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The first bill that was introduced by the House of Representatives after the government reopened was H.R.1 , which is officially titled For the People Act. The link below provides a good summary of all its benefits, but the short version is that it is a sweeping combination of election, campaign finance and ethics reforms designed to make voting easier, curb the power of big donors, and reduce conflicts of interest in all three branches of government.
In a way, this topic is closely tied to our prior discussions on taxes, but there is a reason that I started a new thread about it.
The Center for Public Integrity published an article last week that makes clear WHY H.R. I is so important. The "bullet points" are as follows:
1) In June of 2017, roughly two dozen wealthy Republicans told their congressmen that they were cutting off their donations until (1) the Republicans repealed and (2) passed major tax cuts. John McCain saved us from the first disaster, but he died before the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was signed into law in December. After the tax bill was introduced in November, donations to the Republican Party increased SIGNIFICANTLY. In 2 months time, those donations totaled $31.1 million.
Among the politicians and PACs that benefited directly or indirectly from this flood of largesse were the Republican National Committee; Team Ryan, run by former House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.; and the Trump Victory committee, which has ties with the RNC and state Republican committees. Also receiving a large share of the contributions were the Congressional Leadership Fund and Senate Leadership Fund, whose goals are to elect Republicans to Congress.
2) A prime example of an ethics violation is how Mitch McConnell prevented a vote being taken on Merrick Garland's nomination.
3)McConnell also twice blocked a vote that would have reopened the government. Instead of acting as a check on the executive branch of the government, McConnell has essentially become Trump's lap dog.
4) A list of large donors from 2009 and 2016 explain why certain industries have received favorable treatment from McConnell.