Friday, October 20, 2006

Brown for Senate In-Flight Debate Response

DEWINE RHETORIC:
Sherrod Brown voted against body armor for our troops.

THE FACTS:
House GOP Leadership Prevented Brown and Other Representatives from an Up-or-Down Vote on Amendment that Would Have Increased Funding for Force Protection. Rep. Tauscher offered a floor amendment to transfer $300 million from funding weapons inspections to Army force protection measures. It was ruled out of order with no recorded vote. [HR 3289, H Amdt. 430 10/17/03]

Brown Voted Six More Times for Body Armor, Up-Armored Humvees, and Force Protection. The House passed the first supplemental funding bill for the Iraq War. HR 1559 provided $65.9 billion. [HR 1559 Vote # 108, 4/3/03; HR 4613, Vote # 284 6/22/04; HR 4613, Vote # 418 7/22/04; HR 1268 Vote #77 3/16/05; HR 4939, Vote #65 3/16/06; HR 4939, Vote # 257 6/13/06; H.Amdt. 407 to HR 3289 Vote # 547, 10/16/03]

DeWine Voted Against $300 Million in Safety Equipment for Troops in Iraq and Afghanistan -- Including Body Armor. The Dodd amendment would have provided $300 million “for small arms protection inserts (SAPI) body armor and battlefield cleanup. [S. Amdt. 1817 to S. 1689 Vote #376 10/2/03; Media Matters, 9/22/06]

DeWine Voted Three More Times Against Body Armor and Force Protection. [S. Amdt. 452 to S. 762, Vote #116 4/3/03; S 2400, 5/19/04, #100; S. Amdt. 1817 to S. 1689, Vote # 376, 10/2/03]


DEWINE RHETORIC:
DeWine claims that Sherrod Brown has been ineffective in Congress.

THE FACTS:
DeWine Passed No Bills with His Name in Eight Years in the U.S. House. He sponsored only 18 bills in these eight years, none of which became law. However, he did attempt to pass a bill to declare “Courtesy is Contagious” Month. [thomas.gov]

Brown Sponsored or Co-Sponsored 131 Bills that Subsequently Became Law. Brown has sponsored 119 bills in his 14 years in the U.S. House, compared to 18 bills for DeWine in his eight years in the U.S. House. Of the bills that Brown either sponsored or co-sponsored, 131 became law. [thomas.gov]

Ohio Newspapers Praised Brown’s Effectiveness. The Plain Dealer said, “[Brown’s] ability to work with others, including Republican members of Ohio’s delegation, has paid off for northeast Ohio. He helped secure an Export Assistance Center in Cleveland for small and medium businesses and a veteran’s cemetery for the region. He helped organize seminars explaining how localities could take advantage of the Clinton administration’s funding for more beat police.” The Akron Beacon-Journal said, “He has been passionate in his opposition to trade agreements and in his support of lowering the cost of prescription drugs. Brown has been an effective voice on children’s health issues and on speeding up the process for getting generic drugs to the market.” [Plain Dealer, 10/9/96; Akron Beacon-Journal, 10/18/04]


DEWINE RHETORIC:
“Do we really need a U.S. Senator who can’t even manage his own financial affairs?”
--DeWine Press Release, 10/19/06

THE FACTS:
DeWine’s House Scandal. “Remember the House banking scandal, when House members were writing overdrafts with impunity? Try that with your bank sometime. Actually, don’t. Anyway, DeWine was in the House then. If you can count to 31, you can count his number of overdrafts, on checks totaling more than $13,000, according to press accounts at the time.” [Plain Dealer 10/19/06]

DeWine Wrote 31 Bad Checks.

“Former Rep. Mike DeWine, R, says he had 31 overdrafts on checks totaling $13,195 in his eight years as a representative.” [AP, 4/15/1992]

DEWINE’S OVERDRAFTS
--Number: 31.
--Dollar amount: About $13,000.
--Time period: 1983-90.
--Largest overdraft: A $4,000 check written July 8, 1985, to DeWine’s brother-in-law for repairs to the family’s Cedarville home.
--Smallest overdraft: $10.75.
[Dayton Daily News 4/4/92]
DeWine Didn’t Disclose His Bounced Checks Until He Ran Against Glenn; Disclosure Was Eminent. “And, in a preview of the impact the House Bank controversy is likely to have during the coming political season, ex-Rep. Michael DeWine, R-Ohio -- who served for eight years in the House before becoming Ohio’s lieutenant governor -- Friday disclosed that he had bounced 14 checks at the House Bank totaling $4,800 between 1987 and 1990.” At the time, negotiations were ongoing for full disclosure of the check-bouncers; April they were released by the Ethics Committee. [National Journal’s CongressDaily, 3/9/92]

DEWINE RHETORIC:
Sherrod missed at least 278 roll call votes.

THE FACTS:
Brown Missed at Least 38 Votes Due to a Major Car Accident in 2000. Brown was unable to make at least 38 votes due to a “car accident a year and a half ago that broke a vertebra.” [Cleveland Scene, 8/30/01]

Brown Possesses Above-Average Voting Record in House: 96.6%. During Sherrod’s time in the House, there were 8,267 votes. Discounting the 38 votes the DeWine campaign omits due to medical issues, there were 8229 votes he could have made. He voted on 7,951 of them. This gives him a 96.6% attendance rating. According to C-SPAN, the overall average for Congress is 95%. [Office of the House Clerk; C-SPAN.org, Questions Week 152, 2000; Library of Congress; Senate Website]

One Third of Missed Votes Were Unimportant Procedural Votes. 90 of the 278 votes were quorum calls. [Office of the House Clerk; Library of Congress]

The House Voted Nearly Twice as Much as the Senate During Nearly the Same Period. DeWine had nearly half the total number of votes in the Senate as Brown had in the House. In Sherrod’s 14 years in the House, there were 8,267 votes total. In DeWine’s 12 years in the Senate, there were 4139 votes total. This means there were an average of 344 per year for DeWine and 590 per year for Brown. [Library of Congress; Senate Website; Clerk of the House]

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