Hold Your Republican Representative Accountable for HR1 Vote

Hold Your Republican MoC Accountable

Use our script to call your Republican MoC and tell them that you’re angry they voted against H.R. 1, and that it’s time to protect our democracy.

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UPDATE: H.R. 1 passed the House 234-193 on March 8, with every Democrat voting in favor and every Republican voting against. While it’s unlikely that it will receive any consideration in the Senate, this sets a progressive baseline consensus on democracy reform and represents a major win for the Members that Indivisibles helped to elect on the promise that they would protect our democracy. Make sure to call your Republican MoC using our script, and hold them accountable for opposing this critically important bill!

Now that the Blue Wave has turned control of the House of Representatives over to the Democrats, they have the opportunity to use their new powers to demonstrate a big, bold, progressive vision for the future. This is exactly the strategy that we call for in our new guide, Indivisible on Offense.

There’s good news: they’re doing exactly that. The very first bill introduced in the Democratically-controlled House was a democracy reform package, focused on voter empowerment and access, getting big money out of politics, and cracking down on corruption.

The House has passed H.R. 1, the For the People Act—a major victory in the fight to protect and strengthen our democracy! If you have a Republican MoC, make sure to use our call script to hold them accountable for opposing this crucial legislation.

Why start with democracy reform?

As you know far too well, the election of Donald Trump (and the first two years of his administration) has brought into sharp focus the importance of preserving and protecting our democracy against Republican attempts to erode it. While systematic problems with our democracy are longstanding, Trump and his GOP enablers have added a sickening layer of corruption, as they work to further suppress the vote, profit off of the Presidency, and attack essential democratic norms and the rule of law. Democrats have an opportunity to push back and to change course. 

Without a functional democracy in which everyone is included and represented, we can’t achieve any of our other priorities. All the issues we care about deeply: health care, immigration, ending wars, racial justice, climate change—fixing these things requires a democracy that is responsive to the people, not the powerful and wealthy.

Additionally, we saw in the midterm elections how hard Republicans are working to suppress the vote and specifically to disenfranchise people of color. It is crucial that Democrats show their commitment to fight even harder to ensure that everyone has the unimpeded right to participate in our democracy

Why is H.R. 1 such an important legislative vehicle?

Bill number 1 is usually reserved for the top legislative priority of the party in control of that chamber. In the last Congress, H.R. 1 was reserved for the GOP’s number one priority: the #GOPTaxScam, a massive handout to corporations and the wealthy.

By choosing to prioritize strengthening our democracy as H.R. 1, the Democrats have signaled that they are ready to fight the big fights and root out the unhealthy parts of our democracy that allowed Donald Trump to be elected in the first place.

This is exactly the right choice, and they backed it up by passing H.R. 1 without watering it down or breaking it up.

What’s actually in H.R. 1?

H.R. 1 is a robust package that includes these essential reforms:

  • Voter empowerment and access. Through measures such as automatic voter registration, same-day registration, restoring the Voting Rights Act, protecting against improper purging of voter rolls, requiring states to upgrade and secure their election systems, restoring voting rights to those with past criminal convictions, providing adequate early voting opportunities, and preventing partisan gerrymandering through independent redistricting commissions, H.R. 1 helps ensure that everyone is included and represented in our democracy, and has unimpeded opportunities to participate.

  • Money in politics. A constitutional amendment is needed to overturn the chaos that Citizens United and related decisions unleashed into our campaign finance system. H.R. 1 starts that process immediately. Additionally, it further stems the tide of big money in our politics by amplifying small-dollar donations through public financing, encouraging small-dollar donations through tax incentives, eliminating “dark money” by requiring disclosure of all political spending (including online ads), cutting off cooperation between candidates and super PACs, and empowering the Federal Election Commission to truly enforce campaign finance law.

  • Ethics and corruption. Trump and his cronies regularly engage in self-dealing, corruption, and conflicts of interest, without a single rebuke from the Republican-controlled Congress. H.R. 1 cracks down by making sure that ethics rules apply to all government officials - including Trump. This means demanding disclosure of and divestment from his financial interests that pose conflicts of interest, and then for the rest of the executive branch locking the “revolving door” of lobbyists and government officials, prohibiting bribery, and demanding full disclosure of information revealing potential and actual conflicts of interest. 

What happens next?

H.R. 1 has passed the House, and represents a major win in the fight to protect our democracy. The original package was already very strong, and as it moved through committee, it got even stronger. Provisions that were added include:

  • Requiring presidents to divest from business holdings that may create a conflict of interest (hint, hint, Trump)
  • Requiring disclosure not only of personal tax returns from presidents, but also business returns, allowing us to see the full scope of corruption (again, hint, hint…..)
  • Preventing corporate political spending without input and consent from shareholders
  • Tightening the definition of “lobbyist” in order to crack down on the revolving door of influencers in Washington

But there’s more! Democrats also successfully defeated a Republican Motion to Recommit (MTR)—which was a procedural trick that Republicans have been weaponizing to water down progressive legislation once it came to the House floor. Unfortunately, six Democrats supported the Republican MTR, which would have inserted anti-immigrant language into the bill. Click here to see if your Representative voted for the MTR or against—if they voted for it, call and express your disappointment!

Now that H.R. 1 has passed out of the House, we need to make it clear to Republicans that we will not stand for their obstruction when our democracy faces such urgent threats. Call your Republican MoC and tell them that you’re angry they voted against H.R. 1, and that it’s time to protect our democracy.