Linda Sánchez, Ted Lieu, and Rubén Gallego Target Trump Admin with New Anti-Corruption Bill Package
The U.S. has slipped out of the top 20 countries perceived to have the least corruption, according to an annual report released Tuesday by the watchdog group Transparency International. Fortuitously, Representatives Linda Sánchez (D-CA), Ted Lieu (D-CA), and Rubén Gallego (D-AZ) on Tuesday introduced a bill package which incorporates a number of pieces of legislation aimed at strengthening ethical standards in the federal government and to prevent government corruption. The Restoring the Public Trust Act rolls together several bills meant to curb corruption including the SWAMP Act, which would require the president to reimburse the Treasury Department for taxpayer dollars spent at properties in which he has a financial stake, like Mar-a-Lago; the E. Scott Pruitt Accountability for Government Officials Act:, which would create a federal criminal penalty for use of public office for private gain, endorsement of products, or aiding family and friends for corrupt purposes; CORRUPT Act, which would require the head of each agency to submit to the Office of Government Ethics a report on the amount expended by that agency to any property owned by the president or his family; the RIGGED Act, which would make federal nepotism laws applicable to the Executive Office of the President; and the CLEARANCES Act, which would require the White House to report to Congress when it grants a security clearance in contravention of an unfavorable clearance recommendation, in part to prevent dangerous and heavily indebted individuals from entering the most sensitive positions in government, among many others. “Trump and his administration have made a mockery of government ethics, demonstrating the weak spots in our current laws,” the members said. “He has normalized unethical behavior in a way that was once unthinkable, proving that we need stronger ethics laws.” Joining them in the bill's introduction were Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) and Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-CA). More here.