5 Good Congressional Bills We Should Support

Protect the Web, Revoke the Indefinite Detention Law, Take Money Out of Politics and End the Fed’s Power to Create Money

With all of the bad bills being proposed and passed, we shouldn’t forget to support the good bills which can actually make things better.

Congressman Ron Paul has introduced a bill to revoke the indefinite detention provision just passed by Congress:

Senator Ron Wyden (a Democrat) and Representative Darrell Issa (a Republican)  have introduced an alternative to SOPA and PIPA: the OPEN Act.   Open is much better than SOPA and PIPA, and is supported by web companies such as Google.

Congressman Dennis Kucinich just introduced a bill to get money out of politics. As David Swanson notes:

Congressman Dennis Kucinich has just introduced HJRes100 which proposes this Constitutional Amendment [to fix the corruption of our elections]:***

    Section 1. All campaigns for President and Members of the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate shall be financed entirely with public funds. No contributions shall be permitted to any candidate for Federal office from any other source, including the candidate.
    Section 2. No expenditures shall be permitted in support of any candidate for Federal office, or in opposition to any candidate for Federal office, from any other source, including the candidate. Nothing in this Section shall be construed to abridge the freedom of the press.
    Section 3. The Congress shall, by statute, provide limitations on the amounts and timing of the expenditures of such public funds.
    Section 4. The Congress shall, by statute, provide criminal penalties for any violation of this Article.
    Section 5. The Congress shall have the power to implement and enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

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This does not state that corporations are not people or bribery is not speech or the moon is not made of cheese, but it proceeds accordingly and handles the corruption of our elections as effectively as anything I’ve seen. No amendment is completely comprehensive, but no completely comprehensive amendment is likely to get passed (or even read). I also doubt very much that Congress will ever advance any such amendment, at least until there is a serious threat from two-thirds of the states to circumvent Congress with a Constitutional Convention.

But if there is an amendment to build the list of cosponsors on, this looks like the one. This looks to me like something that the anti-corporate-personhood movement, the clean elections movement, the peace movement, and every other cause for peace, justice, or representative government should get behind. I don’t mean get behind a politician or a party or censor your own complete demands. I mean get every possible Congress member to cosponsor this bill, which exists because of our movement.

Blocking funding without providing public financing is a half-solution. Limiting private election spending while leaving loopholes is no solution. Prohibiting private spending, creating public financing, and making those laws enforceable is a huge chunk of the solution.

We can all remember “H J Res 100.” Now to ask our misrepresentatives to sign on!

Senator Bernie Sanders has also introduced a bill to get money out of politics.

Kucinich previously introduced a bill to take the power to create money and credit away from the Federal Reserve. And see this. (Personally, I think the Fed should be ended altogether – or at least stripped of virtually all of its powers. But Kucinich’s proposal to make it a part of Treasury might be a second-best option.)

All five bills are well worth our support.

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