The First 100 Days of Congress

Whose House? Our House Day of Action

Indivisible: The Action Network is the progressives’ grassroots response to The Tea Party movement. It’s “a mission-driven nonprofit organization dedicated to building online power for the progressive movement.” Indivisible groups are gaining traction throughout the country and recently organized a Whose House? Our House! Day of Action on January 3rd, 2019.

The North Shore Indivisible 10th District outlines agenda priorities for the First 100 Days of Congress as follows:

The “First 100 Days of Congress” is a period of time during which the new Congress will indicate their agenda priorities for the next two years.

The first major legislative effort in a Democratically-controlled House is expected to be a democracy reform effort (H.R. 1).  This legislation is meant to:

  • Strengthen everyone’s right to vote and to have their vote count
  • Stem the tide of big money in politics
  • Root out corruption at all levels of government

Specifically, this package is expected to include:

  • Voter empowerment and access.
    − Automatic voter registration
    − Same-day registration
    − Restore the Voting Rights Act
    − Protect against improper purging of voter rolls
    − Require states to upgrade and secure their election systems
    − Restore voting rights to those with past criminal convictions
    − Provide adequate early voting opportunities
  • Money in politics.
    A constitutional amendment is needed to overturn the chaos that Citizens United and related decisions unleashed into our campaign finance system. Congressional Democrats are expected to start that amendment process immediately.
    − Amplify small-dollar donations through public financing
    − Encourage small-dollar donations through tax incentives
    − Eliminate “dark money” by requiring disclosure of all political spending (including online ads)
    − Empower the Federal Election Commission to truly enforce campaign finance law
    − Cut off cooperation between candidates and super PACs
  • Ethics and corruption.
    − Ensure that ethics rules apply to all government officials – demand disclosure of and divestment from the President’s financial interests that pose conflicts of interest.
    − Prohibit bribery and demand full disclosure of information revealing potential and actual conflicts of interest for executive branch and government officials.
    − Write the Office of Congressional Ethics into law and stop Members of Congress from serving on boards.
    − A new code of ethics is needed for the Supreme Court.

Other key issues include Net Neutrality and the Dodd-Frank Act (a United States federal law that places regulation of the financial industry in the hands of the government). Additional asks of their congressman, Representative Brad Schneider, include:

  • Net Neutrality.
    − Public Commitment
    − Co-Sponsor Legislation
    − Provide a Timetable for Action
  • Consumer Financial Protection.
    − Legislation Strengthening Dodd-Frank
    − Strengthen Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
    − Join/Support Antitrust Caucus

Take Action
For the issues identified above, North Shore Indivisible and its individual members call on Congressman Brad Schneider for the following:

  • Make a public commitment to EACH of the issues identified above
  • Sponsor or Co-Sponsor Legislation
  • Provide a Timetable for Action
  • Communicate to North Shore Indivisible and the public the progress and status of each issue at 90-day intervals or sooner throughout his term

* This post was prepared in conjunction with Sonny Cohen, coordinator of North Shore Indivisible’s delegation in a meeting in the office of Illinois 10th District Congressman Brad Schneider on January 3, 2019.


A Swift Response!

On Friday, January 4th, 2019, Deputy District Director Greg Clause reported:

Yesterday, Congressman Schneider introduced ‘The Ethics in Public Service Act’, as his first bill of the 116th Congress. Portions of his bill have been included in H.R. 1, the For The People Act. He fully supports H.R. 1 and will work diligently to close the revolving door between corporate lobbyists and the agencies that oversee their industries. More information can be found in the press release below.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to our office regarding this or any other matters.

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Schneider Ethics Provision Included in Sweeping Government Reform Package

Schneider supports H.R. 1 to “clean up corruption and restore public trust in our government”

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Schneider announced his support for H.R. 1, The For The People Act, a major government reform package that contains a provision initially introduced last Congress by Schneider that strengthens ethics rules to help close the revolving door between corporate lobbyists and the agencies that oversee their industries.

“The American people deserve better from Washington, and I am proud to support this major reform package to clean up corruption and restore public trust in our government as one of our first actions in the new Congress,” said Schneider. “I am thrilled that a bill I previously introduced to strengthen the firewall between public service and corporate lobbying was included in this legislation. These commonsense rules will help ensure public servants are putting the needs of the people first and not the industries they regulate. Coupled with other reforms in the For the People Act, including restricting the influence of dark money in campaigns, bolstering voting rights protections, and limiting corporate influence, this legislation would make our government more responsive and effective in making progress for the American people.”

Background:

Schneider’s Ethics in Public Service Act, H.R. 209, would reverse changes made by the Trump Administration in their Ethics Pledge that now allow former appointees to communicate with the agency where they worked, and that permit former lobbyists to join an executive agency that they lobbied within the previous two years. Schneider’s legislation would prohibit both of these practices by reverting to the previous more stringent standards of the Obama-era Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Appointees. He previously introduced similar legislation in the 115th Congress as H.R. 6732.

Brad Schneider represents Illinois’ 10th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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