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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.

13-S1088 on Jun 4, 2013

Bill Sponsorship: Student Non-Discrimination Act
Source: H.R.1652 / S.1088
Congressional Summary:
  • Prohibits public school students from being excluded from participating in, or subject to discrimination under, any federally-assisted educational program on the basis of their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity or that of their associates.
  • Considers harassment to be a form of discrimination.
  • Prohibits retaliation against anyone for opposing conduct made unlawful under this Act.
  • Authorizes federal departments and agencies to enforce these prohibitions by cutting off the educational assistance of recipients found to be violating them.
  • Allows an aggrieved individual to assert a violation of this Act in a judicial proceeding and recover reasonable attorney's fees should they prevail.

    Opponent's argument against bill:(by Cato Institute reported on Fox News): A bill in Congress that would prohibit discrimination in public schools based on sexual orientation or gender identity could stifle free speech and even lead to "homosexual indoctrination" in the nation's classrooms, critics say.

    "The real danger is how this will be interpreted," said the associate director of the Center for Educational Freedom at the Cato Institute. "The definition of harassment could be broadly interpreted that anybody who expressed a totally legitimate opinion about homosexual behavior could be made illegal. That's a violation of those kids who want to express opposition to LGBT opinions or behavior. People have a legitimate reason to be concerned about this--not because they're 'haters' but because you're now trying to balance different rights."

    Proponent's argument for bill: (Rep. Jared POLIS, House sponsor): "Hatred has no place in the classroom. Every student has the right to an education free from harassment and violence. This bill will protect the freedoms of our students and enshrine the values of equality and opportunity in the classroom."

    Also see the related House of Representatives bill H.R.1652


      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: Sponsored enforcing against anti-gay discrimination in public schools (Score: 2)
    • Headline 2: Enforce against anti-gay discrimination in public schools (Score: 2)
    • Headline 3: Anti-gay bullying school rules stifles free speech (Score: -2)

      Participating counts on AmericansElect question 7.
    • Headline: Sponsored enforcing against anti-gay discrimination in public schools (Answer: C)
    • Headline 2: Enforce against anti-gay discrimination in public schools (Answer: C)
    • Headline 3: Anti-gay bullying school rules stifles free speech (Answer: A)
    • AmericansElect Quiz Question 7 on Social Issues: When you think about the rights of same-sex couples, which of the following is closest to your personal opinion?
      • A: Same-sex couples should not be allowed to marry or form any kind of civil union
      • B: Same-sex couples should be allowed to form civil unions, but not to marry in the traditional sense
      • C: Same-sex couples should be allowed to marry legally, with all the same rights as traditional marriages
      • D: Unsure


    • 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 13-S1088

    Tammy Baldwin s2oWI Democratic ChallengerJun 4, 2013
    Mark Begich s2oAK Democratic Jr SenatorJun 4, 2013
    Michael Bennet s2oCO Democratic Jr SenatorJun 4, 2013
    Richard Blumenthal s2oCT Democratic Sr SenatorJun 4, 2013
    Barbara Boxer s2oCA Democratic Jr SenatorJun 4, 2013
    Sherrod Brown s2oOH Democratic Sr SenatorJun 4, 2013
    Maria Cantwell s2oWA Democratic Jr SenatorJun 4, 2013
    Benjamin Cardin s2oMaryland DemocratJun 4, 2013
    Tom Carper s2oDE Democratic Sr SenatorJun 17, 2013
    Bob Casey s2oPA Democratic Sr Senator; previously state treasurerJun 4, 2013
    Chris Coons s2oDE Democratic Jr SenatorJun 4, 2013
    Richard Durbin s2oIL Democratic Sr SenatorJun 4, 2013
    Dianne Feinstein s2oCA Democratic Sr SenatorAug 1, 2013
    Al Franken s1pMN Democrat/DFL Jr SenatorJun 4, 2013
    Kirsten Gillibrand s2oNew York DemocratJun 4, 2013
    Kay Hagan s2oNC Democratic Jr SenatorJun 4, 2013
    Tom Harkin s2oIA Democratic Jr Senator (retiring 2014)Jun 4, 2013
    Martin Heinrich s2oNew Mexico Democrat (Senate run 2012)Jun 4, 2013
    Mazie Hirono s2oHawaii Democrat (Senate run 2012)Oct 31, 2013
    Tim Johnson s2oSD Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014)Jun 19, 2013
    Amy Klobuchar s2oMN Democrat/DFL Sr SenatorJun 4, 2013
    Patrick Leahy s2oVT Democratic Sr SenatorJun 4, 2013
    Ed Markey s2oMA Democratic ChallengerSep 11, 2013
    Jeff Merkley s2oOR Democratic Jr SenatorJun 4, 2013
    Barbara Mikulski s2oMD Democratic Sr SenatorJun 4, 2013
    Chris Murphy s2oConnecticut Democrat (Senate run 2012)Jun 4, 2013
    Patty Murray s2oWA Democratic Sr SenatorJun 4, 2013
    Jack Reed s2oRI Democratic Sr SenatorJun 4, 2013
    Brian Schatz s2oHI Democratic Jr Senator AppointeeJun 4, 2013
    Charles Schumer s2oNY Democratic Sr SenatorJun 4, 2013
    Jeanne Shaheen s2oNH Democratic Sr SenatorJun 4, 2013
    Debbie Stabenow s2oMI Democratic Jr SenatorJun 4, 2013
    Mark Udall s2oCO Democratic Sr Senator; previously RepresentativeJun 4, 2013
    Tom Udall s2oNew Mexico Democrat (Senate 2008)Jun 4, 2013
    Elizabeth Warren s2oMA Democratic ChallengerJun 4, 2013
    Sheldon Whitehouse s2oRI Democratic Jr Senator, previously attorney generalJun 4, 2013
    Ron Wyden s2oOR Democratic Sr SenatorJun 4, 2013



    Republicans participating in 13-S1088



    Independents participating in 13-S1088

    Bernie Sanders s2oVermont IndependentJun 4, 2013



    Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

    Democrats: 37
    Republicans: 0
    Independents: 1


















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