Senate Democrats Make Democracy Reform First Bill of New Majority
Senate Democrats are making a sweeping democracy reform package the first bill they plan to introduce after taking back the majority. Incoming Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and incoming Rules Committee Chairwoman Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) said on Tuesday that the first bill Senate Democrats will offer will be the For The People Act, which passed the House during the previous Congress but stalled in the GOP-controlled Senate.... The bill, which is endorsed by a wide swath of progressive and civil rights groups, includes, among other things, changes to voter registration requirements, more funding for election security, requirements for presidents and vice presidents to disclose their tax returns and new ethics rules for members of Congress. The bill would also require a code of ethics for the Supreme Court, boost public funding for presidential elections and require new disclosures for online advertising. The decision to make the bill the first offered by the incoming Senate Democratic majority comes after House Democrats made the bill “H.R. 1,” underscoring its status as a top legislative priority.