The US House has passed HR1- For The People Act of 2019 but it will never become law if Senator Mitch McConnell refuses to bring it to the Senate floor.
What will this HR1 address if passed into law? Thanks to Indivisible for this summary
- Voter empowerment and access. Through measures such as automatic voter registration, same-day registration, restoring the Voting Rights Act, protecting against improper purging of voter rolls, requiring states to upgrade and secure their election systems, restoring voting rights to those with past criminal convictions, providing adequate early voting opportunities, and preventing partisan gerrymandering through independent redistricting commissions, H.R. 1 helps ensure that everyone is included and represented in our democracy, and has unimpeded opportunities to participate
- Money in politics. A constitutional amendment is needed to overturn the chaos that Citizens United and related decisions unleashed into our campaign finance system. H.R. 1 starts that process immediately. Additionally, it further stems the tide of big money in our politics by amplifying small-dollar donations through public financing, encouraging small-dollar donations through tax incentives, eliminating “dark money” by requiring disclosure of all political spending (including online ads), cutting off cooperation between candidates and super PACs, and empowering the Federal Election Commission to truly enforce campaign finance law. Preventing corporate political spending without input and consent from shareholders Tightening the definition of “lobbyist” in order to crack down on the revolving door of influencers in Washington.
- Ethics and corruption. H.R. 1 cracks down on corruption by making sure that ethics rules apply to all government officials – including the president. This means demanding disclosure of and divestment from any financial interests that pose conflicts of interest, and then for the rest of the executive branch locking the “revolving door” of lobbyists and government officials, prohibiting bribery, and demanding full disclosure of information revealing potential and actual conflicts of interest. Requiring presidents to divest from business holdings that may create a conflict of interest. Requiring disclosure not only of personal tax returns from presidents, but also business returns, allowing us to see the full scope of corruption.
- It also includes an amendment that Congresswoman Angie Craig put forward that would prohibit members of Congress from serving on boards of for-profit organizations, thereby eliminating more potential conflicts of interest.
Here is Congresswoman Craig and Congressman John Lewis discussing the importance of HR1- For the People Act
Why would McConnell and others in the GOP be against HR1?
Why be against empowering voters, getting money out of politics and ending corruption?