In November 2018, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) unveiled H.R.-1, a reform bill, the New Yorker reported. All but one state democrat voted to pass the electoral-reform bill known as the For the People Act. This would be the largest election-reform bill in half a century, and it was approved by the house in early March 2021, according to NPR. However, Vox reported that some Democrats call the act too comprehensive and complain the language could be confusing and misinterpreted.
The Brennan Center noted that some tout it as a package of good-government and election reforms. Meanwhile, Republicans and Democrats are battling at the state level, with big money and corporations backing both sides. According to the Committee on House Administration website, the For the People Act is a “sweeping package of pro-democracy and anti-corruption reforms puts the power back in the hands of the American people as it protects clean and fair elections through improving access to the ballot box, promoting election integrity, and ensuring election security; ends the dominance of big money in our politics by guaranteeing disclosure of political ads.”
➡️American Rescue Plan
➡️For The People Act #HR1
➡️American Dream & Promise Act
➡️Bipartisan gun violence prevention
And we’re just getting started.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) April 12, 2021
Vocal supporter Rep. John Sarbanes – D of Maryland calls the H.R.-1 bill a continuation of the work of the late democratic civil rights activist John Lewis, who championed the Voting Right Advancement act.
According to the Dallas Morning News, Texas could face the same corporate and sports boycotts as Georgia, if it pursues its restrictive election law proposals. On March 29, the New Yorker published a leaked conference call that showed how the battle to block H.R.-1 is reportedly backed by billionaire oil magnate Charles Koch, among others. During this conference call, an aide to U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell expressed frustration with the legislation’s popularity among Democrats and even Republicans.
As corporate America gauges what 300 million Americans expect it to do, H.R.-1 is no longer a story of the haves and have-nots. It is about the people versus big money. ~ℝ