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Congressional Immunity

Members of congress, red and blue, hide behind technical immunity to avoid being investigated. Like Rep. Adam Schiff conducting warrant-less surveillance of fellow members and journalists with complete impunity. This can not stand. Members of Congress do not have the authority to infringe upon the inherent rights of other citizens. No branch of government does. Our government exists to protect the rights we hold sacred, not to disregard them in a quest for greater power. If elected, I promise to challenge this immunity. While I understand why congress has immunity, I believe we need to be more specific about how that immunity is applied.

Here is Article 1 Section 6 of the US Constitution.

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"The Senators and Representatives shall receive a Compensation for their Services, to be ascertained by Law, and paid out of the Treasury of the United States. They shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any Speech or Debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other Place.

No Senator or Representative shall, during the Time for which he was elected, be appointed to any civil Office under the Authority of the United States, which shall have been created, or the Emoluments whereof shall have been encreased during such time; and no Person holding any Office under the United States, shall be a Member of either House during his Continuance in Office."

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The Section highlighted in red gives congress a protection from arrest. It has its reasonable applications, however, this was never intended to be misused like it appears to be. I would seek to draft an amendment affecting Section 6 of Article 1 in a proposal to the states. I would specifically place additional cases in which congress would not be privileged from arrest. I would coordinate with constitutional scholars to ensure the amendments don't create more problems than they solve, as I am acutely aware of the possibility.

I also believe that we should amend the STOCK act and change the mandatory reporting requirements about financial securities transactions. Currently, members of congress only have to report a transaction over $1000 and within 30-45 days. I think we should amend the section to state ANY securities transaction must be reported, regardless of value, within 30-45 days. This will go a VERY long way to helping eliminate congressional corruption.


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