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The VP candidates agreed on 52 substantive bills

Posted By admin On August 25, 2012 @ 1:58 am In U.S. News | Comments Disabled

Josh Tauberer
govtrack.us [1]
Aug 25, 2012

Partisan politics drives us to look at differences. But during the time Rep. Paul Ryan [2] served along side then-Sen. Joe Biden [3] from 1999 to 2008, our VP candidates voted the same way on 52 substantive bills.

Here are the 52 bills which the two candidates both supported:

Major new laws:

Finance, trade, and related laws:

Education, energy laws:
Foreign policy laws:

National security laws:

Bills that did not become law (at least not under these bill numbers):

(There were no substantive bills that the candidates both opposed. That’s because it’s unlikely a bill will get a vote in both chambers of Congress unless there is strong support for the bill. That’s the same reason why most of these bills did become law, and why most had bipartisan support.)

There are at least 111 bills in all in which Ryan and Biden voted the same way when you include appropriations/authorizations bills. For the full list, see this spreadsheet on Google Docs [51]. There are, of course, many more bills on which they voted differently, and many more bills that did not come up for a vote in both chambers that they probably would have disagreed on had they had the chance.

For more on Ryan’s record, see my previous post:


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[1] govtrack.us: http://www.govtrack.us/blog/2012/08/15/vp-candidates-agreed-on-substantive-bills/

[2] Rep. Paul Ryan: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/paul_ryan/400351

[3] Sen. Joe Biden: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/joseph_biden/300008

[4] H.R. 4762 (106th): 527 Organization Disclosure bill: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/106/hr4762

[5] : http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/107/hr1

[6] : http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/108/s3

[7] : http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/110/s1

[8] S. 2578 (107th): Debt Limit bill: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/107/s2578

[9] H.R. 10 (107th): Railroad Retirement and Survivors’ Improvement Act of 2001: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/107/hr10

[10] H.R. 3108 (108th): Pension Funding Equity Act of 2004: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/108/hr3108

[11] H.R. 4 (109th): Pension Protection Act of 2006: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/109/hr4

[12] H.R. 4040 (110th): Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/110/hr4040

[13] H.R. 3009 (107th): Trade Act of 2002: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/107/hr3009

[14] H.R. 434 (106th): Trade and Development Act of 2000: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/106/hr434

[15] S. 2796 (106th): Water Resources Development Act of 2000: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/106/s2796

[16] H.R. 1308 (108th): Working Families Tax Relief Act of 2004: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/108/hr1308

[17] H.R. 1180 (106th): Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/106/hr1180

[18] H.R. 4425 (106th): Cerro Grande Fire Assistance Act: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/106/hr4425

[19] H.R. 2646 (107th): Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/107/hr2646

[20] H.R. 1000 (106th): Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/106/hr1000

[21] H.R. 2622 (108th): Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/108/hr2622

[22] H.R. 3 (109th): Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/109/hr3

[23] S. 256 (109th): Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/109/s256

[24] H.R. 833 (106th): Bankruptcy Reform Act of 2000: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/106/hr833

[25] H.R. 333 (107th): Bankruptcy Reform Act of 2001: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/107/hr333

[26] H.R. 800 (106th): Education Flexibility Partnership Act of 1999: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/106/hr800

[27] H.R. 1350 (108th): Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/108/hr1350

[28] H.R. 6 (109th): Energy Policy Act of 2005: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/109/hr6

[29] H.R. 6 (108th): Energy Policy Act of 2003: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/108/hr6

[30] H.R. 4 (107th): Energy Policy Act of 2002: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/107/hr4

[31] H.R. 4444 (106th): U.S.-China Relations Act of 2000: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/106/hr4444

[32] H.R. 3167 (107th): Gerald B. H. Solomon Freedom Consolidation Act of 2001: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/107/hr3167

[33] H.R. 4759 (108th): United States-Australia Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/108/hr4759

[34] H.J.Res. 97 (108th): Approving the renewal of import restrictions contained in the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act of 2003.: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/108/hjres97

[35] H.J.Res. 52 (109th): Approving the renewal of import restrictions contained in the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act of 2003.: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/109/hjres52

[36] H.R. 1828 (108th): Syria Accountability and Lebanese Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2003: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/108/hr1828

[37] H.R. 2330 (108th): Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act of 2003: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/108/hr2330

[38] H.R. 5682 (109th): Henry J. Hyde United States-India Peaceful Atomic Energy Cooperation Act of 2006: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/109/hr5682

[39] H.R. 7081 (110th): United States-India Nuclear Cooperation Approval and Nonproliferation Enhancement Act: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/110/hr7081

[40] S. 2845 (108th): Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/108/s2845

[41] H.R. 3210 (107th): Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of 2002: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/107/hr3210

[42] H.R. 5005 (107th): Homeland Security Act of 2002: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/107/hr5005

[43] H.R. 6061 (109th): Secure Fence Act of 2006: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/109/hr6061

[44] H.R. 3275 (107th): Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism Convention Implementation Act of 2002: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/107/hr3275

[45] S. 2271 (109th): USA PATRIOT Act Additional Reauthorizing Amendments Act of 2006: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/109/s2271

[46] H.R. 3199 (109th): USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/109/hr3199

[47] H.R. 1 (110th): Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/110/hr1

[48] H.R. 976 (110th): Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/110/hr976

[49] H.R. 6331 (110th): Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/110/hr6331

[50] H.R. 4810 (106th): Marriage Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2000: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/106/hr4810

[51] this spreadsheet on Google Docs: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0Aur8IVEd28xddGZzR2pWendUMmF5MUtHSjBfRk5uU2c&output=html

[52] Ryan’s Record: By the Numbers: http://www.govtrack.us/blog/2012/08/14/ryans-record-by-the-numbers/

[53] Left-Leaning Despisers of the 9/11 Truth Movement: Do You Really Believe in Miracles?: http://www.prisonplanet.com/left-leaning-despisers-of-the-911-truth-movement-do-you-really-believe-in-miracles.html

[54] Did Osama bin Laden Confess to the 9/11 Attacks, and Did He Die, in 2001?: http://www.prisonplanet.com/did-osama-bin-laden-confess-to-the-911-attacks-and-did-he-die-in-2001.html

[55] “Was America Attacked by Muslims on 9/11?” by David Ray Griffin: http://www.prisonplanet.com/was-america-attacked-by-muslims-on-911-by-david-ray-griffin.html

[56] National Guard Arrives In Ferguson, Veterans Ask Them To JOIN Protesters: http://www.prisonplanet.com/national-guard-arrives-in-ferguson-veterans-ask-them-to-join-protesters.html

[57] Kevin R. Ryan: Demolition access to the WTC Towers: http://www.prisonplanet.com/kevin-r-ryan-demolition-access-to-the-wtc-towers.html

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