Hillary Clinton’s Senate Record: How Many Bills Did Hillary Clinton Sponsor?

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Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton’s work during her years of public service was brought up during the second presidential debate. So, let’s take a look at Hillary Clinton’s senate record.

Hillary Clinton faced off against her Republican opponent, Donald Trump, in the second presidential debate on October 9. Trump has been constantly bringing up the former Secretary of State’s public service record. Clinton said that it’s good that Trump isn’t in charge of the laws in the country; Trump said if he was, Clinton would be in jail.

Hillary Clinton has spent three decades in public service and her senate record is certainly something everyone is curious about. Let’s take a look at her work as senator and the bills she sponsored that became laws.

Bills Sponsored by Hillary Clinton

In January 2009, Hillary Clinton sponsored the Paycheck Fairness Act. The bill would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 and would remedy the discrimination based on sex or other factors for the payment of wages. The bill was introduced in the Senate but wasn’t enacted. She co-sponsored the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in 2009 that became a law. This law describes what constitutes unlawful employment practices.

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During the financial crisis of 2008, Clinton voted in favor of a $14.0-billion emergency bailout for U.S. automakers, but the bill failed to get the 60 votes it needed for cloture. She had also proposed the revival of the Home Owners’ Loan Corporation, so homeowners could refinance their mortgages.


Clinton has also sponsored a bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service (located at 2951 New York Highway 43 in Averill Park, New York) as the “Major George Quamo Post Office Building.” She also sponsored a bill to establish the Kate Mullany National Historic Site in Troy, New York, and a bill to designate a portion of United States Route 20A, located in Orchard Park, New York, as “Timothy J. Russert Highway.” These three bills became laws.

Hillary Clinton’s Senate Record Mentioned in the Debate

Clinton has sponsored 31 pieces of legislation during her time in the U.S. Senate. During the debate, Clinton mentioned her work for helping the workers at ground zero of the World Trade Center on 9/11. She worked hard to pass a legislation for the first responders’ health needs. She had seen the effects that the smoke and dust had on the firefighters and rescue workers, and she initiated the legislation that steered $12.0 million to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention program to address these issues.

During Sunday’s debate, Hillary Clinton claimed that she helped provide eight million children with health coverage and access to medical help. Clinton had been a big supporter of the Children’s Health Insurance Program in 1997 and the Pediatric Research Equity Act of 2003. Both these initiatives have had major success. Building on her success with health-care legislation, Hillary hopes to take the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) further.

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Hillary Clinton has been leading in the polls since the first presidential debate. Many polls have declared her the winner after the second debate, but the candidates are still neck-and-neck, with a small gap in the numbers. The final debate before election day is on October 19, and it is going to be one of the most anticipated showdowns of the year!



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