A few weeks ago, I wrote a diary that showed that Hillary Clinton hyped her role in passing the Family and Medical Leave Act.
As the chronology and evidence laid out in that diary demonstrated, the bill had been passed twice by Congress and vetoed by the first President Bush. Congress decided to pass it once Bill Clinton was sworn in. Two weeks before Clinton became president, congressional leaders announced their intention to pass it. It was HR1 and S1, the first bills introduced by Congress. They were passed quickly and Clinton signed the bill into law sixteen days after taking office.
If anyone thought there might be any doubt that Hillary was involved in its passage, well, now come along the White House papers.
And what do they show?
Hillary never held or attended any meetings on the Family Medical Leave Act.
One notable absence in the 11,000 pages of the former First Lady's schedule from the National Archives released today -- any mention on her schedules of the Family and Medical Leave Act before her husband signed the bill into law.
So, there's another Hillary claim debunked. And how does the campaign react?
Asked for substantiation for her claiming credit, the Clinton campaign provided little evidence except for feminist organizations praising her for the bill becoming law and Bill Clinton writing in his autobiography: "Hillary and I talked often about how fortunate we were to have had that critical time to bond with Chelsea. Hillary told me that most other advanced countries provided paid parental leave to all citizens, and we believed that other parents should have the same priceless opportunity we'd had. I thought about those first few moths with Chelsea in February 1993, when I signed my first bill into law as President, the Family and Medical Leave Act."
Tapper of ABC calls the response "odd." I might use a different characterization.