Deutch, House Democrats Introduce Major Democracy Reform as H.R. 1
Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22) joined Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Congressman John Sarbanes (MD-03), and House Democrats to introduce the For the People Act(H.R. 1), comprehensive legislation encompassing a number of important pro-democracy and anti-corruption reforms, including making elections more accessible, bringing transparency and oversight to campaign finance, and reforming and enforcing ethics laws over the federal government.
"I'm proud that House Democrats chose, as one of our first acts in the majority, to introduce these badly-needed reforms to strengthen our democracy and hold the executive branch and Congress to a higher ethical standard," Congressman Deutch said. "The American people expect and deserve a government that reflects their interests. That means making our election process more fair, accessible, transparent, and secure to restore American voters' voices in our government.
"It is within this spirit that I also reintroduced my Democracy For All constitutional amendment to overturn the disastrous Citizens United decision and end the limitless spending in our elections. Voters elected Democrats to restore power back to the American people, and with this bill we are following our promises with actions."
The For the People Act includes legislation previously introduced by Congressman Deutch and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) to require high-ranking government officials to disclose work they have done to raise money for political purposes that may raise conflicts of interest in their new government role. The Conflicts from Political Fundraising Act was included with other anti-corruption reforms that will empower the Office of Government Ethics to ensure that public servants are putting the will of the American people above wealthy special interests.
Yesterday, Congressman Deutch joined with his colleagues Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA), Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD), and Congressman John Katko (R-NY) to re-introduce the Democracy for All Amendment, a constitutional amendment to get big money out of politics and restore democratic power to the American people. The amendment affirms the right of states and the federal government to pass laws that regulate spending in elections, reversing the concentration of political influence held by the wealthiest Americans and large corporations capable of spending millions of dollars in our elections. This legislation comes days before the ninth anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s disastrous ruling in the Citizens United case.