February 26, 2019 / Press Releases

Statement on House Administration Committee Markup on the For The People Act

End Citizens United President Tiffany Muller released the following statement on today’s House Administration Committee markup on the For the People Act (H.R. 1):

“Americans have had it with being cut out of the conversation while mega-donors and special interests pull the strings in Washington. Today’s House Administration Committee markup hearing is a major milestone in the fight to restore power in our democracy to the people. The bill is designed to restore the public’s trust and get government back to doing the business of the people by ending the dominance of big money, strengthening ethics rules, and protecting the right to vote.

“Republicans who continue to oppose this bill are out of step with the American people. Their barrage of lies and insults reveal just how desperate they are to protect the rigged system. They will be held accountable.

“We thank Chairwoman Lofgren and other Democratic members of the committee for helping to see this landmark legislation through the committee process in the House. ECU applauds their leadership and will continue to fight in support of the bill.”

Ranking member Rep. Rodney Davis, who led opposition to the For the People Act, was recently exposed for his close ties to special interests.

The For the People Act is borne out of the 2018 midterm elections that saw a majority of Democrats run on a platform of cleaning up corruption and unrigging the system in Washington. The comprehensive bill will restore voting rights, safeguard the integrity of elections, reform ethics laws, and end the dominance of big money in politics. In October, ECU organized a letter, signed by three-quarters of the incoming 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.

To watch a stream of the markup, click here.

For a section-by-section of H.R. 1, click here.

For the H.R. 1 bill text, click here.

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