Democracy Download from Monday, January 23, 2017

As you work on money in politics, voting rights, ethics, and/or other government reform issues, Common Cause will send you occasional updates with key Washington, DC-based forums, hearings, legislation, and litigation related to these issues. To see the final Democracy Download and relevant legislation from the 114th Congress, click here.

Key Dates (All times Eastern)   

  • January 23: Supreme Court denied cert (on page 7) in Abbott v. Veasey, allowing the 5th Circuit ruling against the Texas voter ID law to stand.
  • January 23: President Trump is expected to sign an executive order instituting a 5-year lobbying ban on transition and administration officials.
  • January 24, 10am: Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on the nomination of Sen. Sessions for U.S. attorney general.
  • January 24, 2:30pm-3:30pm: Center for American Progress Action Fund hosts an event with Sen. Durbin (D-IL) entitled, "The Need for Investigation into Russian Influence on the 2016 Presidential Election," 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor, Washington, DC. RSVP here.
  • January 25, 10am: Open meeting at the Federal Election Commission, 999 E St. NW, Washington, DC. Agenda is here.
  • January 31: Year-end campaign finance reports due to the FEC.
  • February 1: FEC holds a hearing on its ANPRM on Internet Disclaimer Notices, 999 E St. NW, Washington, DC. See Federal Register notice here.
  • February 1, 12:30pm-2pm: American University hosts an event entitled, "The Challenge of Setting Limits on Presidential Power under the Trump Administration," American University Mary Graydon Center, Room 245, Washington, DC. RSVP here.
  • February 13-14, 8:30am-5pm: Election Assistance Commission's Technical Guidelines Development Committee meeting at the U.S. Access Board, 1331 F St. NW, Washington, DC. Register here.
  • March 27: 15th anniversary of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA, aka "McCain-Feingold")

Money-in-Politics, Voting, Redistricting, Ethics, and Lobbying Bills introduced in the 115th Congress

  • HR 73, Presidential Library Donation Reform Act (Rep. Duncan, 1 cosponsor)--passed the House on Jan. 4 
  • HR 126, a bill to direct the Election Assistance Commission to carry out a pilot program under which the Commission shall provide funds to local educational agencies for initiatives to provide voter registration information to secondary school students in the 12th grade (Rep. Al Green, no cosponsors)
  • HR 133, a bill to eliminate the presidential public financing system for presidential elections (Rep. Cole, no cosponsors)
  • HR 151, a bill to require states conducting redistricting plans to obtain a declaratory judgment or preclearance in the manner provided under section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 in order for the subsequent  plan to take effect (Rep. Al Green, no cosponsors)
  • HR 172, a bill to restore the Free Speech and First Amendment rights of churches and exempt organizations by repealing the 1954 Johnson Amendment (Rep. Jones, no cosponsors)
  • HR 305, a bill to require Presidents and certain candidates for President to release portions of their tax returns (Rep. Eshoo, 18 cosponsors)
  • HR 319, a bill to lower the federal campaign contribution limit (Rep. Capuano, no cosponsors)
  • HR 371, a bill to address financial conflicts of interest of the president and vice president (Rep. Clark, 111 cosponsors)
  • HR 376, Shareholder Protection Act (Rep. Capuano, 22 cosponsors)
  • HR 384, a bill to provide that a former Member of Congress or former senior Congressional employee who receives compensation as a lobbyist shall not be eligible for retirement benefits or certain other Federal benefits (Rep. Posey, no cosponsors)
  • HR 397, a bill to require Members of Congress to disclose delinquent tax liability and to require an ethics inquiry into, and the garnishment of the wages of, a Member with Federal tax liability (Rep. Chaffetz, no cosponsors)
  • HR 464, a bill permitting the televising of Supreme Court proceedings (Rep. Connolly, 9 cosponsors)
  • HR 484, a bill to amend the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 and the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938 to restrict the lobbying activities of former political appointees (Rep. DeFazio, 1 cosponsor)
  • HR 528, a bill to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to prohibit individuals holding Federal office from directly soliciting contributions to or on behalf of any political committee under such Act (Rep. Boyle, 2 cosponsors)
  • HR 540, a bill to require the president to disclose one's federal tax returns (Rep. Cicilline, 20 cosponsors)
  • HR 568, a bill to amend the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 to require certain Federal officials to make requisite financial disclosures within 30 days of assuming office (Rep. Linda Sanchez, 2 cosponsors)
  • H.J. Res. 26, a constitutional amendment entitled No Congressional Consent for President Donald J. Trump To Accept Foreign Emoluments of Any Kind Whatsoever (Rep. Kaptur, 26 cosponsors)
  • H.J. Res. 28, a constitutional amendment to protect voting rights of U.S. citizens (Rep. Engel, no cosponsors)
  • S. 26, a bill to require Presidents and certain candidates for President to release portions of their tax returns (Sen. Wyden, 10 cosponsors)
  • S. 27, a bill to establish an independent commission to examine and report on the facts regarding the extent of Russian official and unofficial cyber operations and other attempts to interfere in the 2016 United States national election (Sen. Cardin, 6 cosponsors)
  • S. 65, a bill to address financial conflicts of interest of the president and vice president (Sen. Warren, 23 cosponsors) 

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