House Bill 5314
117th Congress(2021-2022)
Protecting Our Democracy Act
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Passed House on Dec 9, 2021
Overview
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Introduced
Sep 21, 2021
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Dec 13, 2021
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Bill Number
5314
Congress
117
Policy Area
Government Operations and Politics
Government Operations and Politics
Primary focus of measure is government administration, including agency organization, contracting, facilities and property, information management and services; rulemaking and administrative law; elections and political activities; government employees and officials; Presidents; ethics and public participation; postal service. Measures concerning agency appropriations and the budget process may fall under Economics and Public Finance policy area.
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Passed
December 9, 2021
Type
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Summary

Protecting Our Democracy Act

This bill addresses issues involving (1) abuses of presidential power; (2) checks and balances, accountability, and transparency; and (3) foreign interference in elections.

Specifically, regarding abuses of presidential power, the bill

  • requires the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the President to submit to Congress specified materials relating to certain pardons,
  • prohibits self-pardons by the President,
  • suspends the statute of limitations for federal offenses committed by a sitting President or Vice President,
  • prohibits the acceptance of foreign or domestic emoluments, and
  • sets forth provisions regarding Office of Government Ethics and Office of Special Counsel jurisdiction and enforcement authority.

To address checks and balances, accountability, and transparency, the bill

  • authorizes specified actions to enforce congressional subpoenas,
  • imposes limits on presidential declarations of emergencies,
  • requires DOJ to maintain a log of specified communications between it and the White House,
  • requires cause for removal of inspectors general,
  • increases whistleblower protections,
  • requires a candidate for President or Vice President to submit to the Federal Election Commission a copy of the individual's income tax returns for the 10 most recent taxable years, and
  • establishes penalties for political appointees who engage in prohibited political activities.

To protect against foreign interference in elections, the bill

  • requires federal campaign reporting of foreign contacts,
  • requires federal campaigns to establish a foreign contacts compliance policy, and
  • specifies that foreign donations to political campaigns and candidates of nonpublic information relating to a candidate are prohibited.
Text (3)
December 13, 2021
December 9, 2021
September 21, 2021
Amendments (4)
Displaying only amendments with a detailed public record (3)
Dec 09, 2021
Not Agreed to in House
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House Amendment 148
Amendment sought to assert the Government Accountability Office's investigatory powers over the intelligence community and require the Director of National Intelligence to ensure that GAO personnel are provided with access to certrain information in possession by the intelligence community.
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Dec 09, 2021
Not Agreed to in House
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House Amendment 147
Amendments en bloc No. 2 comprised of amendments numbered 3 and 7, printed in Part B of House Report 117-205.
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Dec 09, 2021
Agreed to in House
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House Amendment 146
Amendments en bloc No. 1 comprised of amendments numbered 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, and 34, printed in Part B of House Report 117-205.
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