Holding our leaders accountable to We, The People
Members of Congress are representing the American citizens. Americans hire (via election) Senators and Representatives. Therefore, those Senators and Representatives have a duty to their constituents. Senators and Representatives should be held to a higher standard of professionalism, character, and fitness because they are guiding a nation. There should not be special rules for members of Congress. They are not above the law. And they should not be rewarded for failing to do their jobs.
We need more accountability for our Members of Congress. I have a a series of bills and a Constitutional Amendment to hold Congress accountable to the American people, the very people who hired them. These bills and Amendment are ready to be introduced on Day One.
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Equal Application Amendment: Since the passage of the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 (Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV) was the only member from either chamber to vote against it) which was amended in 1998, then amended by the Office of Compliance Administrative and Technical Corrections Act of 2015, most of the ability for Congress to exempt themselves from the laws they pass, has been eliminated. However, there are still a few. I will introduce a Congressional Accountability Amendment to the United States Constitution stating, "Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States."
Awards & Settlements Disclosures Bill (a.k.a. "Slush Fund")
I fully support H.R. 4494, introduced by Ron DeSantis (R-FL) which would prohibit the use of public funds to pay settlements and awards for violations in the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995. Of the 103 co-sponsors of this bill, 77 are Republicans and 26 are Democrats. Since this bill expired before it could be debated and receive a vote, I have a similar bill ready to be introduced into the House of Representatives on Day One.
There are bills that have been proposed but they simply say that expenses ("outlays") cannot exceed income ("revenue"). My bill provides a "buffer" so that expenses must be significantly below income so we have a "buffer" for those "unexpected" things (natural disaster, foreign conflicts, etc) OR to pay down the national debt.
Common-Sense Congressional Districts (Gerrymandering)
Re-aligning the Congressional Districts should be in the hands of the people, not politicians! Let the people decide.
Congress Is a Job Bill (Not a Career) Term Limits
There are 6 proposed Amendments that were introduced, by Republicans, into the House and Senate.
H.J.Res. 14 would limit the House to 4 terms (8 years) and the Senate to 2 terms (12 years).
H.J.Res. 4 (with 7 Republican and 1 Democrat co-sponsors), H.J. Res. 12 (with 2 Republican and 0 Democrat co-sponsors), and H.J.Res. 29 (with 1 Republican co-sponsor) would limit the House to 6 terms (12 years) and the Senate to 2 terms (12 years).
My Amendment would also state that the combined service in the House of Representatives AND Senate would be limited to 12 years, so a person could not serve 12 years in the House, PLUS 12 years in the Senate for a combined service of 24 years.
Congressional Financial Transparency Bill (Financial Accountability)
Ensuring that our Senators and Representatives are serving the people, not themselves.
If we can't lie to Congress, they should not be allowed to knowingly lie to us!
Congressional Post-Employment Lobbying Ban Bill (Ending Corruption)
Bans former members of Congress from using their influence with current members of Congress for personal gain.
Protects Americans by ensuring that federal funds are being spent wisely and not mishandled by the recipient state, agency, or organization.
Requires members to meet physical and mental standards to serve.
No Pay for Failure Bill (No Rewards for Failure)
There have been bills proposed (but only by Republicans and sponsored/cosponsored by Republicans), but I do not think that the bills go far enough. One proposed bill suggests that Congressional Pay be held in an escrow account and eventually given to the Congressional members at some later date (back pay), which means their pay is not really withheld, but merely delayed. Another proposed bill suggests a pay of $1 per year until a balanced budget is reached.
Limiting the time frame of investigations into public officials.