For the People Act expands access to the polls, strengthens election cybersecurity, and requires increased transparency and accountability from public officials
WASHINGTON – Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) issued the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 1, the For The People Act, an historic government reform package to strengthen American democracy. It passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 234-193.
“The right to vote is the most fundamental right in our democracy. For years that right has been under attack by special interest dark money, foreign adversaries seeking to sow discord, and state laws limiting access to the ballot box. What’s more, corruption scandals that have brought down Cabinet secretaries have also undermined people’s faith that their votes make a meaningful difference in Washington.
“Today, House Democrats voted to end this culture of corruption and protect the voices of everyday Americans who are too often overlooked. By strengthening campaign finance rules, adding new voting rights protections, and tightening ethics laws, H.R. 1 advances critical reforms to restore the promise of our democracy. H.R. 1 will also take concrete steps to protect our elections from foreign interference. It contains numerous election security provisions that I helped author and that emphasize the partnerships we need to form between the states and the federal government. It will help every state vote with auditable paper ballots and provide funding for risk-limiting audits being pioneered in Rhode Island. The American people must have confidence in the integrity of the vote and should not be concerned with bad actors influencing our elections.
“These are bold reforms that transcend political ideology and benefit all Americans. I am proud today that we are acting to reaffirm our commitment to a government that works for the people.”