Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton stood by her record on the debate stage Sunday, saying that 400 pieces of legislation had her name on it. Only three pieces of legislation sponsored by Clinton, however, actually became law.
“400 pieces of legislation have my name on them as a sponsor or cosponsor when I was a senator for eight years. I worked very hard and was proud to be reelected by a bigger margin than I was elected the first time,” Clinton began.
“I will take that work as president in finding common ground. You have to get along with people to get things done in Washington. I have proven that I can and for 30 years I have produced results for the people.”
The Daily Caller reported in 2015 that Clinton actually sponsored 703 pieces of legislation during her Senate career, and co-sponsored 2,676 pieces of legislation, with a dismal passing average of .004 percent. Only three bills sponsored by Clinton were passed into law.
The first bill renamed a highway, the second renamed a post office, and a third set land aside for a historic site.
Clinton claimed that she reached across the aisle, and that is true. She voted with Republicans 49 percent of the time during her tenure as senator, voting in support of Republicans 252 times compared to the 259 times she voted with Democrats. Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders voted with Republicans 32 percent of the time during his tenure as senator.
Clinton skipped voting on key bills during her first presidential run against President Barack Obama in 2008, and missing 9.5 percent of all of the bills during the eight-year period from 2001 to 2009.
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