The North Shore Indivisible 10th District outlines agenda priorities for the First 100 Days of Congress as follows:
The “First 100 Days of Congress” is a period of time during which the new Congress will indicate their agenda priorities for the next two years.
The first major legislative effort in a Democratically-controlled House is expected to be a democracy reform effort (H.R. 1). This legislation is meant to:
- Strengthen everyone’s right to vote and to have their vote count
- Stem the tide of big money in politics
- Root out corruption at all levels of government
Specifically, this package is expected to include:
Voter Empowerment and Access
- Automatic voter registration
- Same-day registration
- Restore the Voting Rights Act
- Protect against improper purging of voter rolls
- Require states to upgrade and secure their election systems
- Restore voting rights to those with past criminal convictions
- Provide adequate early voting opportunities
Money in Politics
- Overturn Citizens United – A constitutional amendment is needed to overturn the chaos that Citizens United and related decisions unleashed into our campaign finance system.
- Amplify small-dollar donations through public financing
- Encourage small-dollar donations through tax incentives
- Eliminate “dark money” by requiring disclosure of all political spending (including online ads)
- Empower the Federal Election Commission to truly enforce campaign finance law
- Cut off cooperation between candidates and super PACs
Ethics and Corruption
- Ensure that ethics rules apply to all government officials – demand disclosure of and divestment from the President’s financial interests that pose conflicts of interest.
- Prohibit bribery and demand full disclosure of information revealing potential and actual conflicts of interest for executive branch and government officials.
- Write the Office of Congressional Ethics into law and stop Members of Congress from serving on boards.
- A new code of ethics is needed for the Supreme Court.
Other Key Issues
Other key issues include Net Neutrality and the Dodd-Frank Act (a United States federal law that places regulation of the financial industry in the hands of the government). Additional asks of our congressman, Representative Brad Schneider, include:
Consumer Financial Protection
- Legislation Strengthening Dodd-Frank
- Strengthen Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
- Join/Support Antitrust Caucus
- Make a public commitment to EACH of the issues identified above
- Sponsor or Co-Sponsor Legislation
- Provide a Timetable for Action
- Communicate to North Shore Indivisible and the public the progress and status of each issue at 90 day intervals or sooner throughout his term.
Indivisible: The Action Network is the progressives’ grassroots response to The Tea Party movement. It’s “a mission-driven nonprofit organization dedicated to building online power for the progressive movement.” Indivisible groups are gaining traction throughout the country and recently organized a Whose House? Our House! Day of Action on January 3rd, 2019.
This post has been prepared by Gerri Songer, part of North Shore Indivisible’s delegation in a meeting in the office of Illinois 10th District Congressman Brad Schneider on January 3, 2019.