Blumenauer Co-Sponsors Comprehensive Democracy Reform Package on Opening Day of 116th Congress

January 4, 2019
Press Release

United States House of Representatives

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January 4, 2019

 

 

Blumenauer Co-Sponsors Comprehensive Democracy Reform Package on Opening Day of 116th Congress

 

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) cosponsored a comprehensive democracy reform package in the House of Representatives alongside Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Congressman John Sarbanes (D-MD), Chair of the Democracy Reform Task Force. This legislation is the first bill introduced in the 116th Congress and includes key provisions that pave the way toward implementing Oregon’s successful vote-by-mail and automatic voter registration model.

 

“Our democracy should be made available to everyone. Oregon has been a model of that sentiment and I’m proud that our way is being recognized at the federal level, said Congressman Blumenauer. “I’ve been working on voting reform since my early days in public service and now more than ever, access to the ballot is under threat across the country. My hope is that this comprehensive reform will eradicate any roadblock to actively participating in our democracy.”

 

“Earl Blumenauer has been a crucial partner in developing H.R. 1, the For the People Act – a once-in-a-generation opportunity to clean up Washington and return to government of, by and for the people,” said Congressman John Sarbanes, the lead author of H.R. 1 and Chair of the Democracy Reform Task Force. “His leadership on reform issues – especially when it comes to expanding access to voting-by-mail – is a key reason why we’ve been able to present the American people with such a robust and sweeping set of reforms to end the dominance of big money in politics, make public officials actually serve the public, and make it easier, not harder, to vote.”

 

House Democrats formally introduced House Resolution 1, the For the People Act, to improve our election system, end the influence of big money in politics, and strengthen ethics law. In addition to expanding vote-by-mail and automatic voter registration, the legislation improves access to the ballot box, fully restores the Voting Rights Act, and improves election security. It also increases campaign finance transparency, establishes public financing on small-dollar donations, and improves campaign finance oversight by restructuring the Federal Election Commission and ending Super PAC-candidate coordination. Finally, the legislation requires sitting presidents and vice presidents and candidates for the presidency and vice presidency release the tax returns for the 10 previous years.

 

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