MSN - AP World http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a MSN - AP World Copyright © 2010-2018 The Canadian Press. All rights reserved. http://www.rssboard.org/rss-specification Mon, 29 Nov 2021 11:05:43 +0000 House Dems take aim at presidential abuse of power http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a/dbab868bc885485486812509287ecde5 House Democrats say they will vote on legislation this fall to curb the power of the president, an effort to reign in executive powers that they say former President Donald Trump flagrantly abused. (Sept. 21) dbab868bc885485486812509287ecde5 Tue, 21 Sep 2021 21:21:17 +0000 SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY:ASSOCIATED PRESSWashington DC - 21 September 20211. Wide of Rep. Adam Schiff and others lawmakers approaching the podium2. Close of sign reading (English) "Protect Our Democracy"ANNOTATION:House Democrats reintroduced a bill Tuesday to curb the power of the president, and reign in executive powers they say President Trump abused.++PARTIALLY COVERED++3. SOUNDBITE (English) Rep. Adam Schiff, (D) California:"The 'Protecting Our Democracy Act' will ensure that no president can abuse their power and weaponize their office for political or personal gain... It will do so through a variety of means, including the expedition of congressional subpoenas, the protection of whistleblowers and inspector generals. It will provide an enforcement mechanism for the emoluments clause. It will stiffen penalties under the Hatch Act. It will strengthen the independence of the Justice Department and ensure that no president can violate the law with impunity by tolling the statute of limitations for violations of law either before office or during office by a president of the United States. It will better protect the Congress's power of the pur --- of the purse and put limits on presidential declarations of emergency meant to circumvent the Congress's power of the purse"4. Close of podium, symbol of the U.S. House of Representatives 5. Mid of Speaker Nancy Pelosi walking to podium++PARTIALLY COVERED++6. SOUNDBITE (English) Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House"When we talk about this legislation, we're talking about restoring ethics and the rule of law. We're talking about establishing key safeguards. Our founders, our founders, in their wisdom, had a system of checks and balances and separation of powers, and they had guardrails for the president, and one of them was the Congress of the United States. They couldn't -- They could foresee a rogue president... But they, I don't think could foresee a rogue president... and a rogue Congress. And that's what we had."7. Cutaway wide of press conference++PARTIALLY COVERED++8. SOUNDBITE (English) Rep. Adam Schiff, (D) California:"This is important regardless of whether the former president runs again or we have some other president in the future who intends to break down the guardrails of our democratic institutions. So we view this as important for all future presidencies. And we hope that our colleagues across the aisle will view it the same way."9. Pan of Rep. Schiff and others leaving the press conferenceSTORYLINE:House Democrats say they will vote on legislation this Fall to curb the power of the president, an effort to reign in executive powers that they say former President Donald Trump flagrantly abused.California Representative Adam Schiff and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unveiled the 'Protect Our Democracy Act' during a press conference on Tuesday are are expected to introduce it on the floor of the House.The bill would limit the president's pardon power, strengthen laws to ban presidents from receiving gifts or payments from foreign governments, better protect independent agency watchdogs and whistleblowers from firing or retribution and give Congress better tools to enforce subpoenas. "The 'Protecting Our Democracy Act' will ensure that no president can abuse their power and weaponize their office for political or personal gain," Rep. Schiff said. "It will bar our elected leaders from placing their own personal and financial needs above the needs of the American people."It was written with the input of President Joe Biden's White House and incorporates a previous version that Democrats introduced just before the November election.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the bill is intended to restore checks and balances between Congress and the executive branch."When we talk about this legislation, we're talking about restoring ethics and the rule of law. We're talking about establishing key safeguards," Pelosi said.The bill comes as Trump mulls another run for president and as Democrats defend a thin majority in the 2022 midterm elections. Most provisions in the legislation are in direct response to actions by Trump or his administration that Democrats saw as abuses of presidential power, including his firing of agency whistleblowers, his defiance of congressional subpoenas and his campaign's interactions with Russians in the 2016 election. "This is important regardless of whether the former president runs again or we have some other president in the future who intends to break down the guardrails of our democratic institutions," Rep. Schiff said. "So we view this as important for all future presidencies. And we hope that our colleagues across the aisle will view it the same way."The bill is likely to be a tough sell in the 50-50 Senate, where Democrats need at least 10 votes to pass legislation and where Republicans have been reluctant to defy the former president.===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: info@aparchive.com(ii) they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory. House Democrats say they will vote on legislation this fall to curb the power of the president, an effort to reign in executive powers that they say former President Donald Trump flagrantly abused. (Sept. 21) House Dems take aim at presidential abuse of power