CLC’s Trevor Potter Applauds the Senate for Prioritizing the For the People Act
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Senate introduced the For the People Act and designated the bill as S.1. This new legislation will crack down on political corruption in both parties and strengthen our democracy. S.1 will improve access to the ballot, strengthen ethics laws to prevent public officials from enriching themselves, end partisan gerrymandering and limit the influence wealthy donors have over politicians.
“This landmark bill, if passed into law, would make our government more accessible, transparent and responsive to the American people. Giving the For the People Act the official designation of S.1 reflects the importance of these solutions to the well-being of our democracy,” said Trevor Potter, president of Campaign Legal Center (CLC), and Republican former chairman of the Federal Election Commission (FEC). “S.1 would address many of the obvious and harmful problems in our democracy at a time when it is facing a crisis of confidence.”
The For the People Act is the first bill for both the Senate and the House, signifying its importance to congressional leaders. The democracy reforms in S.1 and H.R. 1 are drawn from bills that have long had bipartisan political sponsorship at both the federal and state levels. Many elected officials have pledged to prioritize democracy reform, and they should make good on their promise. Americans deserve to have a government that is accessible, transparent and responsive to the people.