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Fix Congress First

23 Mar

In the healthcare debate, I think there is at least one thing we all can agree upon, Congress is broken.

The tedious procedural sausage making, complicated by special interest money from industry and interest group lobbies nearly killed the bill. It certainly shaped the final legislation in many ways that left the progressive caucus wanting more and the conservative caucus complaining about the big black man’s socialist package being crammed down their throats.

Can we ever get to the point where legislation is primarily debated on the merits rather than on the vig?

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If you’ve been reading this website long enough, I think you know where I stand. Support the Fair Elections Now Act

The bipartisan Fair Elections Now Act was offered this year by Sens. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Arlen Specter (D-PA), and Reps. John Larson (D-CT) and Walter Jones (R-NC). With senior leaders in the Senate and House taking the lead, and 135 co-sponsors in the House alone, the bill has strong champions in both houses of Congress.

Under this legislation, congressional candidates who raise a threshold number of small-dollar donations would qualify for a chunk of funding—several hundred thousand dollars for House, millions for many Senate races. If they accept this funding, they can’t raise big-dollar donations. But they can raise contributions up to $100, which would be matched four to one by a central fund. Reduced fees for TV airtime is also an element of this bill, creating an incentive for politicians to opt into this system and run people-powered campaigns.

This legislation is supported by Rep. Louise Slaughter and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. Rep. Brian Higgins, Rep. Chris Lee and Sen. Chuck Schumer have not stated their position to Fix Congress First. They might support it, they just are not on the record with this organization. Take action and let them know you support the legislation.