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Thursday, December 9, 2021

House Meets at...

Votes Predicted at...

12:00 p.m. Legislative Business
Fifteen "One Minutes" per side

First/Last Votes: 2:30 p.m.                     



Floor Schedule and Procedure:

H.R. 5314Protecting Our Democracy Act (Rep. Schiff – Oversight and Reform)

This package of reforms will prevent presidential abuse, increase transparency and accountability measures between Congress and the Executive Branch, and protect our elections from foreign interference. Along with the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, it is part of the House Democratic Caucus’s Democracy Agenda. 


This bill prevents abuse of the pardon power, suspends the statute of limitations for any federal offense committed by a sitting president or vice president, and prohibits federal officials from accepting foreign emoluments. The bill strengthens Congress’ ability to enforce subpoenas, bolsters Congressional oversight of Executive actions, enhances protections for federal whistleblowers, and requires cause for a president to remove an Inspector General. The bill includes provisions to strengthen enforcement of the Hatch Act and requires the president and vice president and major party candidates to provide ten years of tax returns. This bill also requires the reporting of foreign contacts and expands the scope of prohibitions on foreign donations.


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 Click here for a section-by-section.

The Rule provides for one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, makes in order 34 amendments, and allows for amendments to be offered en bloc.  A full list of amendments can be found here and below.

Adams Amendment

Requires the FEC to make an income tax return public and post online within 48 hours of receiving a return, including redactions. However, if an income tax return requires considerable, extensive, and significant time for the FEC to make redactions, the FEC may make the return available after 48 hours but not later than 30 days after receipt of return.

Aguilar Amendment

Requires that each state chief’s election official creates a database of election officials who have received threats against them and need their personally identifiable information (PII) protected to ensure safe and fair elections. Ensures these individuals can request their PII be removed from public websites. Revision removes provision concerning restrictions on data brokers.

Burgess Amendment

Strikes Title II, which ensures that the statute of limitations on federal crimes will not run out while a president or vice president is in office.

Cicilline Amendment

Requires the White House to maintain a publicly accessible website that includes salary and financial disclosure information for White House employees.

Clark Amendment

Adds the President, Vice President, and any Cabinet member to the current statutory prohibition on members of Congress contracting with the federal government.

Cohen Amendment

Changes the definition of a “covered offense” in Title I § 102 to include pardons issued to any third degree relative of the President, any member or former member of the President’s administration, any person who worked on the President’s presidential campaign as a paid employee, or any person or entity when the offense at issue is motivated by a direct and significant personal or pecuniary interest of any of the described individuals

Comer Amendment

Strikes all sections of the bill and retitles as the "Inspector General Stability Act", but preserves a modified Title VII Subtitle A (Requiring Cause for Removal) which instead requires Congressional notification and a detailed rationale prior to an IG’s removal, and also preserves Title VII Subtitle C (Congressional Notification) which previously passed the House as H.R. 23.

Connolly Amendment

Protects merit system principles by limiting federal employee reclassifications to the five excepted service schedules in use prior to fiscal year 2021 (based on the bipartisan Preventing a Patronage System Act).

Correa Amendment #9

Closes the loophole that allows agencies to treat requests for information from members of Congress as FOIA requests by clarifying that the Freedom of Information Act prohibits executive branch agencies from responding to congressional requests for information with records that have been subject to FOIA redactions. This clarification would ensure that executive branch agencies are not using the law's exemptions to withhold information from elected officials conducting oversight.

Correa Amendment #10

Requires all Congressionally mandated reports from the executive branch to be transmitted to Congress in machine readable format.

DelBene Amendment

Directs the Federal Election Commission (FEC), in consultation with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and other appropriate offices, to issue guidance for political committees and vendors on cybersecurity risks and best practices. Requires the FEC to regularly update this guidance.

Foxx Amendment #12

Creates an Inspector General for the Office of Management and Budget to bring transparency and accountability to the agency.

Foxx Amendment #13

Creates parity in enforcement for Oversight and Reform Committee "Rule of 7" requests to protect minority party requests for information.

Gallego Amendment

Requires the President-elect to report to Congress on individuals in an incoming administration that are seeking a security clearance and the status of that clearance, including interim clearances. Requires the President or relevant agency to report to Congress at any point when an immediate family member of the President seeks a security clearance and the status of that clearance, including interim clearances.

Golden Amendment

Expands President and other covered officials' emolument disclosures to cover emoluments received or expected by spouses and dependent children, in line with other financial disclosures for spouses and dependent children in 5a USC 102(e).

Issa Amendment

States that an incoming staffer in a Member office who already has a clearance shall not be counted against the two clearances per office that the current House rules allow.

Kilmer Amendment

Modernizes Federal Election Commission (FEC) disclosure requirements to ensure online political advertisements meet the same transparency and disclosure requirements that already apply to political ads sold on TV, radio, and satellite platforms. Also requires online platforms to take reasonable steps to ensure that foreign individuals and entities are not purchasing political advertisements in order to influence the American electorate, and directs the FEC to commission an independent study and report on media literacy with respect to online political content consumption among voting-age Americans.

Lynch Amendment

Prohibits the use of deepfakes within 60 days of a federal election and establishes corresponding criminal and civil penalties.

Sean Maloney Amendment

Clarifies language in the Former Presidents Act to state that impeachment and conviction, regardless of removal, makes a former president ineligible for benefits. Imposes a new mandate on former presidents that if convicted of a felony for crimes committed during or after office, some benefits would be forfeited.

McGovern Amendment

Strengthens safeguards in the bill against presidential abuse of emergency powers by prohibiting their use for purposes other than emergencies; providing expedited procedures for joint resolutions to end emergency declarations; and ending "permanent emergencies" through a five-year limit.

Ocasio-Cortez Amendment #21

Expands coverage of section 3110 of title 5 of the U.S. Code to prohibit nepotistic appointments to the Executive Office of the President.

Ocasio-Cortez Amendment #22

Codifies President Biden's Executive Order on ethics commitments by executive branch personnel.

Ocasio-Cortez Amendment #23

Directs the Office of Government Ethics to promulgate regulations establishing ethics requirements for the establishment or operation of legal expense funds for the benefit of the President, Vice President, or any political appointee.

Ocasio-Cortez Amendment #24

Imposes disclosure requirements on inaugural committees, prohibits committees from taking money from foreign nationals; shadow entities; and corporations; and prohibits conversion of committee resources for personal use or for personal benefit.

Ocasio-Cortez Amendment #25

Asserts the Government Accountability Office's investigatory powers over the intelligence community. Requires the Director of National Intelligence to ensure that GAO personnel are provided with access to information in possession by the intelligence community that the Comptroller General determines necessary for analysis, evaluation, or investigation requested by the relevant committee of Congress.

Omar Amendment

Ensures agency interns are covered by whistleblower provisions.

Pascrell Amendment

Amends Title X to clarify ability of federal officials to visit federal property prior to an election, requires disclosure of Hatch Act Investigations for certain employees, makes the Hatch Act applicable to the President and Vice President while conducting official duties on White House and White House grounds, strengthens Hatch Act violation penalties, grants the Office of Special Counsel rulemaking authority and ability to continue investigating certain employees, grants the Merit System Protection Board the ability to enforce subpoenas against certain employees, and conducts a GAO review of Hatch Act provisions.

Phillips Amendment #28

Explicitly prohibits conventions of national political parties for presidential and vice-presidential candidates from being held on or in any federal property, including the White House and surrounding grounds. Violations are subject to civil penalties, imprisonment, or both.

Phillips Amendment #29

Directs the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) to establish a program to support state and local governments in the transition to ranked choice voting (a system in which voters rank candidates in order of preference).

Quigley Amendment

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. Allows for certain exceptions, including for particularly sensitive meetings and purely personal guests.

Raskin Amendment

Strengthens Title II of the Act to ensure that if a sitting President or Vice President is indicted while in office, a trial or other legal proceeding may only be delayed if it interferes with the defendant's official duties and ensures the burden to delay legal proceedings falls on the defendant.

Ross Amendment #32

Prohibits the President from requiring an officer or employee of the Executive Office of the President to enter into a nondisclosure agreement that is not related to the protection of classified or controlled unclassified information as a condition of employment or upon separation from the civil service.

Ross Amendment #33

Directs the Department of Justice (DOJ) to create an election threats task force to work with federal, state, and local partners to prioritize identifying, investigating, and prosecuting threats and acts of violence against election officials, workers, and their families.

Scanlon Amendment

Changes the frequency that the Inspector General of the Department of Justice must report to Congress improper communications between DOJ and the White House. The bill increases the requirement to report on the DOJ/White House communications logs from every six months to every three months.

“He that can have patience can have what he will.”
-Benjamin Franklin

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