With Rep. Crow's Leadership, House Passes Once-in-a-Generation Reform Bill

March 8, 2019
Press Release

Congressman Jason Crow (CO-06) today voted to pass H.R. 1, the For the People Act, a sweeping package of reforms that combats the culture of corruption in Washington by stemming the flood of big money in our elections, protecting access to the ballot box, and holding politicians accountable.

“We came to Washington on a promise to end politics as usual and today we delivered on that promise. Ensuring quality affordable health care, ending the scourge of gun violence, and combating climate change all depend on our ability to end the influence of special interests, and this bill strikes at the heart of the rot,” said Rep. Jason Crow. “We must ensure our leaders are held to the highest standards of transparency and accountability, not the lowest. I’m proud to be a leader on this historic bill and call on the Senate to take it up immediately.”

“History was made today,” said ECU Action Fund President Tiffany Muller. “Rep. Crow made a promise to voters that they would fight the power of special interests and end the culture of corruption consuming Washington and today he delivered on that promise. We applaud Rep. Crow, who championed reform from the beginning and took Washington by storm with his ideas of restoring power back to the American people.”

This week, Crow helped led the charge for H.R.1, advocating for it at the Democratic Caucus’ weekly press conference, calling on his colleagues to pass H.R.1 on the House floor, publishing an op-ed in The Hill with his colleague and fellow veteran Rep. Jared Golden, and speaking with his freshmen colleagues and End Citizens United on the role of the freshmen class in passing the bill.

In addition to being a co-sponsor of H.R. 1, Crow led a letter to Congress calling for an anti-corruption and reform bill to be a top priority in the new Congress. In September 2017, he was one of the first to speak out against the corrupting influence of corporate PAC money in our elections. Dedicated to transparency and accountability, Crow is one of the few members of Congress to release hisdaily congressional meetings.

 

Specifically, H.R. 1 would help end the reign of special interest money in American politics by:

  • Upgrading online political ad disclosure and strengthening large donor disclosure rules;
  • Cutting off the flow of foreign money into our elections;
  • Committing to overturning Citizens United; and
  • Demanding the special interests who broke the political system bear a significant cost of fixing it.

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:

  • Promoting automatic, online, and same-day voter registration;
  • Expanding early and absentee voting;
  • Recruiting and training more poll workers;
  • Supporting adoption of paper ballot systems to bolster election security;
  • Protecting voting systems against cyber attacks; and
  • Requiring independent redistricting commissions to help combat partisan gerrymandering.

Additionally, the legislation would hold politicians accountable:

  • Tightening rules on lobbyists and foreign agents;
  • Slowing the special interest revolving door between Capitol Hill and corporate lobbyists;
  • Reforming the Office of Government Ethics; and
  • Prohibiting Members of Congress from serving on for-profit corporate boards or using public dollars to settle harassment lawsuits.
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