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Tue Apr 26, 2016, 06:46 PM

 

Bernie Sanders' Legislative Accomplishments: A Partial List

The following is a list of every substantive bill and amendment Sanders sponsored from the floor of Congress that became law (substantive meaning legislation renaming post offices is not included). Many of the roll-call amendments he passed with majority approval — like limiting the federal government’s ability to spy on people’s library records — were removed from bills when the House and Senate negotiated over the final legislative text and did not become law.

Because the list is derived from Congress’ official database of floor actions, it does not include achievements like his insertion of funding for veterans health care into an Iraq war spending bill because that occurred off of the House floor while the bill was in conference. Nor does the list include what is perhaps his most significant achievement — providing health care to an additional 10 million mostly low-income Americans by getting Senate majority leader Harry Reid to add $11 billion in funding for community health centers that provide care regardless of a person’s ability to pay to the 2010 Affordable Care Act in exchange for Sanders rallying liberal Democrats who were considering voting against the bill once conservative Democrats removed the public option.

Those who mistakenly believe that a President Sanders would be powerless in the face of a hostile Republican Congress should bear in mind that he managed to pass these bills and amendments in spite of Republican control of both the House (1995-2006) and the presidency (2001-2008). Furthermore, it was Republicans in the House and Senate who compromised with him (not the other way around) on major veterans legislation in 2014. His original bill expanding services for veterans and fixing the scandal-ridden Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) cost $17.3 billion. The price tag of the final compromise bill? $16.3 billion.


H.R.4206 (Cancer Registries Amendment Act) enacted as S. 3312 (Cancer Registries Amendment Act).

H.Amdt. 98 to H.R. 665 (Victims of Justice Act of 1995)

H.Amdt. 210 to H.R. 830 (Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995)

H.Amdt. 1203 to H.R. 3666 Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, 1997

H.J.Res.129 enacted as S.J.Res.38 (A joint resolution granting the consent of Congress to the Vermont-New Hampshire Interstate Public Water Supply Compact)

H.Amdt.174 to H.R.1757 (Foreign Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act of 1998)

H.Amdt.267 to H.R.2160 (Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 1998)

H.Amdt.289 to H.R.2266 (Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 1998) -- National Guard Starbase program

H.Amdt.368 to H.R.2378 (Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act, 1998) -- Prohibit funds for the U.S. Customs Office from being used to allow the importation into the U.S. any material mined, produced, or manufactured by forced or indentured child labor.

H.Amdt.388 to H.R.2267 (Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 1998)

H.Amdt.569 to H.R.6 (Higher Education Amendments of 1998)

H.Amdt.614 to H.R.3694 (Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1999) -- Reduce the intelligence budget for fiscal year 1999 by 5% with an exemption for the CIA Retirement and Disability Fund.

H.Amdt.626 to H.R.10 (Financial Services Act of 1998) -- Require the Comptroller General to report to Congress regarding the efficacy and benefits of uniformly limiting any commissions, fees, markups, or other costs incurred by customers in the acquisition of financial products.

H.Amdt.706 to H.R.4101 (Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 1999) -- Increase funding for nutrition programs for senior citizens by $10 million

H.Amdt.708 to H.R.4103 (Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 1999) -- Prohibit funding to be used to enter into or renew a contract with any company owned, or partially owned, by the People’s Republic of China or the People’s Liberation Army of the People’s Republic of China.

H.Amdt.724 to H.R.4104 (Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act, 1999) enacted as H.R. 2490 (Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act, 2000) -- National Archives and Records Administration improvements

H.Amdt.127 to H.R.1906 (Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2000)

H.Amdt.136 to H.R.1906 (Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2000) -- national pilot program to promote agritourism

H.Amdt.258 to H.R.2466 (Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2000) enacted as H.R.3194 (Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2000) -- deficit reduction; and reduces fossil energy research and development funding

H.Amdt.442 to H.R.2684 (Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, 2000) -- health care services for veterans in rural areas

H.Amdt.791 to H.R.4577 (Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2001) -- (relating to the availability to the public of an invention and its benefits on reasonable terms)

H.Amdt.818 to H.R.4578 (Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2001) -- weatherization assistance and energy conservation programs and reduce fossil fuel energy research and development programs

H.Amdt.238 to H.R.2590 (Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act, 2002) -- Prohibit the importation of goods made by forced or indentured child labor.

H.Amdt.376 to H.R.3061 (Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2002) -- relating to the availability to the public of an invention and its benefits on reasonable terms

H.Amdt.404 to H.R.3338 (Department of Defense and Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Recovery from and Response to Terrorist Attacks on the United States Act, 2002) -- Provide $100 million for federally qualified community health centers.

H.Amdt.255 to H.R.2691 (Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2004) -- Increase funding for weatherization assistance grants

H.Amdt.336 to H.R.2861 (Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, 2004) enacted as H.R.2673 (Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2004) -- Prohibit the use of funds in the bill to implement any policy prohibiting the Directors of the Veterans Integrated Service Networks from conducting outreach or marketing to enroll new veterans within their respective networks.

S.Amdt.737 to H.R.1591 (U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans’ Care, Katrina Recovery, and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act, 2007) -- fund weatherization assistance program

S.Amdt.1515 to H.R.6 (Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007) -- Establish an energy efficiency and renewable energy worker training program

S.Amdt.1525 to H.R.6 (Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007) -- use of solar hot water heaters in certain Federal buildings

S.Amdt.4384 to H.R.3221 (Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008) -- Increase specially adapted housing benefits for disabled veterans.

S.Amdt.1658 to S.1390 (National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010) -- re child care available to deployed members of the reserve components of the Armed Forces

S.Amdt.2271 to H.R.2997 (Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010) -- funds for the school community garden pilot program

S.Amdt.2601 to H.R.3326 (Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2010) -- veteran outreach and reintegration services

S.Amdt.3738 to S.3217 (Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010) -- let the American people know the names of the recipients of over $2 trillion in taxpayer assistance from the Federal Reserve System

S.Amdt.306 to H.R.1 (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009) -- Require recipients of TARP funding to meet strict H-1B worker hiring standard to ensure non-displacement of U.S. workers

S.Amdt.1658 to S.1390 (National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010) -- report to Congress on financial assistance for child care available to deployed members of the reserve components of the Armed Forces.

S.Amdt.4280 to H.R.4899 (Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2010) -- make publicly available the contractor integrity performance database established under the Clean Contracting Act of 2008

S.2450 (Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014) enacted as H.R.3230 (Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014) -- VA reform bill

S.893 (Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2013) -- increase rates of veterans’ disability compensation, additional compensation for dependents, etc.

S.Amdt.2146 to S.1471 (Alicia Dawn Koehl Respect for National Cemeteries Act) – re interring the remains and honoring the memory of a person in a national cemetery

https://pplswar.wordpress.com/2015/11/11/what-bernie-sanders-got-done-in-washington-a-legislative-inventory/

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senz Apr 2016 OP
B Calm Apr 2016 #1
senz Apr 2016 #4
kgnu_fan Apr 2016 #2
northernsouthern Apr 2016 #3
senz Apr 2016 #5
northernsouthern Apr 2016 #9
Dragonfli Apr 2016 #16
senz Apr 2016 #19
Dragonfli Apr 2016 #25
senz Apr 2016 #27
Dragonfli Apr 2016 #31
senz Apr 2016 #36
Rebkeh Apr 2016 #6
senz Apr 2016 #22
Rebkeh Apr 2016 #32
senz Apr 2016 #35
Rebkeh Apr 2016 #39
findrskeep Apr 2016 #7
wendylaroux Apr 2016 #8
Kip Humphrey Apr 2016 #10
senz Apr 2016 #23
imari362 Apr 2016 #11
LiberalElite Apr 2016 #12
Seeinghope Apr 2016 #13
senz Apr 2016 #14
nenagh Apr 2016 #15
senz Apr 2016 #17
noretreatnosurrender Apr 2016 #18
GoneFishin Apr 2016 #20
senz Apr 2016 #21
amborin Apr 2016 #24
silvershadow Apr 2016 #26
senz Apr 2016 #28
beachbum bob Apr 2016 #29
senz Apr 2016 #34
Dont call me Shirley Apr 2016 #30
Blue_In_AK Apr 2016 #33
riderinthestorm Apr 2016 #37
surrealAmerican Apr 2016 #38
LongTomH Apr 2016 #40
leftinportland Apr 2016 #41

Response to senz (Original post)

Tue Apr 26, 2016, 06:53 PM

1. One hell of a good democratic record!

 

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Response to B Calm (Reply #1)

Tue Apr 26, 2016, 06:57 PM

4. Someone on TV said all he had done was rename Post Offices.

 

The power of propaganda and MSM censorship!

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Response to senz (Original post)

Tue Apr 26, 2016, 06:56 PM

2. kick

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Response to senz (Original post)

Tue Apr 26, 2016, 06:56 PM

3. K&R

 

But you will get some HRC people asking, ok, so what else has he done?

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Response to northernsouthern (Reply #3)

Tue Apr 26, 2016, 06:58 PM

5. We'll just have to ask them what their candidate did in congress.

 

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Response to senz (Reply #5)

Tue Apr 26, 2016, 07:04 PM

9. A post office name I think? NT

 

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Response to senz (Reply #5)

Tue Apr 26, 2016, 07:24 PM

16. She did some stuff!

As a Senator, Clinton sponsored three bills that became law: S.3145, S.3613, and S.1241. The first of these renamed a highway in New York state, the second renamed a post office in New York City, and the third established the Kate Mullany National Historic Site in Troy, New York and authorized funding to set the site up.

To be truly fair, she also tried to put an end to the epidemic of flag burning and ban some media, but these, her most favorite things were too hard for her to get done, she just couldn't get them passed, she may have lacked the chops to do it, but BUT SHE TRIED REAL HARD!

The United States Family Entertainment Protection Act (FEPA) was a bill introduced by Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY), and co-sponsored by Senators Joe Lieberman (D-CT), Tim Johnson (D-SD) and Evan Bayh (D-IN) on November 29, 2005. The bill called for a federal mandate enforcement of the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) ratings.

Unsuccessfully unfortunately for the more puritan among us, sigh, if only she were more effective at passing such laws, we would finally be safe from cluster bombs, eerr.. I mean f-bombs (she voted against ending the use of child killing cluster bombs, my "misspeak" or my bad, if you prefer) she likes cluster bombs, so much so that after some donations to very, very, special charity, she made sure as SoS to sell cluster bombs to those altruistic rulers of Saudi Arabia! She deserves credit for that!

The kids just love playing with those rather than video games.


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Response to Dragonfli (Reply #16)

Tue Apr 26, 2016, 07:31 PM

19. True. She really does NOT get things done -- and did bad things as SOS --

 

So glad she wants Saudi Arabia to have cluster bombs.



So that's what a cluster bomb looks like? It's so small and looks so harmless.

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Response to senz (Reply #19)

Tue Apr 26, 2016, 08:00 PM

25. That is just one of the "bomblets" they leave around for children to find blowing up in their hands

and destroying entire limbs. They look more like this:



Each one of those little "balls" are more powerful than a standard hand grenade.

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Response to Dragonfli (Reply #25)

Tue Apr 26, 2016, 08:06 PM

27. How evil. And Hillary supports this?

 

Now I understand why they're called "cluster" bombs.

I wonder who thought that up?

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Response to senz (Reply #27)

Tue Apr 26, 2016, 08:24 PM

31. "Cluster Bombs Are Not Good for Children, Hillary" is a good article to read, (link below)

Evil minds come up with these sorts of weapons, "bouncing betties" and mustard gas, "creative" destruction type minds I suppose, in answer to your last question.

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2008/03/13/cluster-bombs-are-not-good-children-hillary

This is a common result

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Response to Dragonfli (Reply #31)

Tue Apr 26, 2016, 08:48 PM

36. I wish Hillary weren't the kind of person who advocates this.

 

I hope she won't attain the power she wants.

Photos and pictures really are powerful.

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Response to senz (Original post)

Tue Apr 26, 2016, 07:00 PM

6. Kandrnt

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Response to Rebkeh (Reply #6)

Tue Apr 26, 2016, 07:47 PM

22. Kandrnt?

 

What does it mean?

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Response to senz (Reply #22)

Tue Apr 26, 2016, 08:25 PM

32. It's my lazy way of saying Kicked and Recommended

K and R nt (no text)

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Response to Rebkeh (Reply #32)

Tue Apr 26, 2016, 08:43 PM

35. Thanks. It might become a new "thing" around here. Saves keystrokes!

 

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Response to senz (Reply #35)

Tue Apr 26, 2016, 09:59 PM

39. lol - not my intention but I could live with it

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Response to senz (Original post)

Tue Apr 26, 2016, 07:00 PM

7. K & R nt

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Response to senz (Original post)

Tue Apr 26, 2016, 07:01 PM

8. Wow!!! That's our Bernie!!!!!!!!!



does the other side have her accomplishments here somewhere???

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Response to senz (Original post)

Tue Apr 26, 2016, 07:07 PM

10. great resource, thanks for posting it!

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Response to Kip Humphrey (Reply #10)

Tue Apr 26, 2016, 07:50 PM

23. Thanks Kip, but I don't understand why no HRC fans have commented.

 

They always say he hasn't done anything, so you'd think they'd appreciate all the work I put into opening their eyes.

Ungrateful?

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Response to senz (Original post)

Tue Apr 26, 2016, 07:08 PM

11. K&R

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Response to senz (Original post)

Tue Apr 26, 2016, 07:10 PM

12. Kicking nt

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Response to senz (Original post)

Tue Apr 26, 2016, 07:13 PM

13. Kicking!

 

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Response to senz (Original post)

Tue Apr 26, 2016, 07:15 PM

14. The link has fuller descriptions -- and it stands out how PROGRESSIVE his record is.

 

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Response to senz (Original post)

Tue Apr 26, 2016, 07:18 PM

15. K&R...

Thank you...amazing list of amendments...



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Response to nenagh (Reply #15)

Tue Apr 26, 2016, 07:25 PM

17. He was known as the Amendment King.

 

It is a clever way to get progressive legislation through a Republican congress and Republican administration.

Sanders did something particularly original, which was that he passed amendments that were exclusively progressive, advancing goals such as reducing poverty and helping the environment, and he was able to get bipartisan coalitions of Republicans who wanted to shrink government or hold it accountable and progressives who wanted to use it to empower Americans.


http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/bernie-gets-it-done-sanders-record-pushing-through-major-reforms-will-surprise-you

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Response to senz (Original post)

Tue Apr 26, 2016, 07:26 PM

18. K & R

Thanks for posting.

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Response to senz (Original post)

Tue Apr 26, 2016, 07:37 PM

20. Nice.

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Response to senz (Original post)

Tue Apr 26, 2016, 07:41 PM

21. I wish Bernie were egotistical and would trumpet his accomplishments more --

 

but instead he talks about what we need to do to make life better for the American People.

He's all "us" with hardly any "me."

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Response to senz (Original post)

Tue Apr 26, 2016, 07:50 PM

24. Bernie's record is outstanding!!!!!!

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Response to senz (Original post)

Tue Apr 26, 2016, 08:02 PM

26. Thank you. nt

 

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Response to silvershadow (Reply #26)

Tue Apr 26, 2016, 08:09 PM

28. The person who writes the excellent blog from which I got this should be thanked.

 

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Response to senz (Original post)

Tue Apr 26, 2016, 08:19 PM

29. Lol.you forgot his protection of the gun industry

 

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Response to beachbum bob (Reply #29)

Tue Apr 26, 2016, 08:42 PM

34. Don't know the difference between voting and authoring legislation?

 

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Response to senz (Original post)

Tue Apr 26, 2016, 08:22 PM

30. What has Bernie done? ^^THIS^^

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Response to senz (Original post)

Tue Apr 26, 2016, 08:28 PM

33. Kick

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Response to senz (Original post)

Tue Apr 26, 2016, 09:14 PM

37. Great list! Thank you! nt

 

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Response to senz (Original post)

Tue Apr 26, 2016, 09:23 PM

38. k & r

pretty decent list, that.

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Response to senz (Original post)

Tue Apr 26, 2016, 10:27 PM

40. K&R For Bernie!

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Response to senz (Original post)

Wed Apr 27, 2016, 08:49 PM

41. Thanks

Kick this and bookmarked!

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