November 8, 2006
-- by Dave Johnson
I just got off of a 40-minute call with a few bloggers and Speaker-To-Be Pelosi.
Here are some things can be and will be changed right now, as a matter of the rules the House sets for itself:
Earmarks - Any earmarks must be presented in public before the committee, be publicly justified and approved by the committee. NO tax earmarks at all. This ends the system of purchasing earmarks.
Lobbying crackdown - NO gifts, meals, trips, etc. from lobbyists, period. Plus other reforms.
Open government - the leadership will not restrict amendments to bills. This means that Republicans will be able to offer amendments to bills before the House - something they prevented Democrats from doing. This lets policy be set by the strength of ideas rather than corrupt deals and hidden agendas.
Some needed changes require legislation, which will be introduces ASAP, including:
- Public financing of elections to remove the entire campaign contribution corruption system.
- Requiring non-partisan redistricting of every state, decided by a non-partisan commission, which will occur only after each 10-year census. Political considerations will be removed from the drawing of district boundaries.
- Oil subsidies ended and the money used to fund alternative energy.
There was a discussion of Iraq. I'll wait for other bloggers from the call to post and link to that.
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Requiring non-partisan redistricting of every state, decided by a non-partisan commission, which will occur only after each 10-year census. Political considerations will be removed from the drawing of district boundaries.
Is she out of her fucking mind? I'm we just took over a majority of legislatures and governorships!!!! Couldn't we gerrymander for 10 years and then go get goo goo and do the good governent thing?
We're delighted to see that public funding is finally becoming an issue that politicians are making a priority.
Posted by: John Rauh at November 10, 2006 3:35 PM
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