WASHINGTON — In a swipe against the Trump administration, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) led Democrats in pitching a series of anti-corruption measures on Monday.
“We are empowering the American voter to demand responsive government, protecting every citizen’s right to vote and to have their vote counted as cast,” Pelosi said at a news conference outside the U.S. Capitol accompanied by several dozen of her colleagues.
Pelosi said Democrats are committed to “strengthening America’s ethics laws to fight the special interests, ending the revolving door in Washington and reigning-in the influence of lobbyists, big-money donors and special interests.” She said those groups control the GOP.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) reiterated Pelosi’s sentiments.
“We need to strengthen our nation’s ethics laws because the needs of middle-class and working-class families in America shouldn’t be put on the back-burner while those who paid millions of dollars to the president’s personal attorney are seen to first,” he said.
Schumer referenced Trump’s former personal attorney and “fixer” Michael Cohen, saying: “We’re going to close the Cohen loophole so that the president’s cronies can’t sell access to the highest bidder.”
Neither Pelosi nor Schumer provided specific legislative proposals.
The conference comes as Democrats are gearing up for the mid-term elections in November The party is hoping to derive electoral gain from the probe by Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III, scandals among Trump cabinet members and appointees as well as congressional redistricting in the crucial swing state of Pennsylvania.
Pundits say Democrats have a reasonable chance of taking back the House but that the party faces an uphill in challenge in the Senate because the number of Democrat incumbents seeking re-election far outnumbers that of Republicans.