“The American people have a right to know that their government is working for them, and to hold officials accountable when they are not."
WASHINGTON – More than two years after President Trump made his signature unfulfilled campaign promise to “drain the swamp,” Congressman Paul Tonko and the new Democratic majority in the U.S. House of Representatives moved forward with historic ethics and good government reforms to clean up Washington and strengthen America’s election systems, passing H.R. 1: the For the People Act by a vote of 234-193 earlier today.
“The American people have a right to know that their government is working for them, and to hold officials accountable when they are not,” said Tonko. “For years under Republican control, we have been forced to watch as the American government was increasingly captured by big money special interests. Fixing these broken systems is a necessary first step in getting us back on track and restoring the faith of the American people in our government. This is exactly what the For the People Act would achieve, and why we gave this effort the special designation of H.R. 1. The Senate and White House need to listen to the voices of millions of Americans and join us in enacting these urgently needed reforms without any further delay.”