Back in US, invigorated Democrats seek immediate reform as they take charge of House
- By : Panama Now
- Category : US News of note
Now that they have control of the House of Representatives , Democrats are preparing an ambitious electoral reform to limit the influence of money on politics.
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The proposal, among the first to be considered in these days, will facilitate the suffrage of all citizens, strengthen electoral security measures and require every president to publish his tax return.
The initiative reflects the Democrats’ attempt to position themselves as the party of transparency at a time when the majority of the lower house is taking office after a historic victory in the mid-term elections.
The democratic representative John Sarbanes , who directs the initiative, declared that with her it is demonstrated that the democrats “are responding directly to the American people and what they want to see in our democracy” after the recent electoral results.
The proposal “prepares the table” for control of Democrats in the lower house for the next two years, Sarbanes told reporters this week.
When approved, the way will be prepared to increase the minimum wage, reduce the price of medicines and protect the environment, he added.
The initiative “tells the people, ‘take a chair, sit at the table'” instead of seeing the process from a distance, Sarbanes said.
While parts of the package have the support of both parties, it is unlikely that it will be approved in its entirety by the Senate, controlled by the Republicans, and it is expected that there will be opposition from President Donald Trump .
The leader of the Republican majority in the Senate Mitch McConnell has ruled out that the measure be approved, which was taken as a sign of honor by Sarbanes.
“If you put this document on the ‘Rejected by McConnell’