A Year of Fighting a Broken System
One year ago, I wrote an op-ed calling on Congress to take action on a landmark bill that would address the role money in politics has played in stopping real progress for the American people…. Three days after that op-ed was published, I led the charge to pass that bill, HR 1, the For the People Act, through the House of Representatives. That bill aimed at taking power away from corporate special interests by bringing dark money into the light and empowering everyday Americans in our elections. It would have strengthened ethics rules for government officials, including members of Congress, reduced the power of lobbyists, and even secured our elections. What’s happened in the year since is not just an example of the hyperpartisan politics that has plagued Washington, but it’s also an example of what happens when the powerful prevail and corporate interests win out against the voice of the people…. It’s not too late to make a change. The Senate can take this bill up next week and work with those of us in the House to work out our differences, like adults, and make meaningful changes to the system that is so clearly broken. I’m ready to get to work, and ready to make this system work for the people to whom I and every one of my colleagues swore an oath to serve.