On the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives today, Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) cited H.R.1, the For the People Act, as one of House Democrats’ signature accomplishments in the 116th Congress.
“Last year, the American people embraced the Democrats’ For the People agenda: Lower health care costs, raise wages and clean up corruption.
“Americans hate corruption. They hate the idea that people are cutting the line, breaking the rules and getting ahead – cheating on the system. They want to see us clean that up in Washington. And they sent us last year with a very, very powerful message.
“Three things, they said. The first was, ‘Make it so that I can get to the ballot box in America without running an obstacle course. Make it easier to register and vote in this country.’ And in H.R. 1, the For the People Act, we did that. We put that proposal forward to strengthen voting.
“The second thing they said was, ‘When you get to Washington, behave yourselves.’ It’s that simple. Be ethical. Be accountable. Answer to the people. So, we put ethics reforms into H.R. 1, the For the People Act.
“And the last thing they said is, ‘When you get to Washington, don’t get tangled up in the money, remember where you came from, work for us, not for the special interests and the insiders and the lobbyists.’ And we fixed that in H.R. 1. That was part of the For the People agenda.”
H.R. 1, authored by Congressman Sarbanes, passed the U.S. House of Representatives on March 8, 2019.