Two Wisconsin members of the House have come up with a bill known as the Oversight for Members And Relatives Act aka The Omar Act.
This bill will prevent members of the House from enriching relatives like Ilhan Omar and Maxine Waters are known to do.
Omar hired the firm owned by her husband Tim Mynnett and paid them $2.8 million dollars. This will be an interesting vote and could prove quite embarrassing.
If the Democrats let it pass, it will prevent Democrats from a prime source of income. But if they kill the bill, they will be accused of corruption. Quite frankly, I’m lovin’ it.
In a press release emailed by Rep. Tom Tiffany’s (R-Wis.) office, Tiffany was quoted as saying:
“For too long, lawmakers of both political parties have engaged in the ethically dubious practice of pocketing campaign funds by ‘hiring’ their spouses and laundering the money as campaign related expenses.”
“Regardless of political party, we should all be able to agree that running for political office shouldn’t be part of a family enrichment scheme. Passing the OMAR Act will help restore public confidence in Congress and stop politicians from effectively pocketing their campaign funds.”
Co-sponsor Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.), said:
“[l]oopholes that allow members of Congress to funnel campaign funds to their spouses are despicable and erode trust in our government,” adding that “[t]here’s simply no logical reason for allowing this practice to continue, and I’m proud to join Rep. Tiffany in this common-sense effort to ensure members can’t profit off running for Congress.”
Back in December, SaraACarter.com also reported that the firm co-owned by Mynnett, “E Street Group,” received nearly $135,000 in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans and $500,000 in Economic Injury Disaster loans, according to public records.
The introduction of the OMAR Act comes as Republicans in Congress are pushing again for removing the progressive representative from her committees after a majority of the Democrat-controlled House voted Thursday to strip GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (Ga.) of her committee assignments.
Greene in the past had expressed support for and promoted the QAnon conspiracy theory as well as supporting violence against Democratic lawmakers, among other incendiary statements. Prior to Thursday’s vote, Greene said she regretted those statements but did not apologize.