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Bipartisanship, Accountability and Transparency

I’m really proud to be rated by the well-respected and nonpartisan Lugar Center (named after former Republican Senator Richard Lugar) as one of the most bipartisan members of Congress. I’m in the top 12 percent of most bipartisan members of the House according to their evidence-based rankings. If we want to make progress on some of the toughest challenges facing our nation and our world, from health care to climate change, then we must prioritize ending big money in politics and increasing government accountability and transparency. Over the past decade, Big Pharma has invested $2.5 billion in lobbying and campaign contributions, deploying two lobbyists for every member of Congress. Sadly, but not surprisingly, it worked — we continue to see skyrocketing drug prices and a surging opioid epidemic.

That’s why when I decided to run for Congress, I took a pledge to never take a cent of corporate PAC money. I’ve kept that promise, and I am using my platform to fight for a cleaner and more effective government.

Here’s where we can start:

End dark money’s influence on politics and make voting easier. I was proud to support H.R.1, the For the People Act, a historic mandate that addresses many of our top priorities, including my bills to establish 15 days of early voting nationwide and and my bill to strengthen lobbying ethics laws which would increase government accountability and transparency. H.R. 1 would also require Super PACS to disclose their donors, establish a national voter-registration program, make Election Day a federal holiday, and end gerrymandering.

Overturn Citizens United. The Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United was a disaster for democracy. Money is not “free speech” and corporations are not people; we need to overturn this through a constitutional amendment.

Restore the full Voting Rights Act. As much as we’d like to repair our campaign finance system, even those efforts will be for naught if there is discrimination in our voting process. Since the Supreme Court struck down the core of the Voting Rights Act in 2013, more than a dozen states have passed laws that make voting less accessible. The reemergence of strict voter ID laws — which have historically discriminated against minority voters — is just one example of why the Voting Rights Act is necessary. All voters must be ensured fair access to the ballot box, which is why I have introduced two bills that would help ensure Americans have access to the ballot box — legislation to support a Voters with Disabilities Bill of Rights, which would increase access to the ballot for voters with disabilities, and legislation to ensure voters waiting in long lines outside polling places have access to food and water.

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