If this doesn't smell swampy, nothing does.
Politico reported yesterday that at least four members of Congress secured "small business loans" for companies to which they are closely tied. These companies are either run by their families or employ their spouse as a senior executive.
Republicans on the list include Rep. Roger Williams of Texas, a wealthy businessman who owns auto dealerships, body shops and car washes, and Rep. Vicky Hartzler of Missouri, whose family owns multiple farms and equipment suppliers across the Midwest. The Democrats count Rep. Susie Lee of Nevada, whose husband is CEO of a regional casino developer, and Rep. Debbie Mucarsel Powell of Florida, whose husband is an executive at a restaurant chain that has since returned the loan.
These loans could be as large as $10 million, and no one knows how many more members of Congress have benefited. As we reported at ConventionofStates.com, the federal government has blocked the release of information related to loan recipients. It's up to members of Congress to come forward, and we know how transparent our federal officials can be.
To most Americans, the fact that members of Congress benefit on the backs of taxpayers comes as no surprise. Representatives and senators get rich in D.C. as they rake in taxpayer-funded salaries, benefits, and positions while pretending to serve their constituents.
But just because it's common doesn't mean it's right -- and we have the power to make a change.
An Article V Convention of States is called and controlled by the states and has the power to propose constitutional amendments. These amendments can drain the swamp -- really drain the swamp -- by limiting the power of the federal government, mandating term limits, and imposing fiscal restraints.
Corruption will always exists, but our system of government is about checks and balances that limit the damage of that corruption. We think it's high time to impose real checks and balances on our members of Congress, and the best way to do that is with an Article V Convention of States.
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