Letters for February 2, 2019

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A bill to tackle corruption introduced in House

House Democrats are at work and have introduced their first bill – HR1 – a sweeping anti-corruption proposal. This bill, if passed, would expand voting rights, end partisan gerrymandering in federal elections and prohibit voter roll purging. It would beef up election security also requiring the Director of National Intelligence to do regular checks on foreign threats. It would increase government transparency, end “dark money” in politics and disclose big donor names. The bill would require the president and vice-president to disclose 10 years of tax returns, strengthen government ethics laws, create a code of ethics for the U.S. Supreme Court (currently there isn’t one), and make Election Day a holiday for federal employees and encourage the private sector to do the same. This bill will be making its way through the committees in the coming weeks. It has little to zero chance of making it through the Republican-controlled Senate. Mitch McConnell has already referred to it as “a power grab by the Democrats.” I see this bill imposing restrictions on “power grabbing” by both parties, not just one. You can read the entire bill online and decide for yourself. I really believe most  Americans will agree on a bill that aims to tackle corruption in our national politics. This is something that’s long overdue.

  

Annette Bell – Otto, N.C.

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