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This week marks the one year anniversary of the U.S. House passing #HR1 - the #ForThePeople Act. This landmark legislation is the biggest political reform package proposed in Congress since Watergate and would improve our democracy for ALL Americans.
The #ForThePeople Act deals with ethics, campaign finance, voting rights, and gerrymandering.

While Mitch McConnell & the @SenateGOP have refused to even bring the bill up for a hearing or vote, states across the country are already implementing many of the reforms in #HR1.
One of the key reforms in #HR1 is a new small donor-focused public campaign finance system that gives everyday people a bigger voice in politics and limits the power of special interests. These types of programs have passed & worked in states & localities across the country.
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Longest line I’ve ever seen at my polling place.
Polling staff here is saying that LA is experiencing the longest lines they’ve ever seen as turnout soars. 3 hours at my location and hearing similar stories elsewhere around LA.
Finally voted after 3.5 hours. Regular ballots weren’t working so we were forced to vote provisional. If this was my experience in LA, I can’t imagine what it’s like where suppression is intentional.

We need more more resources, starting with a national holiday and passing #HR1.
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Great piece from the AP’s @BrianSlodysko on Sen. Ernst’s apparent ties to a so-called dark $$ group. Very timely as well, given that we are approaching the 10th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.…
CU’s core holding was that so-called “independent” spending does not pose a sufficient risk of corruption to justify any sort of limit. To the extent there are any legitimate concerns for our political system, they could be solved through transparency.
The Court seems to have assumed that groups like Iowa Values would be truly independent from candidates, and that they would be required to disclose their sources of funding — but they were wrong on both counts, as my colleagues have previously explained.…
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This is astounding. David Patterson was the prime bill sponsor of public financing for years as minority and majority leader of the Senate. NYC's system has existed with 3rd parties successfully for 30 YEARS. #FairElections…
The depths the @nydems are going to disgrace robust public financing and suggest there has been a movement to kill fusion is shockingly undemocratic. Just as nationally House Dems are fighting to transform laws with #HR1.
They use bias polling to suggest voters don't want a Government Of, By and For the People. They fearmonger to suggest there are no controls on the limited funds that would match only small donations that increase democratic participation.
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#THREAD: In honor of our forever Chairman @RepCummings, we are sharing some of his most powerful moments of the 116th Congress that embody: Pain. Passion. Purpose.
One of @RepCummings’ top priorities was always the rising costs of prescription drug prices and it was his first hearing as Chairman. He told a mother, whose daughter tragically died when they could not afford the price of insulin, "you are not alone."
@RepCummings Chairman @RepCummings was a tireless champion for voting rights. During his second hearing as Chairman about #HR1, he shared that the last words from his 92-year-old mother were: “do not let them take the vote away from us.”…
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1/ Another ridiculous lie from @realDonaldTrump.

From day one, @HouseDemocrats have been focused on delivering on our promises to the American people. Meanwhile, Mitch McConnell calls himself the “grim reaper” and refuses to even consider our bills.
2/ We have the receipts to back it up.
We passed #HR1, the For The People Act — the most ambitious set of ethics & election reforms in a generation. It gets big money out of politics, protects voting rights & strengthens ethics laws.
3/ We passed the #EqualityAct to ensure #LGBTQ Americans get the same legal protection as everyone else.
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Justice Roberts says he can't prevent partisan gerrymandering because "we have no commission to allocate political power and influence in the absence of a constitutional directive or legal standards to guide us in the exercise of such authority.” Thread:…
1/ In a country where partisanship increasingly maps to the racial diversity of a community, it is naive to assume that partisan redistricting is somehow separable from racial redistricting.
2/ But we did just provide that congressional directive in #HR1.
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1/ One of the principal legacies of the Roberts Court will be its systematic undermining of American democracy, greenlighting efforts to rig elections, ignoring gerrymandering, slashing voting rights, and shifting power from the many to the few. #Rucho #SCOTUS
2/ #Rucho is only the latest in a long string of recent #SCOTUS decisions undermining American democracy. Below are some of the biggies:
3/ In Shelby County v. Holder (2013), the Court struck down the heart of the Voting Rights Act, turning a blind eye to ongoing voting discrimination & preventing Congress from putting in place adequate protections against discrimination. #VRAA
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MASSIVE blow against efforts to combat partisan gerrymandering. Roberts holds in 5-4 ruling in North Carolina case that partisan gerrymandering is NOT justiciable at all…
NEW: In a 5-4 ruling along party lines, the Roberts Court holds that partisan gerrymandering cannot be challenged under the U.S. Constitution. This is a historic defeat for fair elections…
This ruling means that court rulings that had overturned gerrymanders in Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, & Wisconsin will all be overturned, largely benefitting Republicans nationwide at both the federal & state level
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1. Democrat Politician Protection Act
Oh wow! The Speaker of the House is using her deranged take on President Trump's perfectly reasonable remarks to promote #HR1 which is otherwise known as Democrat Political Protection Act.
Please allow Mitch McConnel to explain what's in it.
2. #HR1 is all about Democrats angling for more control over what you can say about them and how they get reelected.
3. #HR1: Apparently the Democrats define "democracy" as giving Washington a clearer view of whom to intimidate and making citizens more vulnerable to public harassment over private views.
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SCOTUS, you absolute fücking fücks. Roberts, are you fücking proud of yourself? Does THIS look like it maybe is "approaching the 'pervasive,' 'flagrant,' 'widespread,' and 'rampant' discrimination" of the farking states the #VotingRights Act was protecting against?

It would take me a month of Sundays just to list all the discriminatory voting laws passed by states that weren't allowed to pass such laws without express permission, when section 4(b) of the VRA was still law of the land.
@ifindkarma @HriSherryb @hr_indivisible @votolatino @connectvotedots @repjohnlewis @axidentaliberal @DemocracyStorm @TheDemCoalition @SaysHummingbird Do you know what states put forward discriminatory laws THE VERY DAY SCOTUS' execrable Chief Justice John Roberts decided that the success of the VRA meant it was no longer needed for these states?

Texas, Mississippi and, you guessed it, Florida.
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Last month, the US House passed #HR1, the #ForThePeople Act, which is the boldest piece of democracy reform legislation in decades.

Several key parts of the bill have already been tried and tested at the state & local level. Here is a look at 10 of them:…
Citizen-funded elections have been passed across the country at both a statewide and municipal level. These laws have been proven to break down barriers for who can run for office and ensure candidates spend more time with everyday voters rather than raising money from big donors
Since #SCOTUS's wrongly decided Citizens United decision, many states have taken action to strengthen campaign finance disclosure laws to protect our right to know who is trying to influence our votes and elections. These new laws have often been passed with bipartisan support.
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Bernie asks that you call both of your own Senators & Sen. McConnell to tell them that you want the Senate to vote on the Senate version of #HR1 .

Call (202) 224-3121
An operator will connect you directly w/ the Senate office you request.

Learn more about HR1 in this thread:
Citizens could register online or get registered automatically, via data from driver's licenses or other gov.t sources. For federal elections, states would have to provide same-day registration & at least 15 days of early voting. Election Day would be a federal holiday.
The bill would crack down on efforts to take voters off the rolls or prevent them from casting ballots. Felons could regain their voting rights after finishing their sentences.
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.@DanCrenshawTX’s claim is completely false. Election fraud -- like what happened in #NC09 -- is illegal today and would still remain illegal after #HR1 is signed into law. (1/3)
Here’s the TRUTH about #HR1, the #ForThePeople Act: It’s overdue, critical legislation to fight back against corruption in Washington, establish clean, fair & transparent elections, end dominance of big money in our politics & guarantee the right to vote for all Americans. (2/3)
But let me end with this: @DanCrenshawTX, your commitment to our country is unquestionable, and I’m grateful for it. This bill is about making sure every vote counts and everyone can cast one. Think we can all agree on that. (3/3)
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#MadamSpeaker and House Dems passing #HR1 to restore integrity to government and to our elections is what we all worked for last election! 🌊💪

From @repjohnlewis to the stellar Freshman class, House Dems will never stop fighting for our democracy and #ForThePeople!

On the Capitol steps, Rep. @ZoeLofgren exposed the great contrast between #HR1 with a Democratic majority 💥voting rights & ethics #ForThePeople💥and the last Congress, when Republicans rammed thru their #GOPTaxScam👎 – written by big corporate lobbyists – as their #1 priority!
#MadamSpeaker: “I thank all of our freshmen – every single 1 of them – for the message they delivered on the campaign trail & for the determination they have brought to this Congress… Today, we are honoring the people’s trust as we pass our transformative #HR1.”

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“This situation will not improve until this commission has at least four members who are willing to enforce existing law barring foreign-national political involvement and address dark money.”
I’m busy suing Cambridge Analytica in Britain at the moment working on the dark data problem but if someone could sue the FEC that would be great. 🤯…
House passes #HR1 but Mitch McConnell is why someone will likely end up doing the nuclear option on the FEC.
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🚨 Thoughts on #HR1 (Tweet Thread 1/7) 🚨

Do not be fooled, H.R. 1 is not a piece of legislation “for the people” as my colleagues across the aisle claim. This is nothing more than a power grab “for Democrats in Washington D.C.”
#HR1 Is Unconstitutional (2/7)

It places unprecedented limits to free speech and will subject Indiana to federal mandates that allows for illegal immigrants to vote.
#HR1 Is A Power Grab (3/7)

This bill takes decision-making power from Hoosiers and gives it to bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. It forces States to adopt online registration, same-day registration, and automatic voter registration, thus imposing a one-size-fits-all standard.
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Top 10 Most Egregious of Provisions #HR1:…
1. Creates a 6:1 government match to any small donor contributions of $200 or less in a congressional or presidential campaign, meaning for every $200, the federal government will match $1,200.
2. Creates a new voucher pilot program that grants eligible voters a $25 voucher of hard-earned taxpayer dollars to donate to any campaign of their choosing.
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I am honored & excited to be introducing my very 1st amendment on the House floor, an amendment to #HR1, the #ForthePeopleAct. My amendment will lower the voting age from 18 to 16, allowing our youth to have a seat at the table of democracy. #16toVote
#DidYouKnow In 2018, nearly 2 million young people between the ages of 16 & 17 were employed, contributing to the labor force and to their local economy through paying taxes. #16toVote
49 yrs ago, Senator Ted Kennedy argued before his colleagues in favor of lowering the voting age as an effort to “bring our youth into full and lasting participation in our institutions of democratic government.” #16toVote
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1) #WAKEUP Libs trying to rig, steal, & stack voting to steal elections w/ #HR1
2) #HR1
6 to 1 match to any individual donation for congressional or presidential
$200 individual = $1200 of taxpayer money
3) #HR1

Establishes a new voucher pilot program grants eligible voters $25 of gov money to donate to any candidate.
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GOP again claims that campaign finance transparency, squashing gerrymandering, national holiday for federal elections, same-day voter registration, election security ... are efforts to rig elections for Ds.

GOP=anti-election transparency, access

Non-partisan League of Women Voters champions #hr1…
Analysis of #hr1 from @npr ICYMI…
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Dem Legislators in CT DE IA MD ME MO NM NY OR VA WA

🔥PLEASE IMMEDIATELY WITHDRAW YOUR RESOLUTIONS calling for a #ConventionOfStates "for purposes of overturning Supreme Courts Citizens United Ruling"🔥

#HR1 is addressing this issue by SAFELY

A Dangerous #COS is NOT REQUIRED
By "Safely" I mean using the method of obtaining 2/3 votes in Congress

NOT by opening the Constitution up to a complete rewrite; a plan that's been financed and pushed by Dark Money AstroTurf grps for years now

Do not play into their hands

The Religious Right behind this stealth drive is VERY close to achieving their goal

They must be prevented AT ALL COSTS

It may be possible for #ConCon/#COS calls for dif amendments to be combined

🔥We cannot afford to have ANY COS calls on the table

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@amprog is thrilled that @OversightDems is holding a hearing on #HR1, #ForThePeople Act. #HR1 is a once-in-a generation robust reform package that will help restore the promise of our democracy.
Ahead of the midterm elections, a Wall Street Journal/NBC poll found that 77% of registered voters stated that “Reducing the influence of special interests and corruption in Washington” is either the most important or a very important issue facing the country.
Link to Wall Street Journal/NBC poll:…
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Yesterday, @Sifill_LDF provided critical testimony before the House Judiciary committee about #HR1, which would significantly expand voter access. Here are 10 things you may have missed from yesterday's hearing. #Votingrights #ForthePeople
1. HR 1 makes important findings concerning the need to restore the VRA to its full strength and calls for Congress to conduct investigatory and evidentiary hearings to determine the legislation necessary to restore the VRA. Watch @Sifill_LDF's testimony:
2. @Sifill_LDF reminds @RepDougCollins that as we look to the Constitution that governs elections we must speak to the passage of 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendment and how they are being left out of the conversation. #HR1 #VotingRights
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