Tell Your US Senators: Vote YES for S. 1/H​.​R. 1, the For The People Act & End Filibuster

Tell Your US Senators: Vote YES for S. 1/H​.​R. 1, the For The People Act & End Filibuster

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CleanSlateNow Action started this petition to U.S. House of Representatives and

(Much of this text is excerpted from the website of lead sponsor Congressman John Sarbanes, MD-3.  The original petition has been updated since H.R. 1 passed in the U.S. House and is moving to the U.S. Senate.)

This is our best chance since Citizens United to get big money out of politics!  Please sign the petition and tell your Member of Congress to Vote YES on S. 1/H.R. 1, the For The People Act.

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PETITION TO CONGRESS

The 2020 election underscored the need for comprehensive, structural democracy reform. Americans across the country were forced to overcome rampant voter suppression, gerrymandering and a torrent of special-interest dark money just to exercise their vote and their voice in our democracy.

It shouldn’t have to be this way.

By signing this petition, we join the 222 U.S. House Co-Sponsors as Community Co-Sponsors, and we call on the U.S. Senate to vote YES to advance S. 1/H.R. 1, the For the People Act – a transformational anti-corruption and clean elections reform package – in the 117th Congress.

Clean up corruption in Washington, empower the American people, and restore faith and integrity to our government by passing the For the People Act now.

This is critical legislation to counter the corrupting influence of big money in politics.  Every other issue we care about -- from Climate Change to Racial Justice, from Health Care to Gun Safety, from Education to Immigration -- hinges on our ability to protect voting rights and ensure clean and fair elections.  We are paying attention to your words and actions, and we will remember your stance on the For the People Act in your next election.

The For The People Act addresses our Civil Rights and Voting Rights.  We further call on U.S. Senators to keep a minority of Senate members from blocking Civil Rights and Voting Rights legislation supported by an overwhelming majority of the people of the United States.  If a minority of Senate members attempt to block this legislation through a filibuster, we call on our U.S. Senators to bring an end to the filibuster.

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Fact Sheet -- S. 1/H.R. 1 Highlights:

CLEAN AND FAIR ELECTIONS

  • Improve Access – S. 1/H.R. 1 expands access to the ballot box by taking aim at institutional barriers to voting, including cumbersome voter registration systems, disenfranchisement and limited voting hours. H.R. 1 will create automatic voter registration across the country, ensure that individuals who have completed felony sentences have their full voting rights restored, expand early voting and enhance absentee voting, simplify voting by mail, reduce long lines and wait times for voters and modernize America’s voting system.
  • Promote Integrity – S. 1/H.R. 1 commits Congress to build the record necessary to restore the Voting Rights Act, as embodied by the House-passed H.R. 4. It also commits Congress to deliver full congressional voting rights and self-government for the residents of the District of Columbia, which only statehood can provide, prohibits voter roll purges like those seen in Ohio, Georgia and elsewhere and ends partisan gerrymandering to prevent politicians from picking their voters.
  • Ensure Security – S. 1/H.R. 1 ensures that American elections are decided by American voters, without interference, by enhancing federal support for voting system security, particularly with paper ballots and also by increasing oversight of election system vendors and by requiring the development of a national strategy to protect U.S. democratic institutions.

END THE DOMINANCE OF BIG MONEY IN OUR POLITICS

  • Guarantee Disclosure – S. 1/H.R. 1 shines a light on dark money in politics by upgrading online political ad disclosure and requiring all organizations involved in political activity to disclose their large donors. H.R. 1 also breaks the so-called ‘nesting-doll’ sham that allows big-money contributors and special interests to hide the true funding source of their political spending.
  • Empower Citizens – S. 1/H.R. 1 strengthens the political power of hardworking Americans by creating a publicly financed multiple matching system for small donations. This innovative, 21st-century system of citizen-owned elections will break the stranglehold of special interests on Congress and lay the groundwork for an agenda that meets the needs of the American people. The voluntary multiple matching system will be completely paid for by a new surcharge on corporate law breakers and wealthy tax cheats. That way, the individuals and corporations who break the public trust – like Wells Fargo, which created fake bank accounts for unwitting customers, or Volkswagen, which lied about harmful carbon emissions from its vehicles, or Facebook, which violates Americans’ privacy, or Purdue Pharma, which fueled the opioid crisis – bear the cost of building a more just and equitable democracy. H.R. 1 also reaffirms Congress’ authority to regulate money in politics, pushing back on the Supreme Court’s wrong-headed Citizens United decision.
  • Strengthen Oversight – S. 1/H.R. 1 ensures that there are cops on the campaign finance beat that will enforce the laws on the books. H.R. 1 tightens rules on super PACs and restructures the Federal Election Commission to break the gridlock and enhance its enforcement mechanisms. It also repeals Mitch McConnell’s riders that prevent government agencies from requiring commonsense disclosure of political spending.

ENSURE PUBLIC SERVANTS WORK FOR THE PUBLIC INTEREST

  • Fortify Ethics Law – S. 1/H.R. 1 breaks the influence economy in Washington and increases accountability by expanding conflict of interest law and divestment requirements, slowing the revolving door, preventing Members of Congress from serving on corporate boards and requiring presidents to disclose their tax returns.
  • Impose Greater Ethics Enforcement – S. 1/H.R. 1 gives teeth to federal ethics oversight by overhauling the Office of Government Ethics, closing loopholes for lobbyists and foreign agents, ensuring watchdogs have sufficient resources to enforce the law and creating a code of ethics for the Supreme Court.

To take further action -- and to call your Member of Congress before the vote -- please click here.

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