House Passes Landmark Anti-Corruption Bill H.R. 1 Including Boyle Priorities
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-02) was proud to join House Democrats in passing H.R. 1, the For The People Act, the most ambitious anti-corruption legislation since Watergate. The bill passed by a margin of 234-193, with no House Republicans voting in favor. The bill incorporated Congressman Boyle’s previous legislative efforts to make it easier for newly naturalized citizens to register to vote, decrease the influence of money in politics, and require presidential candidates to disclose business alongside personal tax returns. As a cosponsor and strong supporter of the bill, Congressman Boyle released the following statement upon its passage:
“Today, the House of Representatives made a clear statement: We will return the control of our democracy to the American people. I was proud to help shape several provisions of the For The People Act that will make it easier for our citizens to vote, end the dominance of big money in elections, and combat corruption among elected officials. Democrats promised to clean up the culture of corruption that has plagued Washington. The passage of this bill is a landmark step to doing just that. Only then can we restore the public’s faith in our democracy, and make this institution work for the American public rather than special interests: from raising wages and making health care more affordable, to protecting the environment.”
In the 115th Congress, Congressman Boyle introduced H.R. 3113, the Citizenship Empowerment Act, to ensure new U.S. citizens were provided with voter registration forms at naturalization ceremonies. He also introduced H.R. 7067, the Clean Money Act, which would strengthen the public financing of elections system to decrease the influence of big donors and special interests in politics. Congressman Boyle also successfully fought for H.R. 1 to include a provision requiring presidential candidates to release 10 years of business tax returns in addition to their personal returns in order to increase public transparency.
Upon passage in the House, H.R. 1 was referred to the Senate for consideration.