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Opposition to H.R. 1 Speaks Volumes

Author Hauwa Ahmed explains how many conservative opponents of H.R. 1—a bill that puts forward common-sense reforms to make government fairer and more inclusive—have personally benefited from the corruption the bill aims to address.

In January, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.), chairman of the Democracy Reform Task Force, introduced H.R. 1, otherwise known as the “For the People Act.” The bill puts forward common-sense reforms to limit corruption and make government responsive to the people, not just the powerful.

Since H.R. 1 was introduced, however, conservatives have come out in opposition. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) went so far as to call the bill’s effort to make the U.S. electoral system fairer a progressive “power grab.” And just weeks after H.R. 1 was filed, the Conservative Action Project released a memo signed by over 100 well-known conservatives opposing the bill.

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Hauwa Ahmed

Senior Policy Analyst