Explaining to In-Laws my Non-support of McCain

“I won’t be supporting McCain, but it’s not because I think poorly of his character; I think poorly of his policies, domestic and foreign, and I’d be very concerned at the prospect of a C-in-C who seems to have such a poor grasp of the facts in a major America war now entering its sixth year. (One in which his own son has been fighting – you’d think he’d keep up to date for that reason quite apart from his professional duty to do so.) I don’t doubt that he is sincere in his support for the war, but I think he’s deeply and catastrophically wrong to do so.”

“No one could ever credibly claim that John McCain is anything other than a patriot to his bone, but there’s absolutely no reason to doubt Obama’s patriotism either. On flag pins, to quote the man himself: “Sometimes I wear a flag pin, sometimes I don’t. For me, the real way to show my patriotism is not necessarily by wearing a flag pin, but in showing my love for this country by my actions. I trust the American people will judge me on those terms.” – Senator Barack Obama, September 27th, 2007.”

Obama wearing flag pin

“While I obviously can’t claim to know him personally, I like Obama’s policies, as exemplified not just by speeches but by the legislation he’s introduced: his bill proposals to secure loose Russian nuclear weapons, to prepare for the possibility of pandemics such as bird flu, to regulate genetic testing and the use of results, to require hospitals to disclose medical error to patients, to require confidentiality for their clients from tax preparers, to regulate chemical plant security requirements, to promote fuel-efficient vehicle design and manufacture in the US, to ban no-bid government contracts, to provide a transparent and searchable public database of all public spending and contracts, to improve veteran’s health care, to outlaw voter intimidation practices, to enact lobbying reform including a measure to instate a mandatory reading period so bills can’t be railroaded through, and to provide a separate ethics oversight structure instead of relying on Congress to investigate themselves. Pause for breath…”

“Here’s a list of Congressional legislation, bills and amendments, which have been passed into law under Senator Barack Obama’s name as author, sponsor or co-sponsor. It doesn’t include things he tried and failed to pass, and it doesn’t include things he supported but didn’t have his name explicitly attached to, it doesn’t include purely ceremonial legislation such as awards of recognition, and it’s only what he’s done as a US Senator (i.e. doesn’t include any of his Illinois State legislation). I’d say it’s a pretty solid body of work for a freshman Senator, and if his supporters don’t know about any of it then they can read up on the details at thomas.gov without too much trouble.”

110th Congress, Obama:

* S.761: A bill to invest in innovation and education to improve the competitiveness of the United States in the global economy. Sponsor: Sen Reid, Harry [NV] (introduced 3/5/2007) Cosponsors (69) Latest Major Action: 7/19/2007 Senate incorporated this measure in H.R. 2272 as an amendment. Note: For further action, see H.R.2272, which became Public Law 110-69 on 8/9/2007. Another note: Obama co-sponsor, along with basically everyone; no record of him playing central role, nor did he speak on its behalf.

S.962: A bill to amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to reauthorize and improve the carbon capture and storage research, development, and demonstration program of the Department of Energy and for other purposes._Sponsor: Sen Bingaman, Jeff [NM] (introduced 3/22/2007) Cosponsors (15) Note: This bill and S. 731 became Title III of S. 1321, the Energy Savings Act of 2007, as reported from the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. CR: “Mr. BINGAMAN. Mr. President, I am pleased to be able to introduce the Department of Energy Carbon Capture and Storage Research, Development, and Demonstration Act of 2007, along with my co-sponsors, Senators DOMENICI, TESTER, BUNNING, SALAZAR, OBAMA, and WEBB.”

S.2488: A bill to promote accessibility, accountability, and openness in Government by strengthening section 552 of title 5, United States Code (commonly referred to as the Freedom of Information Act), and for other purposes._Sponsor: Sen Leahy, Patrick J. [VT] (introduced 12/14/2007) Cosponsors (17) Latest Major Action: Became Public Law No: 110-175. (CR: no indication that Obama played a major role.)

S.AMDT.41 to S.1 To require lobbyists to disclose the candidates, leadership PACs, or political parties for whom they collect or arrange contributions, and the aggregate amount of the contributions collected or arranged. Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 1/11/2007) Cosponsors (1) Latest Major Action: 1/18/2007 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 41 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.AMDT.524 to S.CON.RES.21 To provide $100 million for the Summer Term Education Program supporting summer learning opportunities for low-income students in the early grades to lessen summer learning losses that contribute to the achievement gaps separating low-income students from their middle-class peers. Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 3/21/2007) Cosponsors (None) Latest Major Action: 3/23/2007 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 524 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.AMDT.599 to S.CON.RES.21 To add $200 million for Function 270 (Energy) for the demonstration and monitoring of carbon capture and sequestration technology by the Department of Energy. Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 3/22/2007) Cosponsors (4) Latest Major Action: 3/23/2007 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 599 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.AMDT.905 to S.761 To require the Director of Mathematics, Science, and Engineering Education to establish a program to recruit and provide mentors for women and underrepresented minorities who are interested in careers in mathematics, science, and engineering. Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 4/23/2007) Cosponsors (None) Latest Major Action: 4/25/2007 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 905 as modified agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.AMDT.923 to S.761 To expand the pipeline of individuals entering the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields to support United States innovation and competitiveness. Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 4/24/2007) Cosponsors (None) Latest Major Action: 4/25/2007 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 923 as modified agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.AMDT.924 to S.761 To establish summer term education programs. Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 4/24/2007) Cosponsors (1) Latest Major Action: 4/25/2007 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 924 as modified agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.AMDT.2519 to H.R.2638 To provide that one of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act may be used to enter into a contract in an amount greater than $5 million or to award a grant in excess of such amount unless the prospective contractor or grantee certifies in writing to the agency awarding the contract or grant that the contractor or grantee owes no past due Federal tax liability. Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 7/26/2007) Cosponsors (3) Latest Major Action: 7/26/2007 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 2519 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.AMDT.2588 to H.R.976 To provide certain employment protections for family members who are caring for members of the Armed Forces recovering from illnesses and injuries incurred on active duty. Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 7/31/2007) Cosponsors (8) Latest Major Action: 8/2/2007 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 2588 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.AMDT.3 to S.1 In the nature of a substitute. Sponsor: Sen Reid, Harry [NV] (introduced 1/9/2007) Cosponsors (8) Latest Major Action: 1/18/2007 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 3 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent. A substitute for the big ethics bill. CR: “SA 3. Mr. REID (for himself, Mr. McConnell, Mrs. Feinstein, Mr. Bennett, Mr. Lieberman, Ms. Collins, Mr. Obama, Mr. Salazar, and Mr. Durbin)”

S.AMDT.4 to S.1 To strengthen the gift and travel bans. Sponsor: Sen Reid, Harry [NV] (introduced 1/9/2007) Cosponsors (4) Latest Major Action: 1/17/2007 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 4 as modified agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 88 – 9. Record Vote Number: 15.

S.AMDT.15 to S.1 To require Senate committees and subcommittees to make available by the Internet a video recording, audio recording, or transcript of any meeting not later than 14 business days after the meeting occurs. Sponsor: Sen Salazar, Ken [CO] (introduced 1/10/2007) Cosponsors (1) Latest Major Action: 1/10/2007 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 15 as modified agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.AMDT.31 to S.1 To prohibit former Members of Congress from engaging in lobbying activities in addition to lobbying contacts during their cooling off period. Sponsor: Sen Feingold, Russell D. [WI] (introduced 1/11/2007) Cosponsors (1) Latest Major Action: 1/18/2007 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 31 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.AMDT.33 to S.1 To prohibit former Members who are lobbyists from using gym and parking privileges made available to Members and former Members. Sponsor: Sen Feingold, Russell D. [WI] (introduced 1/11/2007) Cosponsors (1) Latest Major Action: 1/18/2007 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 33 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.AMDT.529 to S.CON.RES.21 To increase funding for the COPS Program to $1.15 billion for FY 2008 to provide state and local law enforcement with critical resources necessary to prevent and respond to violent crime and acts of terrorism and is offset by an unallocated reduction to non-defense discretionary spending and/or reduction to administrative expenses. Sponsor: Sen Biden, Joseph R., Jr. [DE] (introduced 3/22/2007) Cosponsors (13) Latest Major Action: 3/23/2007 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 529 agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 65 – 33. Record Vote Number: 110.

S.AMDT.1009 to S.1082 To insert provisions relating to antibiotic access and innovation and certain enantiomer drugs. Sponsor: Sen Hatch, Orrin G. [UT] (introduced 5/2/2007) Cosponsors (5) Latest Major Action: 5/8/2007 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 1009 as modified agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.AMDT.1169 to S.1348 To reduce to 200,000 the number of certain non-immigrants permitted to be admitted during a fiscal year. Sponsor: Sen Bingaman, Jeff [NM] (introduced 5/23/2007) Cosponsors (4) Latest Major Action: 5/23/2007 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 1169 agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 74 – 24. Record Vote Number: 175.

S.AMDT.2132 to H.R.1585 To provide and enhance rehabilitative treatment and services to veterans with traumatic brain injury and to improve health care and benefits programs for veterans. Sponsor: Sen Akaka, Daniel K. [HI] (introduced 7/12/2007) Cosponsors (12) Latest Major Action: 7/12/2007 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 2132 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.AMDT.2268 to H.R.1585 To provide for an increase in the number of nurses and faculty. Sponsor: Sen Durbin, Richard [IL] (introduced 7/16/2007) Cosponsors (10) Latest Major Action: 9/17/2007 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 2268 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

* S.AMDT.2402 to H.R.1538 In the nature of a substitute. Sponsor: Sen Levin, Carl [MI] (introduced 7/25/2007) Cosponsors (51) Latest Major Action: 7/25/2007 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 2402 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.AMDT.2467 to H.R.2638 To authorize the release of data used to determine eligibility for assistance under title IV of the Robert T Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act. Sponsor: Sen Coburn, Tom [OK] (introduced 7/25/2007) Cosponsors (1) Latest Major Action: 7/26/2007 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 2467 as modified agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.AMDT.2509 to H.R.2638 To mitigate the health risks posed by hazardous chemicals in trailers provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen McCaskill, Claire [MO] (introduced 7/26/2007) Cosponsors (5) Latest Major Action: 7/26/2007 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 2509 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

* S.AMDT.2719 to H.R.2764 To prohibit the application of certain restrictive eligibility requirements to foreign nongovernmental organizations with respect to the provision of assistance under part I of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961. Sponsor: Sen Boxer, Barbara [CA] (introduced 9/6/2007) Cosponsors (12) Latest Major Action: 9/6/2007 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 2719 agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 53 – 41. Record Vote Number: 319.

* S.AMDT.2797 to H.R.3074 To prohibit the establishment of a program that allows Mexican truck drivers to operate beyond the commercial zones near the Mexican border. Sponsor: Sen Dorgan, Byron L. [ND] (introduced 9/10/2007) Cosponsors (6) Latest Major Action: 9/11/2007 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 2797 agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 75 – 23. Record Vote Number: 331.

S.AMDT.2872 to H.R.1585 To assist certain Iraqis who have worked directly with, or are threatened by their association with, the United States. Sponsor: Sen Kennedy, Edward M. [MA] (introduced 9/17/2007) Cosponsors (17) Latest Major Action: 9/27/2007 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 2872 as modified agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.AMDT.2893 to H.R.1585 To enhance the national defense through empowerment of the Chief of the National Guard Bureau and the enhancement of the functions of the National Guard Bureau. Sponsor: Sen Bond, Christopher S. [MO] (introduced 9/18/2007) Cosponsors (24) Latest Major Action: 9/20/2007 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 2893 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.AMDT.2962 to H.R.1585 To implement the recommendations of the Department of Defense Task Force on Mental Health. Sponsor: Sen Boxer, Barbara [CA] (introduced 9/20/2007) Cosponsors (2) Latest Major Action: 9/25/2007 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 2962 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.AMDT.2969 to H.R.1585 To provide for the establishment of a Center of Excellence in Prevention, Diagnosis, Mitigation, Treatment, and Rehabilitation of Military Eye Injuries. Sponsor: Sen Kerry, John F. [MA] (introduced 9/20/2007) Cosponsors (6) Latest Major Action: 9/25/2007 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 2969 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

* S.AMDT.2999 to H.R.1585 To provide for the study and investigation of wartime contracts and contracting processes in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
Sponsor: Sen Webb, Jim [VA] (introduced 9/20/2007) Cosponsors (31) Latest Major Action: 9/27/2007 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 2999 as modified agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

109th Congress, Obama:

S.2125 : A bill to promote relief, security, and democracy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 12/16/2005) Latest Major Action: Became Public Law No: 109-456

S.AMDT.159 to S.CON.RES.18 To prevent and, if necessary, respond to an international outbreak of the avian flu. Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 3/15/2005) Cosponsors (2) Latest Major Action: 3/17/2005 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 159 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.728 : A bill to provide for the consideration and development of water and related resources, to authorize the Secretary of the Army to construct various projects for improvements to rivers and harbors of the United States, and for other purposes._Sponsor: Sen Bond, Christopher S. [MO] (introduced 4/6/2005) Cosponsors (19) Note: On 7/19/2006, the Senate incorporated S. 728 in H.R. 2864. See H.R. 2864 for further action.

* S.1172 : A bill to provide for programs to increase the awareness and knowledge of women and health care providers with respect to gynecologic cancers. Sponsor: Sen Specter, Arlen [PA] (introduced 6/6/2005) Cosponsors (45) Note: For further action, see H.R.1245, which became Public Law 109-475 on 1/12/2007.

S.2590 : A bill to require full disclosure of all entities and organizations receiving Federal funds. Sponsor: Sen Coburn, Tom [OK] (introduced 4/6/2006) Cosponsors (47) Latest Major Action: Became Public Law No: 109-282. Note: though there are 47 co-sponsors, Coburn introduced the bill as follows: “Mr. COBURN. Mr. President, today, along with Senators BARACK OBAMA, THOMAS CARPER, and JOHN MCCAIN, I introduced legislation to create an online public database that itemizes Federal funding.”

S.2703 : A bill to amend the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Sponsor: Sen Specter, Arlen [PA] (introduced 5/3/2006) Cosponsors (57) Note: For further action, see H.R.9, which became Public Law 109-246 on 7/27/2006.

S.4044 : A bill to clarify the treatment of certain charitable contributions under title 11, United States Code. Sponsor: Sen Hatch, Orrin G. [UT] (introduced 9/29/2006) Cosponsors (1) Latest Major Action: Became Public Law No: 109-439 Summary: “Religious Liberty and Charitable Donation Clarification Act of 2006 – Amends federal bankruptcy law with respect to calculation of the projected disposable income of an individual with regular income to meet the requirements for court confirmation of a plan for adjustment of the individual’s debts. Removes charitable contributions from the statutory formula used to determine what portion of such contributions is reasonably necessary to be expended for such purposes from a debtor’s current monthly income. (Thus allows full deduction of such contributions from current monthly income to arrive at disposable income, consistent with the requirements of the Religious Liberty and Charitable Contribution Protection Act of 1998.)”

S.AMDT.390 to H.R.1268 To provide meal and telephone benefits for members of the Armed Forces who are recuperating from injuries incurred on active duty in Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom. Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 4/13/2005) Cosponsors (3) Latest Major Action: 4/14/2005 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 390 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.

S.AMDT.670 to H.R.3 To provide for Flexible Fuel Vehicle (FFV) refueling capability at new and existing refueling station facilities to promote energy security and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 5/11/2005) Cosponsors (9) Latest Major Action: 5/12/2005 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 670 as modified agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.AMDT.851 to H.R.6 To require the Secretary to establish a Joint Flexible Fuel/Hybrid Vehicle Commercialization Initiative, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 6/22/2005) Cosponsors (1) Latest Major Action: 6/23/2005 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 851 as modified agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.AMDT.1061 to H.R.2361 To provide that none of the funds made available in this Act may be used in contravention of 15 U.S.C. section 2682(c)(3) or to delay the implementation of that section. Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 6/27/2005) Cosponsors (None) Latest Major Action: 6/28/2005 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 1061 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent. (Note: 15 U.S.C. section 2682(c)(3) deals with the certification and training of people who do lead paint removal, and requiring that properly trained and certified people do lead paint removal.)

S.AMDT.1453 to S.1042 To ensure the protection of military and civilian personnel in the Department of Defense from an influenza pandemic, including an avian influenza pandemic. Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 7/25/2005) Cosponsors (2) Latest Major Action: 11/8/2005 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 1453 as modified agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.AMDT.3144 to S.CON.RES.83 To provide a $40 million increase in FY 2007 for the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program and to improve job services for hard-to-place veterans. Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 3/16/2006) Cosponsors (2) Latest Major Action: 3/16/2006 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 3144 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.AMDT.3810 to H.R.4939 To provide that none of the funds appropriated by this Act may be made available for hurricane relief and recovery contracts exceeding $500,000 that are awarded using procedures other than competitive procedures. Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 5/1/2006) Cosponsors (4) Latest Major Action: 5/2/2006 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 3810 agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 98 – 0. Record Vote Number: 106.

S.AMDT.3971 to S.2611 To amend the temporary worker program. Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 5/15/2006) Cosponsors (5) Latest Major Action: 5/17/2006 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 3971 as modified agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.

S.AMDT.4224 to S.2766 To include assessments of Traumatic Brain Injury in the post-deployment health assessments of member of the Armed Forces returning from deployment in support of a contingency operation. Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 6/14/2006) Cosponsors (6) Latest Major Action: 6/22/2006 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 4224 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.AMDT.4254 to S.2766 To require the use of competitive procedures for Federal contracts worth over $500,000 related to hurricane recovery, subject to existing limited national security, public interest, and other exceptions. Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 6/15/2006) Cosponsors (1) Latest Major Action: 6/16/2006 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 4254 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.AMDT.4545 to S.2125 To make certain improvements to the bill. Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 6/29/2006) Cosponsors (None) Latest Major Action: 6/29/2006 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 4545 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent. (Makes modifications to his bill on the Congo.)

S.AMDT.4573 to H.R.5441 To assist individuals displaced by a major disaster in locating family members. Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 7/11/2006) Cosponsors (1) Latest Major Action: 7/13/2006 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 4573 as modified agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.AMDT.4624 to H.R.5441 To provide that none of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available for expenses in carrying out the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act may be used to enter into noncompetitive contracts based upon the unusual and compelling urgency exception under Federal contracting law unless the contract is limited in time, scope, and value as necessary to respond to the immediate emergency. Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 7/12/2006) Cosponsors (1) Latest Major Action: 7/13/2006 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 4624 as modified agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.AMDT.4972 to H.R.4954 To ensure the evacuation of individuals with special needs in times of emergency. Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 9/13/2006) Cosponsors (1) Latest Major Action: 9/13/2006 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 4972 as modified agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.

S.AMDT.380 to H.R.1268 To provide supplemental funding for international food assistance. Sponsor: Sen Kohl, Herb [WI] (introduced 4/13/2005) Cosponsors (22) Latest Major Action: 4/20/2005 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 380 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.

S.AMDT.402 to H.R.1268 To address the avian flu influenza virus in Asia. Sponsor: Sen McConnell, Mitch [KY] (introduced 4/13/2005) Cosponsors (2) Latest Major Action: 4/13/2005 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 402 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.AMDT.422 to H.R.1268 To make a technical change to the bill. Sponsor: Sen Leahy, Patrick J. [VT] (introduced 4/14/2005) Cosponsors (1) Latest Major Action: 4/14/2005 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 422 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.AMDT.560 to H.R.1268 To clarify funding for judicial security enhancements. Sponsor: Sen Shelby, Richard C. [AL] (introduced 4/19/2005) Cosponsors (3) Latest Major Action: 4/19/2005 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 560 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

* S.AMDT.726 to H.R.3 To establish a program to award grants on a competitive basis to eligible recipients for the replacement or retrofit of certain existing school buses. Sponsor: Sen Inhofe, James M. [OK] (introduced 5/11/2005) Cosponsors (9) Latest Major Action: 5/12/2005 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 726 as modified agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.AMDT.779 to H.R.6 To eliminate methyl tertiary butyl ether from the United States fuel supply, to increase production and use of renewable fuel, and to increase the Nation’s energy independence. Sponsor: Sen Domenici, Pete V. [NM] (introduced 6/14/2005) Cosponsors (21) Latest Major Action: 6/15/2005 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 779 as modified agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 70 – 26. Record Vote Number: 139.

* S.AMDT.791 to H.R.6 To establish a renewable portfolio standard. Sponsor: Sen Bingaman, Jeff [NM] (introduced 6/16/2005) Cosponsors (14) Latest Major Action: 6/16/2005 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 791 agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 52 – 48. Record Vote Number: 141.

S.AMDT.919 to H.R.6 To enhance the national security of the United States by providing for the research, development, demonstration, administrative support, and market mechanisms for widespread deployment and commercialization of biobased fuels and biobased products. Sponsor: Sen Harkin, Tom [IA] (introduced 6/22/2005) Cosponsors (4) Latest Major Action: 6/23/2005 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 919 as modified agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent. (Great big biofuels bill.)

* S.AMDT.1023 to H.R.2361 To prohibit the use of funds by the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to accept, consider, or rely on third-party intentional dosing human studies for pesticides or to conduct intentional dosing human studies for pesticides. Sponsor: Sen Boxer, Barbara [CA] (introduced 6/27/2005) Cosponsors (12) Latest Major Action: 6/29/2005 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 1023 agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay. 60 – 37. Record Vote Number: 162.

S.AMDT.1088 to H.R.2419 To maintain funding for the Department of Energy Clean Cities Program at is current level. Sponsor: Sen Hatch, Orrin G. [UT] (introduced 6/30/2005) Cosponsors (7) Latest Major Action: 6/30/2005 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 1088 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.AMDT.1290 to H.R.3057 To make funds available for the African Union Mission in Sudan. Sponsor: Sen Corzine, Jon S. [NJ] (introduced 7/19/2005) Cosponsors (4) Latest Major Action: 7/19/2005 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 1290 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.AMDT.1345 to S.1042 To provide for expedited action in bid protests conducted under OMB Circular A-76. Sponsor: Sen Collins, Susan M. [ME] (introduced 7/21/2005) Cosponsors (6) Latest Major Action: 11/15/2005 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 1345 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

* S.AMDT.1380 to S.1042 To improve authorities to address urgent nonproliferation crises and United States nonproliferation operations. Sponsor: Sen Lugar, Richard G. [IN] (introduced 7/21/2005) Cosponsors (44) Latest Major Action: 7/21/2005 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 1380 agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 78 – 19. Record Vote Number: 200.

* S.AMDT.1654 to H.R.2862 To increase funding for Justice Assistance Grants. Sponsor: Sen Dayton, Mark [MN] (introduced 9/8/2005) Cosponsors (23) Latest Major Action: 9/14/2005 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 1654 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.AMDT.1659 to H.R.2862 To increase the appropriation for nationwide legal services field programs and to provide additional funds to programs providing legal services to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Sponsor: Sen Harkin, Tom [IA] (introduced 9/8/2005) Cosponsors (10) Latest Major Action: 9/9/2005 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 1659 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.AMDT.1703 to H.R.2862 To require the FTC to conduct an immediate investigation into gasoline price-gouging, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen Pryor, Mark L. [AR] (introduced 9/13/2005) Cosponsors (20) Latest Major Action: 9/14/2005 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 1703 as modified agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.AMDT.1864 to H.R.2528 To place conditions on the use of appropriated funds for reviewing or revoking approved disability claims for post-traumatic stress disorder and to prohibit the Secretary of Veterans Affairs from using Federal funds for certain investigations until after the submission of a detailed implementation plan to the Committee on Appropriations. Sponsor: Sen Durbin, Richard [IL] (introduced 9/22/2005) Cosponsors (3) Latest Major Action: 9/22/2005 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 1864 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.

S.AMDT.1865 to H.R.2528 To instruct the Department of Veterans Affairs to conduct a veterans disability compensation information campaign. Sponsor: Sen Durbin, Richard [IL] (introduced 9/22/2005) Cosponsors (2) Latest Major Action: 9/22/2005 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 1865 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.

S.AMDT.1886 to H.R.2863 To make available emergency funds for pandemic flu preparedness. Sponsor: Sen Harkin, Tom [IA] (introduced 9/29/2005) Cosponsors (11) Latest Major Action: 9/29/2005 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 1886 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.

* S.AMDT.2283 to H.R.3010 To make available funds for influenza preparedness. Sponsor: Sen Harkin, Tom [IA] (introduced 10/26/2005) Cosponsors (15) Latest Major Action: 10/27/2005 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 2283 as modified agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.

S.AMDT.2413 to S.1932 To provide additional ProGAP assistance to certain students. Sponsor: Sen Warner, John [VA] (introduced 11/3/2005) Cosponsors (5) Latest Major Action: 11/3/2005 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 2413 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.AMDT.2728 to H.R.4297 To provide tax incentives for the purchase of advanced mine safety equipment and the training of mine rescue teams, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen Byrd, Robert C. [WV] (introduced 2/2/2006) Cosponsors (7) Latest Major Action: 2/2/2006 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 2728 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.

S.AMDT.2942 to S.2349 To strike the meals and refreshments exception for lobbyists. Sponsor: Sen Dodd, Christopher J. [CT] (introduced 3/8/2006) Cosponsors (4) Latest Major Action: 3/8/2006 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 2942 as modified agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.

S.AMDT.3018 to S.CON.RES.83 To restore funding for the Byrne/JAG grant program to the FY 2003 level of $900 million, offset with an across the board cut to administrative expenses, travel, and consulting services. Sponsor: Sen Dayton, Mark [MN] (introduced 3/14/2006) Cosponsors (24) Latest Major Action: 3/15/2006 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 3018 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

* S.AMDT.3048 to S.CON.RES.83 To increase the advance appropriations allowance in order to fund health, education and training, and low-income programs. Sponsor: Sen Specter, Arlen [PA] (introduced 3/14/2006) Cosponsors (29) Latest Major Action: 3/16/2006 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 3048 agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 73 – 27. Record Vote Number: 58.

* S.AMDT.3642 to H.R.4939 To provide an additional $430,000,000 for the Department of Veteran Affairs for Medical Services for outpatient care and treatment for veterans. Sponsor: Sen Akaka, Daniel K. [HI] (introduced 4/26/2006) Cosponsors (21) Latest Major Action: 4/26/2006 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 3642 agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 84 – 13. Record Vote Number: 98.

S.AMDT.3777 to H.R.4939 To fund a U.N. Peacekeeping force in Darfur and to address the shortfalls in the U.S. Contributions to the United Nations for international peacekeeping missions in 13 countries. Sponsor: Sen Menendez, Robert [NJ] (introduced 5/1/2006) Cosponsors (11) Latest Major Action: 5/3/2006 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 3777 as modified agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.

S.AMDT.4177 to S.2611 To provide a substitute to title III. Sponsor: Sen Grassley, Chuck [IA] (introduced 5/23/2006) Cosponsors (3) Latest Major Action: 5/23/2006 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 4177 agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 59 – 39. Record Vote Number: 140. (Note: this is an amendment to the immigration reform bill; it replaces Title III, which concerns the unlawful employment of aliens. It is extremely long.)

S.AMDT.4242 to S.2766 To require regular budgeting for ongoing military operations. Sponsor: Sen McCain, John [AZ] (introduced 6/14/2006) Cosponsors (21) Latest Major Action: 6/14/2006 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 4242 agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 98 – 0. Record Vote Number: 170.

S.AMDT.4253 to S.2766 To require a pilot program on troops to nurse teachers. Sponsor: Sen Durbin, Richard [IL] (introduced 6/15/2006) Cosponsors (8) Latest Major Action: 6/15/2006 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 4253 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.

S.AMDT.4342 to S.2766 To modify the time limitation for use of entitlement to educational assistance for reserve component members supporting contingency operations and other operations. Sponsor: Sen Lincoln, Blanche L. [AR] (introduced 6/20/2006) Cosponsors (6) Latest Major Action: 6/22/2006 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 4342 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.AMDT.4526 to S.2766 To require the President to develope a comprehensive strategy toward Somalia. Sponsor: Sen Feingold, Russell D. [WI] (introduced 6/22/2006) Cosponsors (10) Latest Major Action: 6/22/2006 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 4526 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

[109th] S.AMDT.4561 to H.R.5441 To require that reports required in the bill to be submitted to the Committees on Appropriations and the Department of Homeland Security’s annual justifications of the President’s budget request shall be posted on the Department of Homeland Security’s public website not later than 48 hours after such submission unless information in the report compromises national security. Sponsor: Sen Coburn, Tom [OK] (introduced 7/11/2006) Cosponsors (1) Latest Major Action: 7/12/2006 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 4561 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.AMDT.4618 to H.R.5441 To prohibit the use of appropriated funds to take an action that would violate Executive Order 13149 (relating to greening the government through Federal fleet and transportation efficiency). Sponsor: Sen Dayton, Mark [MN] (introduced 7/12/2006) Cosponsors (2) Latest Major Action: 7/13/2006 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 4618 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.AMDT.4784 to H.R.5631 To require the posting of certain reports of the Department of Defense on the Internet website of the Department of Defense. Sponsor: Sen Coburn, Tom [OK] (introduced 8/2/2006) Cosponsors (1) Latest Major Action: 8/3/2006 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 4784 as modified agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.

S.AMDT.4888 to S.466 To provide for the Herbert Hoover Dike Supplemental Major Rehabilitation Report. Sponsor: Sen Jeffords, James M. [VT] (introduced 9/5/2006) Cosponsors (1) Latest Major Action: 9/5/2006 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 4888 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.AMDT.4907 to H.R.5631 To enhance intelligence community efforts to bring Osama bin Laden and other key leaders of al Qaeda to the justice they deserve. Sponsor: Sen Conrad, Kent [ND] (introduced 9/7/2006) Cosponsors (11) Latest Major Action: 9/7/2006 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 4907 agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 96 – 0. Record Vote Number: 235. (Establishes and funds a unit dedicated to bringing bin Laden and other al Qaeda leaders to justice.)

(I take all this information from links provided at the page previously provided,

Actually I only posted one of the youtubes about his accomplishments there were several with politicians and at town hall meetings. While he has voted for things, he has not endorsed or put through any legislation with his name attached.
I was suprized by the first video, but completely stunned that someone in his campaign would reference him to OJ, and I think it equally obsured to do so.
Other than some of Obama’s softened views (my opinion) on having those who disapprove of Americans and somewhat taking their side. I truly think is a downfall. I am referencing the not wearing the American Flag pin or his “stance” for the National Anthem. While I understand his viewpoint and he is entitled to it, I don’t think it’s appropriate for the leader of this country, or any other country, to not stand firm on those areas of patriotism/symbolism. I realize alot of people in the world see America in a poor light, but I think equally just as many see us as the rescuers, like it or not. I don’t think because some hate us the leader should try to soften the fact of being American to appease them, even those within this country. Like I said only my opinion and while I am not a huge patriotic person, this would be something I would very strongly consider in my choice if Barak Obama was running against anyone but John McCain. And it is because I know him personally

and know what a good man of character he is, which is not something I really can say about most politicians – the personal knowledge of how they truly act.

—- Alcmaeon Frog <drfrog@sc.rr.com> wrote:

One badly prepared Texas Senator doesn’t generalize to ‘none’ of Barack Obama’s supporters being able to cite his accomplishments. I think Andrew Sullivan expressed it well: http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2008/02/dear-chris-matt.html

As for Jackson, it was an asinine and over-the-top comparison, but he’s a preacher and they do that; I’d say the lesson learned is that Obama should avoid people with Reverend or Pastor in front of their names. (McCain might profit by the same lesson, and stop asking “agents of intolerance” for endorsements.) Jackson’s intended point was valid, I’d say; there was indeed an additional danger to Obama of inflaming racial issues had he gone too negative on Hillary. I find Jackson’s expression of it distasteful but not shocking. I often react to Jackson that way, actually.

Now, a guy like McCain running on his putative foreign policy expertise who doesn’t know Sunni from Shi’a this late in the game, or how many troops the US has deployed in Iraq, who thinks it’s okay to make feeble jokes about bombing Iran in front of television cameras… that all does seem a bit shocking to me.

MySisterInLaw wrote:

I was sent this youtube on Obama this morning:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGeu_4Ekx-o

and while it is shocking to think none of his supports in the public or political relam can think of any accomplishments, this next youtube is even more distrubing that comments like these could be made. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDaO7N-JujU&NR=

“What can be asserted without proof can be dismissed without proof.” – Christopher Hitchens

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~ by B.T. Murtagh on June 5, 2008.

2 Responses to “Explaining to In-Laws my Non-support of McCain”

  1. I sent pretty much the same sort of long winded response to her after getting that one. But she ever replied to me. Don’t know what that’s about. She got very serious looking when I said I was going to vote for Barack the other day. “Oh really? Why dont you tell me what so great about him.” It was really akward/intense. I hate talking politics with my parents. haha

  2. She seems to be giving this one the nonresponse as well.

    Maybe that’s for the best. I don’t think religion and politics are tabu subjects among family, but when there’s substantial differences it can be, like you say, awkward/intense, and it takes a certain ability to be dispassionate to discuss such things without hurting feelings.

    I don’t think dispassionate objectivity is a strong suit of your mother’s character – if she’s in it at all, it’s personal for her.

    Having done all the cutting and pasting, though, I wasn’t going to let it all go to waste in an email dropped into the void! Hence the post.

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