Political Reform

Senate Vote on S. 1 Motion

Update 539 — Senate Vote on S. 1 MotionRaises Specter at Last of Filibuster Reform Performing an emergency procedure with S. 1, the For the People Act, on life support, Majority Leader Charles Schumer got every Democratic Senator on board to proceed to a vote on the bill. Every GOP Senator opposed the motion to …

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Senate Democrats Poised To Debate

Update 533 — Senate Democrats PoisedTo Debate, Decide Meaning of Majority Rule Americans are about to be treated to an extended debate about the recondite rules of the U.S. Senate. Arcane and archaic, Senate procedure requires supermajorities for passage of veto overrides, treaties and impeachment — as provided by the Constitution. But the Senate has …

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H.R. 1/S.1 Tied Up in Cmte.

Update 529:  H.R. 1/S.1 Tied Up in Cmte.After 9-9 Vote, Whither Political Reform? The comprehensive political reform bill known as the For the People Act (H.R. 1/S. 1) passed the House in March 2019 and again in March 2021. With a new President and a narrowly Democratic Congress, the bill has a chance to become …

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Stasis in the Senate

Update 513 — Stasis in the SenatePuts Filibuster Rule in the Spotlight As President Biden and Congressional Democrats have been preparing and delivering the $1.9 trillion Corona relief bill, the GOP has been busy as well. Republican state legislatures and governors, unable to overturn the results of the 2020 elections, are focused on restricting voting …

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H.R. 1/S. 1’s Case for Primacy

Update 501 – H.R. 1/S. 1’s Case for Primacy:Democracy Distorted, Thwarted is Denied The gold standard in democracy is one person one vote and a legislature where 50 percent-plus rules. But recent outcomes in our elections have violated these principles with distorted consequences.  In the most egregious case, House Democratic candidates won more than a …

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20/20 Vision Statement on H.R. 1

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 5, 2021 Systematic attempts this past year to delegitimize democratic practice frustrate the promise of democracy and underscore the immense importance of comprehensive democracy reforms.  H.R. 1, the For the People Act, proposes the furthest-reaching political reforms since Watergate. It offers solutions to pressing problems in our democracy, such as expanding …

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The State of Political Reform 2020 (March 6)

Update 419 — The State of Political Reform 2020:A Year of House Legislation; in Senate, Frustration Progressives of every stripe, from every region, dedicated to economic, environmental, and other reforms, know that the best way to achieve their singular and common goals is through reform of a political system that frustrates the will of the …

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Senate Introduces H.R. 1 Companion Bill (March 29)

Update 342: Sen. Companion to HR 1 Dropped, Cosponsored by Entire Democratic Caucus On Wednesday, Sens. Tom Udall and Jeff Merkley introduced S. 949, the “For the People Act,” the Senate companion bill to H.R. 1.  The bill was co-sponsored by the entire Senate Democratic caucus and the two Democratic-leaning independents, Sens. Sanders and King …

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