On the first anniversary of an announcement that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the enforcement agency within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)) would overhaul the nation’s immigration detention system, reports show that for the nearly 400,000 immigrants ICE has detained this year, little has changed.
You've probably seen stories in the press lately about Congressman Terry and lobbyists.
Truth is, you don't need to look any further than his legislative record to see that his connection with Washington lobbyists and special interests is too close for comfort. Terry and politicians like him spend too much time cozying up to the special interests. It's time for that to change.
Here's what we need to do to start reforming Washington:
Transparency in campaign spending. In the wake of the recent Citizens United court case, we need new campaign finance regulations to ensure transparency and accountability. We cannot let activist courts turn our elections into auctions.
End the cozy relationships with lobbyists. Post the attendees and subject matter of all meetings between lobbyists and government officials on a publicly-available website. Close the revolving door by prohibiting individuals from going back and forth between government jobs and corporate lobbying jobs within a 5 year timeframe. Ban corporate lobbyists from giving gifts and providing free travel to officials.
Ban corporate earmarks, and make members of Congress publicly own up to their earmark requests.
Cut and freeze salaries for members of Congress until they do their job and balance the budget.
In the Legislature, I passed a bill to put the state's checkbook online so Nebraskans can see how their money is spent. I took on special interests that wanted sweetheart deals in the tax code, and I won. In Congress, I won't back down from fighting for reform.
Join me by helping us get 1,000 co-sponsors of my reform plan this week. Together, we'll make Washington work for the people, not the powerful.
Given the current state of play over Wall Street reform, I think the Dems are blowing an opportunity right now to exercise their authority under Article I, Section 5 to determine what the Senate rules are, and set a valuable political precedent, establishing its authority for being able to change the rules by majority vote.
The argument for waiting for January to rewrite the Senate rules is that the incoming Senate won't have given its implied consent to the pre-existing rules by operating under those rules.
The arguments against waiting for January are fourfold:
Though Pakistan continues to face a number of challenges, in its struggle for democracy it is, perhaps, a lesson for other nascent democracies. By tabling a package of constitutional reforms that will repeal several aberrations adopted under dictatorships in the 1980s and 1990s, the democratic government of Pakistan has achieved a landmark in democracy and brought hope to people around the world.