Beatty Boldly Backs Bill Putting American People Ahead of Politics, Power, and Profit
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the For the People Act, H.R. 1, a transformational voting rights, election integrity, anti-corruption reform bill that will restore democratic power to the American people. Reacting to the bill’s passage, U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03), a strong supporter and cosponsor of the For the People Act, issued the following statement:
“The For The People Act will restore trust in government and guarantee that the people’s interests comes first, not special interests. This bill will also strengthen voting rights and expand voter protections as envisioned by late civil rights champion Congressman John Lewis, so that all eligible voters have equal opportunity to cast their ballot—because your vote is your voice and your voice is your power. To that effect, as the chair of the powerful Congressional Black Caucus and Representative of Ohio’s Third Congressional District, I worked hand-in-hand with House leadership, the Biden-Harris Administration, and fellow CBC colleagues to make sure that the For the People Act meets the needs of Black Americans and does not dilute minority representation.
Americans resoundingly rejected the Republican platform of politics, power, and profit above all else, electing Democratic majorities in Congress and putting Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in the White House. We must deliver on our promise to drain the swamp and put people over party. The For the People Act does precisely that.”
Highlights of the For the People Act include:
Clean and Fair Elections
- Improve Access – H.R. 1 expands access to the ballot box by taking aim at institutional barriers to voting, such as patchwork and cumbersome registration systems, disenfranchisement, and limited voting hours, which create major roadblocks to a more participatory democracy. H.R. 1 will create automatic voter registration across the country; restore voting rights to individuals formerly incarcerated; expand early voting and simplify absentee voting; and modernize the U.S. voting system.
- Promote Integrity – H.R. 1 commits Congress to restoring the full protections of the Voting Rights Act; prohibits voter roll purges like those in Ohio, Georgia and elsewhere; and ends partisan gerrymandering to prevent politicians from picking their voters.
- Enhance Security – H.R. 1 will prevent foreign interference in American elections by enhancing federal support for voting system security, particularly paper ballots, increasing oversight over election vendors, and requiring the development of a national strategy to protect U.S. democratic institutions.
End the Dominance of Big Money in Our Politics
- Require Disclosure – H.R. 1 shines a light on dark money in politics by upgrading online political ad disclosure and mandating 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.
- Strengthen Oversight – H.R. 1 makes sure 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 Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell’s (KY) riders that prevent government agencies from requiring commonsense disclosure of political spending
Put Public Interest First.
- Fortify Ethics Law – H.R. 1 expands conflict of interest law and divestment requirements, preventing Members of Congress from serving on corporate boards and requiring presidents to disclose their tax returns.
- Impose Greater Ethics Enforcement – H.R. 1 gives teeth to federal oversight by overhauling the Office of Government Ethics, closing loopholes for lobbyists and foreign agents, equipping watchdogs with sufficient resources to enforce the law, and creating a code of ethics for the Supreme Court.