The ‘Protect Our Democracy Act,’ which addresses presidential abuses of power and strengthens checks and balances, was passed by the US House on Thursday, December 9th.
The US House of Representatives passed the ‘Protect Our Democracy Act’ on Thursday, which targets presidential abuses of power and strengthens checks and balances between the several departments of government. According to CNN, one Republican, Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger, voted in favour of the bill along with all other Democrats. The act was passed by the US House of Representatives by a vote of 220-208, but it still has a bleak future in the Senate, where passage requires at least 60 votes.
According to reports, the bill has White House support. The act is primarily intended to strengthen the safeguards that former US President Donald Trump put to the test, such as the prohibition on presidential pardons. The obligation for presidential and vice-presidential candidates to submit their personal tax returns for the previous ten years, as well as the acceptance of any foreign or domestic emoluments, were also challenged by the former Republican leader.
Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, the bill’s sponsor, said the legislation, which was first introduced in September, parallels the adjustments implemented after Nixon’s presidency. “Just as Congress fought to make reforms after Watergate, we must now analyse the fractures in the Democratic foundation and rectify them,” Schiff said, according to the media site.
It’s worth noting that the bill was enacted on the first day of US President Joe Biden’s Summits for Democracy, to which he invited over 100 world leaders to emphasise the importance of democracies around the world and the risks they face today.
The bill, according to Pelosi, ensures the’strength’ of democracy.
At a press conference following the measure’s passing, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the bill “ensures the strength and longevity of a democracy of, by, and for the people, preserving the rule of law, revitalising our system of checks and balances, and rebuilding our democratic institutions.
Republicans claim the bill is an attack on Trump.
Republicans questioned Democrats’ majority support for the bill, calling it yet another attempt to delegitimize former President Trump. This bill seems to be another attempt by Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, to attack President Trump retroactively, despite the fact that the Democrat Russia collusion charges have been consistently disproved.,Rep Rick Crawford of Arkansas said, according to the report. Republicans went on to say that if they regained control of the House, they would transfer investigation authority to the executive branch.