As I write this, history is in the making as Democrats in Ohio and Texas vote for their presidential nominee. After eleven consecutive wins, Obama looks set to scoop up the two states, but there’s no knowing what will happen.
I received an email from a friend that outlines the senate records of both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Its contents makes for some interesting reading:
Senator Clinton, who has served only one full term (six years) and
another year campaigning, has managed to author and pass into law twenty pieces of legislation in her first six years.
These bills can be found on the website of the Library of Congress
www.thomas.loc.gov, but to save you trouble, I’ll post them here for you:
1. Establish the Kate Mullany National Historic Site.
2. Support the goals and ideals of Better Hearing and Speech Month.
3. Recognize the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
4. Name courthouse after Thurgood Marshall.
5. Name courthouse after James L. Watson.
6. Name post office after Jonn A. O’Shea.
7. Designate Aug. 7, 2003, as National Purple Heart Recognition Day.
8. Support the goals and ideals of National Purple Heart Recognition
9. Honor the life and legacy of Alexander Hamilton on the bicentennial of his death.
10. Congratulate the Syracuse Univ. Orange Men’s Lacrosse Team on winning the championship.
11. Congratulate the Le Moyne College Dolphins Men’s Lacrosse Team on winning the championship.
12. Establish the 225th Anniversary of the American Revolution Commemorative Program.
13. Name post office after Sergeant Riayan A. Tejeda.
14. Honor Shirley Chisholm for her service to the nation and express condolences on her death.
15. Honor John J. Downing, Brian Fahey, and Harry Ford, firefighters who lost their lives on duty.
Only five of Clinton’s bills are more substantive:
16. Extend period of unemployment assistance to victims of 9/11.
17. Pay for city projects in response to 9/11
18. Assist landmine victims in other countries.
19. Assist family caregivers in accessing affordable respite care.
20. Designate part of the National Forest System in Puerto Rico as protected in the wilderness preservation system.
There you have it, the facts straight from the Senate Record. Now, I would post those of Obama’s, but the list is too substantive so I’ll mainly categorize.
During the first eight years of his elected service he sponsored over 820 bills. He introduced
• 233 regarding healthcare reform
• 125 on poverty and public assistance
• 112 crime-fighting bills
• 97 economic bills
• 60 human rights and anti-discrimination bills
• 21 ethics reform bills
• 15 gun control
• 6 veterans affairs
and many others.
In his first year in the U.S. Senate, he authored 152 bills and co-sponsored another 427. These inculded **the Coburn-Obama Government
Transparency Act of 2006 – became law, **The Lugar-Obama Nuclear
Non-proliferation and Conventional Weapons Threat Reduction Act, -became law, **The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act, passed the
Senate, **The 2007 Government Ethics Bill, – became law, **The
Protection Against Excessive Executive Compensation Bill, In committee.
In all, since entering the U.S. Senate, Senator Obama has written 890 bills and co-sponsored another 1096. An impressive record, especially for someone who supposedly has no record according to those who would prefer that this comparison not be made public.