Cicilline Urges Passage of H.R.1, The For The People Act

Mar 2, 2021 Issues: Consumer Protection and Financial Reform, Social Enterprise

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) spoke moments ago on the House floor during debate on The For The People Act (H.R.1), the most sweeping federal ethics reform package in a half century, which includes legislation he has authored to implement automatic voter registration, require presidential candidates to release their tax returns, and bring secret corporate spending on elections out of the shadows.

Click the following image to watch Cicilline’s speech. A transcript of his remarks, as delivered, is embedded at the end of this email.

David N. Cicilline
Floor Remarks on H.R. 1

March 2, 2021

Madam Speaker,

I rise in strong support of H.R. 1, the “For the People Act”, which would provide the most significant reform to our democratic system in decades.

This landmark legislation will strengthen our democracy by expanding access to the ballot, reducing the corrupting influence of corporate money in political campaigns, and restoring ethics and integrity to government.

H.R. 1 will make it easier for millions of Americans to vote and significantly increase the number of voters in this country by implementing initiatives like automatic voter registration.

It will also implement reforms that will hold elected officials to a higher ethical standard, such as requiring presidential candidates to disclose their tax returns.

These are issues that I have introduced legislation on in the previous Congress and I am proud that they are included in H.R. 1.

Finally, H.R. 1 also includes the DISCLOSE Act, which I introduced to shine a light on unlimited spending that has overrun our elections.

Without fixing our broken system and taking power from the powerful special interests and returning it to the people of this country, it will be almost impossible to make progress on the issues that are important to the American people.

The DISCLOSE Act will require organizations that spend money on our elections to promptly disclose donors who give $10,000 or more during an election cycle, and prevent political operatives from actions meant to conceal the identity of donors.

I urge all my colleagues to support the “For the People Act.”

Restore democracy, return power to the people of this country, and take it away from the powerful special interests.

And with that, Madam Speaker, I thank the Gentlelady for yielding, and I yield back the balance of my time.