What Our Democracy Needs Now: Legislation That Returns Power to the American People
Last year, the U.S. House of Representatives passed HR 1, the For the People Act —sweeping anti-corruption legislation that would represent the biggest reform of money and ethics in government since Watergate. We are leading the For the People Act in the Senate because this legislation is the road map we need to take our democratic republic out of the hands of the powerful and privileged, and give it back to “We the People.” The For the People Act represents a powerful step to reclaim our government from insidious forces that have maintained power for the privileged few and broken our politics…. For a year now, the For the People Act has sat buried on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s desk. This legislation has become an unfortunate victim of McConnell’s legislative graveyard. And in fact, our broken democracy — with rampant voter suppression and special interest influence — is why this legislative graveyard exists in the first place…. During the Constitutional Convention in 1787, Benjamin Franklin was famously asked, “What do we have, a republic or a monarchy?” Franklin responded: “A republic, if you can keep it.” Today, to “keep it” we must rescue the For the People Act from Mitch McConnell’s legislative graveyard — and close that graveyard for good. Throughout our history, grassroots efforts to fight for democratic principles have shown the power to create change that sends shock waves around the world. Now it’s our turn to be the change our era demands.