Pramila Jayapal Intros Anti-Corruption Bill
Only 18% of Americans say they trust their government to do the right thing, according to the Pew Research Center. Hence, Dems are aiming to change those statistics and make ethics reforms and fighting corruption a top priority in the 116th Congress. Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) on Friday introduced the Anti-Corruption and Public Integrity Act, a wide-ranging bill that focuses on eradicating corruption in government by removing money and lobbying from politics in the executive, legislative, and judicial branches. The bill would mandate a lifetime ban on lobbying for Presidents, VPs, members of Congress, Federal Judges, and Cabinet Secretaries; require eight years of tax returns from Presidential and VP candidates, as well as during each year in elected office; ban members of Congress, Cabinet Secretaries, Federal Judges, White House staff, senior congressional staff, and other officials from owning individual stocks while in office, among other restrictions. The measure would also create a new, independent Office of Public Integrity, which would enforce the nation’s ethics laws and investigate any potential violations. “There is a desperate need for a comprehensive plan to change how our democracy works. ... Americans are tired of the rich and powerful running government,” said Jayapal. “That’s what the Anti-Corruption and Public Integrity Act does. I’m proud and excited to be introducing this bill into the House.” This is the companion legislation to the bill introduced by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) in the upper chamber earlier this year. More here.