Rep. Elissa Slotkin Leads Letter Calling on Sen. McConnell to Bring H.R. 1 Reforms Up for Vote
Video of the press conference HERE.
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin helped lead a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urging him to allow a debate and an up-or-down vote on the For the People Act (H.R.1/S. 949). H.R. 1, a comprehensive campaign finance and government accountability bill, passed the U.S. House of Representatives on March 8 and awaits consideration in the U.S. Senate. Full text of letter here.
Slotkin has been outspoken in her support for campaign finance reform, as well as for restoring integrity and decency to our political system. Last year, Slotkin helped lead an effort of over 100 House candidates in calling for H.R. 1 to be the first major bill considered in the 116th Congress. Slotkin introduced an amendment to H.R. 1 to close loopholes that currently allow foreign entities to purchase campaign ads to influence the U.S. political system. She has since introduced the amendment as a stand-alone bill, the PAID AD Act, which has gained bipartisan support.
“For 89 days, Sen. McConnell has refused to take up H.R. 1,” Slotkin said. “In my district, getting money out of politics and restoring decency and integrity to our system isn't a partisan issue — and neither are the measures to protect our political system from foreign interference in the bill, including my bipartisan PAID AD Act. This legislation is something Democrats, Independents and Republicans alike are demanding of us as their representatives, and we’ll continue speaking out until Senator McConnell gives this bill the up-or-down vote it deserves.”
“Across the country, the American people have made clear that they want Congress to enact meaningful anti-corruption reform,” wrote 62 Freshmen members in their letter to McConnell. “That's why we pledged action on comprehensive campaign finance, ethics, and voting reforms as the first priority for the 116th Congress. As newly sworn-in Members, we got right to work on the For the People Act (H.R. 1), the most comprehensive set of pro-democracy reforms in a generation, passing it out of the House in March. Following a campaign season in which corruption and the power of special interests was a central theme, H.R. 1 delivered on our promise to clean up Washington and create a democracy that works for all of us.”
“In the 2018 midterms, the American people demanded reform and elected leaders who would fight against the special interests controlling Washington,” said Tiffany Muller, President of End Citizens United. “By passing the For the People Act so swiftly, the new Democratic majority proved they are accountable to voters, not special interests. The House has done its job, but because of Senator Mitch McConnell, the Senate hasn’t even held a hearing on the bill. Mitch McConnell is acting like a puppet in the hands of the Big Money corporate special interests that keep him in power. McConnell should listen to the people and allow the Senate to vote on the For the People Act.”