Editorials

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
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.
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 8, 2019 Editorials
People are desperate to reclaim their democracy. So it was gratifying on the first day of the 116th Congress to lead the new Democratic majority in unveiling and introducing H.R. 1, the For the People Act — a bold and transformative reform bill that will return power to the people by making it easier, not harder, to vote; breaking the grip of big money on our politics; and strengthening ethics laws so that the public officials serve the public, not themselves.
Jan 3, 2019 Editorials

The new Democratic majority House gaveled in on Thursday with reform on its agenda — not so much of policy but of democracy itself. Admirably, the majority aims both to repair House rules and to improve the functioning of democratic institutions more broadly. Given the coarsening discourse and widening polarization, the challenge is immense.

Jan 3, 2019 Editorials

Last year, I promised that if elected to Congress, I’d put the needs of the Central Valley first.

It’s why I committed to refusing all corporate PAC (political action committee) campaign donations. It’s also why I helped lead a charge to make anti-corruption legislation a top priority in the new Congress.

Jan 3, 2019 Editorials
Despite Republican-led efforts across the country to draw gerrymandered congressional districts, flood our politics with special-interest money and suppress the vote, the American people elected a wave of Democratic candidates who are committed to unrigging our broken political system and making it more responsive to the public. And in the early days of 2019, the new Democratic majority in the U.S. House of Representatives will deliver on that promise. On Day 1, we will introduce H.R. 1 – a sweeping anti-corruption and democracy reform package that will return us to government of, by and for the people.
Jan 2, 2019 Editorials
Big problems require bold solutions. H.R. 1 includes sweeping changes to our election laws, including automatic voter registration, an end to voter-roll purges, guaranteed early voting, redistricting reform, and making Election Day a national holiday. H.R. 1 shines a light on dark money in our political system by requiring super PACs and other shadowy organizations to disclose their donors and expenditures, and creates a matching system for citizen-owned elections, allowing everyday Americans to exercise their due influence over our politics. Finally, H.R. 1 restores ethical guardrails in Washington, breaking the influence economy, cracking down on the revolving door, and stomping out conflicts of interest — including by requiring presidents to release their tax returns.
Dec 31, 2018 Editorials

From petty grifting to allegations of treason, the early Trump era has offered a survey course in how to diminish public faith in democratic institutions. All signs are that the coming years will prove even more instructive.

Which is why it’s crucial for Democratic lawmakers to stay focused on and fired up about their emerging, much-hyped crusade to clean up Washington.

Dec 15, 2018 Editorials

House Democrats won a majority in the next Congress not because they are unified behind Medicare-for-all — they are not — or because they favor an infrastructure plan — which President Trump does, too. They won in some previously GOP-friendly areas because they promised an alternative to Mr. Trump’s undignified, cynical behavior.

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