Pleased to announce I will chair the DNC's Commission to Protect American Democracy from the Trump Administration. When President Trump created his voter suppression task force, he created a means to legitimize Republican efforts to make voting harder for the people who already have the toughest time casting a ballot. Trump’s presidency has already been a disaster, and he knows that the only way he’s going to win again in 2020 is if he tips the scales in his favor. His commission is meant to pave the way for restrictive laws that will allow Republicans to win elections. It’s wrong, it’s a danger to democracy and we’re not going to let it happen.
I am proud to introduce the SWAMP Act, which would ensure the President reimburses the Treasury Department for costs pertaining to trips to his own properties. President Trump ran for office to ‘drain the swamp.’ Since January, he has traveled to his Mar-a-Lago resort seven times, costing the U.S. taxpayer more than $25 million dollars. Every time he travels to a commercial property in which he has a financial interest, he forces the American people to deposit funds directly into his pockets. In addition, the President is spreading local law enforcement thin, depriving towns of revenue by cutting off traffic routes near his resorts, and housing security and staff at his own properties – all on the taxpayer’s dime. The Office of the President should never be used for personal gain or enrichment.
For the second time in as many months, the US military has conducted airstrikes against pro-Assad forces in Syria. The Trump Administration does not have congressional authorization to carry out military strikes against the Assad regime. Furthermore, the situation that led to today’s strike is precisely why I warned against getting further entangled in the Syrian civil war without a clear strategy. President Trump needs to explain his plan for Syria to Congress and the American people.
As a cosponsor, I am pleased to join my colleagues in passing the Modernizing Government Technology Act (MGT), which establishes a working capital fund to make badly needed upgrades to the federal government’s IT systems. This innovative and self-sustaining investment fund is critical to improving the efficiency of our government and the security of our nation. Ultimately, it will allow experts to focus on high-risk systems while developing longer-term plans to help agencies meet future demands. MGT’s passage shows that Congress is getting serious about transitioning to innovative platforms and investing in cybersecurity. I look forward to seeing major improvements in our infrastructure as a result of this bipartisan legislation.