Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty (R) is leaving tracks, and beginning to try to take a few prisoners. Yesterday he said Republican Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann, also from Minnesota, has accomplished little in her years in Congress. He is wrong about that. Take a look at her record below. While each candidate must set themselves apart from other Republicans, this isn’t the way to do it.
“I like Congresswoman Bachmann. I’ve campaigned for her, I respect her. But her record of accomplishment in Congress is nonexistent,” he told NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “We’re not looking for folks who just have speech capabilities. We’re looking for people who can lead a large enterprise in a public setting. … I’ve done that, she hasn’t.” Source: Fox News
A quick look at Bachmann’s congressional record shows an impressive list of bills she has sponsored. According to GovTrack, since Bachmann moved onto Capitol Hill in January 2007 she has sponsored 38 bills, none of which made it out of committee. That’s not surprising. Democrats took control the same month, but if you look at the bill titles, she was active in conservative legislation in her first freshman days.
In the 110th Congress she sponsored the New American Energy Act of 2008 (HR 6715), Fast Track Shale Act (6715), Getting Resources Efficiently and Effectively Now Act (HR6953), Emergency Energy Cut the Red Tape Now Act of 2008 (6717), Truth in Accounting Act of 2007 (3958), Health Care Freedom of Choice Act (636), and Light Bulb Freedom of Choice Act (HR 5616). That’s just a sample.
I’m not going to spend a lot of time on this angle, but in the years beginning January 2007 with the 110th Congress, even John Boehner couldn’t get a sponsored bill enacted. Democrats ruled. What is Pawlenty thinking? And why does he think a Conservative would co-sponsor a bill with the socialist Democrats?