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List of his 9 bills in 20 years) John Kerry in the Senate: "The Man Who Wasn't There"
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Posted on 10/14/2004 10:44:51 AM PDT by dennisw

Saturday, July 31, 2004
John Kerry in the Senate: "The Man Who Wasn't There"

Yesterday on ABC's World News Tonight, John Kerry attempted to refute the notion that he has a thin record in the United States Senate, stating, "I've introduced many pieces of legislation that are the law of the land today…" The reality is that during his 19 years in the United States Senate, only five bills and four resolutions John Kerry has been a lead sponsor on have become laws. These bills and resolutions are listed below, following a quote from Dick Morris on Kerry's meager Senate record during the Clinton years.

Dick Morris: Kerry Is A "Back-Bencher." "Where did his 20 years in the Senate go? Oddly, his absence of biography confirms the impression I formed of him during my White House years: He's a back-bencher. I never can recall a single time that his name came up in any discussion of White House strategy on anything. He was the man who wasn't there." (Dick Morris, "The Bagel Candidacy," The New York Post, 7/30/04)

Kerry's Five Bills That Became Law:

  1. A Bill To Amend The Small Business Act With Respect To The Women's Business Center Program. (S. 791, Latest Major Action: 12/9/1999 Became Public Law No: 106-165) 
  2. A Bill To Redesignate The Federal Building Located At 380 Trapelo Road In Waltham, Massachusetts, As The "Frederick C. Murphy Federal Center." (S. 1206, Latest Major Action: 4/14/1994 Became Public Law No: 103-234)
  3. A Bill To Authorize Appropriations For The Marine Mammal Protection Act Of 1972 And To Improve The Program To Reduce The Incidental Taking Of Marine Mammals During The Course Of Commercial Fishing Operations, And For Other Purposes. (S. 1636, Latest Major Action: 4/30/1994 Became Public Law No: 103-238) 
  4. A Bill To Authorize Appropriations To Carry Out The National Sea Grant College Program Act, And For Other Purposes. (S. 1563, Latest Major Action: 12/4/1991 Signed by President)
  5. A Bill For The Relief Of Kil Joon Yu Callahan. (S. 423, Latest Major Action: 11/19/1987 Became Private Law No: 100-2)

Kerry's Four Resolutions That Became Law:

  1. A Joint Resolution Designating The Week Beginning October 20, 1991, As "World Population Awareness Week." (S.J. Res. 160, Latest Major Action: 10/30/1991 Signed by President)
  2. A Joint Resolution Designating November 13, 1992, As "Vietnam Veterans Memorial 10th Anniversary Day." (S.J. Res. 318, Latest Major Action: 10/24/1992 Became Public Law No: 102-518)
  3. A Joint Resolution Designating September 18, 1992, As "National POW/MIA Recognition Day," And Authorizing Display Of The National League Of Families POW/MIA Flag. (S.J. Res. 337, Latest Major Action: 9/30/1992 Became Public Law No: 102-373)
  4. A Joint Resolution Designating October 22 Through 28, 1989, As "World Population Awareness Week." (S.J. Res. 158, Latest Major Action: 10/25/1990 Signed by President)

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My commentary:

John Kerry claimed during last night's debate:

KERRY: Once again, the president is misleading America. I've actually passed 56 individual bills that I've personally written and, in addition to that, and not always under my name, there is amendments on certain bills.


After last night's debate the John Kerry campaign came out with this. It's an instant response to last night's debate:

57 bills and resolutions John Kerry has sponsored over the years have passed the U.S. Senate. Countless others have been improved because of his work, including the Clean Air Act, the Children’s Health Insurance Program and the COPS program.
http://blog.johnkerry.com/rapidresponse/archives/003473.html#more

Notice the sly wording, how Kerry's 57 bills and resolutions passed the US Senate. Only got past the US Senate and no further is my conclusion. However this 57 most likely includes the 9 the Republicans mentioned, that made it past the House and got signed by the President into law. So the Kerry breakdown is probably:

   9      John Kerry  bills and  resolutions got signed into law

 48    John Kerry  bills and  resolutions got passed by the US Senate and got no further. IOW they were duds.

**** The numbers 57 and 56 are not my errors. Are as quoted

 



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KEYWORDS: backbencher; emptysuit; johnkerry; kerry; kerryrecord; lurch; napalminthemorning; twolawyers; votingrecord
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1 posted on 10/14/2004 10:44:51 AM PDT by dennisw
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To: dennisw

John Kerry - The Man in Empty Flannel Suit.


2 posted on 10/14/2004 10:49:04 AM PDT by hometoroost
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To: dennisw; Mo1; Miss Marple; My2Cents
A Bill To Authorize Appropriations For The Marine Mammal Protection Act Of 1972 And To Improve The Program To Reduce The Incidental Taking Of Marine Mammals During The Course Of Commercial Fishing Operations, And For Other Purposes. (S. 1636, Latest Major Action: 4/30/1994 Became Public Law No: 103-238)

He sponsored a bill to save Flipper..

4 posted on 10/14/2004 10:51:47 AM PDT by Dog
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To: dennisw

Well, he wrote them before he erased them. Hey, it's not easy being more liberal than Teddy K. and finding a bunch of regular guys to go windsurfing with off Hyannas. A senator has to have his priorities even if his priority is not being a senator! /sarcasm


5 posted on 10/14/2004 10:52:02 AM PDT by pikachu (The REAL script)
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To: dennisw
Thanks for posting this. Good research.

Sponsoring legislation=adding your name to it.

What a stellar career! /sarcasm

6 posted on 10/14/2004 10:52:12 AM PDT by afnamvet (Tuy Hoa AB RVN 68-69 Jet Noise...The Sound of Freedom!)
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To: dennisw

Bump!


7 posted on 10/14/2004 10:53:07 AM PDT by ctdonath2
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To: hometoroost

According to this Kerry hasn't done anything in the senate since 1999.


8 posted on 10/14/2004 10:53:38 AM PDT by rllngrk33 (The fourth estate in this country has become a fifth column.)
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To: dennisw

John kerry - the senator who wasn't there.


9 posted on 10/14/2004 10:54:14 AM PDT by flashbunny (John Kerry Divided this country as a young man and he will divide it again today.)
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To: rllngrk33

Its hard being a gigalo.


10 posted on 10/14/2004 10:54:17 AM PDT by Dog
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To: Dog; lodwick; Cuttnhorse; operation clinton cleanup; Servant of the 9; catpuppy; null and void; ...
He sponsored a bill to save Flipper..

BAWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA ... I am dying here ...

Saving Private Flipper ... hahahaha

11 posted on 10/14/2004 10:54:32 AM PDT by Mo1 (The President's job is not to pass a global test, but to protect the American people.)
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To: dennisw
Does the term "party hack" come to mind? Senator Herbert Kohl of Wisconsin may have a more remarkable record of attendance and engagement in the passage of effective legislation, and he doesn't leave much of a footprint.
12 posted on 10/14/2004 10:54:50 AM PDT by alloysteel
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To: hometoroost

He's spent 20 years windsurfing.


13 posted on 10/14/2004 10:56:02 AM PDT by My2Cents (http://www.conservativesforbush.com)
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To: Dog

And now he's stuck with a million of them!!


14 posted on 10/14/2004 10:56:06 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: Dog
He sponsored a bill to save Flipper..

Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha!

15 posted on 10/14/2004 10:56:13 AM PDT by Radix (What turns orange in Sept., is carved up in Oct., and is thrown out in Nov.?)
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To: rllngrk33

Kerry and Edwards -- two liberal empty suits, who flipflop and lack any leadership abilities. With their money, they have no idea what it means to be middle class or working class nowadays.


16 posted on 10/14/2004 10:56:25 AM PDT by Dante3
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To: pikachu

Kerry could suggest we name the UN Building for Mr Magoo.


17 posted on 10/14/2004 10:56:44 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: All

I may be wrong but those bills sound as empty-headed and inconsequential as Kedwards.


18 posted on 10/14/2004 10:56:45 AM PDT by Txsleuth
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To: dennisw; MeekOneGOP

BTTT


19 posted on 10/14/2004 10:57:05 AM PDT by EdReform (Have you seen FAHRENHYPE 9/11? - www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1240926/posts)
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To: dennisw

Oh! If I lived in Mass. I would be so proud of my Senator!


20 posted on 10/14/2004 10:57:27 AM PDT by Flint
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To: dennisw

I think you are being too generous. In all probability, the 56 or 57 is a lie based on the fact that no voter is going to check 20 years of the Senate Record. If there were that many, it's a) still shameful, or b) they never made it out of committee. Imagine, 20 years of us paying that bastard's Senate salary (which he doesn't need) for that kind of output. You or I would have been fired!!!


21 posted on 10/14/2004 10:57:36 AM PDT by pooky12 (Especially after the new Swifties ad hits!)
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To: dennisw

Wow, nothing in there about reducing taxes, help for the military, changing the intelligence gathering, Social Security, healthcare, or jobs.

Nothing.


22 posted on 10/14/2004 10:58:01 AM PDT by Howlin (Bush has claimed two things which Democrats believe they own by right: the presidency & the future)
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To: dennisw

A Bill For The Relief Of Kil Joon Yu Callahan.

What is this?


23 posted on 10/14/2004 10:58:44 AM PDT by Sybeck1 (Kerry: how can we trust him with our money, if Teresa won't trust him with hers!)
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To: Txsleuth

A Dolphin lived because of Kerry's heroic actions in the Senate...:-)


24 posted on 10/14/2004 10:58:47 AM PDT by Dog
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To: Flint
Oh! If I lived in Mass. I would be so proud of my Senator!

I am so proud of my conservative Senator, Ted Kennedy.

Gosh that hurt to even type it.....

25 posted on 10/14/2004 10:59:04 AM PDT by Radix (What turns orange in Sept., is carved up in Oct., and is thrown out in Nov.?)
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To: Admin Moderator

Could you please add the left hand parenthesis mark in the title? Thanks


26 posted on 10/14/2004 10:59:33 AM PDT by dennisw (Gd - against Amelek for all generations.)
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To: dennisw
One question: Kerry said he voted to cut taxes 600 times.

I think it's Bravo Sierra, but -- in the interest of being reasonably open-minded -- I'll entertain some EVIDENCE of this claim.

27 posted on 10/14/2004 10:59:47 AM PDT by Prime Choice (The Leftists think they can tax us into "prosperity" and regulate us into "liberty.")
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I think Kedwards owes the American people a refund for all of the hard work that didn't get done. I am serious. Are the senators paid by the state or by the whole country? If any of my money in Texas went to pay either of these "slackers" - I will sue for "work not performed".


28 posted on 10/14/2004 10:59:50 AM PDT by Txsleuth
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To: dennisw

I don't see anything in there to back up THIS factoid from John Edwards, do you?

EDWARDS: We are committed to cutting back anything in our programs that need to be cut back to get us back on a path to fiscal responsibility.

John Kerry, Mr. Vice President, has voted or co-sponsored over 600 times tax cuts for the American people -- over 600 times.

And there is a philosophical difference between us and them.

We are for more tax cuts for the middle class than they're for, have been for the last four years. But we are not for more tax cuts for multimillionaires. They are.

And it is a fundamental difference in what we think needs to be done in this country.


29 posted on 10/14/2004 10:59:54 AM PDT by Howlin (Bush has claimed two things which Democrats believe they own by right: the presidency & the future)
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To: Mo1; Dog
He sponsored a bill to save Flipper.. BAWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA ... I am dying here ... Saving Private Flipper ... hahahaha I am in my cube at work..they are going to cart me away, I am laughing so loud.
30 posted on 10/14/2004 10:59:55 AM PDT by Mrs.Liberty (All your TH are belong to us.)
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To: dennisw

What crap too! Renaming buildings? Declaring "national day of so and so"??


31 posted on 10/14/2004 11:00:14 AM PDT by The G Man (George W. Bush: "Got wood?")
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To: dennisw

tagged.


32 posted on 10/14/2004 11:00:19 AM PDT by The_Macallan
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To: dennisw
Notice the sly wording, how Kerry's 57 bills and resolutions passed the US Senate.

75 --- what an ironic number to pick.


33 posted on 10/14/2004 11:00:25 AM PDT by Ditto ( No trees were killed in sending this message, but billions of electrons were inconvenienced.)
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To: dennisw

The empty abyss behind capped teeth, botox and contradictory statements.


34 posted on 10/14/2004 11:00:38 AM PDT by FreedomProtector
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To: The G Man
You'd think by ACCIDENT he'd have authored more bills than that!

John Kerry ... The Accidental Senator

35 posted on 10/14/2004 11:01:04 AM PDT by The G Man (George W. Bush: "Got wood?")
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To: Howlin

Nothing to back up this claim, either:

KERRY: Once again, the president is misleading America. I've actually passed 56 individual bills that I've personally written and, in addition to that, and not always under my name, there is amendments on certain bills.

But more importantly, with respect to the question of no record, I helped write -- I did write, I was one of the original authors of the early childhood health care and the expansion of health care that we did in the middle of the 1990s. And I'm very proud of that.

So the president's wrong.


36 posted on 10/14/2004 11:01:10 AM PDT by Howlin (Bush has claimed two things which Democrats believe they own by right: the presidency & the future)
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To: Dog

LOL! PIMPJs


37 posted on 10/14/2004 11:01:11 AM PDT by Velveeta
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To: dennisw

38 posted on 10/14/2004 11:01:24 AM PDT by Jenya (I'm a newbie here, but not to life. Don't even think of imposing your seniority on me.)
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To: dennisw

Sometimes it's just so humiliating being a MA resident. I can only hope that after losing this Presidential race, Kerry will go on to lose his Senate seat. The S.O.B. should have resigned it in the first place.

The MA Republican committee actually seems to be getting its act together and becoming a bit more proactive, at least as far as Statehouse campaigns are concerned. I've received three excellent, glossy mass-mailings from them in the past two days.


39 posted on 10/14/2004 11:01:47 AM PDT by Another-MA-Conservative
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To: Ditto

He is the very reason, I hold the opinion that all of congress should be only part time employees, with NO benefits. Let them buy their own health insurance like the rest of us have to.


40 posted on 10/14/2004 11:02:05 AM PDT by television is just wrong (Our sympathies are misguided with illegal aliens.)
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To: afnamvet

Thanks for posting this. Good research......


Thanks much. It took me an hour to clarify this since the Kerry campaign issued a slippery rejoinder last night. Since their candidate was slippery during the debate. Trying to conflate Kerry's bills that got passed by US Senate into Kerry's bills that were signed into legislation.


41 posted on 10/14/2004 11:02:47 AM PDT by dennisw (Gd - against Amelek for all generations.)
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To: dennisw
"The Man Who Wasn't There"

He wasn't there again today.
I wish that he would go away.

42 posted on 10/14/2004 11:03:44 AM PDT by Mike Darancette (Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.)
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To: dennisw

I couldn't resist. When I read that fifth bill that became law I wondered: who the hell is "Kil Joon Yu Callahan". Besides being an interesting blend of Asian and Irish names, what kind of relief did he need?

So I googled it and found this:

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/D?d100:62:./temp/~bdjv3t:@@@D&summ2=m&

"Authorizes the granting of a visa and admission to the United States for permanent residence to a named individual."

So here we are. What a wonderful use of our governments resources. Couldn't he just make a phone call?


43 posted on 10/14/2004 11:04:06 AM PDT by QwertyKPH
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To: Howlin
KERRY: Once again, the president is misleading America. I've actually passed 56 individual bills that I've personally written and, in addition to that, and not always under my name, there is amendments on certain bills.

My internet research says he had 56 bills/resolutions that passed the US Senate. 47 bills/resolutions got no further! They were duds! Of these 56 only 9 passed the House and got signed into law. Of these 9, most are totally useless legislation

44 posted on 10/14/2004 11:07:04 AM PDT by dennisw (Gd - against Amelek for all generations.)
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To: dennisw

I wish Bush would of been coached better on this. He did OK, but armed with this he could of nailed Kerry


45 posted on 10/14/2004 11:09:02 AM PDT by NavyCanDo
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To: Mo1; dennisw; Dog

Gotta love Flipper and a bill to save flipper..
We can now call him the Dolphin Safe candidate and pack him in 100% water..


46 posted on 10/14/2004 11:10:03 AM PDT by Darksheare (The Mods demand sacrifice, your pennance shall be "UNNNGH!!")
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To: dennisw

Senator Gone and the Little Man Who Wasn't There!




Last night I saw upon the stair
A little man who wasn’t there
He wasn’t there again today
Oh, how I wish he’d go away...


When I came home last night at three
The man was waiting there for me
But when I looked around the hall
I couldn’t see him there at all!


Go away, go away, don’t you come back any more!
Go away, go away, and please don’t slam the door... (slam!)


Last night I saw upon the stair
A little man who wasn’t there
He wasn’t there again today
Oh, how I wish he’d go away!

47 posted on 10/14/2004 11:10:49 AM PDT by JennyG
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To: EdReform; Happy2BMe
bump!

48 posted on 10/14/2004 11:11:00 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (There is only one GOOD 'RAT: one that has been voted OUT of POWER !! Straight ticket GOP!)
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49 posted on 10/14/2004 11:11:03 AM PDT by pabianice
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To: dennisw
"Notice the sly wording, how Kerry's 57 bills and resolutions passed the US Senate. Only got past the US Senate and no further is my conclusion."

And 48 bills and resolutions that got chopped in bi-congressional committee that could not pass the final cut.

50 posted on 10/14/2004 11:12:05 AM PDT by demlosers ( ONI: “Lieutenant Kerry wasn’t cleared to know what time it was!”)
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