Rep. Adriano Espaillat Introduces Legislative Package to Demand Transparency and Accountability from the White House

April 2, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) introduced a series of legislation to specifically address impropriety of the Trump administration and to demand transparency and accountability from the White House as new policy proposals are introduced.

 

“Donald Trump’s ascent to the presidency has been marred by impropriety, an abandonment of decency, and endless propagation of falsehoods,” said Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13). “Whether it is the constant distortion of news and ongoing efforts to undermine a free press, or the proliferation of blatant conflicts of interest by the president and high-level appointees, the Trump administration has continuously endangered the public’s trust in our government and undermined the general ethical standards to which government officials are held.

 

“Given these alarming truths, I am reintroducing a legislative package of three bills that aim to reestablish morality and civility in our government by making our government safe, opposing alternative facts, and draining the swamp of the Trump administration’s corruption.”

 

Make Our Government Safe Act: would amend the National Security Act of 1947 to prevent someone who has threatened to destroy the U.S. government from participating in or attending National Security Council meetings.

 

Opposing Fake news and Alternative Facts resolution: a measure that calls on President Trump to immediately acknowledge his support of the First Amendment and express his support for U.S. democracy. The White House spokespersons who offer “alternative” or inaccurate facts should retract their statements immediately.

 

Drain the Swamp and the President’s Assets Act: amends the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 to prohibit the president from holding any asset that would be considered a disqualifying financial interest under applicable criminal code provisions. The president may place any such asset into a blind trust. The trustee or other entity who is involved in the management or control of the blind trust shall divest the blind trust of such asset. Finally, the bill makes clear that a violation of its provisions constitutes an impeachable offense.

 

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First elected to Congress in 2016, Rep. Adriano Espaillat is serving his second term in Congress where he serves as a member of the influential U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and the House Small Business Committee.  He serves as a Senior Whip of the House Democratic Caucus and is a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) where he also serves in a leadership role as CHC Whip. He is also chairman of the CHC Task Force for Transportation, Infrastructure and Housing. Rep. Espaillat’s Congressional District includes Harlem, East Harlem, northern Manhattan and the north-west Bronx.  To find out more about Rep. Espaillat, visit online at https://espaillat.house.gov/.

 

Media inquiries: Candace Randle Person at Candace.Person@mail.house.gov