Crow Leads Letter Calling on Sen. McConnell to Bring H.R. 1 for a Vote
Washington, DC –– Today, Rep. Jason Crow (CO-06) helped lead a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urging him to allow a debate and an up or down vote on the For the People Act (H.R.1). The letter, led by Crow and 11 other freshmen members, was signed in total by more than 60 freshmen members. The For the People Act passed the U.S. House in March and is a once-in-a-generation anti-corruption, voting rights, and money in politics reform bill.
The letter reads in part:
“Across the country, the American people have made clear that they want Congress to enact meaningful anti-corruption reform. That's why we pledged action on comprehensive campaign finance, ethics, and voting reforms as the first priority for the 116th Congress. As newly sworn-in Members, we got right to work on the For the People Act (H.R. 1), the most comprehensive set of pro-democracy reforms in a generation, passing it out of the House in March. Following a campaign season in which corruption and the power of special interests was a central theme, H.R. 1 delivered on our promise to clean up Washington and create a democracy that works for all of us.”
You can read the full text of the letter here.
“The American people deserve to know where Senator Mitch McConnell and the Senate stand on H.R. 1,” Congressman Crow said. “For too long, the special interests have had a stranglehold on Washington—passing bills that benefit ultra-wealthy and corporate lobbyists. We need to end the culture of corruption and that begins with H.R. 1, a bill that would strike at the heart of the rot and return power to everyday Americans.”
“In the 2018 midterms, the American people demanded reform and elected leaders who would fight against the special interests controlling Washington,” said End Citizens United President Tiffany Muller. “By passing the For the People Act so swiftly, the new Democratic majority proved they are accountable to voters, not special interests. The House has done its job, but because of Senator Mitch McConnell, the Senate hasn’t even held a hearing on the bill. Mitch McConnell is acting like a puppet in the hands of the Big Money corporate special interests that keep him in power. McConnell should listen to the people and allow the Senate to vote on the For the People Act.”