House Democrats have wasted no time since assuming control in releasing a proposed ethics reform package targeting Trump and the White House.
The package was predominantly offered by Democrats and while it aims to place new checks on the White House and President Trump, it isn’t likely to be approved by the Republican dominated Senate.
The proffered package depicts many changes to campaign finance and ethics law. It would introduce a donation match system for publicly financed donations, provide additional funding for authorities investigating lobbying foreign agents as well as create a new code of ethics for the Supreme Court.
Campaign-finance law would be affected in that super PACs or groups that spend more than $10,000 in an election would be forced to reveal their donors within 24 hours. An issue that was abused by roughly 70 super PACs during the 2018 elections.
One section in particular is obviously a direct assault on President Trump as it would call for both the president and vice president to release 10 years of tax returns.
Rep. Elijah Cummings is soon to be the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and implied he would be increasing the level of scrutiny given to Trump in the weeks to come.
“The midterm elections were monumental and indeed historic. The American people gave Congress a mandate: to finally start conducting credible oversight and start enacting reforms. Over the last two years, President Trump set the tone from the top in his administration that behaving ethically and complying with the law is optional,” Cummings said. “We’re better than that.”