Editorials

Mar 8, 2019 Editorials
Our legislation, the For the People Act, numbered H.R. 1 and introduced by Maryland’s Rep. John Sarbanes, will restore public trust in Congress and the federal government in several critical ways. From redistricting reforms to campaign finance reforms, from strengthening Americans’ access to the ballot box, to higher ethical standards for our nation’s leaders, the For the People Act will protect our democracy and put power back in the hands of the American people.
Mar 6, 2019 Editorials
Importantly, our voluntary decision to reject corporate money won’t on its own address the structural inequities in our democracy. That’s why we’re proud to support H.R. 1, a robust package of reforms that will make it easier to vote, start to curb the dominance of big money in politics, and ensure our elected officials are working in the public interest. These are key reforms that we’re excited to help lead on, and we hope the Senate will pass and the president will sign this legislation into law. We are mindful of the challenges ahead, but we also know that we’re on the right side of history.
Mar 5, 2019 Editorials
H.R. 1 will increase access to the ballot box, end gerrymandering, and limit the influence of big money in politics. This omnibus package is Democrats’ promise to the American public to create real lasting voting reform, to eliminate discriminatory voting laws, and make critical investments in election infrastructure and technology.
Mar 5, 2019 Editorials
If we’re going to change our system, if we’re going to restore faith in our Congress and if we’re going to make change for working New Jersey families, we need to end the dominance of big money in politics. In short, for Congress to work, it needs to work for us and not them. Because of this, the very first bill I co-sponsored as a member of Congress was HR 1, the For the People Act. This legislation would take real steps to drain the swamp, empower voters, and put forth serious solutions where rhetoric has failed.
Feb 14, 2019 Editorials
As a cosponsor of H.R. 1, I am pleased the following long-standing election reform bills I have authored are in this groundbreaking bill.
Feb 2, 2019 Editorials
That's why I'm proud that the new Democratic majority in the House proposed, as one of our first items of business, H.R. 1 -- a sweeping elections and campaign reform bill that will remove the roadblocks many eligible Americans face on their way to the ballot box and help end the dominance of big money in politics. As the new chairman of the House Rules Committee, I look forward to bringing H.R. 1 to the floor for debate.
Jan 31, 2019 Editorials
On January 3rd, my Democratic colleagues and I introduced “H.R. 1,” the “For the People Act “ a sweeping anti-corruption and democracy reform package that will help ensure the government is working for ordinary Americans, not special interests.
Jan 22, 2019 Editorials
I started off the 116th Congress by cosponsoring H.R. 1 to end corruption, strengthen democracy and voting rights and remove dark money from politics. This long-overdue legislation will restore faith in government.
Jan 18, 2019 Editorials
H.R. 1 includes provisions from the Redistricting Reform Act, legislation that I am proud to co-lead with my colleagues Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Julia Brownley (D-CA) and John Sarbanes (D-MD). This legislation traces its roots to the first bill I introduced in Congress, and would require all states to form open, transparent and independent redistricting commissions to draw congressional district boundaries after each census. These commissions follow the lead of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission and the California Citizens Redistricting Commission.
Jan 18, 2019 Editorials
I know that Democrats, Republicans and independents are all frustrated with the current state of politics and campaigns. That’s why I joined my colleagues in introducing H.R. 1, the For The People Act, a comprehensive bill to end the culture of corruption in Washington and bring more transparency to our political process. It will limit the unchecked influence of wealthy donors, prevent foreign money from manipulating America’s elections and strengthen ethics laws to prevent politicians from enriching themselves.

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