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Titles (14)

Short Titles

Short Titles - House of Representatives

Short Title(s) as Introduced

Protecting Our Democracy Act

Short Title(s) as Introduced for portions of this bill
  • Abuse of the Pardon Power Prevention Act
  • Accountability for Acting Officials Act
  • Congressional Power of the Purse Act
  • Congressional Subpoena Compliance and Enforcement Act
  • Foreign and Domestic Emoluments Enforcement Act
  • Hatch Act Accountability Act
  • Inspector General Independence Act
  • Inspector General Protection Act
  • Merit Systems Protection Board Empowerment Act of 2020
  • No President is Above the Law Act
  • Security from Political Interference in Justice Act of 2020
  • Whistleblower Protection Improvement Act of 2020

Official Titles

Official Titles - House of Representatives

Official Title as Introduced

To protect our democracy by preventing abuses of presidential power, restoring checks and balances and accountability and transparency in government, and defending elections against foreign interference, and for other purposes.


Actions Overview (1)

Date Actions Overview
09/23/2020Introduced in House

All Actions (11)

Date All Actions
09/23/2020Referred 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.
Action By: House of Representatives
09/23/2020Referred 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.
Action By: House of Representatives
09/23/2020Referred 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.
Action By: House of Representatives
09/23/2020Referred 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.
Action By: House of Representatives
09/23/2020Referred 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.
Action By: House of Representatives
09/23/2020Referred 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.
Action By: House of Representatives
09/23/2020Referred 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.
Action By: House of Representatives
09/23/2020Referred 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.
Action By: House of Representatives
09/23/2020Referred 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.
Action By: House of Representatives
09/23/2020Referred to the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management.
Action By: Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
09/23/2020Introduced in House
Action By: House of Representatives

Cosponsors (92)

* = Original cosponsor
CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Rep. Nadler, Jerrold [D-NY-10]* 09/23/2020
Rep. Maloney, Carolyn B. [D-NY-12]* 09/23/2020
Rep. Yarmuth, John A. [D-KY-3]* 09/23/2020
Rep. Lofgren, Zoe [D-CA-19]* 09/23/2020
Rep. Engel, Eliot L. [D-NY-16]* 09/23/2020
Rep. Neal, Richard E. [D-MA-1]* 09/23/2020
Rep. Cohen, Steve [D-TN-9]* 09/23/2020
Rep. Connolly, Gerald E. [D-VA-11]* 09/23/2020
Rep. Dean, Madeleine [D-PA-4]* 09/23/2020
Rep. Jeffries, Hakeem S. [D-NY-8]* 09/23/2020
Rep. Lieu, Ted [D-CA-33]* 09/23/2020
Rep. Porter, Katie [D-CA-45]* 09/23/2020
Rep. Raskin, Jamie [D-MD-8]* 09/23/2020
Rep. Scanlon, Mary Gay [D-PA-5]* 09/23/2020
Rep. Speier, Jackie [D-CA-14]* 09/23/2020
Rep. Swalwell, Eric [D-CA-15]* 09/23/2020
Rep. Espaillat, Adriano [D-NY-13] 09/29/2020
Rep. Lowenthal, Alan S. [D-CA-47] 09/29/2020
Rep. Bera, Ami [D-CA-7] 09/29/2020
Rep. Carson, Andre [D-IN-7] 09/29/2020
Rep. Eshoo, Anna G. [D-CA-18] 09/29/2020
Rep. McCollum, Betty [D-MN-4] 09/29/2020
Rep. Watson Coleman, Bonnie [D-NJ-12] 09/29/2020
Rep. Sherman, Brad [D-CA-30] 09/29/2020
Rep. Lawrence, Brenda L. [D-MI-14] 09/29/2020
Rep. Pingree, Chellie [D-ME-1] 09/29/2020
Rep. Cicilline, David N. [D-RI-1] 09/29/2020
Rep. Price, David E. [D-NC-4] 09/29/2020
Rep. Heck, Denny [D-WA-10] 09/29/2020
Rep. Kilmer, Derek [D-WA-6] 09/29/2020
Rep. DeGette, Diana [D-CO-1] 09/29/2020
Rep. Titus, Dina [D-NV-1] 09/29/2020
Rep. Payne, Donald M., Jr. [D-NJ-10] 09/29/2020
Rep. Beyer, Donald S., Jr. [D-VA-8] 09/29/2020
Rep. Case, Ed [D-HI-1] 09/29/2020
Rep. Perlmutter, Ed [D-CO-7] 09/29/2020
Del. Norton, Eleanor Holmes [D-DC-At Large] 09/29/2020
Rep. Napolitano, Grace F. [D-CA-32] 09/29/2020
Rep. Cuellar, Henry [D-TX-28] 09/29/2020
Rep. Hayes, Jahana [D-CT-5] 09/29/2020
Rep. McGovern, James P. [D-MA-2] 09/29/2020
Rep. Crow, Jason [D-CO-6] 09/29/2020
Rep. Cooper, Jim [D-TN-5] 09/29/2020
Rep. Castro, Joaquin [D-TX-20] 09/29/2020
Rep. Courtney, Joe [D-CT-2] 09/29/2020
Rep. Larson, John B. [D-CT-1] 09/29/2020
Rep. Garamendi, John [D-CA-3] 09/29/2020
Rep. Morelle, Joseph D. [D-NY-25] 09/29/2020
Rep. Mfume, Kweisi [D-MD-7] 09/29/2020
Rep. Trahan, Lori [D-MA-3] 09/29/2020
Rep. Roybal-Allard, Lucille [D-CA-40] 09/29/2020
Rep. Kaptur, Marcy [D-OH-9] 09/29/2020
Rep. Takano, Mark [D-CA-41] 09/29/2020
Rep. Quigley, Mike [D-IL-5] 09/29/2020
Rep. Thompson, Mike [D-CA-5] 09/29/2020
Rep. Velazquez, Nydia M. [D-NY-7] 09/29/2020
Rep. Visclosky, Peter J. [D-IN-1] 09/29/2020
Rep. Welch, Peter [D-VT-At Large] 09/29/2020
Rep. Ruiz, Raul [D-CA-36] 09/29/2020
Rep. Lujan, Ben Ray [D-NM-3] 09/29/2020
Rep. DeLauro, Rosa L. [D-CT-3] 09/29/2020
Rep. Casten, Sean [D-IL-6] 09/29/2020
Rep. Lynch, Stephen F. [D-MA-8] 09/29/2020
Rep. Garcia, Sylvia R. [D-TX-29] 09/29/2020
Rep. Sewell, Terri A. [D-AL-7] 09/29/2020
Rep. Suozzi, Thomas R. [D-NY-3] 09/29/2020
Rep. Cox, TJ [D-CA-21] 09/29/2020
Rep. Malinowski, Tom [D-NJ-7] 09/29/2020
Rep. Escobar, Veronica [D-TX-16] 09/29/2020
Rep. Matsui, Doris O. [D-CA-6] 09/29/2020
Rep. Haaland, Debra A. [D-NM-1] 09/29/2020
Rep. Himes, James A. [D-CT-4] 09/29/2020
Rep. Beatty, Joyce [D-OH-3] 10/09/2020
Rep. Evans, Dwight [D-PA-3] 10/09/2020
Rep. Schakowsky, Janice D. [D-IL-9] 10/09/2020
Rep. Brownley, Julia [D-CA-26] 10/09/2020
Rep. Shalala, Donna E. [D-FL-27] 10/09/2020
Rep. Demings, Val Butler [D-FL-10] 10/09/2020
Rep. Larsen, Rick [D-WA-2] 10/09/2020
Rep. Neguse, Joe [D-CO-2] 10/09/2020
Rep. Foster, Bill [D-IL-11] 10/09/2020
Rep. Moulton, Seth [D-MA-6] 10/09/2020
Rep. Veasey, Marc A. [D-TX-33] 10/09/2020
Rep. DelBene, Suzan K. [D-WA-1] 10/09/2020
Rep. DeSaulnier, Mark [D-CA-11] 10/09/2020
Rep. Johnson, Henry C. "Hank," Jr. [D-GA-4] 10/09/2020
Rep. Blumenauer, Earl [D-OR-3] 10/09/2020
Rep. Aguilar, Pete [D-CA-31] 11/16/2020
Rep. Phillips, Dean [D-MN-3] 11/16/2020
Rep. Frankel, Lois [D-FL-21] 11/16/2020
Rep. Bonamici, Suzanne [D-OR-1] 11/16/2020
Rep. Huffman, Jared [D-CA-2] 12/15/2020

Committees (9)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Related Documents
House Oversight and Reform09/23/2020 Referred to
House Judiciary09/23/2020 Referred to
House Budget09/23/2020 Referred to
House Transportation and Infrastructure09/23/2020 Referred to
House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management09/23/2020 Referred to
House Rules09/23/2020 Referred to
House Foreign Affairs09/23/2020 Referred to
House Ways and Means09/23/2020 Referred to
House Intelligence (Permanent Select)09/23/2020 Referred to
Committee on House Administration09/23/2020 Referred to

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Subjects (46)


Latest Summary (1)

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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.