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Fri Nov 30, 2018, 11:14 AM

House Democrats unveil their first bill in the majority: a sweeping anti-corruption proposal

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/11/30/18118158/house-democrats-anti-corruption-bill-hr-1-pelosi

Democrats will take up voting rights, campaign finance reform, and a lobbying crackdown — all in their first bill of the year.

House Democrats will unveil details of their first bill in the new Congress on Friday — a sweeping anti-corruption bill aimed at stamping out the influence of money in politics and expanding voting rights.

This is House Resolution 1 — the first thing House Democrats will tackle after the speaker’s vote in early January. To be clear, this legislation has little-to-no chance of passing the Republican-controlled Senate or being signed by President Donald Trump.

But by making anti-corruption their No. 1 priority, House Democrats are throwing down the gauntlet for Republicans. A vast majority of Americans want to get the influence of money out of politics, and want Congress to pass laws to do so, according to a 2018 Pew Research survey. Given Trump’s multitude of scandals, it looks bad for Republicans to be the party opposing campaign finance reform — especially going into 2020.

The issue is being spearheaded by Rep. John Sarbanes (MD), a longtime advocate of campaign finance reform who has long disavowed corporate PAC money. Sarbanes and other House Democrats have been working with progressive heavy hitters in the Senate including Sen. Elizabeth Warren (MA), whose own wide-ranging anti-corruption Senate bill was recently introduced in the house by Sarbanes and progressive Rep. Pramila Jayapal (WA).

On Friday morning, Sarbanes and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (who is poised to become the next House speaker) will introduced the latest details along with a group of freshmen Democratic members, including Angie Craig (MN), Veronica Escobar (TX), Mike Levin (CA), Tom Malinowski (NJ), Ilhan Omar (MN), Chris Pappas (NH), Dean Phillips (MN), Mary Gay Scanlon (PA), and Susan Wild (PA).

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Reply House Democrats unveil their first bill in the majority: a sweeping anti-corruption proposal (Original post)
CousinIT Nov 30 OP
octoberlib Nov 30 #1
Ohiogal Nov 30 #2
SWBTATTReg Nov 30 #3
Power 2 the People Nov 30 #11
Bernardo de La Paz Nov 30 #17
northoftheborder Nov 30 #4
ananda Nov 30 #5
mcar Nov 30 #6
NoMoreRepugs Nov 30 #7
ehrnst Nov 30 #8
Bernardo de La Paz Nov 30 #18
Hortensis Nov 30 #28
BumRushDaShow Nov 30 #9
Grins Nov 30 #10
rurallib Nov 30 #23
msongs Nov 30 #12
volstork Nov 30 #13
Squinch Nov 30 #14
Nitram Nov 30 #15
C Moon Nov 30 #16
erronis Nov 30 #22
cannabis_flower Nov 30 #19
The Liberal Lion Nov 30 #20
Yavin4 Nov 30 #21
Apollyonus Nov 30 #24
Honeycombe8 Nov 30 #26
Honeycombe8 Nov 30 #25
JCanete Nov 30 #27
JudyM Nov 30 #29
cstanleytech Dec 1 #30

Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2018, 11:19 AM

1. Good for them!

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2018, 11:19 AM

2. YAY!

It's about time!

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2018, 11:22 AM

3. Good. Get the repugs on record for opposing common sense legislation, designed to ...

improve voting rights and reduce the impact of dark money in our elections, and where people like the Koch brothers have an outsized role in our elections by throwing their money at elections and skewing the results simply because of money...in effect, this dark money is minimizing our individual rights as voters and in a way, eroding our voting rights/our votes.

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Response to SWBTATTReg (Reply #3)

Fri Nov 30, 2018, 12:22 PM

11. +1000

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Response to SWBTATTReg (Reply #3)

Fri Nov 30, 2018, 12:48 PM

17. Indeed. Keep hammering it. Without truly free & fair elections, everything is at risk. . . . nt

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2018, 11:38 AM

4. Excellent!!!!!

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2018, 11:42 AM

5. * Like *

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2018, 11:51 AM

6. A great way to start!

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2018, 11:55 AM

7. Finally, Democrats are on the offensive, creating the narrative

versus having to fight or argue against it. Proposing legislation that has huge voter support nationwide is how you create the perception (remember, that's more important than reality) that the Repukes are actually anti-American.


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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2018, 12:10 PM

8. And she's giving freshmen visibility! (nt)

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Response to ehrnst (Reply #8)

Fri Nov 30, 2018, 12:49 PM

18. Take that all naysayers who wanted to stab Pelosi looking for new blood. . . . nt

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Response to ehrnst (Reply #8)

Fri Nov 30, 2018, 02:19 PM

28. Yes. I read that was something she could give them

to both benefit their careers and to help spread our messages to those who listen to them. And here it is in action.

Plus, some will have won by narrow margins or be otherwise targeted to be taken out in 2020, and I've read those will get special assistance from the party from the get-go, like committee assignments their constituencies can be pleased with. And this kind of thing.

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2018, 12:12 PM

9. "Rep. John Sarbanes (MD)"

As a long-time CSPAN junkie, I got so used to his dad (since retired for awhile now) that I forgot he was elected to Congress after his dad left.

Good to see 2 of the newest PA reps involved.

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2018, 12:21 PM

10. Not enough.

Need to ban the practice of not disclosing donors to ALL political causes/organizations.

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Response to Grins (Reply #10)

Fri Nov 30, 2018, 01:09 PM

23. you are so right - this is extremely important

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2018, 12:26 PM

12. of course the repubs in the problem solvers group will support this lol nt

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2018, 12:33 PM

13. Now THIS

is the proper way to govern.

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2018, 12:41 PM

14. Perfect! Exactly what they needed to do! Now next, clean up that mess with those poor kids

in the tent villages, and make sure it can't happen again.

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2018, 12:44 PM

15. The perfect way to start. Go Pelosi!

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2018, 12:46 PM

16. A bill like that would mean fair elections, which would mean the Democratic Party win BIG TIME.

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Response to C Moon (Reply #16)

Fri Nov 30, 2018, 01:09 PM

22. A desirable added benefit! Fair elections? Who would possibly want that? (sarcasm)

We all know who doesn't want them. (R).

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2018, 12:52 PM

19. I think.

a good idea would be no purging of voter rolls less than 60 days before the election and without notice. I understand the need to purge dead people and people who have moved but they shouldn't do it right before the election

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2018, 12:54 PM

20. I like how Nancy is leading so far

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2018, 12:54 PM

21. "a sweeping anti-corruption proposal"???

If they want to sweep out Trump, they're going to need one big ass broom.

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2018, 01:31 PM

24. This is needed but more importantly

even Trumpanzees and Trumpettes will get behind it. It fits their "drain the swamp" pipedream.

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Response to Apollyonus (Reply #24)

Fri Nov 30, 2018, 01:52 PM

26. No, they won't. They'll call it an attack on Trump, because he gets a lot of money.

There's no pulling the Trumpers over to the side of logic and reason. They are brainwashed cult members. They parrot whatever their leader says to say. They support whatever their leader does. It doesn't have to be logical. That's why they are called cult followers. Only a deprogramming program would work. Or the leader has to go away. But these people are ripe to follow any cult leader who shows up.

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2018, 01:49 PM

25. A good start. The agenda begins to be set.

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Fri Nov 30, 2018, 02:12 PM

27. Waiting for all the posts asking what's the value of this since Republicans in Senate wont match it.

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2018, 03:18 PM

29. They need a strict conflict-of-interest rule that will apply to all 3 branches of government.

The details need to be hammered out, the article says, and so far this is the only part of the article’s description that would apply:
Giving the Office of Government Ethics the power to do more oversight and enforcement and put in stricter lobbying registration requirements.
Create a new ethical code for the US Supreme Court, ensuring all branches of government are impacted by the new law.


The rule should be that no one can accept anything of value, i.e., anything worth more than, say, $20. No golf trips to Scotland, etc. NO influence is no influence. These people are salaried and will have pensions. That is enough.

If they think they’re deserving of large gifts/entertainment as a perk they should not be in government. Let only those genuinely interested in public service be our government, not those who are in it to enrich themselves. A rule like that would help to clear out the swamp.

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2018, 10:05 AM

30. Probably the best way to counter any SCOTUS challenge though is to close down anonymous

donations entirely and require complete transparency both by the people that donate the money and those that receive it and make the use of 3rd parties to try and hide the source of a donation a felony.
The other change that might help some is to change House terms to 4 years so that the House members are more focused on legislating rather than gathering money.

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