The House voted 220-208 on Thursday to pass the Protect Our Democracy Act, which addresses presidential abuses of power and reinforces the checks and balances between the branches of government. Only one Republican, Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, voted with all the Democrats to pass the bill and send it off to its uncertain future in the Senate, where 60 votes are required for passage.
The White House has already voiced its support for the bill, which aims to strengthen the boundaries of power that were tested by Donald Trump, including limitation on presidential pardons, the requirement for candidates for president and vice president to submit their personal tax returns for 10 years, and the acceptance of any foreign or domestic emoluments.
Yesterday, the House passed the Protecting Our Democracy Act to ensure the strength and survival of a democracy of, by and #ForThePeople: defending the rule of law, revitalizing our system of checks and balances and restoring our democratic institutions. pic.twitter.com/w4NVfpluW0
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) December 10, 2021
The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), said the legislation originally introduced in September 2020 and reintroduced this past September “echoes changes that were made following the Nixon presidency”.
The House just passed the Protecting Our Democracy Act. It's a great bill. It would fix many things that we saw Trump exploit for years.
It will likely not survive a GOP filibuster.
— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) December 10, 2021
“Just as after Watergate, Congress worked to enact reforms, so we must now examine the cracks in the Democratic foundation and address them,” Rep. Schiff said.
Yesterday I voted for the “Protecting Our Democracy Act”. This bill will ensure that Presidents cannot wield their influence to hinder DOJ investigations, protect their cronies or pardon themselves. Its past time for these good-governance reforms to protect our democracy
— John Garamendi (@RepGaramendi) December 10, 2021
Today I voted to pass the #ProtectingOurDemocracy Act, a bill I co-sponsored. It's the third pillar in our fight to protect our democracy, along with the #JohnLewisVotingRightsAct and the #ForThePeopleAct, two bills I helped to introduce and pass in the House. pic.twitter.com/AlVPtvA3Yp
— Rep. Brad Sherman (@BradSherman) December 9, 2021