The For the People Act (H.R.1), sponsored by Maryland Congressman John Sarbanes, has passed the House of Representatives. If enacted, it will be a great step forward to strengthen U.S. democracy. The bill contains critical provisions:

  • Limit gerrymandering of Congressional districts
  • Increase ethics requirements for candidates and officeholders
  • Ban dark money and regulate PACs
  • Create a system of public campaign financing with matching of small contributions
  • Promote access to the ballot, restrict voter suppression
  • Improve election security.

Here is a more detailed Fact Sheet from Rep. John Sarbanes, the prime sponsor of H.R.1. (It’s S.1 in the Senate.)

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