Democratic Leaders Reaffirm Commitment to H.R. 1, the For the People Act

At Press Conference, Speaker Pelosi and Minority Leader Schumer Say That H.R. 1 Will Lead Democratic Agenda


Feb 11, 2020
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) reaffirmed the position of H.R. 1, the For the People Act, as a key legislative priority for House and Senate Democrats.

H.R. 1, a transformative anti-corruption and clean elections bill, would expose secret foreign money in our politics, crack down on lobbyists, improve federal ethics law, strengthen election security, protect the right to vote and return power back to the American people with clean, citizen-owned elections.

“Look, both of us stand strongly – and our whole caucuses do from one end to the other – that we want to do everything we can to get rid of Citizens United, that we want to go back to the days of real [campaign] finance reform,” said Leader Schumer. “And we stand for that, plain and simple. And we will, if we get the majority – if, God willing, the Speaker keeps the majority – I think both have a good chance of happening. That’s going to be a top priority.”

“It is a top priority for us now,” said Speaker Pelosi. “We passed H.R. 1…. We did three things when we ran in 2018 – for the people. We said we were going to lower the cost of health care for America’s families by lowering the cost of prescription drugs, as we protected the preexisting conditions benefit, lower healthcare, bigger paychecks by building the infrastructure of America in a green way, a resilient way, for the future…. And, three: cleaner government…. It was about lowering the influence of dark special interest money in elections as well as giving opportunity for small donors to weigh in – that everybody thought that his or her voice counted as much as anyone else’s. With John Lewis’ provisions in there to end voter suppression and the rest of that.”

Pelosi continued: “We have three bills – [to Schumer] you have three bills on the floor right now in terms of election security. And that is the SHIELD Act, the SAFE Act, elements of H.R. 1. Why are the Republicans so afraid of stopping foreign interference in our elections? Why are the Republicans so afraid of protecting the integrity of our elections?”

See below for the leaders’ full remarks.