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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-HR819 on Feb 5, 2007

Bill Sponsorship: ensuring access to and funding for contraception
Source: Prevention First Act (S.21/H.R.819)
A bill to expand access to preventive health care services that help reduce unintended pregnancy, reduce abortions, and improve access to women's health care. The Congress finds as follows:
  1. Healthy People 2010 sets forth a reduction of unintended pregnancies as an important health objective to achieve over the first decade of the new century.
  2. Although the CDC included family planning in its published list of the Ten Great Public Health Achievements in the 20th Century, the US still has one of the highest rates of unintended pregnancies among industrialized nations.
  3. Each year, 3,000,000 pregnancies, nearly half of all pregnancies, in the US are unintended, and nearly half of unintended pregnancies end in abortion.
  4. In 2004, 34,400,000 women, half of all women of reproductive age, were in need of contraceptive services, and nearly half of those were in need of public support for such care.
  5. The US has the highest rate of infection with sexually transmitted diseases of any industrialized country. 19 million cases impose a tremendous economic burden, as high as $14 billion per year.
  6. Increasing access to family planning services will improve women's health and reduce the rates of unintended pregnancy, abortion, and infection with sexually transmitted diseases. Contraceptive use saves public health dollars. For every dollar spent to increase funding for family planning programs, $3.80 is saved.
  7. Contraception is basic health care that improves the health of women and children by enabling women to plan and space births.
  8. Women experiencing unintended pregnancy are at greater risk for physical abuse and women having closely spaced births are at greater risk of maternal death.
  9. A child born from an unintended pregnancy is at greater risk of low birth weight, dying in the first year of life, being abused, and not receiving sufficient resources for healthy development.


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 1. Question 1: Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Abortion
  • Headline: Ensure access to and funding for contraception (Score: 1)

  • 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 2007-HR819

Neil Abercrombie s1oHawaii Democrat (Resigned 2010) 
Gary Ackerman s1oNew York Dem./Ind./Lib. (Retiring 2012) 
Daniel Akaka s1oHI Democratic Jr Senator (Retiring) 
Tom Allen s1oMaine Democrat (Retiring 2008) 
Michael Arcuri s1oNew York Democrat (until 2010) 
Joe Baca s1oCalifornia Democratic Challenger 
Brian Baird s1oWashington Democrat (until 2010) 
Tammy Baldwin s1oWI Democratic Challenger 
Max Baucus s1oMT Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Xavier Becerra s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Shelley Berkley s1oNevada Democrat (Senate run 2012) 
Howard Berman s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Jeff Bingaman s1oNM Democratic Sr Senator (Retiring) 
Sanford Bishop s1oGeorgia Democrat 
Timothy Bishop s1oNew York Democrat 
Earl Blumenauer s1oOregon Democrat 
Leonard Boswell s1oIowa Democrat 
Rick Boucher s1oVirginia Democrat (until 2010) 
Barbara Boxer s1oCA Democratic Jr Senator 
Robert Brady s1oPennsylvania Democrat 
Bruce Braley s1oIA Democratic Challenger 
Corrine Brown s1oFlorida Democrat 
Sherrod Brown s1oOH Democratic Sr Senator 
G.K. Butterfield s1oNorth Carolina Democrat 
Maria Cantwell s1oWA Democratic Jr Senator 
Lois Capps s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Michael Capuano s1oMA Former Democratic Primary Senate Challenger (2009) 
Benjamin Cardin s1oMaryland Democrat 
Russ Carnahan s1oMissouri Democrat 
Tom Carper s1oDE Democratic Sr Senator 
Julia Carson s1oIndiana Former Dem. (Deceased 2008) 
Kathy Castor s1oFlorida Democrat 
Ben Chandler s1oKentucky Democrat 
Yvette Clarke s1oNew York Democrat 
William Lacy Clay s1oMissouri Democrat 
Hillary Clinton s1oNY Former Democratic Senator (NY); now Secretary of State 
Steve Cohen s1oTennessee Democrat 
John Conyers s1oMichigan Democrat 
Jim Costa s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Joseph Crowley s1oNew York Democrat 
Elijah Cummings s1oMaryland Democrat 
Danny Davis s1oIllinois Democrat 
Susan Davis s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Peter Defazio s1oOregon Democrat 
Diana DeGette s1oColorado Democrat 
Bill Delahunt s1oMassachusetts Democrat (until 2010) 
Rosa DeLauro s1oConnecticut Democrat 
Norm Dicks s1oWashington Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
John Dingell s1oMichigan Democrat 
Chris Dodd s1oCT Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2010) 
Lloyd Doggett s1oTexas Democrat 
Keith Ellison s1oMinnesota Democrat 
Rahm Emanuel s1oIllinois Former Democrat (until 2009) 
Eliot Engel s1oNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Sam Farr s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Chaka Fattah s1oPennsylvania Democrat 
Dianne Feinstein s1oCA Democratic Sr Senator 
Bob Filner s1oCalifornia Democrat (Mayoral run 2011) 
Barney Frank s1oMassachusetts Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Gabby Giffords s1oArizona Democrat (Resigned 2012) 
Kirsten Gillibrand s1oNew York Democrat 
Charles Gonzalez s1oTexas Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Al Green s1oTexas Democrat 
Gene Green s1oTexas Democrat 
Raul Grijalva s1oArizona Democrat 
Luis Gutierrez s1oIllinois Democrat 
John Hall s1oNew York Former Democrat (until 2010) 
Phil Hare s1oIllinois Democrat (until 2010) 
Tom Harkin s1oIA Democratic Jr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Jane Harman s1oCalifornia Democrat (Resigned 2011) 
Alcee Hastings s1oFlorida Democrat 
Brian Higgins s1oNew York Democrat 
Maurice Hinchey s1oNew York Dem/Working-Fam.(Retired 2012) 
Mazie Hirono s1oHawaii Democrat (Senate run 2012) 
Paul Hodes s1oNew Hampshire Democrat (until 2010) 
Rush Holt s1oNew Jersey Democrat 
Mike Honda s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Darlene Hooley s1oOregon Democrat (Retiring 2008) 
Daniel Inouye s1oHI Democratic Sr Senator 
Jay Inslee s1oWA Democratic Governor 
Steve Israel s1oNew York Democrat 
Jesse Louis Jackson s1oIllinois Democrat (Resgined 2013) 
Sheila Jackson Lee s1oTexas Democrat 
William Jefferson s1oLouisiana Democrat 
Eddie Bernice Johnson s1oTexas Democrat 
Hank Johnson s1oGeorgia Democrat 
Stephanie Tubbs Jones s1oOhio Former Dem. (Deceased, 2008) 
Steve Kagen s1oWI Former Democratic challenger (2012) 
Patrick Kennedy s1oRhode Island Democrat (until 2010) 
Ted Kennedy s1oMA Democratic Senator (until 2009) 
John Kerry s1oMA Democratic Sr Senator 
Carolyn Kilpatrick s1oMichigan Democrat (until 2010) 
Ron Kind s1oWI Former Democratic challenger (2012) 
Ron Klein s1oFlorida Former Democrat (until 2010) 
Amy Klobuchar s1oMN Democrat/DFL Sr Senator 
Dennis Kucinich s1oOhio Democrat (Lost 2012 Primary) 
James Langevin s1oRhode Island Democrat 
Tom Lantos s1oCalifornia Former Democrat (until 2008) 
Rick Larsen s1oWashington Democrat 
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) 
Sander Levin s1oMichigan Democrat 
John Lewis s1oGeorgia Democrat 
David Loebsack s1oIowa Democrat 
Zoe Lofgren s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Nita Lowey s1oNew York Democrat 
Carolyn Maloney s1oNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Ed Markey s1oMA Democratic Challenger 
Doris Matsui s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Carolyn McCarthy s1oNew York Dem./Ind./Working-Families 
Claire McCaskill s1oMO Democratic Sr Senator; previously state Auditor 
Betty McCollum s1oMinnesota Democrat 
Jim McDermott s1oWashington Democrat 
Jim McGovern s1oMassachusetts Democrat 
Jerry McNerney s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Michael McNulty s1oNew York Dem./Cons. (Retiring 2008) 
Marty Meehan s1oMassachusetts Democrat (Retired 2007) 
Gregory Meeks s1oNew York Dem./Working-Families 
Robert Menendez s1oNew Jersey Democrat 
Barbara Mikulski s1oMD Democratic Sr Senator 
Brad Miller s1oNorth Carolina Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
George Miller s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Harry Mitchell s1oArizona Former Democrat (until 2010) 
Dennis Moore s1oKansas Democrat (until 2010) 
Gwen Moore s1oWisconsin Democrat 
James Moran s1oVirginia Democrat 
Chris Murphy s1oConnecticut Democrat (Senate run 2012) 
Patrick Joseph Murphy s1oPennsylvania Democrat (until 2010) 
Patty Murray s1oWA Democratic Sr Senator 
Jerrold Nadler s1oNew York Dem./Lib./Working-Families 
Grace Napolitano s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Eleanor Holmes Norton s1oDistrict of Columbia Democrat 
Barack Obama s1oIL Former Democratic Senator (until 2008) 
John Olver s1oMassachusetts Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Bill Pascrell s1oNew Jersey Democrat 
Ed Pastor s1oArizona Democrat 
Donald Payne s1oNew Jersey Former Democrat(Deceased 2012) 
Ed Perlmutter s1oColorado Democrat 
David Eugene Price s1oNorth Carolina Democrat 
Charles Rangel s1oNew York Dem./Lib./Working-Families 
Jack Reed s1oRI Democratic Sr Senator 
Harry Reid s1pNV Democratic Sr Senator 
Steven Rothman s1oNew Jersey Democrat 
Lucille Roybal-Allard s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Dutch Ruppersberger s1oMaryland Democrat 
Bobby Rush s1oIllinois Democrat 
Tim Ryan s1oOhio Democrat 
Linda Sanchez s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Loretta Sanchez s1oCalifornia Democrat 
John Sarbanes s1oMaryland Democrat 
Jan Schakowsky s1oIllinois Democrat 
Adam Schiff s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Charles Schumer s1oNY Democratic Sr Senator 
Allyson Schwartz s1oPennsylvania Democratic Governor Challenger 
Bobby Scott s1oVirginia Democrat 
David Scott s1oGeorgia Democrat 
Jose Serrano s1oNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Carol Shea-Porter s1oNew Hampshire Democrat 
Brad Sherman s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Albio Sires s1oNew Jersey Democrat 
Louise Slaughter s1pNew York Democrat 
David Adam Smith s1oWashington Democrat 
Hilda Solis s1oCA Democratic Gubernatorial Challenger 
Debbie Stabenow s1oMI Democratic Jr Senator 
Pete Stark s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Betty Sutton s1oOhio Democrat 
Ellen Tauscher s1oCalifornia Former Democrat (until 2009) 
Jon Tester s1oMT Democratic Jr Senator 
Mike Thompson s1oCalifornia Democrat 
John Tierney s1oMassachusetts Democrat 
Ed Towns s1oNew York Democrat/Liberal (Retiring) 
Mark Udall s1oCO Democratic Sr Senator; previously Representative 
Tom Udall s1oNew Mexico Democrat (Senate 2008) 
Chris Van Hollen s1oMaryland Democrat 
Nydia Velazquez s1oNew York Democrat/Working-Families 
Debbie Wasserman Schultz s1oFlorida Democrat 
Maxine Waters s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Diane Watson s1oCalifornia Former Democrat (until 2010) 
Henry Waxman s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Anthony Weiner s1oNew York Former Democrat(Resigned 2011) 
Peter Welch s1oVermont Democrat 
Robert Wexler s1oFlorida Democrat (resigned Jan. 2010) 
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) 
John Yarmuth s1oKentucky Democrat 



Republicans participating in 2007-HR819

Judy Biggert s1oIllinois Republican 
Susan Collins s1oME Republican Sr Senator 
Christopher Shays s1oConnecticut Republican (Unseated 2008) 



Independents participating in 2007-HR819

Joe Biden s1oDE Vice President 
Bernie Sanders s1oVermont Independent 
Joe Sestak s1oPA 2010 Democratic Senate Challenger; currently US Rep. 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 190
Republicans: 3
Independents: 3


















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