August 22, 2019 / Press Releases

End Citizens United President Calls for the Passage of the For the People Act in Rhode Island and New Hampshire

The For the People Act passed the House in March and is once-in-a-generation anti-corruption, voting rights, and money in politics reform legislation

Today, End Citizens United Action Fund President Tiffany Muller and Representative John Sarbanes traveled to Rhode Island and New Hampshire for a series of events calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to pass the For the People Act (H.R. 1/S. 949). In Rhode Island, Muller and Sarbanes joined Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Representative David Cicilline for a press conference. In New Hampshire, Muller and Sarbanes participated in a roundtable discussion with Representative Chris Pappas about how the proliferation of big money in politics is driving up the cost of prescription drugs.

“The For the People Act is the key to making government work for people, not just mega-donors and special interests,” said ECU Action Fund President Tiffany Muller. “H.R. 1 passed the House earlier this spring with unanimous support of House Democrats but has since been buried in Mitch McConnell’s legislative graveyard. Progress can’t be made on key issues, like climate change, gun violence and prescription drugs, until we get money out of politics. This begins with a vote on the For the People Act in the Senate.”

The For the People Act passed the House in March and is once-in-a-generation anti-corruption, voting rights, and money in politics reform legislation. The bill would unrig the broken system in Washington and open the doors for action and progress on critical issues, including combating climate change, preventing gun violence, and lowering the cost of prescription drugs.

In October of 2018, End Citizens United organized a letter, signed by three-quarters of the incoming freshman class, demanding reform be the first item on the agenda in the new Congress. A post-election poll commissioned by ECU found that 75 percent of 2018 voters in battleground House districts said cracking down on Washington corruption was their top priority. So far in the 116th Congress, the Senate has only focused on judicial nominations, earning bipartisan condemnation, instead of tackling real issues.

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