WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) helped introduce H.R. 1 – the For the People Act of 2019. This legislation would take numerous steps to clean up corruption in Washington and make Congress more accountable to the people – strengthening ethics laws, reforming big money in our elections and making it easier for citizens to vote.
“In every corner of our District, I hear from families who feel either drowned out or left behind in our democracy – and with big money and special interests all too often calling the shots, they’re absolutely right that we must level the playing field for folks across the country,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “Last year, I helped put together a concrete set of proposals to bring more transparency to Congress and to give a voice to citizens in our democratic process – and that’s why I’m proud that much of our work has been incorporated into the For the People Act. This bill is a sorely needed first step to bring more accountability to Congress and clean up the mess in Washington – because for our country to succeed, the voices of ordinary Americans cannot be ignored while the greedy special interests feed at the trough.”
Last year, as Co-Chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, Congresswoman Bustos and Democratic Leadership unveiled “A Better Deal for our Democracy” to fix Washington’s broken political system. Building on that work, the For the People Act will:
- MAKE IT EASIER TO VOTE. The For the People Act implements automatic voter registration, making available early voting and vote by mail, and strengthening our voting system by committing to reauthorize the Voting Rights Act.
- TAKE ON BIG MONEY IN POLITICS. The For the People Act requires all political organizations to disclose and make public large donations and updates political advertising laws to modernize with new digital technology.
- STRENGTHEN ETHICS LAWS AND HOLD CONGRESS ACCOUNTABLE. The For the People Act establishes a code of conduct and ethics for the Supreme Court and also closes loopholes that allow former Members of Congress to lobby without complying with the required cooling-off period – which will help break the revolving door between industry and the federal government.