It’s funny how our biases work. I typed in the search “(Candidate) legistlative record Politifact” and that’s what came up.
I ignored bloggers.
I also ignored straight numbers of amendments passed if there was no description of its purpose. How do we know if the amendments meant anything more than naming post offices or securing aid for your home district?
I read through a lot of the amendments listed in the two links. For the most part, the most significant ideas contributed by either candidate never became part of legislation.
For example, for Clinton:
#58: To reclassify the spouses and minor children of lawful permanent residents as immediate relatives. (ruled out of order by chair)
#74: To fund additional research to improve the detection of explosive materials at airport security checkpoints. (ruled non-germane by chair)
#112, 131: Establish a congressional commission to examine the Federal, State, and local response to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina and make immediate corrective measures to improve such responses in the future. (ruled out of order by chair)
#154: To expand access to preventive health care services that reduce unintended pregnancy (including teen pregnancy), reduce the number of abortions, and improve access to women’s health care. (not agreed by Senate vote)
#198: Study comparative effectiveness and safety of important Medicare covered drugs to ensure that consumers can make meaningful comparisons about the quality and efficacy. (not agreed by Senate vote)
Sanders also has a lot of these kinds of ideas:
#30: To establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund to recognize that climate change is real and caused by human activity and that Congress needs to take action to cut carbon pollution. (not agreed by vote)
#32: To establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund to protect Medicaid beneficiaries from benefit cuts. (agreed by vote)
#34: Invest in our nation’s infrastructure paid for by raising revenue through closing loopholes in the corporate and international tax system. (not agreed by vote)
#70: To permit States to require that any food, beverage, or other edible product offered for sale have a label on indicating that the food, beverage, or other edible product contains a genetically engineered ingredient. (not agreed by vote)
#138: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to eliminate big oil and gas company tax loopholes, and to use the resulting increase in revenues to reduce the deficit and to invest in energy efficiency and conservation. (withdrawn)
#145: Require the non-partisan GAO to conduct an independent audit of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System that does not interfere with monetary policy, to let the American people know the names of the recipients of over $2,000,000,000,000 in taxpayer assistance from the Federal Reserve System, and for other purposes. (agreed by vote)
#148: To provide for health care for every American and to control the cost and enhance the quality of the health care system. (withdrawn)
#177: To make available from Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation, Army $12,000,000 for the peer-reviewed Gulf War Illness Research Program of the Army. (agreed by Unanimous consent)
#208: To establish a national consumer credit usury rate. (ruled out of order by chair)
#213: To require recipients of TARP funding to meet strict H-1B worker hiring standard to ensure non-displacement of U.S. workers. (agreed by Voice vote)
#259: Restore the pre-2001 top income tax rate for people earning over $1 million, and use this revenue to invest in LIHEAP; IDEA; Head Start; Child Care; nutrition; school construction and deficit reduction. (not agreed by vote)
#308: To establish an energy efficiency and renewable energy worker training program. (agreed by Unanimous consent)
#345: Amendment sought to prohibit credit card companies from raising annual percentage rates or introductory annual percentage rates except for reasons directly related to that credit card account or a late payment on another credit card or debt. (failed by recorded vote)
#353: Amendment makes available an additional $100 million for federally qualified community health centers. (agreed by voice vote)
#356: prohibits the importation of goods on which the United States Customs Service has issued a detention order on the basis that such goods were made by forced or indentured child labor. (agreed by voice vote)
#357: prohibit FDA from enforcing laws that ban the re-importation of drugs originally manufactured in the United States by anyone other than the manufacturer. (failed by recorded vote)
#362: Amendment increases funding for weatherization assistance and energy conservation programs by $45 million and reduces fossil fuel energy research and development programs accordingly. (agreed by voice vote)
#363: provide $10 million for the creation of a Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve. (failed by recorded vote)
#367: Prohibit the State Department from imposing restrictions on any intellectual property law or policy of any country in Africa or Asia, including Israel, that is designed to make pharmaceuticals more affordable, if such law or policy complies with the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights. (failed by recorded vote)
#395, 404: Amendment sought to require reasonable price agreements for the sale of drugs developed by NIH. (failed by recorded vote)
#405: provide funding for a report on the impact of the introduction of synthetic bovine growth hormone on small dairy farms. (failed by recorded vote)
#412: Amendment specifies that the functions of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs should place an emphasis on minimizing the burden on small businessess with 50 or fewer employees. (agreed by Voice vote)
#419: Amendment sought to delete all funds appropriated for atomic energy defense activities within the Department of Energy. (failed by Voice vote)There just isn’t any compelling evidence that shows that Clinton gets things done more than Sanders.
There is no complete article that analyzes their effectiveness in “getting things done” on the big issues.
I didn’t spend the time going through almost 1,000 amendments to prove my point. I did it to find out the truth, with no expectation.
The candidates are very similar in their voting records, but there are differences in some of their big votes:
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I’m not trying to convince you to change candidates. I’m just tired of hearing empty claims. Each candidate deserves our complete backing in order to prevent the disaster of another GOP president finishing the work started by Reagan and W.