U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan today the reintroduction of his Restore Democracy legislation (H.Res. 343), a seven-point blueprint to address the public’s widespread dissatisfaction with our campaign system and Congress’s ineffectiveness.
“It is time to change the way we do politics, and restore our great American democracy to the stature and integrity our Founders intended,” Nolan said. “The simple truth is that in recent years, Congress is the most unaccomplished, undemocratic and unremarkable in our country’s history. We make Harry Truman’s ‘Do Nothing Congress’ look like over-achievers by comparison. Americans want Congress to put aside partisanship – get back to work – and start getting things done again.”
Nolan’s Restore Democracy legislation expresses the sense of Congress regarding the need for seven major reforms:
Overturning the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision that declared corporations to be ‘people’ and money to be ‘free speech’ with respect to the right to donate money to Congressional campaigns.
Establishing a public-private system of campaign financing, making candidates answerable to the people – not wealthy special interests.
Restricting campaign advertising spending to a period 60 days before an election.
Prohibiting incumbents and challengers from raising campaign funds while Congress is in session.
Ending political gerrymandering of Congressional districts that have made all but 35 districts ‘safe’ for incumbents at election time.
Encouraging nationwide voter participation by requiring states to establish online voter registration systems.
Returning the U.S. House to a system of ‘Regular Order’ under which no bill can be considered on the Floor of the House without first going through the committee process – under an open rule – with amendments debated fully and openly and given an up or down vote. Conference committees would be required to meet in full, and resolve House-Senate differences with a vote of the full committee.