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


Caucus:

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

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More on Drain the Swamp

April 29, 2021 Press Release

Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) today released the following statement following President Biden's first address to a joint session of Congress. 

March 19, 2021 Press Release
Reps. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) and Jackie Speier (D-CA) yesterday reintroduced the bipartisan Billion Dollar Boondoggle Act, legislation that would increase transparency and accountability in large-scale government projects. The bill, which was introduced in the Senate by Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Gary Peters (D-MI), 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. 
 
March 17, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) today released the following statement after the House Republican Conference voted to reverse its ban on earmarks, a practice that allows members of Congress to funnel taxpayer dollars to pet projects and special interests. The Conference had banned earmarks since 2011 after widespread abuse, including the proposed "Bridge to Nowhere" in Alaska.
 
March 8, 2021 Press Release

Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) today introduced legislation that would amend House rules to eliminate proxy voting and remote committee activity. Following introduction of the resolution, Rep. Gallagher released the following statement.

February 27, 2021 Press Release
Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) today released the following statement after voting against H.R. 1319, Speaker Pelosi's $1.9 trillion payout disguised as Coronavirus relief. 
 
“The House just voted on the “American Rescue Plan,” which, by the sound of it, would give the nation the resources it needs to finally defeat this disease. But when only 9% of the $1.9 trillion it spends goes to actually fighting the Coronavirus, it’s clear this bill is a “rescue plan” in name only. No wonder my colleagues waited until the middle of the night to pass it. 
February 5, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Reps. Mike Gallagher (WI-08) and Tom Tiffany (WI-07) today introduced the Oversight for Members And Relatives (OMAR) Act, a bill that would put an end to the practice of candidates for office tapping their campaign accounts to enrich their spouses.  
 
February 3, 2021 Press Release

Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) today introduced a package of common-sense reforms that would help make Congress better serve the American people. The bills would change the incentive structure for members of Congress and high ranking executive branch officials by putting into place tough lobbying restrictions, terminating tax-payer funded pensions for members of Congress, and requiring Congress to stay in session until it passes a balanced budget. 

January 13, 2021 Columns
By: Rep. Mike Gallagher
Wisconsin State Journal
January 13, 2020
January 4, 2021 Columns
Washington, D.C. — Wisconsinites have lost trust in our election system. Whether you agree or disagree with the many claims of election fraud, the fact is there are glaring problems with our voting processes that need to be fixed. Just as Florida passed election reform in 2001 after the 2000 election controversy, Wisconsin must do the same before any future election is held. This election reform should include, at a minimum, the following steps. 
 
October 22, 2020 Press Release

Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) and Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) today announced they will introduce the Chinese Communist Party Influence Transparency Act, which would close loopholes that allow lobbyists for Chinese companies to avoid registering under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). The bill comes after Rep. Gallagher and Sen.

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