In the political garbage can of wasted time, there lies a new bill. What is the bill, you ask?
That would be HR-1, more commonly known as the “For The People Act of 2019,” which is yet another pointless package of proposals that don’t stand a chance of making it past the Senate.
As reported by Lifezette:
House Democrats were able to pass a package of proposals on Friday aimed at overhauling campaign finance laws, voting rights and ethics rules.
The For The People Act was introduced as a reform package that promised to return the power back to the American people on January 3.
The bill promises to restore the nation’s democracy, end the culture of corruption in politics, and reduce the role of money in politics. The House passed the bill mostly along party lines on a 234 to 193 vote.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has been at the forefront of pushing the proposal, alongside Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.), who introduced it. The bill makes it easier for citizens to register and vote. It also tightens election security and establishes a donor and public matching system in congressional elections.
“I thank all of our freshmen, every single one of them, for the message they delivered on the campaign trail and for the determination they have brought to the Congress,” Pelosi said at a press conference hours before the vote. “When our freshmen took the oath they made a difference, ensuring that the priories of their communities would be the priorities of the Congress. Now, today, we are honoring the people’s trust as we pass our transformative H.R. 1, the For The People Act.”
The bill was introduced as a way of creating more ethics rules and to overhaul campaign finance laws, but the Democrats slipped in an amendment that was an obvious swipe at president Donald Trump.
As reported by The Hill:
Under the legislation, presidents, vice presidents and major-party nominees for those positions would be required to disclose 10 years of tax returns to the Federal Election Commission (FEC). That agency would then make the returns publicly available.
If a candidate or office-holder fails to disclose their returns, the FEC chairman would send a request to the Treasury secretary to obtain copies of the documents.
An amendment was added to the bill this week so that under the legislation, office-holders and candidates would be required to disclose both their personal and business tax returns.
Pelosi has not been silent about her desire to get at President Trump’s tax returns, making it a goal of the Democratic Party if they won the House back in 2018. The problem is that Nancy herself has not been forthcoming with her own tax returns.
As reported by Politico:
Pelosi isn’t aiding matters by refusing to release her own returns, a fact that the conservative media frequently—and not entirely unfairly—emphasizes. The arguments for why the president should release his returns apply similarly, if not quite as strongly, to the speaker. Congress is, as Pelosi says, “a co-equal branch of government,” and she is that branch’s most powerful member. Congress sets the IRS’ budget, so if we are concerned about the agency showing bias toward the president, shouldn’t we also be concerned about the treatment of powerful lawmakers who pull the agency’s purse strings? And the speaker of the House has as much influence over U.S. tax policy as anyone. Indeed, the December 2017 tax law was more the handiwork of then-Speaker Paul Ryan than of President Trump.
House Democrats inadvertently underscored the point on Friday by passing a bill on a party-line vote that would require all presidential and vice presidential candidates to release their past 10 years of tax returns.The House speaker, of course, comes right after the vice president in the order of succession, and no doubt Pelosi stands a better chance of becoming commander in chief than some of the longest of long shots in the 2020 presidential race.
Oh, Nancy. You keep on trying, girl. You don’t even have a glimmer of hope that this bill will pass in the Senate, but you keep on trying!
Therefore, let us put this bill to rest, laying it down in the graveyard of Leftist Hopes & Dreams. (Sigh) Can’t they find ANYTHING PRODUCTIVE to do with their very expensive time?
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