The above grade is based on votes by on 18 bills from 2009 that were important to fighting poverty. Click on any bill to learn more.
= vote to fight poverty = vote against fighting poverty
|1.||Paycheck Fairness Act of 2009|
Helps close the gender wage gap by strengthening the Equal Pay Act, which prohibits employers from paying unequal wages to men and women who perform substantially equal work.
|2.||Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009|
Extends and increases the funding to the Children's Health Insurance Program, enabling states to enroll an additional 4 million children. February 4, 2009: Became Public Law No. 111-3
|3.||Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009|
Reverses the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. and restores long-standing protections for individuals filing pay discrimination claims. January 29, 2009: Became Public Law No. 111-2
|4.||American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA)|
Increases funding to and expands eligibility for a variety of programs, including SNAP (food stamps), Unemployment Insurance, housing programs, and tax credits. February 17, 2009: Became Public Law No. 111-5
|5.||Serve America Act|
Reauthorizes and expands the National and Community Service Act and Domestic Volunteer Service Act. November 13, 2009: Became Public Law No. 111-13
|6.||Vision Care for Kids Act of 2009|
Awards matching grants to states to improve vision care for low-income children who are uninsured or insured but without coverage for vision care.
|7.||Amendment to Mortgage Reform and Anti-Predatory Lending Act of 2009|
Eliminates consumer protections that would regulate high cost mortgages.
|8.||Mortgage Reform and Anti-Predatory Lending Act of 2009|
Protects mortgage borrowers from abusive, predatory lending practices.
|9.||21st Century Green High-Performing Public School Facilities Act|
Provides grants to public schools for modernization, renovation or repair to make them safe, healthy and more energy efficient.
|10.||Helping Families Save Their Homes Act of 2009|
Reauthorizes the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, increases the availability of mortgage credit, and provides strong protections for tenants living in foreclosed properties. May 20, 2009: Became Public Law No. 111-22
|11.||Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009|
Protects consumers by prohibiting practices that unfairly harm credit cardholders. May 22, 2009: Became Public Law No. 111-24
|12.||Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act of 2009|
Provides federal employees with four weeks of paid leave for the birth or adoption of a child, or the taking in of a foster child.
|13.||American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009|
Stems the tide of climate change, protects low-income consumers, and ensures low-income individuals are given the opportunity to participate in the green economy.
|14.||Amendment to Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010|
Makes a five percent cut to discretionary spending in the bill, negatively impacting food assistance programs including SNAP (food stamps) and child nutrition programs.
|15.||Frank Melville Supported Housing Investment Act of 2009|
Makes improvements to the Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities program by adding funding and authorizing a new demonstration program.
|16.||Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009|
Assists low-income students through grants, simplification of financial aid applications, improvement of education facilities, and increased funding for minority colleges and education initiatives.
|17.||Affordable Health Care for America Act|
Comprehensively reforms the health insurance system by expanding health insurance coverage to more Americans and regulating health insurance industries (House version).
|18.||Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010|
Provides significant funding increases for several housing programs that serve low-income families. December 16, 2009: Became Public Law No. 111-117