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Schrader Legislation Passes as Part of Campaign & Ethics Reform Package

Today, the House passed HR 1, the For the People Act of 2019, a broad package of campaign and ethics reform legislation that will increase transparency around money in our political system and end the Citizens United era of political spending, expand access for U.S. citizens to exercise their right to vote, and increase election security against foreign interference.

The package includes a number of Schrader reforms including his Presidential Inaugural Committee Oversight (PICO) Act, which increases transparency and accountability around the fundraising and spending of Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) money, and Congressman Blumenauer’s legislation to bring Oregon’s system of Vote-By-Mail to the entire country, of which Rep. Schrader is a cosponsor. 

“Ensuring that every entitled American is unhindered from casting his or her vote and keeping our elections immune to foreign influence are fundamentally necessary to maintain the strength our democracy,” said Rep. Schrader, a cosponsor of H.R. 1. “Power ought to be given by the individual, not by big money, and this package greatly increases the necessary transparency and accountability that ensure undue influence is kept out of our election process. I am proud of all of the hard work that my colleagues across both sides of the aisle put into this package of legislation.”

The Congressman’s Blue Dog Coalition worked with House leadership to ensure that taxpayer money would not be used in public financing for Congressional campaigns. Rep. Schrader and his bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus also successfully passed an amendment to the bill aimed at keeping foreign money out of American politics. Their amendment received consideration through a new rule adopted this Congress that was included in their “Break the Gridlock” rules packagegiving preference to any amendment with at least 20 Democrat and 20 Republican cosponsors.

As his first action of the 116th Congress, Rep. Schrader reintroduced a series of government reform bills, including the PICO Act, to increase transparency and accountability and give a voice back to the people. The PICO Act establishes basic requirements for all future Presidential Inauguration Committees including a restriction that funds raised be spent only on official activities and not on lavish salaries or bonuses.