House Passes Protect Our Democracy Act Including Cicilline Amendments on White House Data

WASHINGTON, DC – Thursday, in a vote of 220-208, the House of Representatives passed the Protect our Democracy Act, a comprehensive reform package to prevent presidential abuse, restore our system of checks and balances, strengthen accountability, and protect elections. Included in H.R. 5314 are provisions based on Congressman David N. Cicilline’s (RI-01) White House Open Data Act.
Amendment #54, offered by Representatives Cicilline, Mike Quigley (IL-05), and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14) requires the White House to maintain a publicly accessible website that includes salary and financial disclosure information for White House employees. Amendment #9, offered by Representatives Cicilline and Quigley requires the President to establish and periodically update a public database of White House visitor records, including the names of visitors, with whom visitors met, and the purpose of the visit. The provision allows for certain exceptions, including for particularly sensitive meetings and purely personal guests.

Speaking on the House Floor in support of the package, the Congressman said:
 Madam Speaker,
 The blatant and corrupt actions we saw during the Trump Administration demand that Congress take action to prevent any future President or administration officials from committing these same abuses of power.
 Our laws have to be equipped to protect the office of the Presidency and hold anyone privileged enough to hold that office accountable for their actions.
 The Protecting Our Democracy Act will prevent presidential abuse, restore our system of checks and balances, strengthen accountability, and protect our elections.
 I’m proud that this package includes one of my pieces of legislation, the White House Open Data Act, which will make White House visitor logs and salary information easily accessible and available to the public.
 The presidency demands integrity and transparency. The Protect Our Democracy Act gives us the tools to defend and protect our democracy – our most sacred responsibility.
 Thank you to Chairman Schiff for his leadership. Thank you to Chairwoman Maloney.
 Let’s all stand up today, vote for democracy, protect the right to vote, so that the world – when they watch this – knows that America remains committed and renews today its commitment to a great democracy.
 And with that, Madam Speaker, I yield back.




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