On July 11, 2019, CfA endorsed an amendment to the NDAA, sponsored by Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA), limiting Defense funds from being used at Trump-owned properties. The amendment would prevent the President from profiting off of American taxpayers by forcing government employees to stay at his properties and subsidize his businesses. The amendment enables funds to be used at Trump-owned properties if the President agrees to reimburse the Treasury Department for costs associated with his stay. The amendment was cosponsored by Reps. Jayapal, Cohen and Beyer.
Letter Urging D.C. Council to Strike the “Freedom of Information Clarification Amendment Act of 2019” from the Budget Support Act
On May 13, 2019, CfA joined several organizations in urging the D.C. Council to remove the “Freedom of Information Clarification Amendment Act of 2019” from the Budget Support Act.
On May 9, 2019, CfA joined several organizations in urging Congress to provide funding for the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), as part of the fiscal year 2020 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill.
On April 22, 2019, CfA joined 11 other organizations in urging the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs to favorably report the Federal Advisory Committee Act Amendments of 2019. The legislation, which passed the House of Representatives on March 12, will make advisory committees more transparent, strengthen the independence of advisory committees, improve oversight of the advisory committee process, and close implementation loopholes.
CfA Joins 71 Organizations in Urging House Members to Vote for H.R. 1, Historic Democracy Reform Legislation
On February 28, 2019, 71 organizations strongly urged all House Members to support the historic package of democracy reforms contained in H.R. 1, the “For the People Act,” introduced by Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD) and now with 234 Members cosponsoring. The organizations also strongly urged Members to vote against “any weakening amendments” and “any motion to recommit to weaken or remove any provision in the Act.”
Coalition Letters to Amazon, Google, and Facebook Urging Companies to Not Release Face Surveillance Products
On January 15, 2019, a coalition of more than 85 racial justice, faith, and civil, human, and immigrants’ rights groups wrote to Microsoft, Google, and Amazon, demanding the companies commit not to sell face surveillance technology to the government.
On October 15, 2018, CfA joined a coalition of 85 organizations opposing protest fees on the National Mall.
On August 21, 2018, 45 organizations, including CfA, endorsed the Anti-Corruption and Public Integrity Act, legislation introduced by Sen. Elizabeth Warren that seeks to eliminate the influence of money in our federal government and to ensure that Washington works for working families.
On August 14, 2018, CfA released a new report, “Partisan Programming,” detailing how political campaigns utilize embedded staffers from Facebook and Google to help run their campaigns – an arrangement that provides companies with unique access to top politicians. CfA also called on the leaders of the House and Senate Rules Committees to investigate the arrangement and determine whether new laws or regulations are needed to prevent tech companies from abusing their relationships with politicians.
On August 8, 2018, CfA joined a nonpartisan coalition of government openness, accountability, and human rights groups in calling for comprehensive disclosure of documents relating to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.