- Voting & Elections
The House Passed H.R. 1 – What Comes Next?
Exciting news! The House just passed the most sweeping election integrity bill that we’ve seen in nearly two decades. The For The People Act (H.R. 1) contains major reforms to campaign finance, voting, and ethics rules.
The Senate must now act on this omnibus package.
There are elements of this package that Democrats and Republicans can both support, such as the need to address election security and foreign tampering in our elections. Other pivotal areas include strengthening the Voting Rights Act; matching small donor contributions to empower everyday individuals in our elections; eliminating gerrymandering; and ending voter suppression.
With House passage for the For the People Act (H.R. 1), the Senate can now take up Sen. Tom Udall’s (NM) Senate companion bill or it can take a more piecemeal approach by passing parts of H.R. 1. Either way, the Senate must act. The status quo is unsustainable. The integrity of our elections is harmed when campaigns are directed and funded by the largest donors; politicians can pick their voters; or local officials can create sophisticated measures to make it harder to vote.
Reach out to your Senators and urge them to take action now that the House has passed a bill. Act now.
On March 12, I joined Jim Cason, FCNL’s associate executive secretary for strategic advocacy, for a briefing about next steps for H.R. 1. Watch the recording: