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Fri May 18, 2018, 03:40 PM

2. Yes, it's nice they attached their name to his bill.

Heís not called the Amendment King for nothing. Thatís Bernie, gettiní it done even when the repigs are in charge.


In 2005, Rolling Stone named Sanders the "amendment king" of the House. At the time, the title held true with a specific qualification: amendments agreed to by record votes. (Amendments can also be passed with voice votes, in which the volume of yeas and nays dictates passage, or by unanimous consent, in which no one raises an objection.)

Out of 419 amendments Sanders sponsored over his 25 years in Congress, 90 passed, 21 of them by roll call votes. Hereís a breakdown (bold indicates Republican Congresses):


Of course, amendments are just one of the ways lawmakers press their agendas. Sanders has had much less luck with passing bills.

During his 25 years in Congress, Sanders introduced 324 bills, three of which became law. This includes a bill in a Republican Congress naming a post office in Vermont and two more while Democrats had control (one naming another Vermont post office and another increasing veteransí disability compensation). Clinton, for the record, also passed three bills in eight years.

But the sparse number of bills isnít surprising. Volden and Vanderbilt Universityís Alan Wiseman assess the legislative effectiveness of House members by comparing their records to a benchmark. According to this analysis, Sanders has either met or exceeded expectations during his tenure in the House (bold indicates Republican Congresses):

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