Washington — Democrats plan to introduce a package of new executive branch restrictions on Tuesday to strengthen the president’s checks hoping to compare with the Watergate scandal and the overhaul following the Vietnam War. Start pushing after playing.
Democrats have spent months negotiating with the Biden White House to refine a wide range of proposals that would blame Donald J. Trump’s way of breaking norms in the course of his presidency. rice field. Democrats have put together a number of bills in a package called the “Democratic Protection Act.”
The law states that the president provides or grants amnesty in situations that raise suspicion of corruption, refuses to respond to surveillance subpoenas, spends or secretly freezes against parliamentary budgets, and inspectors. It will make it difficult to dismiss officials or retaliate against whistleblowers. Many other changes.
Democratic Party lawmaker Adam B. Schiff, the main sponsor of the bill, said he hopes the vote will take place “this fall.”
The bill will constrain President Biden and his successors, but implicit accusations of Mr. Trump’s actions at the White House may limit the number of Republicans willing to vote for it. Under Senate rules, at least 10 Republicans must support it in order for the Chamber of Commerce to vote on such a bill.
However, supporters have demanded that Republican senators previously submit a record of contact with White House officials to the Justice Department, and money in a way that the president declared a national emergency and was not approved by Congress. He said he supported key elements of the bill, including limiting his ability to use.
Proponents said they were hoping that the package would be picked up in the Senate little by little and that other bills would be fitted with various parts.
“Many parts of the law that protects our democracy had previously received considerable Republican support in the Senate, and we believe they are again part of other law there. “More and more,” said Soren Dayton, a group policy advocate who protects the group’s democracy. The content of the bill is being discussed and promoted with members of the Diet.
So far, Democrats are assembling it head-on in response to President Trump, as supporters are first trying to take action through the House of Representatives.
In an interview, Schiff said Trump’s demonstration that the president could routinely ignore previous norms of self-control “put our republic in a very sparse position.” “Our democracy turned out to be much more vulnerable than we understood. This is an effort to legislate what we thought we were already obliged to do.”
Under the direction of Chairman Nancy Pelosi, the bill brings together the components developed by a large number of lawmakers and the House of Representatives.
Many of the proposals have come to light over the years, but in the controversy of the Trump era, there is a new urgency between Democrats and some Republicans.
For example, in advancing a proposal that would give great power to the Hatch Act, which bans federal employees from engaging in campaign politics in the workplace, law supporters were quoted by Trump White House aide Kellyanne Conway. The episode was quoted as an independent body for a serious breach of the law. The Trump administration ignored the authorities’ request to sanction her, and she dismissed the discovery as “somehow somehow.”
Other sections address issues that were ambiguous before the Trump era. For example, one section strengthens the constitutional ban on the president’s “reward” or payment by declaring in a statute that the anti-corruption ban extends to commercial transactions and facilitating the enforcement of that rule. I am proposing to do it.
Mr. Trump’s refusal to sell from hotels and resorts raises the question of whether lobbying groups and foreign governments that have begun to pay for numerous rooms in Trump’s real estate were trying to buy his favor. I did.
Another proposal addresses a problem that arose last November when Trump’s appointed person, who runs the General Procurement Department, refused to formally “confirm” that Mr Biden was president-elect. is. By not taking the previous routine steps, Mr. Biden’s transition staff were unable to receive briefings from the institutions that his new administration was taking over, preventing the change of power.
To prevent a recurrence, the bill states that both campaigns can begin the transition if the head of the General Procurement Department does not make a decision by five days after the election.
Mr. Schiff introduced a version of the bill in October 2020 to send a political message towards the election. The Democratic Party intends to pass the bill and has spent months negotiating with the White House on factors that authorities are concerned about breaking into traditional executive branch privileges.
According to those familiar with the negotiations, House Democrats have made some adjustments to the previous version in response to concerns raised by Mr. Biden’s aides while leaving others. rice field.
The House of Representatives withdrew a proposal requiring the White House to give Congress internal contact with the president on amnesty, which raised concerns about executive privilege. However, it maintained another idea that the administration allegedly opposed, requiring the Justice Department to submit an investigation file on the recipients of the amnesty.
Legislators have also narrowed down proposals to force executive officials to pay court fines from their pockets for opposition to the subpoena. The amendment excludes cases where the president exercises executive privilege in writing and instructs his subordinates not to obey.
The government is also said to have expressed concern about a proposal to speed up the court proceedings in parliamentary proceedings over subpoenas. Parliamentarians have added a clause requiring Congress to show the court in such proceedings that it has made sincere efforts to negotiate a compromise.
However, despite the fact that the administration is said to have raised concerns about separation of powers over a proposal prohibiting the president from dismissing inspectors without specific reasons such as cheating, the Democratic Party of the House of Representatives has raised it. Left in the bill.
A White House spokesman earlier said the government has broadly upheld most of the provisions for “restoring guardrails” to American democracy, promising to work with Congress on the details.
Many components have already been interviewed or have been amended and “marked up” by the Commission, and whether Mr. Pelosi needs further action by the Commission, if so, which one is needed. It is not clear if or when she will bring it. Put it on the floor of the house.
In a statement, Pelosi called the bill “essential protection to restore democratic norms and institutions and prevent the president from abusing public trust and desecrating democracy, regardless of party. A powerful and transformative package of democratic reform to take action. ” .. “
Democrats have also coordinated with several advocacy groups to develop what they want to be at least some bipartisan supporters. The group includes Standup America, which was founded after Mr. Trump won a surprising victory in the 2016 election.
Its founder, Sean Eldridge, said in an interview that Stand Up America plans to run digital ads promoting the bill, including Facebook. Distribute the bill description to members of the group. Then ask them to write a letter to the editor and call a member of the Diet.
“Our plan is to involve 2 million members and build a grassroots pressure campaign to support this throughout the finish line,” Eldridge said.