Pocan: New Dem majority will bring accountability

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MADISON - With Democrats projected to win control of the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Madison, said he feels the takeover could prompt more accountability in Washington.

Pocan said in an interview with the Beloit Daily News on Tuesday night that he felt with Democrats back in control of the House, checks and balances would come back to the federal legislative process.

"There was not necessary oversight with one party controlling the House, Senate and White House," Pocan said. "We can have some impact on that going forward."

Pocan said key issues for fellow Democrats would center on guarding health care protections brought by the Affordable Care Act; looking at ways to increase the minimum wage; and investing in infrastructure projects.

Pocan added that he felt a potential ethics reform bill, currently under development in Washington amongst Democrats, could gain traction in the coming term to fight what he termed as "no oversight" of President Donald Trump's administration fostering of a "culture of corruption."

Key ethics reform issues for Democrats include protecting voter rights and cracking down of campaign finance abuses, while it's likely Democrats could launch investigations of the Trump administration.

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