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2009-H2517 on May 20, 2009

Bill Sponsorship: Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act
Source: H.R.2517
    A federal employee who has a same-sex domestic partner and the domestic partner of the employee shall be entitled to benefits available to, and shall be subject to obligations imposed upon, a married employee and the spouse of the employee. In order to obtain benefits and assume obligations under this Act, an employee shall file an affidavit of eligibility certifying that the employee and the domestic partner of the employee:
  1. are each other's sole domestic partner and intend to remain so indefinitely;
  2. have a common residence, and intend to continue the arrangement;
  3. are at least 18 years of age and mentally competent to consent to contract;
  4. share responsibility for a significant measure of each other's common welfare and financial obligations
  5. are not married to or domestic partners with anyone else;
  6. are same sex domestic partners, and not related in a way that, if the two were of opposite sex, would prohibit legal marriage in the State in which they reside; and
  7. understand that willful falsification of information within the affidavit may lead to disciplinary action and the recovery of the cost of benefits received related to such falsification and may constitute a criminal violation.
      An employee or domestic partner of an employee who obtains benefits under this Act shall file a statement of dissolution of the domestic partnership not later than 30 days after the death of the employee or the domestic partner or the date of dissolution of the domestic partnership.

        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: Give domestic partnership benefits to Federal employees (Score: 2)
      • Headline 2: Sponsored bill for Federal domestic partnership benefits (Score: 2)

        Participating counts on AmericansElect question 7.
      • Headline: Give domestic partnership benefits to Federal employees (Answer: B)
      • Headline 2: Sponsored bill for Federal domestic partnership benefits (Answer: C)
      • 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 2009-H2517

      Gary Ackerman s1sNew York Dem./Ind./Lib. (Retiring 2012) 
      Tammy Baldwin s2pWI Democratic Challenger 
      Shelley Berkley s1sNevada Democrat (Senate run 2012) 
      Howard Berman s1sCalifornia Democrat 
      Lois Capps s1sCalifornia Democrat (retiring 2016) 
      Michael Capuano s1sMA Former Democratic Primary Senate Challenger (2009) 
      Andre Carson s1sIndiana Democrat 
      James Clyburn s1sSouth Carolina Democrat 
      Gerry Connolly s1sVirginia Democrat 
      Joseph Crowley s1sNew York Democrat 
      Elijah Cummings s1sMaryland Democrat 
      Susan Davis s1sCalifornia Democrat 
      Diana DeGette s1sColorado Democrat 
      Bill Delahunt s1sMassachusetts Democrat (until 2010) 
      John Dingell s1sMichigan Democrat (retiring 2014) 
      Keith Ellison s1sMinnesota Democrat 
      Eliot Engel s1sNew York Democrat/Liberal 
      Anna Eshoo s1sCalifornia Democrat 
      Sam Farr s1sCalifornia Democrat 
      Bob Filner s1sCalifornia Democrat (Mayoral run 2011) 
      Raul Grijalva s1sArizona Democrat 
      Luis Gutierrez s1sIllinois Democrat 
      Jane Harman s1sCalifornia Democrat (Resigned 2011) 
      Alcee Hastings s1sFlorida Democrat 
      Rush Holt s1sNew Jersey Democrat (retiring 2014) 
      Jesse Louis Jackson s1sIllinois Democrat (Resigned 2013) 
      Patrick Kennedy s1sRhode Island Democrat (until 2010) 
      Carolyn Kilpatrick s1sMichigan Democrat (until 2010) 
      Dennis Kucinich s1sOhio Democrat (Lost 2012 Primary) 
      James Langevin s1sRhode Island Democrat 
      Zoe Lofgren s1sCalifornia Democrat 
      Nita Lowey s1sNew York Democrat 
      Carolyn Maloney s1sNew York Democrat/Liberal 
      Doris Matsui s1sCalifornia Democrat 
      Betty McCollum s1sMinnesota Democrat 
      Jim McDermott s1sWashington Democrat 
      Jim McGovern s1sMassachusetts Democrat 
      Michael Michaud s1sMaine Democratic Governor Challenger 
      George Miller s1sCalifornia Democrat (retiring 2014) 
      Dennis Moore s1sKansas Democrat (until 2010) 
      Gwen Moore s1sWisconsin Democrat 
      James Moran s1sVirginia Democrat (retiring 2014) 
      Jerrold Nadler s1sNew York Dem./Lib./Working-Families 
      Eleanor Holmes Norton s1sDistrict of Columbia Democrat 
      Ed Pastor s1sArizona Democrat (retiring 2014) 
      Jared Polis s1sColorado Democrat 
      Mike Quigley s1sIllinois Democrat 
      Steven Rothman s1sNew Jersey Democrat 
      Linda Sanchez s1sCalifornia Democrat 
      John Sarbanes s1sMaryland Democrat 
      Jan Schakowsky s1sIllinois Democrat 
      Jose Serrano s1sNew York Democrat/Liberal 
      Brad Sherman s1sCalifornia Democrat 
      Pete Stark s1sCalifornia Democrat 
      Betty Sutton s1sOhio Democrat 
      John Tierney s1sMassachusetts Democrat 
      Nydia Velazquez s1sNew York Democrat/Working-Families 
      Debbie Wasserman Schultz s1sFlorida Democrat 
      Henry Waxman s1sCalifornia Democrat (retiring 2014) 
      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) 

      Republicans participating in 2009-H2517

      Ileana Ros-Lehtinen s1sFlorida Republican 

      Independents participating in 2009-H2517

      Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

      Democrats: 64
      Republicans: 1
      Independents: 0

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