Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), House Committee on Administration Chairperson Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and Freshmen House Democrats to mark 200 days of Senate inaction on H.R. 1, The For The People Act, a historic reform package to restore the promise of our nation’s democracy, clean up corruption in Washington, expose secret foreign money in our politics, crack down on lobbyists and Washington insiders, strengthen America’s election security, protect the right to vote and return power back to the American people with clean, citizen-owned elections.
Since it passed on March 8, H.R. 1 has sat idle in the Republican-controlled Senate, where Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has refused to bring it up for a vote.
“This bill was crafted in response to what we were hearing from the American public, and the Freshmen Members of Congress – who are standing behind me, who you will hear from in a moment – carried that message loud and clear to this chamber,” said Congressman Sarbanes. “Mitch McConnell apparently is not listening the way we’re listening, because for 200 days, he’s kept H.R. 1 on the Senate side without bringing it to the floor. We’re asking him, ‘Bring this landmark legislation that can fix our democracy to the Senate floor so the people can have a vote.’”