The 2018 midterm elections and the Trump administration’s entire tenure exposed deep-rooted threats to the health of our democracy, such as corruption, partisan gerrymandering, dysfunctional voting equipment, voter suppression, campaign finance violations, and dark money in politics. Now, House Democrats have introduced the For the People Act (HR 1), a sweeping bill to address many of these threats.
The bill would strengthen ethics standards for all three branches of government, e.g. by requiring presidential candidates to disclose 10 years of tax returns and prohibiting members of Congress from using taxpayer dollars to settle sexual harassment cases. The For the People Act also contains many provisions to fight voter suppression, including national automatic voter registration, prohibitions on voter roll purging and federal partisan gerrymandering, and improved election security measures. Furthermore, the bill aims to curb corporate influence in politics by forcing Super PACs to disclose their donors, requiring government contractors to disclose political spending, and prohibiting coordination between candidates and Super PACs, among other reforms.
Voters on both sides of the aisle agree that addressing political corruption to protect our democracy’s integrity is a top priority, and Congress must act accordingly to pass HR 1.
One call to make: Representative Richmond or Scalise
Because of how Congressional districts are drawn, New Orleans residents have either Richmond or Scalise as their representative. If you don't know who your representative is, you can look it up by entering your home address on the U.S. House of Representatives website.
Representative Cedric Richmond - in DC at (202) 225-6636, and in New Orleans at (504) 288-3777 or Representative Steve Scalise - in DC at (202) 225-3015, and in Metairie at (504) 837-1259
Hi, my name is [Your Name] and I'm an active voter from New Orleans, ZIP Code 70118 [Or wherever you’re from].
I'm calling to urge the representative to support HR 1, the For the People Act. Addressing corruption, protecting voting rights, and reforming campaign finance are bipartisan priorities that make our democracy better for all Americans, regardless of their political affiliation.
Thank you for your time and attention.
This call is adapted from 5calls.org, which can be viewed here.