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What has Obama really done in the US Senate? Using the Library of Congress Search Engine to Check.

Ok, Obama gives a great speech. But what has he done, policy wise?

Well, you can look it up for yourself right here: http://thomas.loc.gov/ Dump in the name of the Senator and you can find what they have done: in terms of sponsored bills, where the bills are at this time, which have passed committee, which have passed the Senate, and which have become law.

In this post, I’ve decided to show a sample of the bills that Obama has sponsored, bills that Obama has cosponsored, bills that he has sponsored that have cleared the Senate, and bills that Obama has sponsored or cosponsored that have been signed into law. No hype here; just the bare bones facts. Each of these acts and bills can be individually researched using the search engines that I’ve linked to. Note that the search engines are official United States Library of Congress search engines; not a candidate’s web-site BS. 🙂

So back to the search engine; we’ll start with the basic one:

http://thomas.loc.gov/

Example: if you dump in Obama’s name you start with (and I’ve randomly skipped between the 113 entries) Note: if your eyes gloss over on some of these (some of which are admittedly routine “I honor Mr. X or Mrs. Y” type of stuff) I’ve put a link to the advanced search feature as well below the quote

1. S.CON.RES.5 : A concurrent resolution honoring the life of Percy Lavon Julian, a pioneer in the field of organic chemistry and the first and only African-American chemist to be inducted into the National Academy of Sciences.
Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 1/31/2007) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: Senate Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 1/31/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

2. S.CON.RES.25 : A concurrent resolution condemning the recent violent actions of the Government of Zimbabwe against peaceful opposition party activists and members of civil society.
Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 3/29/2007) Cosponsors (7)
Committees: Senate Foreign Relations
Latest Major Action: 6/26/2007 Held at the desk. […]

8. S.J.RES.23 : A joint resolution clarifying that the use of force against Iran is not authorized by the Authorization for the Use of Military Force Against Iraq, any resolution previously adopted, or any other provision of law.
Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 11/1/2007) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Foreign Relations
Latest Major Action: 11/1/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

9. S.114 : A bill to authorize resources for a grant program for local educational agencies to create innovation districts.
Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 1/4/2007) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 1/4/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

10. S.115 : A bill to suspend royalty relief, to repeal certain provisions of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, and to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal certain tax incentives for the oil and gas industry.
Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 1/4/2007) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 1/4/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

11. S.116 : A bill to authorize resources to provide students with opportunities for summer learning through summer learning grants.
Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 1/4/2007) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 1/4/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. […]

17. S.692 : A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to establish a Hospital Quality Report Card Initiative to report on health care quality in Veterans Affairs hospitals.
Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 2/27/2007) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Veterans’ Affairs
Latest Major Action: 2/27/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

18. S.713 : A bill to ensure dignity in care for members of the Armed Forces recovering from injuries.
Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 2/28/2007) Cosponsors (34)
Committees: Senate Armed Services
Latest Major Action: 2/28/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

19. S.737 : A bill to amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 in order to measure, compare, and improve the quality of voter access to polls and voter services in the administration of Federal elections in the States.
Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 3/1/2007) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Rules and Administration
Latest Major Action: 3/1/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Rules and Administration.

20. S.767 : A bill to increase fuel economy standards for automobiles and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 3/6/2007) Cosponsors (6)
Committees: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Major Action: 3/6/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. […]

34. S.1324 : A bill to amend the Clean Air Act to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation fuel sold in the United States.
Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 5/7/2007) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Environment and Public Works
Latest Major Action: 5/7/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

35. S.1389 : A bill to authorize the National Science Foundation to establish a Climate Change Education Program.
Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 5/14/2007) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 5/14/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

36. S.1430 : A bill to authorize State and local governments to direct divestiture from, and prevent investment in, companies with investments of $20,000,000 or more in Iran’s energy sector, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 5/17/2007) Cosponsors (26)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 5/17/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

37. S.1513 : A bill to amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to authorize grant programs to enhance the access of low-income African-American students to higher education.
Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 5/24/2007) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 5/24/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions […]

76. S.AMDT.905 to S.761 To require the Director of Mathematics, Science, and Engineering Education to establish a program to recruit and provide mentors for women and underrepresented minorities who are interested in careers in mathematics, science, and engineering.
Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 4/23/2007) Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 4/25/2007 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 905 as modified agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

77. S.AMDT.907 to S.761 Purpose will be available when the amendment is proposed for consideration. See Congressional Record for text.
Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 4/23/2007) Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 4/23/2007 Senate amendment submitted

78. S.AMDT.923 to S.761 To expand the pipeline of individuals entering the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields to support United States innovation and competitiveness.
Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 4/24/2007) Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 4/25/2007 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 923 as modified agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

79. S.AMDT.924 to S.761 To establish summer term education programs.
Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 4/24/2007) Cosponsors (1)
Latest Major Action: 4/25/2007 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 924 as modified agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent. […]

104. S.AMDT.2692 to H.R.2764 To require a comprehensive nuclear threat reduction and security plan.
Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 9/6/2007) Cosponsors (2)
Latest Major Action: 9/6/2007 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 2692 as modified agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

105. S.AMDT.2799 to H.R.3074 To provide that none of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act may be used to enter into a contract in an amount greater than $5,000,000 or to award a grant in excess of such amount unless the prospective contractor or grantee makes certain certifications regarding Federal tax liability.
Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 9/10/2007) Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 9/11/2007 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 2799 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.

106. S.AMDT.3004 to H.R.1585 Purpose will be available when the amendment is proposed for consideration. See Congressional Record for text.
Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 9/20/2007) Cosponsors (2)
Latest Major Action: 9/20/2007 Senate amendment submitted

107. S.AMDT.3026 to H.R.1585 Purpose will be available when the amendment is proposed for consideration. See Congressional Record for text.
Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 9/24/2007) Cosponsors (1)
Latest Major Action: 9/24/2007 Senate amendment submitted

108. S.AMDT.3068 to H.R.1585 Purpose will be available when the amendment is proposed for consideration. See Congressional Record for text.
Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 9/26/2007) Cosponsors (4)
Latest Major Action: 9/26/2007 Senate amendment submitted

109. S.AMDT.3073 to H.R.1585 To provide for transparency and accountability in military and security contracting.
Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 9/26/2007) Cosponsors (4)
Latest Major Action: 9/27/2007 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 3073 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

110. S.AMDT.3078 to H.R.1585 Relating to administrative separations of members of the Armed Forces for personality disorder.
Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 9/27/2007) Cosponsors (7)
Latest Major Action: 9/27/2007 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 3078 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

111. S.AMDT.3137 to H.R.3222 To provide that none of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act may be used to enter into a contract in an amount greater than $5,000,000 or to award a grant in excess of such amount unless the prospective contractor or grantee makes certain certifications regarding Federal tax liability.
Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 10/2/2007) Cosponsors (2)
Latest Major Action: 10/3/2007 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 3137 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

112. S.AMDT.3234 to H.R.3093 To provide that none of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act may be used to enter into a contract in an amount greater than $5,000,000 or to award a grant in excess of such amount unless the prospective contractor or grantee makes certain certifications regarding Federal tax liability.
Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 10/4/2007) Cosponsors (2)
Latest Major Action: 10/15/2007 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 3234 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.

113. S.AMDT.3331 to H.R.3043 To provide that none of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act may be used to enter into a contract in an amount greater than $5,000,000 or to award a grant in excess of such amount unless the prospective contractor or grantee makes certain certifications regarding Federal tax liability.
Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 10/17/2007) Cosponsors (1)
Latest Major Action: 10/22/2007 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 3331 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

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Now you can do an advanced search by Congressional year (and Senator)

http://thomas.loc.gov/bss/d110query.html

Here you can do a search for “signed by the President, vetoed, passed the Senate but not the House, etc.”

So if you are interested in stuff he sponsored or cosponsored that was signed into law by the US President we see:

1. [110th] S.597 : A bill to amend title 39, United States Code, to extend the authority of the United States Postal Service to issue a semipostal to raise funds for breast cancer research.
Sponsor: Sen Feinstein, Dianne [CA] (introduced 2/14/2007) Cosponsors (62)
Committees: Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Senate Reports: 110-222
Latest Major Action: Became Public Law No: 110-150 [GPO: Text, PDF]

2. [110th] S.1352 : A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 127 East Locust Street in Fairbury, Illinois, as the “Dr. Francis Townsend Post Office Building”.
Sponsor: Sen Durbin, Richard [IL] (introduced 5/10/2007) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs; House Oversight and Government Reform
Latest Major Action: Became Public Law No: 110-43 [GPO: Text, PDF]

3. [110th] S.2488 : A bill to promote accessibility, accountability, and openness in Government by strengthening section 552 of title 5, United States Code (commonly referred to as the Freedom of Information Act), and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Leahy, Patrick J. [VT] (introduced 12/14/2007) Cosponsors (17)
Committees: House Oversight and Government Reform
Latest Major Action: Became Public Law No: 110-175 [GPO: Text, PDF]

1. [109th] S.467 : A bill to extend the applicability of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of 2002.
Sponsor: Sen Dodd, Christopher J. [CT] (introduced 2/18/2005) Cosponsors (33)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: Became Public Law No: 109-144 [GPO: Text, PDF]

2. [109th] S.707 : A bill to reduce preterm labor and delivery and the risk of pregnancy-related deaths and complications due to pregnancy, and to reduce infant mortality caused by prematurity.
Sponsor: Sen Alexander, Lamar [TN] (introduced 4/5/2005) Cosponsors (42)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions; House Energy and Commerce
Senate Reports: 109-298
Latest Major Action: Became Public Law No: 109-450 [GPO: Text, PDF]

3. [109th] S.1047 : A bill to require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of each of the Nation’s past Presidents and their spouses, respectively to improve circulation of the $1 coin, to create a new bullion coin, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Sununu, John E. [NH] (introduced 5/17/2005) Cosponsors (71)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: Became Public Law No: 109-145 [GPO: Text, PDF]

4. [109th] S.1184 : A bill to waive the passport fees for a relative of a deceased member of the Armed Forces proceeding abroad to visit the grave of such member or to attend a funeral or memorial service for such member.
Sponsor: Sen Biden, Joseph R., Jr. [DE] (introduced 6/7/2005) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Foreign Relations; House International Relations
Latest Major Action: Became Public Law No: 109-210 [GPO: Text, PDF]

5. [109th] S.1496 : A bill to direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a pilot program under which up to 15 States may issue electronic Federal migratory bird hunting stamps.
Sponsor: Sen Crapo, Mike [ID] (introduced 7/26/2005) Cosponsors (23)
Committees: Senate Environment and Public Works; House Resources
Senate Reports: 109-187 House Reports: 109-556
Latest Major Action: Became Public Law No: 109-266 [GPO: Text, PDF]

6. [109th] S.2125 : A bill to promote relief, security, and democracy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 12/16/2005) Cosponsors (12)
Committees: Senate Foreign Relations; House International Relations
Latest Major Action: Became Public Law No: 109-456 [GPO: Text, PDF]

7. [109th] S.2167 : A bill to amend the USA PATRIOT ACT to extend the sunset of certain provisions of that Act and the lone wolf provision of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 to July 1, 2006.
Sponsor: Sen Sununu, John E. [NH] (introduced 12/21/2005) Cosponsors (31)
Latest Major Action: Became Public Law No: 109-160 [GPO: Text, PDF]
Note: Extends provisions from December 31, 2005 to February 3, 2006.

8. [109th] S.2250 : A bill to award a congressional gold medal to Dr. Norman E. Borlaug.
Sponsor: Sen Grassley, Chuck [IA] (introduced 2/7/2006) Cosponsors (72)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs; House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: Became Public Law No: 109-395 [GPO: Text, PDF]

9. [109th] S.2370 : A bill to promote the development of democratic institutions in areas under the administrative control of the Palestinian Authority, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen McConnell, Mitch [KY] (introduced 3/6/2006) Cosponsors (90)
Committees: Senate Foreign Relations
Latest Major Action: Became Public Law No: 109-446 [GPO: Text, PDF]

10. [109th] S.2590 : A bill to require full disclosure of all entities and organizations receiving Federal funds.
Sponsor: Sen Coburn, Tom [OK] (introduced 4/6/2006) Cosponsors (47)
Committees: Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Senate Reports: 109-329
Latest Major Action: Became Public Law No: 109-282 [GPO: Text, PDF]

11. [109th] S.2784 : A bill to award a congressional gold medal to Tenzin Gyatso, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, in recognition of his many enduring and outstanding contributions to peace, non-violence, human rights, and religious understanding.
Sponsor: Sen Feinstein, Dianne [CA] (introduced 5/11/2006) Cosponsors (75)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs; House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: Became Public Law No: 109-287 [GPO: Text, PDF]

12. [109th] S.2803 : A bill to amend the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 to improve the safety of mines and mining.
Sponsor: Sen Enzi, Michael B. [WY] (introduced 5/16/2006) Cosponsors (11)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions; House Education and the Workforce
Senate Reports: 109-365
Latest Major Action: Became Public Law No: 109-236 [GPO: Text, PDF]

13. [109th] S.4044 : A bill to clarify the treatment of certain charitable contributions under title 11, United States Code.
Sponsor: Sen Hatch, Orrin G. [UT] (introduced 9/29/2006) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: Became Public Law No: 109-439 [GPO: Text, PDF]

Stuff that has cleared the Senate (where Obama was one of the primary sponsors, not cosponsors):

1. [109th] S.RES.291 : A resolution to congratulate the Chicago White Sox on winning the 2005 World Series Championship.
Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 10/27/2005) Cosponsors (1)
Latest Major Action: 10/27/2005 Passed/agreed to in Senate. Status: Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.

2. [109th] S.RES.516 : A resolution recognizing the historical significance of Juneteenth Independence Day and expressing the sense of the Senate that history should be regarded as a means for understanding the past and solving the challenges of the future.
Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 6/19/2006) Cosponsors (4)
Latest Major Action: 6/19/2006 Passed/agreed to in Senate. Status: Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.

3. [109th] S.RES.529 : A resolution designating July 13, 2006, as “National Summer Learning Day”.
Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 7/13/2006) Cosponsors (5)
Latest Major Action: 7/13/2006 Passed/agreed to in Senate. Status: Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.

4. [109th] S.2125 : A bill to promote relief, security, and democracy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 12/16/2005) Cosponsors (12)
Committees: Senate Foreign Relations; House International Relations
Latest Major Action: Became Public Law No: 109-456 [GPO: Text, PDF]

1. [110th] S.CON.RES.25 : A concurrent resolution condemning the recent violent actions of the Government of Zimbabwe against peaceful opposition party activists and members of civil society.
Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 3/29/2007) Cosponsors (7)
Committees: Senate Foreign Relations
Latest Major Action: 6/26/2007 Held at the desk.

2. [110th] S.RES.133 : A resolution celebrating the life of Bishop Gilbert Earl Patterson.
Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 3/28/2007) Cosponsors (4)
Latest Major Action: 3/28/2007 Passed/agreed to in Senate. Status: Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.

3. [110th] S.RES.268 : A resolution designating July 12, 2007, as “National Summer Learning Day”.
Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 7/11/2007) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: Senate Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 7/13/2007 Passed/agreed to in Senate. Status: Resolution agreed to in Senate without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.

Contrast with Others
Of course, you can keep yourself busy for hours by using this feature. But one Kossack (Grassroots Mom) already had fun with this and she has written a summary (which you can fact check for yourself with the above links)

Here is part of what she finds:

Hillary Clinton does have a solid record in the Senate, however.

I came away from my research really knowing a lot more about what is important to Hillary in her heart: kids and their well being. My research changed my feeling about her significantly. About 40% of her bills dealt with health care and/or kids. As a mom with small kids, I like her passion for children’s issues. But curiously, her big bill to deliver health care to every child, the one she lauds on her website, S.895 : “A bill to amend titles XIX and XXI of the Social Security Act to ensure that every child in the United States has access to affordable, quality health insurance coverage, and for other purposes” had not a single co-sponsor. Not one, according to the Library of Congress. Why is that? Is it a bad bill? Or is she not able to recruit support for her signature issue? Or did she just submit it simply to put in the hopper, so to speak, so she could claim she was working on it. I honestly don’t know the answer, but I find it curious and suspicious that not even Ted Kennedy co-sponsored it. Its sister bill in the house, H.R. 1535, introduced by John Dingell has 42 co-sponsors. It’s just weird. I honestly don’t know what to make of it.

S.895 was major. But most of her other bills are much smaller in scale and scope — more targeted and more careful.

For example, she introduced one bill that offered tax credits for building owners who clean up lead paint. Which is a very good thing. And Obama is a co-sponsor. “S.1793 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a tax credit for property owners who remove lead-based paint hazards.”

Obama’s anti-lead bill (S. 1306) directed the Consumer Product Safety Commission to classify certain children’s products containing lead as banned hazardous substances. He had another bill prohibitting the interstate transport of children’s products containing lead. (S.2132) And Hillary co-sponsored each of these.

In other words, they both care about protecting children from lead.

The difference is in the scope and the approach.

Obama’s bill shows how he thinks big: do everything we can to make sure that lead-painted Thomas the Tank Engine toys don’t get into the hands and mouths of millions of toddlers in this country.

Or Hillary: encourage people by offering tax credits to clean up lead paint in old buildings. People have been talking about lead paint in old buildings hurting kids in living in inner cities, since, well when I was a kid — for decades. If it is still a big problem, is offering tax credits for clean up, i.e. scrape down the walls and repaint, the best way to protect kids from lead?

How many of you parents have lead paint problems? How many have (or had) toxic Thomas the Tank Engine Toys? They are everywhere. The local bookstore and kid’s shoe store and the doctor’s office and the preschool and the toystore all have train tables. There is nowhere you can go anymore with toddlers that doesn’t have a Thomas the Tank Engine train table covered with toxic toys. But that’s just my feeling.

Obama’s bills risk pissing off the toy industry and the Chinese. Hillary’s risks nothing.

A lot of Clinton’s health bills focus on children. Or women. She introduced a billl for research in the causes of gestational diabetes, for more pediatric research (S.895) and a rural agriculture bill to get farm-fresh veggies into schools (S.1031).

Her bill dealing with the crisis in foreclosure is actually S.2114 : “A bill to amend the Truth in Lending Act, to provide for enhanced disclosures to consumers and enhanced regulation of mortgage brokers, and for other purposes.” Again, no co-sponsors. Obama also introduced a bill in the face of the mortgage foreclosure crisis: S.1222 : “A bill to stop mortgage transactions which operate to promote fraud, risk, abuse, and under-development, and for other purposes.” Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 4/25/2007), co-sponsored by Dick Durbin. […]

The diary author comments of HRC’s substantial Senate record. But then she goes back to Obama:

Now let’s look more closely at Obama.

I was blown away as I started going through his record. I’ve already mentioned his bills on health care and energy. In addition he had introduced bills on Iran, voting, veterans, global warming, campaign finance and lobbyists, Blackwater, global poverty, nuclear proliferation, and education.
On Iran: S.J.RES.23 : A joint resolution clarifying that the use of force against Iran is not authorized by the Authorization for the Use of Military Force Against Iraq, any resolution previously adopted, or any other provision of law.

On votingPassed out of Committee and now on the Senate Calendar for Feb. 22, 2008
S.453 : A bill to prohibit deceptive practices in Federal elections Please check this out! This is a great bill. We need this. I can’t believe that this time voter intimidation is not already illegal.

On veterans and military personnel: S.1084 : A bill to provide housing assistance for very low-income veterans;

On global warmingS.1324 : A bill to amend the Clean Air Act to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation fuel sold in the United States;S.1389 : A bill to authorize the National Science Foundation to establish a Climate Change Education Program; S.AMDT.599 to S.CON.RES.21 To add $200 million for Function 270 (Energy) for the demonstration and monitoring of carbon capture and sequestration technology by the Department of Energy. (This last one passed both the House and the Senate as part of the budget bill.)

On campaign finance and lobbyists S.2030 : A bill to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to require reporting relating to bundled contributions made by persons other than registered lobbyists; and S.AMDT.41 to S.1 To require lobbyists to disclose the candidates, leadership PACs, or political parties for whom they collect or arrange contributions, and the aggregate amount of the contributions collected or arranged.

On Blackwater S.2044 : A bill to provide procedures for the proper classification of employees and independent contractors, and for other purposes, and S.2147 : A bill to require accountability for contractors and contract personnel under Federal contracts, and for other purposes.

On global poverty S.2433 : A bill to require the President to develop and implement a comprehensive strategy to further the United States foreign policy objective of promoting the reduction of global poverty, the elimination of extreme global poverty, and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goal of reducing by one-half the proportion of people worldwide, between 1990 and 2015, who live on less than $1 per day.

On global nuclear proliferation S.1977 : A bill to provide for sustained United States leadership in a cooperative global effort to prevent nuclear terrorism, reduce global nuclear arsenals, stop the spread of nuclear weapons and related material and technology, and support the responsible and peaceful use of nuclear technology.

I counted nine education bills, but it’s getting late and I’ve got to get my kids ready for bed.

As I mentioned earlier, Clinton is a frequent co-sponsor on many of Obama’s bills. So is Ted Kennedy. So are a number of Republicans.

Finally, Obama appears to have a better record last year in the Senate on getting his bills and amendments passed than does Clinton. I’ve listed everything that passed the Senate for each them at the end in boxes. But check out Thomas.loc.gov for yourself. I may have missed something.

In my eyes Obama is the superior choice in every way. He cares about more of the issues that matter to me. Kids and health care are important but so is the issue of global warming, on which Clinton introduced not a single bill last year.

I invite the interested reader to play with this search function. 🙂

March 1, 2008 - Posted by | hillary clinton, obama, Peoria/local, politics/social

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  1. […] Recently, I’ve posted about Obama’s U. S. Senate Record and how to see it for yourself by using the Library of Congress search engines. I posted a link to a Daily Kos Diary which contrasted Obama’s and Clinton’s […]

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  2. […] And the fact that Obama has actually sponsored a lot of bills (mostly state) makes me skeptical. I wonder if he was trying to hastily build-up a record to support his run for president. And I don’t think his bills, despite how many there are and their well-intentions, will really make much of a change after all. References: 1, 2 […]

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  3. Obama learned how to get credit for other people’s work while in Illinois, where Emil Jones, Jr. assigned him credit for bills in order to build a resume so Obama could run for senate. Senator Dodd recently confirmed that Obama was doing this routinely since he has been in the Senate. There can be no question he was just building up a resume so he could run for POTUS

    Comment by Pearson | March 26, 2008 | Reply

  4. The bottom line is the MOST LIBERAL senator and can’t even get other Democrat senators to vote for many of his hair brained legislative initiatives. Some may have been well intentioned. however, the appearance is just as a previous poster said, that of a person “trying to hastily build-up a record to support his run for president.” The liklihoos of Senator Obama being able to affect any meaningful POSITIVE CHANGE in Washington is next to nothing.

    Comment by NNS | April 1, 2008 | Reply

  5. NNS: by the way, it is “harebrained”; “hare” as in “rabbit like animal.” 🙂

    Comment by ollie | April 1, 2008 | Reply

  6. […] turn, I write blog posts (I get lots of hits on this one) phone bank and go door to door when the occasion arises. Yes, I also donate […]

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  7. it doesnt take much to sign a bill or to sponser a new bill for each and every thing possible. It takes someone with character to actually think it through before just doing. Look at Mc Cain he has been in the senate alot longer and has about a third the bills. Its not always good to say yes to everything. think about that.

    Comment by Richard | September 5, 2008 | Reply

  8. McCain has also had a President of his party in charge for the last 8 years. It is a pity that he didn’t get more done.

    So, now Obama has written too much? I thought that he hadn’t written anything at all (re: Palin’s speech last night). 🙂

    Comment by ollie | September 5, 2008 | Reply

  9. […] Barack Obama has Done in the Senate: a glimpse at one bill My post about “what has Barack Obama done in the Senate” has generated thousands of hits. Here is a link to the search engine that I linked to in that […]

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  10. RE: Richard’s comment

    “Look at McCain he has been in the senate alot longer and has about a third of the bills”

    That is a very misleading statement, obama does sponsor more bills per year than mccain but he does not have a total of about a third of mccain’s bills. Common sense should tell you that Mccain has sponsored more bills because he’s been a senator since the 80s, you can check the numbers at govtrack.us. You are referring to the number of bills that they cosponsor per year (annual rate), not the number of bills they “have” (career total). In that sense obama does cosponsor about 3x as many bills per year but mccain of course still has a higher total of about 1232 to obama’s 659.

    And I’m not saying that this means obama is wasting time, there are lots of factors to consider because I don’t know whether junior senators tend to sponsor more bills than senior senators. Also you can probably adjust mccain’s number for the drop in production during his first presidential run.

    Which brings me to one point thats been eating away at me, why are republicans touting mccain (whom I admire very much btw) as the greatest thing since sliced bread when they chose GWB over him in 2000? He had pretty much the same impressive resume then. I suspect that a lot of republicans still don’t really like him because of his centrist politics and are only supporting this ticket because his military background bodes well for the election, hence the excitement over a vp pick that republicans are actually excited about. I thought it was a little sad to watch the old soldier’s speech because it felt like most of the audience was really applauding his palin pick and not his own policies and vision.

    -Obama supporter who would love to see McCain as secretary of state

    Comment by OldMacDonald | September 8, 2008 | Reply

  11. As a McCain supporter and a faithful Christian and a young-earther… I too like women in spandex!

    Comment by Robert Murphey | October 22, 2008 | Reply

  12. when is it not ok to say yes to everything that needs to be fixed whether in the economy or in the corrupt political system

    Comment by destiny | November 3, 2008 | Reply

  13. barack obama u rock! i just wanted to ask u a few questions. i was wonderind if u could change all school hours from about 10 to 3. trust me u would leave all of us kids satisfied. we also were wondering if u could visit my school. it is in brockton massachusetts. its called the NORTH JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL. u would leave a smile on all of our faces. thankyou obama.

    signed: xxxx yyyy
    xyxy zzzz st.
    abc-def-ghij

    Moderator note: I’ve removed the address as my guess is that this person is setting someone up. 😉

    Comment by Jasmine Offutt | January 28, 2009 | Reply

  14. You gotta love how, once the “he hasn’t done anything” myth was demolished, the Obama-haters immediately picked up the goalposts and started running.

    Comment by Blue Fielder | January 28, 2009 | Reply

  15. um look at bill number 37…That is absolute and complete bullcrap. why should they get treatment for being low income? thats somethign they need to deal with themselfs work hard and earn he money themselfs to get into college its not our own responsibilitie to insure they get the education needed.
    and if any of you know the gov is trying to make it so illegal aliens get reduced college intuition. so lets just reward them for breaking the law. that seems resonable, oh and lets have me pay it. this country is becoming spinless weak, and personally i think we are becoming a pothetic excuse of a country.
    and the global warming issue, how about u research the cold hard facts. The gov is just finding a new way to make tons and tons of money. look it up and you will see that they are just trying to scam you.
    we need to pick ourselfs up as a country…

    Ollie’s comment: I can’t tell if this is a “poe” comment or not; the author of this post managed to make an astonishing number of spelling and grammatical errors in a short span. Then again, given our conservative base, he/she probably fits right in. 🙂

    Comment by nobody | April 15, 2009 | Reply

  16. OBAMA IS DOING A HELLUVA OF A JOB GO OBAMA

    Comment by adea | July 27, 2009 | Reply

  17. I AM AMAZED AT THE GREAT THINGS OBAMA HAS DONE ALREADY SO MANY ARE SO QUICK TO PUT HIM DOWN BECAUSE THEY CHOOSE TO ONLY SEE THE NEGATIVE.
    THE SHORT TIME BUSH WAS IN OFFICE AT FIRST EVERYBODY ALL REPUBLICANS WERE SAYING GIVE HIM TIME, GIVE HIM TIME FUNNY HOW THEY CAN’T SEEM TO DO THAT NOW.
    HOW QUICK THE ONES WHO CLAIM TO BE “CHRISTIANS” SIT BACK AND JUDGE AND DO NOTHING TO CHANGE THINGS
    OR LOOK FOR THE GOOD

    Comment by HEATHER | July 27, 2009 | Reply

  18. Christians talking about what is important to them and to God’s heart IS changing things. Christians are not perfect. We will judge and make comments about what we feel is not right. You are right. We should do more than just talk about things that we disagree with. What I don’t understand is how Americans can support a president who quickly changed protections Bush made for unborn life. I also don’t understand how there can be support for Obama when he wants government to have control over the auto industry, banks and healthcare. Wake up, everyone. Do we really want the government to have so much control of our lives? Do we see any signs of socialism here?

    Comment by Jacklyn | July 27, 2009 | Reply


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