Return Elections to the People – Get the Money Out of Politics!

The Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission to lift limits on corporate and special interest spending in federal elections undermines our electoral process and jeopardizes our system of democracy. In fact, the
2016 Election was the most expensive in history, with more than $1.3 billion being spent by outside groups. With so much special interest money flowing through our political system, Americans rightfully wonder whether Congress works for them or Wall Street
banks, drug companies, and other deep-pocketed special interests.

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Co-Sponsor Legislation to Restore the Senior Cybersecurity Advisor Role in the White House

According to recent reports, the Administration
has eliminated the post of Special Assistant to the President and Cybersecurity Coordinator. The White House cybersecurity coordinator has been instrumental in developing cyber policy and quarterbacking responses to major cyber incidents across
the federal government for nearly nine years. This is a full-time job with complex responsibilities impacting all federal departments and the private sector, and thus requires a full-time position. The decision to remove the role of cybersecurity coordinator
is a grave mistake.

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CLOSING TODAY – ROUND 2: Support A Fair Process For Colleges in Puerto Rico

Betsy DeVos has struck Puerto Rico again. Despite
massive public outcry in opposition, the Department of Education is ignoring Congressional and stakeholder input, and is moving forward with an incredibly unfair process for colleges and universities to apply for and access disaster aid funding. On April
5, I, along with 46 of my colleagues in both chambers, sent the Secretary a
letter expressing our concerns and providing suggestions for how the Department could modify its process so that it is more responsive to Puerto Rico’s uniquely desperate situation.

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LAST CALL FOR OCs: Restore Transparency and Accountability in the Executive Branch

While the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) is charged with monitoring ethics compliance at federal agencies and the White House, it presently acts only in an advisory capacity. OGE identifies violations of ethics laws and regulations
but lacks the authority to compel compliance. To fulfill its mission of guaranteeing compliance with high ethical standards throughout the Executive Branch, OGE needs to be reformed and empowered to make compliance real.

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Support Accountability for Burn Pit Exposure

Please join me in cosponsoring the Burn Pits Accountability Act (H.R.
5671), to evaluate the exposure of U.S. servicemembers and veterans to open burn pits and toxic airborne chemicals. Over
140,000 servicemembers and veterans over the past three decades have reported exposure to burn pits and toxic airborne chemicals. However, since there is no mandatory reporting system, there are likely many more servicemembers affected. Exposure can produce
serious and potentially life-threatening health effects, including neurological disorders, rare forms of cancer, lung diseases, and more—triggering some to call the crisis the
‘Agent Orange’ of the post-9/11 generation.

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Become an Original Cosponsor of the Disclosing Official Spending at Presidential Businesses Act

Reporters have uncovered some glaring examples of how the Presidency has become a profit generator for Trump businesses. For example, the State Department reportedly spent more than $15,000
to book 19 rooms at a Trump property in Vancouver in February 2017. More recently, it was reported that earlier this year, the President’s golf club in Scotland received more than $7,600 for
VIP hotel stays. 
The Disclosing Official Spending at Presidential Businesses Act would require that each quarter, the head of each Executive agency submit a report to the Director of the Office of Government Ethics detailing any official expenses at any privately held company
that is owned, either in whole or in part, by the President, or a trust controlled by the President. Any President. 
The legislation would not prohibit such expenses, but would instead shine a light on the use of federal dollars that have the effect of enriching the nation’s chief executive and his family. 
If you have any questions or would like to add on as a cosponsor, please contact Courtney Fogwell at Courtney.Fogwell@mail.house.gov or 5-4176. Deadline for original cosponsors is TODAY at 10:30am.
Sincerely,
Adam B. Schiff

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