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But rather than provide direct campaign subsidies, we can ensure greater accountability by providing vouchers for radio and television advertising. The creative use of the television media during the Presidential campaign demonstrated that the media can be utilized educational

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I believe we must also establish a threshold for accepting

out-of-district and out-of-state campaign contributions. For instance, I would propose that no more than of fifty percent of a candidates' money come from outside the district, with a minimum

of eighty percent of campaign contributions coming from the home

state.

We must recall the vision our Founding Fathers had as they

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of office for Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, the

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Nearly 21 million Americans in 14 states approved ballot

initiatives in November to limit the service of House and Senate

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by simply requiring all Members of Congress to vote up-or-down

for any increase in salary, which would not go into effect until

after the next election.

If we are going to ask the American people to tighten their

belts as

we reduce federal spending and cut the deficit, we must

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non-profit groups in the Fifth District of Massachusetts.

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around the world."

I am honored to have been elected to the U.S.

House of Representatives and pledge my cooperation in restoring

the legislative branch to the place of esteem that it deserves

and that the American public has a right to expect.

We will

only fulfill that expectation by passing a strong and effective

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REPRESENTATIVE MARTY MEEHAN'S

CONGRESSIONAL REFORM PROPOSALS

streamline congressional subcommittees and eliminate select committees

approve a Presidential line-item veto

limit PAC contributions to $1,000

enact voluntary spending caps for congressional races

establish a system of matching federal funds for candidates

provide vouchers for radio and television advertising

establish threshold for in-district and in-state campaiga contributions

we

must debate

within the framework of the Constitution, the merits of a term-limit amendment

mandate an up or down vote on any congressional payraise

TESTIMONY
The Honorable Michael D. Crapo, M.C.
SUBMITTED BEFORE THE JOINT COMMITTEE

ON THE ORGANIZATION OF CONGRESS

Thursday, February 4, 1993

As Member of the Freshman class of 1993 and a newcomer to Congress, I appreciate this opportunity to represent my views in this comprehensive series of hearings on proposals to reform the Congress. It is my fervent hope, and the hope of millions of Americans grown disillusioned by the conduct of this institution, that this bipartisan and bicameral forum will yield meaningful and long-term reforms.

One of the primary reasons I ran for this office, and for many of the 110 new members of Congress this year, was my firm conviction that the Congress requires fundamental reform. For too many people in this country, Congress is seen as an institution that places self-service above public service. Too many of us are seen as politicians who place confrontation and self-promotion ahead of solving problems.

I believe that these hearings are as much the result of public concern as our own efforts to institute reform of this institution. I believe there will be strong support for our task ahead and for seeing it through to the end.

Many people realize that congress must establish stricter standards of conduct and behavior for itself if it is to confront the larger issue of the federal budget deficit with discipline. with a substantive reorganization of Congress, including a more solid process of accountability for Members, we can make progress in being able to say "no" to unnecessary federal programs or special interests. Greater accountability and limits on Members' own means of self-promotion will help restore the Congress's integrity, respect, and character.

Part of the problem was illustrated to me last week when I received a note from a concerned mother from my district whose son had written a poem about Congress as a school assignment. The student, a 16-year old Eagle Scout with a genuine pride in his country, has this alarming end of a poem about the institutional vagaries of ngress:

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