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David Jolly to pitch 'Stop Act' in Washington this morning

WASHINGTON — Rep. David Jolly this morning will get more attention for his Stop Act legislation prohibiting lawmakers from personally seeking campaign contributions.

The Pinellas County Republican and U.S. Senate candidate will participate in a 10 a.m. discussion at the National Press Club.

"Let's call the status quo of members of Congress dialing for dollars what it really is - cheating the taxpayer. It's a first-rate bipartisan shakedown of the American people and it's time to put an end to it," Jolly said. "In any other profession, if you spent half your week doing something other than what you were hired to do, you'd be fired."

Jolly's proposal has gotten widespread coverage in the news media. But he has gained little ground in selling the idea to other lawmakers. Introduced in January, the bill has only eight co-sponsors, including Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Minn., who will join him at the event Monday. C-SPAN will carry it live.

According to a news release, Nolan "served three terms in the House in the 1970's and later was elected to Congress in 2013. Nolan says that when he returned to D.C. he hardly recognized the institution because of the amount of time members spend dialing for dollars."

[Last modified: Monday, May 16, 2016 8:22am]


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