H.R.8363 - Protecting Our Democracy Act116th Congress (2019-2020)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Schiff, Adam B. [D-CA-28] (Introduced 09/23/2020)|
|Committees:||House - Oversight and Reform; Judiciary; Budget; Transportation and Infrastructure; Rules; Foreign Affairs; Ways and Means; Intelligence (Permanent Select); House Administration|
|Latest Action:||House - 09/23/2020 Referred to the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and in addition to the Committees on the Judiciary, the Budget, Transportation and Infrastructure, Rules, Foreign Affairs, Ways and Means, Intelligence (Permanent Select), and House Administration, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned. (All Actions)|
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Summary: H.R.8363 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in House (09/23/2020)
Protecting Our Democracy Act
This bill addresses issues involving (1) abuses of presidential power; (2) checks and balances, accountability, and transparency; and (3) foreign interference in elections.
Specifically, regarding abuses of presidential power, the bill
- requires the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the President to submit to Congress specified materials relating to certain pardons;
- prohibits self-pardons by the President;
- suspends the statute of limitations for any federal offense committed by a sitting President or Vice President;
- prohibits the acceptance of foreign or domestic emoluments, authorizes civil actions by Congress concerning foreign emoluments, and requires the President to make certain disclosures; and
- sets forth provisions regarding enforcement authority of the Office of Government Ethics and Office of Special Counsel jurisdiction.
To address checks and balances, accountability, and transparency, the bill, among other things
- authorizes specified actions to enforce congressional subpoenas,
- requires appropriations to be made available for obligation in a timely manner,
- imposes limits on presidential declarations of emergencies,
- requires DOJ to maintain a log of communications between it and the White House regarding certain investigations,
- requires cause for removal of inspectors general,
- increases whistleblower protections,
- reauthorizes the Merit Systems Protection Board, and
- establishes penalties for political appointees who engage in prohibited political activities.
To protect against foreign interference in elections, the bill
- requires federal campaign reporting of foreign contacts,
- requires federal campaigns to establish a foreign contacts compliance policy, and
- specifies that foreign donations to political campaigns and candidates of nonpublic information relating to a candidate are prohibited.