Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, today applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for passing H.R. 1, the For the People Act. This bill, promoting good governance, expands voting rights for Americans, reduces the dominance of big money in politics, and ensures that public officials work for the people, not special interests.
"The election made clear that we need comprehensive, structural reforms to our democracy. Because of voter suppression, gerrymandering and dark money in politics, many Americans have lost faith in our democracy. We must do better to shore up and strengthen the foundations of our democracy. This legislation says our government should work for the people, not special interests. With this transformative bill, we increase transparency, clean up corruption in government, reform campaign finance laws and ensure that every person has the right to vote.
The For the People Act would:
Ensure fair elections and make it easier for Americans to exercise their right to vote by creating automatic voter registration, expanding early voting, and investing in election infrastructure.
Reform our campaign finance system by ensuring complete transparency, putting in place reasonable limits on campaign finance reforms, and empowering citizens by establishing a matching system for small donations.
Put in place national redistricting reform by requiring states to adopt independent redistricting commissions for purposes of drawing Congressional districts.
Demand accountability and guarantee public officials put the American people first by prohibiting Members of Congress from using taxpayer funds to settle any case of employment discrimination acts, requiring presidents to disclose ten years of federal tax returns and strengthening the Office of Government Ethics.