WASHINGTON — House Democrats unveiled on Friday the details of ambitious legislation devised to lower barriers to the ballot box, tighten ethics and lobbying restrictions and, in a swipe at President Trump, require presidents and candidates for the nation’s highest offices to release their tax returns.
Singling out Mr. Trump and his administration, Democrats said that they were making good on promises to voters across the country who vaulted them into the majority with demands to clean up corruption and influence-peddling in Republican-controlled Washington.
“Over the last two years, President Trump set the tone from the top of this administration that behaving ethically and complying with the law is optional,” said Representative Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee. “Ladies and gentlemen, I have stopped by here to simply say we are better than that.”
Little if any of the bill, named H.R. 1 to underscore its primacy, is likely to become law; in its sprawl and ambition, the measure is less a legislative vehicle than a political platform for the Democrats heading into the 2020 presidential cycle.
“The American people will know that this is an option that the House has given the Senate of the United States and president of the United States to take action in support of the American people,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi said at a news conference detailing the anti-corruption bill.
But crosswinds surrounding the rollout showed how hard it will be for Democrats to get traction in Mr. Trump’s Washington. The event was at least partially overshadowed by the impasse over the president’s demand for billion to fund a wall along the southwestern border. And the stalemate served as an ominous sign for any hope that the newly empowered Democrats, the Republican-controlled Senate and Mr. Trump can find areas of compromise in the next two years.
Democratic leaders view the voting and ethics measure — named the For the People Act — as the opening salvo in a two-year campaign to either make law or drive a wedge between Mr. Trump and the voters who supported him.
Some of those wedge issues will be driven by different vehicles — key House committees are expected to soon draft legislation pumping tens of billions of dollars into infrastructure projects and to lower prescription drug prices. They are also already planning quick action on more liberal policy priorities, including legislation mandating universal background checks for gun purchases and a bill stalled in the Senate designed to provide job protections to Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel investigating Mr. Trump and his campaign.
But the For the People Act, or H.R. 1, remains a centerpiece. At almost 600 pages, the bill is a compendium of liberal proposals to marginalize the influence of money in politics, protect American elections from foreign threats, reduce political partisanship in the elections process and expand voter participation.
Leaning on constitutional authority to determine the parameters of House elections, the bill would effectively outlaw the gerrymandering of congressional districts, a practice employed by both Republicans and Democrats to maximize one-party control of individual states by sorting voters into districts according to their politics. Instead, states would be required to form independent commissions to draw districts based on apolitical metrics — a change that Representative Zoe Lofgren, Democrat of California, said would give voters “a fair chance to elect the Congress of their choice.” State legislative districts would be unaffected.
Seeking to reverse Republicans’ state-level efforts to tighten access to polling places, the legislation mandates that state election officials automatically register eligible citizens to vote and outlaws certain tactics meant to remove voters from the rolls — provisions that would most likely protect minority voters.
“As the foundation of our system, it must be strengthened and preserved,” said Representative John Lewis, Democrat of Georgia and a civil-rights leader. “There are forces trying to make it harder and more difficult for people to participate and we must drown out these forces.”
Though it would take a constitutional amendment to limit the amount of money being spent to influence elections, the legislation would ban contributions by corporations substantially owned or controlled by foreigners, and would require nonprofit organizations — like unions and organizations registered under section 501(c)(4) of the tax code that participate in political activity — to disclose the identity of donors who contribute more than ,000. It would also require large digital companies to make public who is purchasing political ads, provisions included in the Honest Ads Act during the last Congress.
The legislation would also prohibit coordination between campaigns and outside groups and expand the public financing system for House and presidential candidates. And it would require presidential inaugural committees, which are subject to very little oversight, to publicly account for their expenditures.
Directly targeting Mr. Trump, who has broken with decades of precedent by refusing to release his tax returns, the legislation would require presidents, vice presidents and candidates for those offices to make public 10 years of those files.
And to clamp down on ethics violations, it would provide funds to beef up Justice Department enforcement of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, tighten federal lobbying rules and strengthen the authority of the Office of Government Ethics.
House Democrats said they planned to simultaneously pursue legislation intended to restore key enforcement provisions to the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which the Supreme Court struck down in 2013.
Democrats formally introduced the legislation on Thursday, the first day of the new Congress. But it will most likely take more than a month for lawmakers to move the bill to the House floor. One House official said Democrats hoped to have the bill passed by mid-February, if the government can be fully funded.
The legislation unites veteran Democratic lawmakers with many of the party’s newest elected members who captured Republican seats by promising to clean up the influence of big-money donors and lobbyists in Congress and the White House. It quickly won praise from advocacy groups focused on limiting money and influence-peddling in politics.
But Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, called much of it “probably” unconstitutional. He has been one of the Senate’s fiercest opponents of tightening campaign finance laws and forcing donor disclosures, and has generally opposed federal intervention in elections. After the Supreme Court struck down the heart of the enforcement provisions within the Voting Rights Act in 2013, Mr. McConnell said it was not necessary to offer an alternative.
At a Wall Street Journal event in early December, he predicted that the House bill was “not going to go anywhere in the Senate.”
Conceding the majority leader’s view could be a death knell for now, Representative John Sarbanes, Democrat of Maryland, who oversaw the drafting of the legislation, predicted that Republicans would lose in the court of public opinion.
“If he wants to ultimately stand with his arms folded between the American people and their democracy, then he should go right ahead,” Mr. Sarbanes said. “But I think he is going to get knocked over by the sentiment of the country right now.”B:
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“【呼】～”【苏】【舒】【长】【长】【的】【吐】【了】【一】【口】【气】。 “【看】【你】【吓】【得】，【有】【老】【头】【子】【在】，【有】【什】【么】【好】【担】【心】【的】？” 【苏】【舒】【不】【知】【道】【怎】【么】【回】【答】【他】。【她】【担】【心】【什】【么】【呢】？【担】【心】【被】【发】【现】，【担】【心】【引】【来】【巡】【视】【者】，【最】【后】【大】【打】【出】【手】，【你】【杀】【我】【我】【杀】【你】【的】。 【归】【根】【结】【底】，【她】【觉】【得】【无】【故】【闯】【入】【别】【人】【的】【府】【邸】【杀】【人】【越】【货】【有】【点】【不】【占】【理】。【可】【是】【她】【还】【是】【跟】【着】【林】【棠】【这】【么】【做】【了】，【或】【许】【是】【从】【心】【底】【里】
【只】【见】，【先】【前】【用】【自】【己】【的】【剑】【术】【挡】【了】【几】【箭】【的】【钱】【云】【升】，【终】【于】【退】【到】【对】【方】【攻】【击】【的】【死】【角】【处】【了】，【在】【这】“【安】【全】【区】”【里】【捯】【了】【两】【口】【气】【儿】【后】，【他】【先】【把】【手】【里】【的】【宝】【剑】【插】【回】【腰】【间】【的】【剑】【鞘】【里】，【接】【着】，【就】【从】【捕】【快】【服】【的】【下】【摆】【处】，【摸】【出】【了】【几】【枚】【梅】【花】【镖】。 “【三】【少】【爷】……”【掏】【出】【秘】【藏】【暗】【器】【的】【时】【候】，【视】【线】【扫】【向】【宗】【炎】【那】【里】【的】【钱】【云】【升】，【也】【注】【意】【到】【对】【方】【可】【以】【用】【身】【体】【弹】【开】【利】【箭】【的】四肖四码2016【密】【林】【中】，【被】【凶】【灵】【围】【困】【的】【修】【炼】【者】【损】【伤】【惨】【重】，【原】【本】【数】【万】【人】【的】【队】【伍】【极】【速】【锐】【减】【至】【数】【千】。 【百】【万】【凶】【灵】【逐】【渐】【缩】【小】【战】【圈】，【把】【仅】【剩】【的】【修】【炼】【之】【人】【包】【围】【其】【中】。 【经】【过】【这】【一】【番】【血】【战】，【修】【为】【稀】【松】【平】【常】【的】【早】【已】【被】【凶】【灵】【啃】【的】【渣】【都】【不】【剩】，【还】【活】【着】【的】，【无】【一】【不】【是】【龍】【殷】【各】【地】【的】【翘】【楚】。 【一】【剑】【将】【身】【前】【的】【凶】【灵】【斩】【灭】，【青】【林】【抬】【眼】【望】【去】，【心】【中】【一】【沉】。 【数】【量】【终】【究】
【娄】【夜】【带】【来】【的】【人】【全】【部】【被】【捕】，【包】【括】【他】【在】【耀】【都】【安】【插】【的】【眼】【线】。 【百】【里】【一】【阳】【带】【着】【正】【法】【寺】【的】【人】【蜂】【拥】【而】【上】，【没】【支】【撑】【多】【久】，【一】【个】【个】【就】【被】【娄】【夜】【打】【伤】，【败】【下】【阵】【来】。 【顾】【莫】【沉】【走】【上】【前】【去】，【扶】【起】【几】【人】，【对】【着】【百】【里】【一】【阳】【道】：“【你】【们】【退】【开】。” 【他】【修】【长】【的】【身】【形】【屹】【立】【在】【火】【光】【之】【中】，【右】【手】【执】【剑】，【清】【峻】【卓】【绝】【的】【面】【上】【平】【静】【泰】【然】，【他】【看】【向】【娄】【夜】【的】【眼】【里】【没】【有】【多】【余】