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Sarbanes, fellow Democrats say first bill of new U.S. House will seek to ‘drain the swamp’ with reforms

Sarbanes, fellow Democrats say first bill of new U.S. House will seek to ‘drain the swamp’ with reforms

WASHINGTON — Rep. John Sarbanes and other House Democrats announced plans Friday for their first bill of the new, Democratic-controlled House of Representatives — a political reform measure they say would “drain the swamp” in a way President Donald Trump has not.

The measure contains ethics reform, campaign finance reform and voting rights protections, and is designed “to make a powerful statement right out of the gate,” said Sarbanes, the Baltimore County Democrat who is the measure’s principal author. It is to be introduced when the new Congress convenes Jan. 3.

Sarbanes chairs a government reform task force whose principal concerns — including minimizing the influence of...

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