WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) voted to pass H.R. 1, the For the People Act of 2019, which she helped introduce earlier this year. This legislation would take transformative steps to clean up corruption in Washington and make Congress more accountable to the people – strengthening ethics laws, ending the dominance of big money in our elections and making it easier for Americans to vote.
“In every corner of Illinois, I’ve heard from folks who are frustrated with the corruption and self-dealing in Washington – and that’s why I helped introduce the For the People Act earlier this year,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “Today’s passage is a major victory for good government and for the American people who’ve demanded more accountability and integrity in our politics. Our bill will strengthen ethics laws and crack down on the dark money that too often contaminates our elections. Today’s passage of the For the People Act is a critical, transformative step forward for our democracy – and in the coming months, I’m looking forward to working with my colleagues to bring down the cost of health care and to rebuild America with a major investment in our infrastructure.”
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 strengthens 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. It also cracks down on conflicts of interest by banning Members of Congress from serving on corporate boards.
Click HERE or below to watch Congresswoman Bustos discuss the For the People Act on the floor of the House of Representatives today:
Thank you, Madam Speaker.
We are delivering a major victory for American families today – a victory for transparency, integrity and accountability in our democracy.
I’m proud to have helped introduce H.R 1 – the For the People Act – because in every corner of Illinois, I hear from folks who are frustrated about politics.
They’re frustrated with the secret and dark money that enters politics…
…they’re frustrated by the self-dealing in Washington…
…and they’re frustrated by the culture of corruption that rewards the powerful while the voices of hardworking Americans are downed out.
Our For the People Act will bring fundamental change to Washington.
Our bill will end the dominance of big money in politics…
…it will ensure that elections are fair…
…and it will make sure Congress is working for the people instead of for themselves – banning Members from serving on corporate boards.
Our For the People Act will make it easier to vote.
Madam Speaker, the American people sent us here to clean up the mess in Washington,
Today we are delivering on that promise.