The Strib reports McCollum and Walz's reaction to the fundraising bill in House approves measure to require details on fundraising:
"Passing this bill is the final nail in the coffin of the Republican era of corruption," said Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn.
The bill would require lawmakers to disclose those lobbyists who raise $15,000 or more for them within a six-month period by "bundling" donations from many people. The requirement would also cover party-affiliated campaign committees.
Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn., said, "The bill will help to ensure that ... those dedicated to serving the public are able to do so in an honorable and transparent manner." Minnesota's other representatives did not return calls for comment.
CQPolitics' article With Eyes on Maintaining Majority, Democrats Put Freshmen in Spotlight is a rehash of earlier pieces along the same line. New to this report is Walz's work on the Farm Bill:
Nine freshmen, most with rural constituencies, had a hand crafting the five-year, $286 billion proposal to overhaul the nation’s farm policy (HR 2419) that the House passed July 27. Freshmen hold more than one-third of the Democratic seats on the Agriculture Committee.
During floor debate on the farm bill, three freshman committee members — Boyda, Walz and Zack Space of Ohio — were among the final speakers in opposition to a failed amendment that would have gutted key provisions of the committee’s bill.
Walz gets a B on his report card from those advocating loosening restrictions on online gambling.
Kid Oakland hits one out of the park.