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Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Legislative Record Issue 3 Advertisement ge 0OI4 "battiffiaYera BIDEN SCOREC ARD DISAPPOINTING Sponsored Co-sponsored Bills Bills Bills Enacted Bills Enacted nsored Into Law Co-sponsored Into Law Spo i 107 78 56 0 0 1 23 20 15 1973-74 1975-76 1977-78 9 "jOt CMiT HACK IT IN THE- MAJOR BIDEN GOES 1 FOR 58 IN6 YEARS A co-sponsored bill is a piece of legislation written by one Senator and supported by others. For example, S. 2351 (to rename a hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas) was sponsored by Senator Bumpers and co-sponsored by 82 other Senators, including Biden. BIDEN NOT A TEAM PLAYER Joe Biden's reputation as a "poor sport" is widely known in Washington circles. He grabs credit where credit is not or only partially due.

Biden, in a recent local TV broadcast, for example, bragged about a Muskie-Biden Bill (S. 2, Sunset Legislation). In fact, this bill is known nationally as Muskie-Roth, not as Muskie-Biden! In a Delaware-wide mailing titled "Five Battles Delaware Couldn't Win," Biden claims sole credit for keeping the Amtrak repair facility in Wilmington, getting the beaches back from the Army, and dredging the Wilmington harbor. That goes too far! These were team efforts begun and nurtured by Biden's predecessor, Senator J. Caleb Boggs, Senator Bill Roth, Congressmen Tom Evans and Pete Du Pont, as well as Biden.

Jack Anderson, one of this nation's most credible political commentators, says on this score, "Biden, according to Senate staffers, doesn't do his homework. One Capitol Hill source accused Biden of making 'adolescent noises to get Another dismissed Biden as 'pompous and a 'He's only playing to the quipped a Senate staffer." Delaware needs a team player to work for and in the interests of the people, and the State of Delaware. him popular with the voters. But he has accomplished almost nothing since he came to the Senate in 1972." What has Joe Biden done for the State of Delaware in the past six years? Very little. His legislative accomplishments are surprisingly meager.

His sponsored legislation does little, if anything, for the state of Delaware: 1973 SJ. Res. 65 To declare the week of April 23, 1973 as "Nicholas Copernicus Week" (Needed passage of both the House and Senate) 1975 S. Res. 251 To request President Ford to be sure to ask Chinese officials about MIAs in Southeast Asia (Needed Senate passage only) 1977 s.

Res. 245 Waives Section 402(a) of the Congressional Budget Act with respect to consideration T)f S. 1682, Extradition Agreements (Needed Senate passage only) 1977 S. 1682 To provide for the implementation of treaties for the transfer of offenders to or from foreign countries (Joe Biden's only successfully-sponsored bill in his 6 years in the U.S. Senate) Perhaps Sen.

Biden can find an excuse for his shabby legislative record. But with poor marks for legislation, a .017 legislative batting average, coupled with a poor attendance record in the Senate (14 absenteeism as of September 27th) Joe Biden hasstruck out at the expenseof the people of Delaware. When it comes to scoring in the U.S. Senate, Joe Biden is a minor league player. During his nearly completed six-year term, Delaware's junior senator- has sponsored only one Senate bill that has surfaced to become law.

That's one success out of 58 sponsored bills. In other words, Joe Biden has struck-out 98 of the time! (See Biden's Scorecard) As such, Biden's credibility is low. Just read the descriptions of Senator Joe by nationally-syndicated columnist and "Good Morning America" commentator, Jack Anderson: "So far, the bright but sardonic Biden has been a disappointment to his Senate elders. Many of his colleagues view the highly-competitive Biden as childish and immature. His all-American good looks and boyish charm have made MT Mm A CHANGE FOR THE BETTER.

1 This is one in a continuing series on the Biden'record. Watch this column for further issues. Authorized by Jim Baxter for U.S. Senate Committee, Robert Bamberger, Treasurer. All statistics in this ad are public information, compiled and published by the United States Senate.

These statistics can be verified by calling the LEGIS OFFICE (202) 225-1 772, OPEN 9-6 WEEKDAYS, SHIRLEY SAMUELS, SUPERVISOR Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement.

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