Scott Brown on Government Reform
Republican Jr Senator
Massachusetts was finally mailing out half a million voter registration cards. In early August, Scott Brown issued a furious statement calling the state's mailing "outrageous."
Okay, people can laugh and say I'm hopelessly naive, but this issue is a direct shot at democracy. In many states, the Republicans have made voter suppression a regular part of their arsenal, chipping away at early voting. African American voting, Latino voting, immigrant voting, student voting, you-name-it voting.
Brown made clear he thought the offer was a stunt. "It's hard to view Jeanne Shaheen's actions as anything other than hypocritical and self-serving," he said in a statement. "The people of New Hampshire can see through the Washington-style game she is playing."
Shaheen on Saturday sent a letter to Brown asking him to sign the "People's Pledge," an identical document to the one he agreed to while running against Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) in 2012. Shaheen says outside Republican-aligned groups have outspent Democrats in the state by three to one, totaling $1.5 million. The pledge aims to take away the incentive for independent expenditure groups, individuals and Super-PACs from spending in the race to either oppose or support a candidate.
A. Government needs to be reformed so that it is more transparent and effective for the American people. Senator Brown led an effort to provide Americans with a "taxpayer receipt" that would give them more information about where their tax dollars are spent. He is also the lead sponsor of a bill that bans "insider trading" among Members of Congress and their staffs because he believes that Congress should have to operate under the same rules as the rest of the country. Senator Brown has also been a leader in the Senate on addressing waste, fraud, and abuse. He has conducted thorough oversight of government agencies that have not acted as proper stewards of the taxpayer's money.
A: I think it's up to the president to determine who's behind him and working with him. And I'll leave that decision [to the president].
Q: Political Parties?
Q: Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Q: Do you support using state tax revenue to fund the Clean Elections public financing law?
Congressional Summary:Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act (STOCK Act): Amends the Securities Exchange Act and the Commodity Exchange Act to prohibit purchase or sale of either securities or commodities by a person in possession of material nonpublic information regarding pending or prospective legislative action.
Bill explanation (ProCon.org, "Insider Trading by Congress", Feb. 3, 2012):
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