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Laws Written or Proposed by Sen Obama

I was interested to see for myself what Barack has been up to in the Senate since 2006. Turns out the Library of Congress is a good source for this info.

Here are the bills Barack has introduced. Not "co-sponsored" but is the primary sponsor or author, meaning these are directly his ideas, rather than support of someone else's proposed legislation.

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None of these actually became law. Reviewing the types of bills he has authored is somewhat entertaining.

Now you can go to this page:

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

You can also query by co-sponsor (he didn't write it, but he supported it). Turns out 8 bills he was a cosponsor of eventually became law. Many of those laws had tens of cosponsors.

As for bi-partisanship he co-sponsored a bill by Sen Enzi (R-WY) rewarding a congressional gold medal. He helped Orin Hatch (R-UT) pass into law a traumatic brain injury program.

One bill that became law, he was the soul cosponsor. He and Durbin (D-IL) wrote a law to recognize a PO in Fairbury, Illinois, as the "Dr. Francis Townsend Post Office Building". President signed it.

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Good stuff. His list of legislative accomplishments dovetails perfectly with his executive experience.

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I don't understand, when I followed your link I found the bills in quotes. Are these bad issues to be concerned with? I got sick of cutting and pasting, there were so many great things he authored, many many more than I posted here, I haven't even read them all. Good source.

Of course when congress is controlled by the other party and the president holds veto power it's hard to enact legislation. If his authored bills are an indication of what he would do as president with what looks to be a solid senate and congress, I'd say good.

Probably better to avoid issues and stick to personalities or mud slinging.

I don't care about the white sox.

" the needs of homeless veterans "
"Flexible Fuel Vehicle (FFV)"
"influenza pandemic, including an avian influenza pandemic"
"procedures for tracking, controlling, and accounting for individual spent fuel rods and segment"
"Safe Drinking Water Act "
"National Emergency Family Locator System"
"appropriate healthcare workforce in the event of a health emergency or natural disaster."
"classify certain children's products containing lead to be banned hazardous substances"

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Let me get this straight...I want to be sure I understand Obama's rules of campaiging.

1) Obama can brag about his experience, but if you point out that he's short on it, you're mudslinging.

2) The Obama crowd can attack Sarah Palin's family and attack her husband, but if you mention Rezko or Ayers, you're mudslinging.

3) Obama can make an idiot of himself in public, but if you put video of it on YouTube, you're mudslinging.

4) They can attack Palin's church for its position on gays, but if you bring up Obama's longstanding connection to Jeremiah Wright, you're mudslinging.

5) Nothing negative against McCain or Palin comes from the Obama campaign, because the Messiah says he doesn't do that. But yet every negative criticism of Obama is mudslinging directly from the McCain campaign.

Reference my other post about using offense to protect yourself -- the Obama campaign keeps acting like it has some sort of high road here, and that by its rules no one is allowed to criticize him without being accused of mudslinging or being a racist. I've never seen a more pronounced case of a politician that believes he can only be questioned on things he deems questionable.

I've said it before: silencing opposition, rather than answering it, is a tool of facists.

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1. Not mudsling at all unless your just making it up, as in that he didn't author any legislation. See fact check dot org.

2 If you go ahead and read every statement out of his campaign as well as every statement since she came on the scene you'll notice they have never mentioned her family once. Peggy Noonan the conservative columist and Reagan speach writer when refferring to the way Obama campaign has dealt with Palin family stuff called it something to the affect of he has real class.

National Equirer broke the story, the rest of the nation just went along, we love celebrity like Paris Hilton and so on.

3. I think I saw the video you reffer to. Looks like he lost his train of thought. I certainly didn't take offence, doubt anyone would consider it mudslinging.

4. Who is this "they"? I missed Obama or his campaign saying anything abouit Palin's church. Any links to a reputable source? I thought Sarah Palin had gay freinds and what not, she is a republican, and face it, lots of Republicans are gay probably in praportion to the general population.

5. From Dictionary dot com. Mudslinging. an attempt to discredit one's competitor, opponent, etc., by malicious or scandalous attacks.

The way I interpret it is if what is being said is true or not. The big golden rule is, YOU CAN"T JUST MAKE STUFF UP

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OK -- so you honestly believe the Obama campaign doesn't contribute to any of this?

Obama's playing a game the Clintons practically invented. He sits back and claims to take the high road, letting all of his minions make the attacks. If he gets his hand caught in the cookie jar and there's a huge backlash over one of them, he disavows anything to do with it and cuts the person loose.

I haven't drunk the kool-aid, so I don't buy for a second that the Obama campaign is purely positive because the Messiah has declared it so. Obama has been nothing but negative the entire campaign -- our country sucks, Bush sucks, the war sucks, the economy sucks, everyone's out of work, the world's going to melt, etc. The Republicans have also been subject to some outlandish attacks, and Obama hasn't condemned any of them unless there was a backlash against him, like scrutiny of Palin's family.

Claiming to have more executive time than Palin was laughable. Criticizing her for using a speechwriter was ridiculous. As for the YouTube video, he lost his teleprompter -- hence the repeated gesture of pointing to his eyes while looking at a particular spot. The second he lost the teleprompter, he was a boat without a motor. That's why we're this far in the game, and Obama still hasn't faced McCain in an open debate. Saddleback was as close as he came, and he failed miserably.

Here's a clue: there won't be any teleprompters in the room when he sits down with Iran, Venezuela and North Korea -- just YouTube guy. Think about that when you're in the voting booth.

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I listened to Palin speech, she stated:

"...this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or reform..."

I wanted to check at the federal level if this was true. I don't really care about the state level since he has been in the senate for two years.

I also wanted to review his bipartisanship. I see no hard evidence of this in his proposed legislation or that which he co-sponsored.

Yes he has authored many bills and perhaps even more "resolutions" which got no where. I see this as further lack of bipartisanship. He tows the party line, not what we need in what is almost certainly going to be another closely divided congress.

Congress is a representation of the people and this nation is divided, just as congress is split almost evenly between two parties. Wishing for one party or the other to control both houses of congress and the white house is dreaming; its happened 10 out of the last 40 years. Failure to get a bill passed is not a failure of the party it is a failure of the bill writer to understand all the people of this nation, not just those that voted for him.

Obama if elected (which I do not believe is certain) will be asked to lead a nation of which nearly half will probably not support him. He absolutely must be bipartisan in order to be successful in getting new laws to his desk and signed. Unfortunately, as I mentioned above I see no evidence that he wishes to lead those that disagree with him; but is absolutely the requirement of being a president.

I'm not even going to review McCain's bipartisanship. He's got buckets of it. In fact it cost him the primaries in 2000 and the single biggest reason (in my opinion) that he has gotten as far as he has this year.

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Obama is hardly bipartisan and not to mention with the allegations of Mccain being bush jr and voting only with the republicans a guy could make the same argument about obama he has voted with fellow dems over 97% of the time, thats hardly bipartisan, in fact you could call that toeing the party line.

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Good point -- you can't accuse McCain of being partisan without looking at Obama's record.

Politics have changed -- Americans have access to more information now, and are more likely to check with more sources. Given all the junk on the internet, they're also more skeptical of what people feed them.

In other words, classic Democrat tactics of hoodwinking ignorant voters are becoming less effective. When Obama makes a claim, people will check to see if it's true. So far uhhh...he's not uhhhh...doing to uhhhh...well in that uhhh...regard. Since Palin entered the scene and said the emperor is naked, people aren't just taking him at his word anymore.

By the way, if Obama is all about "change", then why did he pick one of the most old-school establishment insiders as his running mate? The Obama campaign is looking like it's full of bitter people clinging to Bush, war, and abortion. While the McCain camp is full of optimism and enthusiasm, the Obama campaign is constantly complaining about how bad everything is. Americans don't like to elect depressing candidates.

If Sarah Palin is a breath of fresh air, Obama/Biden has become a wet blanket -- the annoying house guest that sits around complaining about his bunions, talking about how kids keep messing up the lawn, going into detail about his wife's feminine hygiene, asking why you didn't get his favorite finger foods, etc. It's like the blinders came off and we suddenly realized he's Gilbert Gottfried.

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I'm sorry. I've tried to help you out in understanding the question you asked using the very link you provided. I suggest you do as much reading from the best sources you can find. Ultimately I can't convince you, you have to reach an understanding yourself.

There is an 11 million person tilt in the country towards the Democrats on party affiliation. I hardly think the congress is evenly devided. Usually the congress and the president work together to make legislation, unfortunetatly the threat of a veto is often as effective as a veto, stalling legislation. Look what happened to S-chip this week.

I've no idea which way the election will tilt, righ now it looks like it's headed towards someone who is scared to be asked any question without coaching. We've seen for 8 years what happens when you hire folks who are incurious.

Inevitably the house and senate are moving back to the center. It's like the old Soviet Union and socialism, when you are on the wrong side of history it's only a matter of time before the dam breaks.

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Because it seemed as if some were unfamiliar with the long list of bills written and often passed by Barack Obama despite the excellent link in the original post, here is an overview of not only the bills, but also who else co sponsored, what party they belonged to and what the affect of the bills has been. Notice how often there are Republicans co sponsoring the same bill.

I've noticed that often Ms Palin parses rather than lying, a fine distiinction but an important one. I do believe she knows that lying is dishonorable and so attempts not to do so. I believe her speach writers wrote her speach. None the less she spoke the words, and she lied.

Obama Helped Pass The 2007 Ethics Reform Law, Which Curbed The Influence Of Lobbyists And Was Described As The "Most Sweeping Since Watergate." In the first week of the 110th Congress, Obama joined with Senator Feingold to introduce a "Gold Standard" ethics package. Many of the Obama/Feingold bill’s most important provisions were included in the final ethics reform package passed by the Senate in late January: a full ban on gifts and meals from lobbyists including those paid by the firms that employ lobbyists; an end to subsidized travel on corporate jets; full disclosure of who’s sponsoring earmarks and for what purpose; additional restrictions to close the revolving door between public service and lobbying to ensure that public service isn’t all about lining up a high-paying lobbying job; and requiring lobbyists to disclose the contributions that they "bundle" - that is, collect or arrange - for members of Congress, candidates, and party committees. In January 2007, the Washington Post wrote in an editorial that "...Mr. Reid, along with Sens. Russell Feingold (D-Wis.) and Barack Obama (D-Ill.), deserves credit for assembling and passing this package." In September 2007, the AP reported, "President Bush signed a bill Friday that will require lawmakers to disclose more about their efforts to fund pet projects and raise money from lobbyists, a measure that backers call the biggest ethics reform in decades...Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. who had pushed for the bundling provisions and was one of four lawmakers who participated in a Democratic conference call to reporters said the measure marks "the most sweeping ethics reform since Watergate." [S. 230, 110th Congress; S.1, Became Public Law 109-110-81, 9/14/07; AP, 9/15/07;The Washington Post, Editorial, 1/21/07]

Obama Passed Illinois State Gift Ban Act "Heralded As the Most Sweeping Good-Government Legislation in Decades." In 1998, Obama passed the Illinois Gift Ban that prohibited legislators, state officers and employees, and judges from soliciting or receiving gifts from a person or entity with interests affected by government. The Chicago Tribune wrote, "Gov. Jim Edgar signed into law Wednesday an ethics and campaign finance package heralded as the most sweeping good-government legislation in decades." The law also required greater campaign finance disclosure and limited the uses for which raised money could be spent. Obama said, "I have seen a general cynicism from taxpayers about government. They believe they have no influence on the process since they don’t have the money of special interest groups. With the gift ban and the ban on Springfield fund-raisers that are contained in this legislation, I think at least some of this confidence will be restored." [HB672, 3R P 52-4-1, 5/22/98; PA 90-0737, 8/12/98; Chicago Tribune, 8/13/98; Chicago Independent Bulletin, 6/4/98]

Ø Illinois Ethics Bill Most Far Reaching Since Watergate, Product Of Bipartisan Work. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch wrote of Obama’s bill, "The ethics restrictions would be the most far-reaching since the Watergate-era campaign financial disclosure law. They are the product of months of negotiations among two lawmakers of each party, other state officials and Mike Lawrence. He is an aide to former Sen. Paul Simon, a Democrat, and used to be an aide to Edgar, a Republican." [St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/24/98]

Obama And Lugar Passed Law Boosting U.S. Efforts To Keep WMDs And Other Dangerous Weapons Out Of The Hands Of Terrorists. In 2006, Obama and Lugar introduced The Cooperative Proliferation Detection Act, which was passed by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously on May 26, 2006 and was eventually incorporated into the Department of State Authorities Act of 2006 and signed into law on January 11, 2007. According to a Senate Foreign Relations Committee report on its legislative activity in the 109th Congress, "The committee passed S. 2566, The Cooperative Proliferation Detection, Interdiction Assistance, and Conventional Threat Reduction Act of 2006 by unanimous consent on May 26, 2006. The legislation authored by Chairman Lugar and Senator Obama enhances: (1) U.S. cooperation with foreign governments to destroy conventional weapons stockpiles around the world; and (2) the United States’ ability to provide assistance to foreign governments aimed at helping them detect and interdict weapons and materials of mass destruction. The legislation, which garnered 26 co-sponsors (including 8 committee members), sought to energize U.S. programs to secure lightweight anti-aircraft missiles...The initiative was modeled after the Nunn-Lugar program that focuses on weapons of mass destruction in the former Soviet Union. The legislation was signed into law on January 11, 2007, as a part of H.R. 6060, the Department of State Authorities Act of 2006." [P.L. 109-472, 1/11/07; House Report 109-706, 9/3/06; S. 2566, 109th Congress; S.1949, 109th Congress; Senate Report 110-40, 3/29/07]

Ø Lugar Said It Was Accurate That Said Obama Reached Out To Him And They Passed Legislation To Lock Down Loose Nuclear Weapons. "Republican Sen. Dick Lugar (IN) today said an Obama campaign ad which features him is ‘accurate.’ The ad makes the point the Obama previously ‘reached out’ to Lugar to ‘help lock down loose nuclear weapons.’ Lugar is widely considered one of the most knowledgeable in the area of nuclear weapons proliferation and the coauthored of the 1991 Nunn-Lugar Act on cooperative threat reduction. ‘He did’ reach out, Lugar said. He explained that in 2005, Obama asked if he could join Lugar on a trip to Russia and other countries to visit sites under the Nunn-Lugar program. ‘After that, we had legislation that we cosponsored together which passed’ dealing with dangerous missiles. ‘So I am pleased we had that opportunity to work together,’ Lugar said. ‘I’m pleased we had the association Sen. Obama describes.’ But Lugar made clear up front that while the ad was accurate, and he’s comfortable with the association, ‘There is no chance I will consider running with Barack Obama.’" [MSNBC, 7/15/08]

Obama and Coburn Passed A Bill Creating A "Google-like" Database For The Public To Search Details About Federal Funding Awards. In 2006, Obama and Coburn co-authored a bill to create a "Google-like" database of information on federal spending. The bill requires the OMB by January 1, 2008, to make available to the public a searchable, free website that includes the (1) amount; (2) transaction type; (3) funding agency; (4) North American Industry Classification System code or Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance number; (5) program source; (6) an award title descriptive of the purpose of each funding action; (7) the name and location of the recipient and the primary location of performance; and (8) a unique identifier of the recipient and any parent entity. The site must allow users to conduct separate searches that distinguish between awards that are grants, sub-grants, loans, cooperative agreements, and other forms of financial assistance and awards that are contracts, subcontracts, purchase orders, task orders, and delivery orders. [S. 2590, Passed by Unanimous Consent, 9/7/06; Became PL 109-282, 9/26/06]

Obama Passed Law Ensuring That Wounded Veterans Recovering In Military Hospitals Do Not Have To Pay For Their Meals Or Phone Calls To Family Members. In 2005, Obama sponsored and passed an amendment that to the 2005 emergency supplemental appropriations act ensuring that wounded veterans recovering in military hospitals do not have to pay for their own meals or phone calls to family members. The amendment was then passed in each of the following Congresses. Prior to passage of the amendment, service members receiving physical therapy or rehabilitation services in a medical hospital for more than 90 days were required to pay for their meals. Obama’s amendment required the military to provide free meals for service members in military hospitals undergoing recuperation or therapy as a result of wounds sustained in Iraq or Afghanistan. The amendment was retroactive to January 1, 2005 in an effort to provide those injured service members who received bills for their meals with some relief from those costs. The amendment became law. [S. Amdt. 390, Passed by unanimous consent, 4/14/05 to H.R.1268, Signed by the President, 5/11/05, Became Public Law No: 109-013; Obama Press Release, 5/11/05]

Obama Proposals Providing Improvements In Health Care For Recovering Soldiers Were Passed Into Law, Including Requirements For Post-Deployment Mental Health Screenings And National Study On The Needs Of Iraq War Veterans. H.R. 976, passed by the Senate on August 2, 2007, includes several provisions from bills originally sponsored by Senators Obama and McCaskill. The provisions would improve health care services and health care tracking for service members, and would require post-deployment, face to face mental health screenings for returning service members within 30 days. The bill also adopts other Obama-McCaskill legislation, the HERO Act, which would launch a major national research endeavor into the readjustment needs of returning service members, veterans and their families. The bill also included measures to improve and reform the disability rating process. [Vote 307, H.R. 976, Passed, 68-31, 8/2/07; S. 713, 110th Congress; S. 1271, 110th Congress; Obama Press Release, 7/25/07; H.R. 4986, Became Public Law No: 110-181, 1/28/08]

Obama Worked With Republicans To Pass Legislation, Which Became Law, Improving And Increasing Services For Homeless Veterans. In 2006, Congress passed a Veterans Affairs Committee bill which included several provisions originating in Obama’s SAVE Act (S. 1180) and Homes for Heroes Act (S. 3475). "The legislation...includes a number of proposals from legislation Senator Obama had previously introduced (S.1180, the SAVE Act and S.3475 the Homes for Heroes Act) to expand and improve services for homeless veterans. The bill permanently authorizes and increases funding to $130 million per year for a competitive grant program to provide homeless services to veterans. It greatly increases a successful program to provide rental vouchers to homeless veterans. The legislation extends programs to providing treatment for veterans with mental illnesses and other special needs. And it permanently extends VA’s ability to transfer property it owns to homeless shelters." Obama worked with VA Committee Republicans Craig and Burr on the committee legislation that eventually became law. [S. 3421/P.L. 109-461; S. 1180, 109th Congress; S. 3475, 109th Congress; Obama Press Release, 6/26/06]

Obama Passed Bipartisan Legislation That Expanded Health Care Coverage To 154,000 Residents, Including 70,000 Children. As a state senator, Barack Obama sponsored and helped pass legislation that expanded and made permanent Illinois’ KidCare program by raising eligibility from 185% to 200% of the federal poverty level. The legislation provided coverage for an additional 20,000 children and 65,000 more Illinois adults in the first year, and by 2007 had expanded health care to 70,000 kids and 84,000 adults. In its endorsement for his Senate race, the State Journal-Register wrote, "Obama brings similar common-sense views to improving health care in America - for example, as a state senator he championed the successful KidCare program that assists thousands of children of the working poor." The bill was sponsored in the state House by Sandra Pihos, a Republican and passed 42-13. [93rd GA, SB 130, 3R P 42-13-2; Signed into law 6/30/03, PA 93-0063; Chicago Daily Herald, 7/2/03; Blagojevich release, 1/9/07; Blagojevich release, 4/13/07; Kaiser family report, 5/07; State Journal-Register, 10/29/04]

Obama Passed A Bill Creating $100 Million Earned Income Tax Credit As A Member Of The Minority Party In The Illinois Senate. In 1999, Obama was the lead sponsor of a bill making Illinois the 11th state to adopt an earned income-tax credit. The bill provided that each individual taxpayer is entitled to a credit against the tax imposed by the Act in an amount equal to 5% of the federal earned income tax credit allowed. Then-Gov. George Ryan opposed the move, but an unlikely political alliance – including Republicans and Democrats – formed to reduce the tax burden on working poor families. The AP wrote, "The new law, which offers about $105 million in tax breaks over the next three years, gives a state income tax credit equal to 5 percent of a similar federal tax credit. For the average working family making less than $30,580, that amounts to about $55 a year, or 15 cents a day. The maximum credit for families with two or more children is $191 a year." [91st GA, HB 3939; 4/14/00, 3R P; 59-0-0; P.A. 91-0700, 5/11/00; Chicago Tribune, 4/10/99]

Obama Passed Near-Unanimous Death Penalty Overhaul Package. Obama was the chief co-sponsor and voted for bill creating the Capital Punishment Reform Study Committee Act. The proposal, which was approved on a 57-1 vote, was virtually identical to reforms pushed in 2002 by then-Gov. George Ryan. If passed by the House and signed into law by the governor, the bill would let judges rule out a death sentence for someone convicted solely on the testimony of a jailhouse informant, accomplice or single witness; let the state Supreme Court overturn a death sentence that was "fundamentally unjust.; Reduce the crimes eligible for the death penalty by focusing on "inherently violent" offenses; Expand defendants’ access to genetic evidence used against them; Ban police officers from the police force if they committed perjury in a murder case; and Require juries to consider a defendant’s history of abuse or mental illness when deciding whether to impose the death sentence. Obama said, "As far as the Bill goes, it doesn’t address whether the death penalty is applied fairly to all races and in all regions of the state. And it doesn’t appease those who want capital punishment eliminated." [93rd GA, SB 0472; 4/3/03, 3R P; 57-1-0; 5/29/03, HA1 SC; 56-3-0; 11/5/03, OAV P; 58-0-0; P.A. 93-0605, 11/25/03; Pantagraph, 4/4/03; Associated Press, 4/24/03]

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