oNorth Dakota Democrat (until 2010) 
David Eugene Price s1oNorth Carolina Democrat 
Nick Rahall s1oWest Virginia Democrat 
Silvestre Reyes s1oTexas Democrat 
Lynn Nancy Rivers s1oMichigan Democrat 
John Rockefeller s1oWV Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Ciro Rodriguez s1oTexas Democrat (until 2010) 
Bobby Rush s1oIllinois Democrat 
Martin Sabo s1oMinnesota Democrat/Farmer/Labor 
Max Sandlin s1oTexas Democrat (Until 2004) 
Jose Serrano s1oNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Norman Sisisky s1oVirginia Democrat 
Ike Skelton s1oMissouri Democrat (until 2010) 
Louise Slaughter s1oNew York Democrat 
Debbie Stabenow s1oMI Democratic Jr Senator 
Louis Stokes s1oOhio Democrat (retired 1998) 
Bennie Thompson s1oMississippi Democrat 
Karen Thurman s1oFlorida Former Democrat 
Ed Towns s1oNew York Democrat/Liberal (Retiring) 
Bruce Vento s1oMinnesota Democrat/Farmer/Labor 
Henry Waxman s1oCalifornia Democrat (retiring 2014) 
Robert Wexler s1oFlorida Democrat (resigned Jan. 2010) 
Robert Weygand s1oRhode Island Democrat 
Ron Wyden s1oOR Democratic Sr Senator 



Republicans participating in 97-S419

Spencer Abraham s1oMI Republican Senator (Former) 
Spencer Bachus s1oAlabama Republican (retiring 2014) 
Richard Hugh Baker s1oLouisiana Republican (Resigned 2008) 
Cass Ballenger s1oNorth Carolina Republican 
Bob Barr s1oGeorgia Republican Challenger 
Roy Blunt s1oMissouri Republican (until 2010) 
Sherry Boehlert s1oNew York Republican/Independence 
Kit Bond s1iMO Republican Sr Senator (retiring 2010) 
Henry Bonilla s1oTexas Republican 
Kevin Brady s1oTexas Republican 
Richard Burr s1oNC Republican Sr Senator; previously Representative 
Sonny Callahan s1oAlabama Republican 
John Chafee s1oRI Republican Senator (Former) 
Thad Cochran s1oMS Republican Sr Senator 
Larry Combest s1oTexas Republican 
Larry Craig s1oID Former Republican Senator (until 2008) 
Duke Cunningham s1oCalifornia Republican 
Jay Dickey s1oArkansas Republican 
Jimmy Duncan s1oTennessee Republican 
Vernon Ehlers s1oMichigan Republican (until 2010) 
Jo Ann Emerson s1oMissouri Republican (Resigned 2013) 
Phil English s1oPennsylvania Republican (Unseated 2008) 
John Ensign s1oNV Republican Jr Senator 
Lauch Faircloth s1oNC Republican Senator (Former) 
Harris Fawell s1oIllinois Republican Former (1994-) 
Mark Foley s1oFlorida Republican 
Rodney Frelinghuysen s1oNew Jersey Republican 
Jim Gibbons s1oNevada Republican 
Wayne Gilchrest s1oMaryland Republican (Unseated 2008) 
Benjamin Gilman s1oNew York Republican 
Porter Goss s1oFlorida Republican (Until 2004) 
Jim Greenwood s1oPennsylvania Republican (Until 2004) 
J.D. Hayworth s1oArizona Republican (until 2007) 
Jesse Helms s1oNC Former Republican Senator 
Rick Hill s1oMontana Republican 
Peter Hoekstra s1oMI Republican Challenger 
Tim Hutchinson s1oAR Former Republican Sr Senator (until 2002) 
Kay Bailey Hutchison s1oTX Republican Sr Senator (Retiring) 
Bill Jenkins s1oTennessee Republican (Retired 2006) 
John Kasich s1oOH Republican Governor 
Sue Kelly s1oNew York Republican (until 2007) 
Jack Kingston s1oGA Republican Challenger 
Ray LaHood s1oIllinois Republican (Retiring 2008) 
Trent Lott s1oMS Former Republican Senator (MS, 1989-2007) 
Richard Lugar s1oIN Republican Sr Senator 
Marty Martinez s1oCalifornia Republican 
Jim McCrery s1oLouisiana Republican (Retiring 2008) 
John McHugh s1oNew York Republican/Conservative 
John Mica s1oFlorida Republican 
Jerry Moran s1oKansas Republican (until 2010) 
Connie Morella s1oMaryland Republican 
Frank Murkowski s1oAK Former Republican Governor (2002-2006) 
Mike Parker s1oMissouri Republican (retired 1998) 
Bill Paxon s1oNew York Republican Former (1994-) 
Charles Pickering s1oMississippi Republican (Retiring 2008) 
Jack Quinn s1oNew York Republican/Ind./Cons. 
Bob Riley s1oAL Former Republican Governor (until 2010) 
Marge Roukema s1oNew Jersey Republican 
Christopher Shays s1oConnecticut Republican (Unseated 2008) 
Joe Skeen s1oNew Mexico Former Republican 
Gerald Solomon s1oNew York Republican Former (1994-) 
Floyd Spence s1oSouth Carolina Republican 
Jim Talent s1oMissouri Republican 
Mac Thornberry s1oTexas Republican 
Fred Upton s1oMichigan Republican 
Jim Walsh s1oNew York Rep./Ind. (Retiring 2008) 
Zach Wamp s1oTennessee Republican (until 2010) 
Wes Watkins s1oOklahoma Republican 
J.C. Watts s1oOklahoma Republican 
Curt Weldon s1oPennsylvania Republican 
Roger Wicker s1oMississippi Republican (Senate 2008) 



Independents participating in 97-S419

Michael Castle s1oDE 2010 Senate Challenger (lost primary); previously Gov.& Rep. 
Mac Collins s1oGA 2004 former Republican challenger; US Representative 
John Cooksey s1oLA 2004 former Republican Nominee 
Harold Ford s1oNY 2010 Democratic Primary Challenger; previously US Rep (TN) 
Tillie Fowler s1oFlorida Former GOP 
Ron Klink s1oPennsylvania 2000 Democratic Challenger 
Bernie Sanders s1oVermont Independent 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 112
Republicans: 71
Independents: 7


















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