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Quigley introduces Reducing Nefarious Crimes (RNC) Act
2020-08-25

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On Aug. 25, U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley ( D-Illinois ) introduced the Reducing Nefarious Crimes Act, or RNC Act, to increase penalties for violating the Hatch Act.

The introduction happened while the Republication National Convention ( which also uses the acronym RNC ) is taking place.

The Hatch Act prohibits executive branch employees from using their official roles for campaign purposes. However, according to a statement from Quigley's office, "Members of the Trump administration have flagrantly violated this statue throughout the past three years, with senior Administration officials even being reprimanded by the Office of Special Counsel, yet all have continued in their roles without consequence."

Quigley said, "From Kellyanne Conway to Sarah Sanders to the President's own daughter, Ivanka Trump, more than a dozen members of this administration have callously violated the law. Despite recommendations from OSC and complaints from the public, not a single official has faced any consequences or been removed from their position.

"Instead, they have repeated the same actions again and again without fear of true consequences. We must make it clear to this administration—and every administration that follows—that no one is above the law."

U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings ( D-Florida ), Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton ( D-District of Columbia ) and U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky ( D-Illinois ) are co-sponsoring the RNC Act.


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