1/ This Bill HR-1 the Dems are pushing is some real crap. It's a classic bait and switch, HR 1 changes a lot of laws, but it also contains nonbinding provisions to express Democrats’ support for policies that, for whatever reason, they didn’t include in the package.
2/ Stuff like DC Statehood, overhaul of the Presidential transitions and inaugural committees. Allowing campaign funds for certain personal expenses. Registering kids to vote at 16. Back to Paper ballots. Prepaid postage for absentee ballots. Crime to mislead voters?
3/ Clamping down on foreign influence. Large websites to record political advertisers. Posting congressional reports online. Some of it good some of it not so good.
4/ Let's break it down. DC Statehood. I'm not real big on it. They currently basically are incorporated into Virginia's electorates. I have an issue of the town of DC getting two Senate seats. And the truth is that's all they left is after, because DC will be dark blue.
5/ Presidential transitions and inaugural committees section is a lot of ethics nonsense that they will never adhere to, spending limits and reporting requirements. Basically garbage.
6/ Allowing campaign funds for certain personal expenses is straight bullshit and it opens the door for them to launder money in broad daylight.
7/ Registering kids to vote section has a hidden caveat. They also require every state offer same-day and automatic voter registration, but the measure also includes a provision to prepare minors to depart the kids’ table for the voting booths.
8/ The measure would allow states to start registering minors to vote, as long as they are at least 16 years old. I think the underage voter registering opens the door to fraud.
9/ Paper ballots section does put new regulations on online advertisements and new requirements for election cybersecurity, it has something for those who might feel nostalgic for the old days of paper ballots.
10/ That’s right, the overhaul requires the use of “durable, voter-verified” paper ballots in federal elections, according to legislative text. mixed feelings on that, but it leaves a permanent record unless they Broward County them.
11/ Prepaid postage for absentee ballots section seeks to make that process easier by providing prepaid postage for absentee ballots in federal elections. I'm okay with that as long as they still require a postmark, to validate them.
12/ Crime to mislead voters has to be a damn joke. The bill makes it a crime for people who, within 60 days of an election, provide false information to voters with the intention of misleading them or preventing them from voting.
13/ OK as long as they expand it to the candidates lying their asses off at every campaign stop and then after elected never delivering anything they promised. Sounds great, but that will never happen.
14/ Clamping down on foreign influence. After the 2016 elections brought intense focus on possible foreign interference, it’s no surprise House Democrats included provisions to overhaul the FARA act.
15/ They’ll also vote on whether to impose new limits on the political spending of companies with at least a 5% foreign government owner or companies with at least a 20 % foreign national owner.
16/ Not sure about all that, the actual wording is confusing as hell and the limits are actually still open ended and not finalized. I guess that's a negotiation.
17/ Websites to record political advertisers to insure full of transparency provisions mostly to force the gov to bring more of its operations into the sunshine.
18/ But 1 provision seeks to make online platforms that accept political ads to be more transparent by requiring public-facing websites with 50 million or more unique visitors a month to maintain a record of advertisers whose aggregate purchase requests exceed $500 per year.
19/ Meh I'm okay with that. More regulations, but will they all stick with it, or is it legislative smoke that they have a built in loophole they constantly slip thru
20/ Posting congressional reports online, overlooked but significant transparency provision would require online public disclosure of congressionally mandated reports, such as those from federal agencies or the Congressional Research Service, dubbed the think tank for lawmakers.
21/ I already thought CRS reports are already being made available online, as required by a provision in the fiscal 2018 omnibus bill? Guess I need to look a little deeper on that. Not a think tank fan though. crsreports.congress.gov
22/ But it looks like agency reports to Congress are not often made public, unless the agency or the lawmaker or committee who requested the report chooses to release it. Shine light on all of it, by all means.
Want to really fix DC, outlaw lobbying all together, and set term limits on congress. 12 yrs Max regardless if it's House or Senate and the time carries over from one chamber to the other. 12 years and you are done in DC
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