Editorials

Dec 2, 2020 Editorials

Americans turned out for the 2020 elections in numbers not seen in over 100 years. Voters made a plan and found a way to make their voices heard. 

Dec 1, 2020 Editorials

It appears that our democracy dodged a bullet — or, more precisely, multiple concerted efforts by the president of the United States to torpedo its very foundations.

Nov 28, 2020 Editorials

For generations, the United States, at its best, has been a North Star to the world — a symbol of universal values such as freedom, human rights, the rule of law and democracy. Imagine watching what is unfolding in America today from a foreign capital. The ruling party’s leader refusing to concede a free and fair election, and delaying the peaceful transfer of power.

Nov 27, 2020 Editorials

As experts posit how to rebuild our democracy and expand voting rights, we should spotlight an existing piece of legislation that can achieve these goals: H.R. 1, or the For the People Act. As the article notes, the bill would be “transformative.”

Nov 17, 2020 Editorials

The 2020 presidential election has ended with a decisive mandate for President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris. America has turned the page on the last four years, and I am eager to have a new president who has pledged to serve all Americans, not just those who voted for him. It’s time for new leadership to face our greatest challenges and it’s on us to deliver. 

Nov 1, 2020 Editorials
To help ensure that voting is easier for everybody, the federal government needs to take action. Currently, there are two comprehensive voting-rights bills in Congress, the Voting Rights Amendment Act and H.R. 1, also known as the For the People Act.... The House of Representatives passed both of these bills in 2019, with all Democrats voting in favor both times.... The Republican-led Senate has refused to act on either. Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, mocked H.R. 1 by referring to it as the “Democrat Politician Protection Act.” Listen to him closely. He is only repeating what most Republicans have believed for decades: When more people vote, Republicans lose. That’s why, if either of these laws is going to pass, it will require, at a minimum, voting out Republicans at every level who insist on suppressing the vote. Only then can those who believe in representative democracy for all Americans reset the rules and help ensure that everyone’s vote counts.
Aug 17, 2020 Editorials

The COVID-19 outbreak and the country’s long overdue reckoning with institutional racism have dramatically laid bare deep-rooted inequities in our society — inequities driven by our broken democracy. It’s time to find solutions, and we believe many of them lie in ending the twin evils of voter suppression and money in politics.

Nov 15, 2019 Editorials
Believe it or not, the SHIELD Act is the third major bill that House Democrats have passed to protect our voting systems from foreign interference. When the 116th Congress began, our first order of business was passing H.R. 1, the For The People Act, to get big money out of politics and strengthen campaign finance oversight. Shortly after that, we passed H.R. 2722, the Securing America’s Federal Elections (SAFE) Act, to improve ballot box security and modernize our election infrastructure to prevent hacking.
May 10, 2019 Editorials
And of this new majority, dozens of candidates – from districts across the country – recognized that in order to change Washington, they’d have to change how we elect the people who serve there. These candidates built campaigns powered by people, not corporations. It worked, and they won. And now House Democrats – including the most diverse class of freshmen in history – have taken concrete actions to bolster working women and men. Our first major legislative vote: The For the People Act, a sweeping campaign finance package that would drastically curb the influence of big money in politics.
Apr 16, 2019 Editorials
On day one of the 116th Congress, House Democrats introduced H.R. 1, the For the People Act. This sweeping legislation ends years of undemocratic policies and addresses a range of issues, from voter suppression to gerrymandering. It strengthens our campaign finance system to take dark money out of politics and returns control of our government to the American people. This landmark legislation, which I was proud to help pass, set the standard for how Democrats will use our time in the majority. Our priority is to empower ordinary Americans.

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