How Many Strikes Does Biden Get Before He Is Called Out?

Talking Points Memo had a Daybreaker post with the following in it:

BUZZING: Today in the Hive

From a TPM Prime member: “Up until now…its been sympathy and puppies for Joe Biden. If he runs, there are a whole lot of reasons to NOT vote for him. Here are mine. He wrote the crime bill that led to the mass incarceration problem we have now. He is a huge proponent of the failed war on drugs. He has a horrible record on IP and its not too far fetched to think his influence on this has been seen in the current administration. He savaged Anita Hill in the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings probably paving the way for Justice Thomas to be confirmed by 1 vote. Those creepy back rubs.”

I decided to do some checking on some of the above accusations and one that I already knew about.

The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994

H.R. 3355, Pub.L. 103–322 is an act of Congress dealing with crime and law enforcement that became law in 1994. It is the largest crime bill in the history of the United States, consisting of 356 pages providing for 100,000 new police officers, $9.7 billion in funding for prisons and $6.1 billion in funding for prevention programs which were designed with significant input from experienced police officers.[1] Sponsored by U.S. Representative Jack Brooks of Texas, the bill was originally written by Senator Joe Biden of Delaware, passed by Congress, and signed into law by President Bill Clinton.

Biden and Anita Hill, Revisited

Mr. Biden at the time was chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. And while the Delaware Democrat ultimately voted against confirming Mr. Thomas, he was widely criticized by liberal legal advocates and women’s groups as having mismanaged the allegations of sexual harassment made by Ms. Hill against her former employer, Mr. Thomas, at the Department of Education and at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, at those hearings.

Joe Biden’s Bankruptcy Bill Could Complicate His Presidential Run

As Vice President Joe Biden reportedly mulls a bid for the U.S. presidency, his champions portray him as a credible alternative to Democratic Party front-runner Hillary Clinton, who faces accusations that she is beholden to the financial industry. But a Biden campaign risks confronting the scorn of one of the party’s most influential progressives, Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Though Biden has reportedly sought her favor, Warren has historically disdained him, charging him with acting as a tool of the credit card industry by limiting debt relief for people grappling with financial troubles.

As a Harvard law professor in 2002, Warren published a journal article excoriating Biden for playing a leading role in delivering legislation that made it more difficult for Americans to reduce debts through bankruptcy filings. As the senator from Delaware, Biden’s repeated push for the bill—signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2005—amounted to “vigorous support of legislation that hurts women,” Warren declared. She said “the group that will be most affected by the changes in the bankruptcy legislation Senator Biden so forcefully supports will be women, particularly women heads of household who are supporting children.”

In a separate 2003 book she co-authored with her daughter, Warren said, “Senators like Joe Biden should not be allowed to sell out women in the morning and be heralded as their friend in the evening.”

You can do your own research on his record on IP and on the war on drugs.

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