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Congress Passes Key Provisions of Protecting Our Democracy Act

MARCH 11, 2022 

Anushka Sarkar, [email protected]

Measures protecting taxpayer dollars, Inspectors General and whistleblowers from future presidential abuses of power were included in government spending package

WASHINGTON, D.C. —Late last night, the Senate passed legislation to fund the government through September. Included in this package were two provisions of the Protecting Our Democracy Act (PODA) that safeguard Congress’ constitutionally mandated “power of the purse” and empower inspectors general in the intelligence community. The legislation now heads to President Biden’s desk.

Stand Up America Founder & President Sean Eldridge responded to the inclusion of PODA provisions in the omnibus package:

“Last night, Congress took the first steps to prevent future abuses of presidential power by reaffirming Congress’ constitutional spending authority and protecting inspectors general’s ability to perform independent oversight and maintain the public’s trust in our institutions.  

“We can’t stop here. Passing additional protections included in the Protecting our Democracy Act would prevent presidential abuse and corruption, increase transparency, and send a powerful message that no president, regardless of party, is above the law.” 

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