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.
Last week I attended my first Citizenship swearing in ceremony. I was there as a volunteer with ICIRR (Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights) to help sign up new citizens to vote. With the Motor Voter registration form, it takes a couple of minutes to fill in the form. It was a bit of a mad house- after everyone has received their Citizenship Certificates, they either go up and have their photos taken in front of the American flag- or just come out of the room enmasse with family and friends. That’s when we are there handing out voter registration forms and suggesting they stay long enough to fill out the form and we will submit it for them. Of the 114 candidates, we got 71 new voters. What a great day for America- and for our new citizens. If you would like to volunteer to help with voter registration, there are weekly ceremonies most Monday through Thursday. Just contact Louisa Sosa at ICIRR at email@example.com.
By Holly K