With Crow’s Leadership, the House Passes Transformational Democracy Reform Bill
WASHINGTON - Congressman Jason Crow (CO-06) tonight joined House Democrats to pass once-in-a-generation reform legislation. H.R. 1, the For the People Act, is a sweeping anti-corruption package to clean up Washington, protect and expand voting rights, restore integrity to government and put the needs and priorities of the American people ahead of special interests.
H.R. 1 includes Crow’s legislation, the End Dark Money Act, which would close loopholes that allow mega-donors to hide their political spending.
“The For the People Act offers a solution to the most pressing challenges facing our democracy – corruption, dark money, voter suppression, and gerrymandering,” said Rep. Jason Crow. “We promised the American people an end to politics as usual and today we started down the path to delivering on that promise. The Senate must immediately take up this legislation and restore faith in our democracy.”
“Throughout his time in Congress, Jason Crow has been a fierce advocate of holding self-serving politicians accountable and protecting the right to vote,” said ECU President Tiffany Muller. “Crow ran on a platform of cleaning up corruption in Washington and has made good on that promise by passing the For the People Act. We’re grateful for his leadership on passing the For the People Act to make government more transparent and restore faith in our elections.”
“The For the People Act is the most significant election reform passed at the national level in nearly a half century – a “New Deal” for democracy,” said Owen Perkins, President of CleanSlateNow Action. “For decades, the corrupting influence of big money in politics has widened the gap between the people and their elected officials, resulting in a Congress beholden to the corporate cash bankrolling campaigns and increasingly deaf to the voice and will of the people. Every issue we care about – from climate change to health care, from education to immigration, from racial justice to affordable housing – hinges on protecting our access to the ballot box, taking wealth and access to wealth out of the equation for those seeking public office, and reclaiming our democracy with citizen-owned elections. History will long remember the leadership of Congressman Crow and the 223 House co-sponsors for restoring our faith in candidates and elected officials who prioritize the public interest over the special interests.”
Speaking on the House floor prior to the vote this week, Crow spoke to the urgency of H.R. 1:
“I have said since day one on this job that if you want to do big and transformational things in America, you first have to get rid of big money in politics. Whether you want to tackle the climate crisis, reform health care, address the gun violence epidemic, or level the playing field for American workers, it’s all about shutting off the flow of big money, ending gerrymandering, bolstering our ethics laws, and expanding access to the ballot box.”
Watch his floor speech here.
Specifically, H.R. 1 would help end the reign of special interest money in American politics by:
- Promoting digital ad transparency;
- Forcing disclosure of dark money;
- Committing to overturning Citizens United; and
- Empowering small donors with matching funds paid for by lawbreakers, not taxpayers.
H.R. 1 would also expand access to the ballot box and enhance federal support for voting system security to protect future U.S. elections by:
- Expanding automatic and same-day voter registration;
- Strengthening vote by mail, early voting, and ballot access;
- Combating voter intimidation and voter suppression;
- Protecting elections from foreign interference; and
- Fixing partisan gerrymandering.
Additionally, the legislation would hold politicians accountable by:
- Tightening rules on lobbyists and foreign agents;
- Slowing the special interest revolving door between Capitol Hill and corporate lobbyists; and
- Enforcing ethics and conflict of interest rules for all government officials;