Fair elections bill makes historic progress

The Committee on House Administration announced that they will hold a vote on the Fair Elections Now Act (H.R. 6116/1826) at a hearing on Thursday, Sept. 23. This is big news.

“Americans want a return to elections of, by, and for the people, not funded by corporate and special interests,” said David Donnelly, campaign manager for the Campaign for Fair Elections. “We urge the Committee to vote out this historic bill, and encourage the House leadership to bring it to the floor where we have the votes to win a landmark victory for all voters.”

Rep. John B. Larson (D-Conn.), the lead sponsor of the Fair Elections Now Act, also released a statement on the hearing. “I didn’t come to Washington to spend my time raising money,” said Congressman Larson. “I came here to work on behalf of my friends and neighbors back home and solve the issues facing this nation. The Fair Elections Now Act would allow candidates like me to get back to the real business our constituents sent us to Washington for and it would help us make sure the voices of everyday Americans are heard more loudly in elections.”

The legislation’s continued momentum is a clear sign that members of Congress realize that the American people are fed up with the status quo in Washington, D.C. Voters want a Congress that is accountable to them, not corporate and special interests. And with Fair Elections advancing, they may finally get it.

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