Drain the Swamp

Our nation was founded on the principle that government should be by the people and for the people. Yet over the years Congress has failed to uphold this principle by catering to special interest groups and only being concerned about the next election, rather than focusing on the needs of their constituents. We must implement structural changes that will make Congress work again by creating a sense of urgency and accountability among members to immediately address the pressing issues we face as a nation. It’s time for both parties to come together and confront the institutional problems affecting Congress and Washington D.C. by returning the power and purpose of our government back to the People.

Sponsored Legislation:

  • H.J. Res. 85 - Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States limiting the number of terms Senators and Representatives may serve
  • H.R. 1934 - To establish a 5-year ban on individuals appointed to Executive Schedule positions and Members of Congress engaging in lobby activities at the Federal level
  • H.R. 1935 - Congressional Pension Reform Act
  • H.R. 1936 - Do Your Job Act

Co-sponsored Legislation:

  • H.R. 2665 - Accountability for Congressional Pay Act
  • H.R. 2298 - Former Presidents Amendment Act
  • H.R. 429 - No Budget, No Pay Act
  • H.J. Res. 7 - Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to limit the number of years an individual may serve as a Member of Congress
  • H.J. Res. 2 - Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution of the United States
  • H.J. Res. 1 - Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution of the United States
  • H. Res. 43 - Stay on Schedule Resolution
  • H. Con. Res. 28 - Establishing a Joint Committee on the Organization of Congress
  • H.R. 4077 - Honest Ads Act
  • H.R. 2192 - To amend the Public Health Service Act to eliminate the non-application of certain State waiver provisions to Members of Congress and congressional staff
  • H. Res. 1003 - Prohibiting Members of the House of Representatives from soliciting campaign funds on any day on which the House is in session.
  • H. J. Res. 134 - Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to limit the number of terms an individual may serve as a Member of Congress.
  • H.R. 6433- Go to Washington Go to Work Act


  • Term Limits Caucus
  • Future Caucus
  • Problem Solvers Caucus
  • Reformer Caucus


More on Drain the Swamp

November 14, 2019 Press Release

Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) yesterday received the inaugural “Teddy Award” from Issue One. Gallagher was recognized for his bipartisan efforts to reform Congress and return government to the people. Sens. James Lankford (R-OK) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), as well as Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-CA) also received Teddy Awards for their work. 

November 1, 2019 Press Release

We've known for years that the trust funds supporting our nation’s most vital programs are on the brink of collapse. Yet rather than try to solve this problem, Congress has kicked the can down the road and avoided the tough debates needed to fix the mess we can all see coming.

This is unacceptable. These trust funds support critical programs like Medicare and Social Security, which people across Northeast Wisconsin depend on. We must find a way to ensure the federal government keeps the promises it has made and preserves these programs for years to come.

September 20, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Mike Gallagher (R-WI) today testified before the House Judiciary Committee on his bill H.R.1522, the Congressional and Executive Foreign Lobbying Ban Act.

July 3, 2019 In The News

As far as politicians go, U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher is a bit of a nerd.

He'll remind you about Article II of the Constitution, which grants power to Congress that he believes has been hacked away. He wrote his dissertation on President Dwight Eisenhower's Project Solarium, and is now part of a similar commission to look at cybersecurity.

He focuses on committee work, he said, a very un-sexy part of governing.

June 27, 2019 Press Release

This week Congressman Mike Gallagher joined The Matt and Earl Show on WTAQ, where he discussed recent attempts by House Democratic leadership to give Members of Congress a pay raise. You can listen to the full interview here, or catch some highlights below:

June 17, 2019 Press Release


April 4, 2019 Press Release


March 27, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today Congressman Mike Gallagher (R-WI), joined by his colleague Jackie Speier (D-CA), introduced the Billion Dollar Boondoggle Act, new bipartisan legislation to provide public oversight of large-scale government projects. The bill requires an annual report to taxpayers listing every government-funded project that is $1 billion or more over budget, or that is five or more years behind schedule. The legislation is a part of Rep. Gallagher’s broader effort to restore the public’s trust in government and protect taxpayer dollars.

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