Marcia Fudge on Government Reform



Filed complaint against colleagues sleeping in their offices

Along with several other members of the Congressional Black Caucus, she filed a House Ethics Committee complaint against an estimated 50 to 100 of her congressional colleagues who sleep in their offices, asking why they should sleep in for free in a public building while they were "cutting benefits to the poor, the mentally ill, to education, to veterans housing."
Source: The Cleveland Plain-Dealer on Biden Cabinet , Dec 13, 2020

Money earmarked for cities shouldn't go to governors

Cities need to have some control. What we have been doing is we've decided that we're going to let governors run everything. So we send all of the resources through governors, and then cities become put in a position where they are at the whims of a governor. If money is earmarked for cities, it should go to cities. HUD really is the voice and the spokesperson for cities as it relates to the federal government, but we've never looked at it that way.
Source: 19th News e-zine on 2021 Cabinet Confirmation Hearings , Dec 10, 2020

Voted YES on Senate pay raise.

Congressional Summary:
    Makes appropriations to the Senate for FY2010 for:
  1. expense allowances;
  2. representation allowances for the Majority and Minority Leaders;
  3. salaries of specified officers, employees, and committees (including the Committee on Appropriations);
  4. agency contributions for employee benefits;
  5. inquiries and investigations;
  6. the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control;
  7. the Offices of the Secretary and of the Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper of the Senate;
  8. miscellaneous items;
  9. the Senators' Official Personnel and Office Expense Account; and
  10. official mail costs.
Amends the Legislative Branch Appropriation Act of 1968 to increase by $50,000 the gross compensation paid all employees in the office of a Senator. Increases by $96,000 per year the aggregate amount authorized for the offices of the Majority and Minority Whip.

Proponent's argument to vote Yes:Rep. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ (D, FL-20): We, as Members of Congress, have responsibility not just for the institution, but for the staff that work for this institution, and to preserve the facilities that help support this institution. We have endeavored to do that responsibly, and I believe we have accomplished that goal.

Opponent's argument to vote No:Rep. SCALISE (R, LA-1): It's a sad day when someone attempts to cut spending in a bill that grows government by the size of 7%, and it's not allowed to be debated on this House floor. Some of their Members actually used the term "nonsense" and "foolishness" when describing our amendments to cut spending; they call that a delaying tactic. Well, I think Americans all across this country want more of those types of delaying tactics to slow down this runaway train of massive Federal spending. Every dollar we spend from today all the way through the end of this year is borrowed money. We don't have that money. We need to control what we're spending.

Reference: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act; Bill HR2918&S1294 ; vote number 2009-H413 on Jun 19, 2009

Ban stock trading based on Congressional insider knowledge.

Fudge co-sponsored STOCK Act

Congressional Summary:Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act (STOCK Act): Amends the Securities Exchange Act and the Commodity Exchange Act to prohibit purchase or sale of either securities or commodities by a person in possession of material nonpublic information regarding pending or prospective legislative action.

Bill explanation (ProCon.org, "Insider Trading by Congress", Feb. 3, 2012):

Source: H1148/S1871 11-S1871 on Nov 15, 2011

Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures.

Fudge co-sponsored DISCLOSE Act

Congressional Summary:

Wikipedia & OnTheIssue Summary: