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Statements on H.R. 1

House passed “For the People Act”

By David Wildstein, March 03 2021 11:21 pm

CONGRESSMAN BILL PASCRELL

“Today the House is passing the most important pro-democracy bill undertaken by Congress since 1965.  The Voting Rights Act remains the gold standard of our republic because it guaranteed that after nearly 200 years of inequity, for the first time the United States could finally attain its full promise. But American democracy is under attack. Across the nation, over 250 bills have been offered to suppress voting and rig elections. Our action today breathes new life into the VRA so that the voting rights of all our citizens cannot never be stolen away. If we do not act now, we may lurch irreparably down the path of illiberalism and authoritarianism. The stakes could not be higher. We vote today to save democracy in America.

“Additionally I am thrilled that the House has included my Presidential Tax Transparency Act in this bill, which will require all candidates for national office to release their tax returns. After the last four years of unprecedented corruption, House Democrats are today injecting vital oversight into our federal elections.”

CONGRESSMAN ANDY KIM

“I came to Congress two years ago because I saw a system that wasn’t working for the people; what I’ve seen since then is worse than I knew, and it demands we take immediate action now,” said Congressman Kim. “I hear about this from people in my own community because people understand that better politics means better policies. When public servants are serving the public, when people have full access to the ballot box, and when there are real consequences for politicians who break the rules, all of our systems work better. We face a series of generational crises, and the only way we can truly move forward to solve them is if we solve the structural issues that stand in our way.”

“I also know that this vote isn’t the end of our fight to get this bill passed.  I hope my colleagues in the Senate take this up with the same urgency we have and bring it to President Biden’s desk for his signature.”

CONGRESSMAN DONALD NORCROSS

“I’ve always supported making voting easier, not harder, and today, I proudly voted to pass the most transformational and comprehensive suite of pro-democracy reforms in a generation.  This bill gives us the opportunity to finally give more Americans the ability to have their voices heard, to implement campaign finance reform and to restore trust in our public institutions. Voting rights aren’t a partisan issue, and today is a day that our forefathers would be proud of.”

H.R. 1 will protect the right to vote, ensure the integrity of our elections, crack down on lobbyists and Washington insiders, hold elected officials accountable and end the era of big, secret, special-interest money in our politics. This historic reform effort will put an end to decades of dysfunction in Washington, return power back to the American people and put us on an inspired path toward a more equitable, just and prosperous future.”

CONGRESSWOMAN MIKIE SHERRILL

“President Trump’s Department of Homeland Security said the 2020 election was the most secure in American history, but we now see states trying to roll back recent gains made to increase voter access to the ballot box. H.R. 1 will improve election security, continue to increase access to the ballot box, and help states improve voting systems. It also takes sweeping action to hold elected leaders and those running for office accountable to the people we serve, from strengthening ethics rules to improving campaign finance disclosures.

“I’m deeply concerned that my colleagues across the aisle continue to refuse to strengthen our democracy, even in the wake of January 6. As we work on the business of the American people, we need all members to put the citizens of our country first and ensure robust participation in our democracy.”

CONGRESSMAN TOM MALINOWSKI

“Nothing is more bipartisan among the American people than opposing corruption and protecting our elections, whether from partisan manipulation or foreign interference.  In this new Congress, we finally have a chance to move these reforms forward, and I’ll do everything in my power to seize it.”

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