Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Some of the organizations

Organizations focused on money and politics

There are several organizations that are focused on campaign finance as the biggest problem that the country needs to do something about.  Let me try to list these, with links to their websites and also a statement of their basic stance taken from their home pages.

Move To Amend    "We, the People of the United States of America, reject the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling and other related cases, and move to amend our Constitution to firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights."

Rootstrikers  "End the system of corruption in Washington"  "Only the people can force lasting change on this broken system."

Demand Progress grassroots democracy intiative  "The Grassroots Democracy Act would make politicians reliant on ordinary voters -- not the super wealthy who fund campaigns today. Ask your lawmakers to sign on as supporters."

Free Speech For People "Reclaim democracy for the people."

OpenSecrets.org   "An independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, the Center for Responsive Politics does not advocate for specific legislation or regulations in any area - with one important exception: Transparency."  "Since real accountability requires access to information, we strongly support and will urge passage of legislation and rules that will make it easier for Americans to stay informed about the electoral process, what our elected officials are doing, and why."

Organizations not focused on money and politics

No Labels  "No Labels is a growing citizens’ movement of Democrats, Republicans and independents dedicated to promoting a new politics of problem solving."  "We are unlike any organization in America. The most powerful interest groups in our nation’s capital work to push our leaders and our political parties apart. No Labels is working to bring them together to forge solutions to our nation’s problems".

No Labels has over thirty specific proposals for improving the government, which No Labels puts in three categories of make government work, make Congress work, and make the Presidency work.  These proposals are listed below.

Make Government Work
If Congress cannot pass a budget and all annual spending bills on time, members should not get paid.
Move to a two-year budgeting process.
Get rid of duplicate agencies and programs identified in 2013 by the Government Accountability Office.
Enforce strategic sourcing so that separate divisions within a single federal agency do not make independent contracts for common items.
Stop assuming automatic year-to-year spending increases in agency budgets.
Merge the electronic health records of the Department of Defense with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Cut 50 percent of agency travel and replace it with video conferencing.
Reduce energy waste in federal buildings by incentivizing private companies to identify energy savings. The contractors would be paid with the dollars saved instead of with taxpayer dollars.
Create a new Commission for Government Transformation to oversee and effect the transformation of various federal government programs so they will be more economical, efficient and effective.

Make Congress work
No Budget, No Pay
If Congress can't pass a budget and all annual spending bills on time, members of Congress should not get paid.
Up or Down Vote on Presidential Appointments
All presidential nominations should be confirmed or rejected within 90 days of the nomination.
Fix the Filibuster
Require real (not virtual) filibusters and end filibusters on motions to proceed.
Empower the Sensible Majority
Allow a bipartisan majority of members to override a leader or committee chair’s refusal to bring a bill to the floor.
Make Members Come to Work
Make Congress work on coordinated schedules with three five-day work weeks a month in DC and one week in their home district.
Question Time for the President
Provide a monthly forum for members of Congress to ask the president questions to force leaders to debate one another and defend their ideas.
Fiscal Report to Congress: Hear it. Read it. Sign it.
A nonpartisan leader should deliver an annual, televised fiscal update in-person to a joint session of Congress to ensure everyone is working off the same facts.
No Pledge but the Oath of Office
Members should make no pledge but the pledge of allegiance and their formal oath of office.
Monthly Bipartisan Gatherings
The House and Senate should institute monthly, off-the-record and bipartisan gatherings to get members talking across party lines.
Bipartisan Seating
At all joint meetings or sessions of Congress, each member should be seated next to at least one member of the other party.
Bipartisan Leadership Committee
Congressional party leaders should form a bipartisan congressional leadership committee to discuss legislative agendas and substantive solutions.
No Negative Campaigns Against Incumbents
Incumbents from one party should not conduct negative campaigns against sitting members of the opposing party.

Make Presidency work
Regular News Conferences for the President2
Fast-Track Legislative Authority for The President
Make The Parties Pay for Presidential Fundraising
A Line Item Veto With A Twist
Reduce the Number of Appointees Subject to Senate Confirmation6
Identify a "Slate That Can't Wait" of Critical Nominees For Expedited Confirmation
Up or Down Vote on Presidential Appointment8
Question Time for The President9
Expanded Presidential Power to Reorganize
Different Opinions, But the Same Facts
Regular Meetings Between The President And Congressional Leadership

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