Reps. Pappas and Tauscher
February 19, 1997
in this forum:
How should Congress deal with entitlements? How do you tell a vital project from "pork"? Is the DNC financing scandal worse than those in the past or are they just getting noticed? Are term limits the way to go? REP. PAPPAS: Will the recent DNC scandal change the way fundraising is done? REP. TAUSCHER: What is the government's role in developing the nation's information infrastructure? REP. PAPPAS: How did you vote on term limits, population control, and a balanced budget amendment?
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A question from Matthew Shepherd of Matawan, NJ:
I am in my second year as a political science major at Rutgers University, and we recently went over the parameters of campaign donations and soft money. So my question to you, Congressman Papas, is what do you feel that your committee will do in light of the recent allegations against the illegal fundraising done by the DNC, and will these decisions handed down by your committee have any real effect on how political campaigns are financed today and beyond?
Rep. Mike Pappas responds:
The Government Reform and Oversight Committee will hold several public hearings in order to gain a greater understanding of the role that the White House staff and the President had in raising funds for the Democratic National Committee.
At the conclusion of the hearings, I believe that members of the two parties will achieve a consensus of common areas of campaign of campaign finance reform. Presently, I believe that we do have some areas of common ground on closing loopholes and maintaining greater levels of public disclosure that serve as a starting point of reform.