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A matter of record, Hillary Clinton’s Senate Record. Has she really been fighting for “us”?

March 4th, 2008 · 17 Comments

Hillary Clinton likes to tell us that she has been “vetted” and has thirty-five years of experience fighting for us. As most people know, she was the first lady of Arkansas and the US, and she worked at the Children’s Defense Fund right out of law school and house judiciary committee during the Watergate scandal. She also broke through the glass ceiling becoming the first female full partner at the Rose Law Firm. We can delve into her work at Rose another time, but I want to concentrate on her Senate record because it is her most recent experience. Additionally, it is one place where she and Senator Obama have experience that can be compared more clearly. Senator Obama’s wife hasn’t been in a high profile public office to my knowledge, so he can’t claim any experience by extension of his spouse, and of course, Senator Obama, being younger, doesn’t have the longevity of Senator Clinton.

While Senator Clinton has introduced many bills during her seven years in the senate, there really aren’t any that stand out as enacted into law. For instance, most people who follow politics know about the McCain-Feingold campaign reform act. If you know something about health care issues, you might remember the Kennedy-Kassebaum bill. But can anyone name a landmark piece of legislation with Senator Clinton’s name attached to it? Adam Hampft, a blogger at the Huffington Post, asked a similar question and concluded that there wasn’t a single piece of legislation with Hillary Clinton’s name attached to it. Now I realize that there are senators who have served much longer than Hillary Clinton, but she has the unique advantage of being married to a popular president, who should have a great network in D.C. for her to tap into.

To Senator Clinton’s credit, she has introduced some bills that would have been great for the American people such as:

88. S.4029 : A bill to increase the number of well-educated nurses, and for other purposes.?Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 9/29/2006)

90. S.4103 : A bill to prevent nuclear terrorism, and for other purposes.?Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 12/7/2006)

50. S.2260 : A bill to amend titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act to make improvements to payments to Medicare Advantage plans and to reinstate protections in the Medicaid program for working families, their children, and the disabled against excessive out-of-pocket costs, inadequate benefits, and health care coverage loss.?Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 2/8/2006)

The above bills represent a partial selection from the HuffingtonPost blog entry, but don’t you think that there would have been at least a handful of senators interested in these specific bills to co-sponsor them? Perhaps, she could have asked Senator Olympia Snow, a moderate Republican, to co-sponsor with her in the spirit of bipartisanship. Or better yet, she could have asked Senators Salazar (D-CO), Menendez (D-NJ), or Martinez (R-FL) to assist, since she is so great at Latino outreach, right? I couldn’t think of a better way to honor her commitment to Latinos than by working with some of our leaders in the senate on real issues.

Michaelr and I did some digging on Thomas to find more specifics regarding Senator Clinton’s record as a legislator. In doing so, we discovered that Senator Clinton likes introducing bills to name buildings, post offices, and honor various individuals. These particular bills, which did become law, hardly merited public support to quantify her as ready to be commander in chief on day one:

  1. Hillary Clinton established the Kate Mullany National Historic site.
  2. She advocated supporting the goals and ideals of Better Hearing and Speech month.
  3. Recognize the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
  4. Supported in naming a courthouse after Thurgood Marshall.
  5. Supported in naming a courthouse after James L .Watson.
  6. Named a post office after John A. O’Shea.
  7. Designated August 7, 2003 as National Purple Heart Recognition Day.
  8. Support the goals and ideals of National Purple Heart Recognition Day.
  9. Honor and life and legacy of Alexander Hamilton on the bicentennial of his death.  
  10. Congratulate the Syracuse

    University’s Orangemen Lacrosse team on winning the championship.
  11. Congratulate the Le Loyne 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.

There are these 5 more substantive bills that were introduced by Senator Clinton and passed in the senate, two of which relate to 9/11:

  1. Hillary Clinton supported a bill to extend the period of unemployment assistance to victims of 9/11
  2. Supported pay for city projects in response to 9/11
  3. Supported to assist landmine victims in other countries.
  4. Supported a bill to assist family caregivers in accessing affordable respite care.
  5. Designated part of the National Forest System in Puerto Rico as protected in the wilderness preservation system.

We’ll get into Barack Obama’s record in another blog post because this one is getting too long. It seems that the mainstream media never scratches more than the surface in covering any of the candidates’ legislative records. You might also want to examine Senator Clinton’s Progressive Action Score.  I was hoping that she would have taken an aggressive position against the wiretapping and domestic spying. She didn’t even show up to vote on FISA last month. We should be asking her why!

Tags: Barack Obama · GOP · Hillary Clinton · John McCain · Presidential Elections · Sen. Ken Salazar · Sen. Mel Martinez

17 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Michaelr // Mar 4, 2008 at 6:46 pm

    Thank you for addressing to the BlogsSphere what has been obvious behind the whole Hillary Clinton facade. Based on her U.S. Senatorial legislative production, it appears she’s been on vacation quite a bit, (another behavioral trait she shares with Bush). Her thirty-five years of so-called experience turns out to be just an empty byline of puffery. The up and coming leader of the free world needs to set an example along the lines of FDR, JFK, LBJ, and Bill Clinton. We don’t need a female George W. Bush padding her wallet, and giving lip service to hundreds of millions of U.S. citizens whose lives have been turned upside down by the policies of Bush/Cheney/Rice and the oil industry. We need more than change. We need a…

  • 2 Bearguez // Mar 4, 2008 at 7:17 pm

    Say it Michael…we need a revolution. We need to replace all those freeloaders in Congress, who just collect a sizeable salary, get wealthy in the process, and waste our tax dollars following the Bush White House and investigating baseball players. I would say 90% of the current Congress needs to vacate their seat and let someone else work for the people. And I would start with Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, and of course the entire Congressional Hispanic Caucus should follow those two gutless twits right out the door.

  • 3 Michaelr // Mar 4, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    First things first…preventing Hillary Clinton from becoming president is a good start. She will just be an extension of George W. Bush’s policies. We can work down from there. If the core of a apple is rotten, you should throw away the entire apple.

  • 4 The Kaiser // Mar 4, 2008 at 8:08 pm

    You need to inform the BlogsSphere about what Hillary did when she sat on Wal-Mart’s board in the mid 1980s, and what she did at Rose Law Firm. That would display the content of her character since its a part of her so-called 35 years of public service.

  • 5 reenee // Mar 4, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    Okay, I’m with you fellers.

  • 6 Jerry L. // Mar 5, 2008 at 7:03 am

    While we are all singing the praises (?) of “HILLERY THE GREAT” (that has a frightening ring to it, does’t it) let us not forget her many opportunities to make clear her actions and intentions before Senate Investigators .,,,

    I don’t recall
    I don’t remember

    These and other REMARKS were the high points of her testimony, yet she was able to remember to direct her hubbies defence.

    Experience,,,,I should say so….probably one of the most experienced people in the history of deciet, dodging truths, and outright vindictiveness in the annals of this nation…..

    President “HILLERY THE GREAT”,,,,,I vomit at the thought..

  • 7 Sal "The Muckraker" Costello // Mar 5, 2008 at 10:59 am

    Hillary Clinton’s Dirty Dubai Money:
    http://salcostello.blogspot.com

  • 8 Michaelr // Mar 5, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    Now the plot thickens. Apparently racism and minimal understanding of political issues is rampant along the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, and in the States of Ohio and Rhode Island. Is this cultural, or is the public education in those places that inadequate? I can already hear King Hillary falling back on her campaign promises because her friend George W. Bush’s 9 trillion dollar deficit won’t allow us to move forward, and terrorists are launching a WMD from their cave stronghold in Tehran.

  • 9 The Kaiser // Mar 5, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    We’re not there yet…King Hillary doesn’t have enough delegates yet. But I’m already sick of listening to her.

  • 10 Bearguez // Mar 5, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    Rush Limbaugh’s game of getting his followers to cross over and vote for King Hillary may have been the difference. Isn’t that fraud?

  • 11 Michaelr // Mar 5, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    Thanks Sal Costello for that interesting post on King Hillary’s business relationship with Dubai, the country that harbors the corporate business interests of Halliburton. Gee…it looks like Dick Cheney and Hillary have come to an arrangement to divide the tax dollars of US citizens. This gets uglier by the minute. I wonder if Obama will use this, especially since King Hillary has incorporated Karl Rove dirty campaigning into this race.

  • 12 Sitv.com // Mar 5, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    I would be TRULY scared for the fate of this country if Hilary wins the nomination.

  • 13 EYES OF TEXAS // Mar 6, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    Hillary = Socialism. Big government that will control all aspects of our daily lives. In this case it will be Big Sister taxing us to the bone and offering us government handouts and social programs that will be inadequate to survive on.

  • 14 Michaelr // Mar 6, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    I seriously doubt that. Hillary is supported by the same corporations and individuals who support George W. Bush. Her relationship with Rupert Murdoch is even more disturbing than her relationship with Tyson Foods and the country of Dubai. Her victory means another four years of George W. Bush type policies, at the sacrifice of the U.S. taxpayer.

  • 15 the Kaiser // Mar 6, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    You don’t really believe that Rush Limbaugh/Ann Coulter propaganda you’re spouting off about. Have you ever wondered why you don’t see anybody living or dying on the streets in Canada, Finland, Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, France, or Great Britain? Don’t tell me you’re one of the 22% per cent of the voting public who approves of the way George W. Bush is running the country!

  • 16 the Bearguez // Mar 9, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    Now that the Hilldabeast has gone negative, you should post all that info you have on her relationships with Monsanto, Tyson Foods, and Wal-Mart. The public needs to know.

  • 17 Anna // Aug 6, 2008 at 5:58 pm

    Re: “Now I realize that there are senators who have served much longer than Hillary Clinton, but she has the unique advantage of being married to a popular president, who should have a great network in D.C. for her to tap into.”
    _________________

    So you’re saying that she should have passed more bills because she is the wife of a former President? It should be set up for her already? That’s rather sexist, don’t you think? What about the members of Congress who are the sons of Senators and Congressman? How many bills has Patrick Kennedy’s passed? After all, his father is one of the longest serving Senators and has a great network in DC for him to tap into.

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