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Clinton Still Finds Time to Legislate

Going into today's huge slate of primaries and caucuses, three senators remain in the thick of the presidential race. But since this session of Congress started last month, only one - Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) - has found the time to do any actual legislating.

While neither Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) nor Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has introduced a single bill so far in 2008, Clinton has managed to introduce four. One would revise the boundaries of the Martin Van Buren Historic Site in upstate New York; one would require the Environmental Protection Agency to create a new task force to study the effects of pollution on minority and low-income groups; a third would establish a program to evaluate the effectiveness of HIV/AIDS programs.

But it's the fourth bill she introduced -- the Mortgage Refinancing Initiative Act of 2008 -- that is particularly interesting, especially in light of today's big votes.

Clinton's bill, which she introduced Jan. 30, would "temporarily use the proceeds from tax-exempt bond issuances to help tens of thousands of families refinance unworkable mortgages," according to a release from her campaign, which adds that, "In addition to today's legislation, I have a comprehensive plan to address the foreclosure crisis."

Obviously the foreclosure issue has become a huge one on the campaign trail. Now check out two maps. This one shows the states with the highest foreclosure rates, and this one shows the states voting on Super Tuesday.

Based on those maps, of the 10 states with foreclosure rates above the nationwide average (10.3 per 1000 households), five of them have their primaries or caucuses today -- California, Arizona, Colorado, Illinois and Georgia. Two more -- Michigan and Nevada -- have already gone to the polls.

With so much on the line today, it makes sense that Clinton decided to plant her flag in the Senate on the mortgage issue this year. Perhaps we'll know by tonight whether it made any difference for her campaign.

By Ben Pershing  |  February 5, 2008; 7:00 AM ET
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Way to go Hillary. Of course the others will say you are a panderer. But we know who is the real panderer, don't we? Obama didn't come to the senate to legislate, but to become president. Looks like the people from Ill. are ok with that. I would be po-ed big time if he were my senator.
Wish he had legislated to stop this war. Support his "against the war, before he was for the war" My opinion. I have heard his own words to back up my opinion. Their, Clinton, Edwards, and Obama, war stance were the same. Had he shown some backbone, I would have been for him from the get go.

Posted by: Chief | February 5, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

And I bet Obama and McCain still get paid as senators. GO HILLARY. We need a President who actually works.

Posted by: Scott | February 5, 2008 9:51 AM | Report abuse

I agree!

I am happy to see that she can multi-task and has a strong work ethic! This will bode well when she is president of these United States!

Posted by: Jymbeau | February 5, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

This is why I voted for Senator Clinton this morning -- because she is a 'doer.' Senator Obama may inspire others (to do what besides vote for him, I'm not sure) but Senator Clinton shows she knows how to get things accomplished and, given the enormous mess we have right now in the White House, we need someone in charge who will work to right this ship immediately. Senator Clinton is that person.

Posted by: Tracy, Los Angeles | February 5, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

As the purveyor of the most budget earmarks among presidential candidates, Hillary has spent the last 6 years greasing her white house bid with pork handouts at taxpayer expense. Let's flush these turds once and for all. Someone here said she is a 'doer". Yea, she's doing all of us. You must like taking it in shorts a-hole!

Posted by: maricopajoe | February 5, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Maricopajoe, I guess you user name tells it all, you just don't know what, do you.

Here you have a working Senator and despite the fact she's in a tough campaign, she still makes time to work for her constituants. If you follow her voting record since the beginning of the campaign, it is higher than that of Obama or McClain. Her legistation as well as her votes has to be thought out thus ineracting with her campaign time. This lady is carying a much heavier load than most of us have ever seen. If she still takes care of business while running campaign, that deserved praise not bs.

There isn't much Clinton could do to satisified you haters. You make all kinds of statements, some so broad (and stupid) there can be no explanation and when there could be justification of what you say, you aren't knowledgeable or articulate enough to give it. I noticed on your post, turd was the highlight of your statement.

Just a work of advice to idiots such as you, just put it where the sun don't shine. Free speech is one thing, drooling is another.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 5, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Yet another reason to vote for Senator Clinton. I was incredibly honored to cast my vote for her this morning. If you haven't already done so, rush on over to the polls. It is a remarkable feeling to push the button for a woman of such character and conviction.

Posted by: Sue in NJ | February 5, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

and I bet she isn't voting "present" either.

Posted by: Elizabeth | February 5, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

I keep hearing people saying Obama is inspirational. But what they will never tell you is what is it that Obama says that is inspirational? I listen to the guy a number in times , giving speeches, on debates, on CNN, MSNBC...etc... he keeps repeating the same all tired phrases of bringing people together and the bringing different kind of politics. But what does all this mean? If anyone is actually inspires by Obama then the bar of inspiration has been lowered so low that anytime Obama opens his mouth that becomes inspiration. In every debate, Obama would repeat his same all tried phrases... Then now we find out that he was not doing his job during the campaign while taking taxpayers money. Obama is the wrong choice for the Dems.

Posted by: ej | February 5, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

It's nice that she's doing some senate work while campaigning.

But, elizabeth, anyone who thinks that the "present" vote is a black mark on Obama's record is idiotic. Please read more, talk less trash.

Go Dems!

Posted by: darkestcloud | February 5, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Sue in NJ for pointing out what the media fails to do. As an African-American woman, I have been torn in this election as to who can lead and get this nation back on track and improve our standing around the world. I have watched speech after speech coming from Sen. Obama, and while he inspires me, he doesn't ever talk about the issues that face Americans today. Bringing people together and inspiring them is great, but at the end of the day, please tell me how are you going to provide universal healthcare to EVERY American; tell me how you are going to fix this everchanging economy; tell me how you are going change America's image around the world; tell me how you are going to fix the sad educational system in the world, and get improve "NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND";tell me how you are going end this war in Iraq and bring our troops home,yet provide them with the healthcare and funds they will need to progress;tell me how you are going to deal with immigration; JUST FREAKING TELL ME WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO DO AS PRESIDENT BESIDES INSPIRE!!!!! We need a president that has already been tested and can lead this country to greatness.That is why after careful consideration, I cast my vote for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. The ONLY person that has effectively made changes and has a proven track record of doing so. I hope Americans have gotten beyond the rhetoric and voted for the best person that is READY and RIGHT to lead on day one. Go Hillary!!!!

Posted by: Charnelle | February 5, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

If you are inspired by Obama then you where probably inspired by your high school gym teacher..... and that says a lot about you. What has Obama done for the state of ILL since coming to the senate. NOTHING! What has Obama done for the America in 2008 in the senate? NOTHING! What will Obama do if he is the nominated for the DEM.. NOTHING. So far besides talking, which Obama does a lot of, Obama has done ZERO!

Posted by: eJ | February 6, 2008 1:34 AM | Report abuse

Seeing the word Foreclosure above ?

for the first time I thought of applying it to the entire nation.

Gee, if the early settlers came here and were not able to maintain their own home ? Let alone be faced with 'WEll Larry and Sheila, China owns 23% of your home mortage, Germany owns 62% and Japan owns the rest' ? What would that translate to "The Lakota peoples owns 73% of the mortgage Larry, and and we think chief Seattle burned the rest up to cover buffalo expenses for PeaceFest 1572 last year"

So, no home, what nation state ?

ok one can argue, but many have homes outside fo the 2 million losing theirs.

I don't know, seems if you're not losing your home here, you're losing your currency.

I keep finding education as the key answer to so many problems in the world.

Yet ? Where is the US Federal gov. educating its citizen's on preparing for a global economy ?

I saw this senator from Michagan this AM, I apologize I forget her name, but she had a great point to Paulson Sec. of Treasury regarding 'hey, those jobs ? people in the US don't understand we're IN a global economy, and they NEED to understand just why and how jobs come and go anymore' something to that effect.

I don't see any of the candidates revealing these issues.

Take the evolvement of the internet - it's not peculiar perhaps it came out of a nation state emergency plan - just call it an EVOLVEMENT plan, and hey, that's what we have. We have global media share now, we rarely look at the .uk extension of a site. It's just 'there' as if it's got no borders between it. Now, money IS media, and this is what people don't get. The global economy is the equiv. of the internet regarding actual media content.

The thing is, where MOST have world wide web browsers, FEW have global economy browsers, and I'd HOPE that the qualified political candidate would be the one to bring light to that.

I do see it more and more, these ads for the ForEx - 24/7 5 days a week, trade currencies ! heh

vapor profits and losses if you ask me.

Anyway - JEebus, I just looked above, I completely forget to say anything about Hillary still able to work while campaigning ! augh!

oh well.

Posted by: DrDetroit | February 6, 2008 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Interesting Read from another post:

Senator Clinton, who has served six (6.) years in the Senate including a year campaigning, has managed to author and pass into law, (20) twenty pieces of legislation.
1. Establish the Kate Mullany National Historic Site.
2. Support the goals and ideals of Better Hearing and Speech Month.
3. Recognize the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
4. Name courthouse after Thurgood Marshall.
5. Name courthouse after James L. Watson.
6. Name post office after Jonn A. O'Shea.
7. Designate Aug. 7, 2003, as National Purple Heart Recognition Day.
8. Support the goals and ideals of National Purple Heart Recognition Day.
9. Honor the life and legacy of Alexander Hamilton on the bicentennial of his death.
10. Congratulate the Syracuse Univ. Orange Men's Lacrosse Team on winning the championship.
11. Congratulate the Le Moyne College Dolphins Men's Lacrosse Team on winning the championship.
12. Establish the 225th Anniversary of the American Revolution Commemorative Program.
13. Name post office after Sergeant Riayan A. Tejeda.
14. Honor Shirley Chisholm for her service to the nation and express condolences on her death.
15. Honor John J. Downing, Brian Fahey, and Harry Ford, firefighters who lost their lives on duty. Only five of Clinton's bills are, more substantive. 16. Extend period of unemployment assistance to victims of 9/11.
17. Pay for city projects in response to 9/11 18. Assist landmine victims in other countries.
19. Assist family caregivers in accessing affordable respite care.
20. Designate part of the National Forest System in Puerto Rico as protected in the wilderness preservation system.

Obama's list is too substantive, so to categorize, during the first (8) eight years of his elected service he sponsored over 820 bills. He introduced
233 regarding healthcare reform,
125 on poverty and public assistance,
112 crime fighting bills,
97 economic bills,
60 human rights and anti-discrimination bills,
21 ethics reform bills,
15 gun control,
6 veteran's affairs and many others

His first year in the U.S. Senate, he authored 152 bills and co-sponsored another 427. These included **the Coburn-Obama Government Transparency Act of 2006 (became law), **The Lugar-Obama Nuclear Non-proliferation and Conventional Weapons Threat Reduction Act, (became law), **The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act, passed the Senate, **The 2007 Government Ethics Bill, (became law), **The Protection Against Excessive Executive Compensation Bill, (In committee), and many more.
In all since enter the U.S. Senate, Senator Obama has written 890 bills and co-sponsored another 1096. An impressive record, for someone who supposedly has no record according to the spin meisters and mindless twits.

Posted by: Arielwire | February 6, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

God bless Senator Clinton.

Posted by: svreader | February 6, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

An interesting post by Arielwire | February 6, 2008 08:47 PM about Obama's accomplishments since he joined the U.S, Senate in January, 2005.

"In all since enter the U.S. Senate, Senator Obama has written 890 bills and co-sponsored another 1096."

This is a total of 1,986 bills. If we do the math, over a period of 3 years (2005, 2006, 2007) Obama has been involved with an average of 662 bills/years, or 55 bills/month, or 2.76 bills/weekday. WOW! That's some accomplishments .... doing almost 3 bills per every work day!!

Get real, Arielwire. That's what happens when you dig a little deeper about Obama. Sounds great and impressive on the surface, but dig a little deeper and you discover that it's just a bunch of hoke!

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