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Money in Politics Legislation/Constitutional Amendments in 114th CongressHR 20, Government by the People Act (Rep. Sarbanes, 162 cosponsors)
  • HR 149, a bill to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to permit candidates for election for Federal office to designate an individual who will be authorized to disburse funds of the authorized campaign committees of the candidate in the event of the death of the candidate. (Rep. Jones, no cosponsors)
  • HR 150, No Political Funds for Personal Use Act (Rep. Jones, no cosponsors)
  • HR 153, To restore the Free Speech and First Amendment rights of churches and exempt organizations by repealing the 1954 Johnson Amendment (Rep. Jones, 3 cosponsors)
  • HR 154, Close the Floodgates Act (Rep. Kilmer, 84 cosponsors)
  • HR 367, Campaign Sunlight Act (Rep. Deutch, 7 cosponsors)
  • HR 412, a bill to end the presidential public financing system (Rep. Cole, 1 cosponsor)
  • HR 418, Corporate Politics Transparency Act (Rep. Meng, 3 cosponsors)
  • HR 424, Empowering Citizens Act (Rep. Price, 6 cosponsors)
  • HR 425, Stop Super PAC-Candidate Coordination Act (Rep. Price, 12 cosponsors)
  • HR 430, DISCLOSE 2015 Act (Rep. Van Hollen, 131 cosponsors)
  • HR 446, Shareholder Protection Act (Rep. Capuano, 52 cosponsors)
  • HR 447, a bill to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to reduce the limit on the amount of certain contributions which may be made to a candidate with respect to an election for Federal office (Rep. Capuano, no cosponsors)
  • HR 450, Protect Democracy from Criminal Corporations Act (Rep. Ellison, 1 cosponsor)
  • HR 1518, Let It Go Act (Rep. Takano, 1 cosponsor)
  • HR 2049, Keeping Foreign Money out of Politics Act (Rep. Deutch, no cosponsors)
  • HR 2125, Keeping Our Campaigns Honest Act (Rep. Yarmuth, 30 cosponsors)
  • HR 2143, Empowering Mass Participation to Offset the Wealthy’s Electoral Role (EMPOWER) Act (Rep. Price, 19 cosponsors)
  • HR 2695, SUN Act (Rep. Cicilline, 5 cosponsors)
  • HR 2931, FEC Reform Act (Rep. Kilmer, 6 cosponsors)
  • HR 3485, 501(c)(4) Reform Act (Rep. Lujan Grisham, no cosponsors)
  • HR 3854, Real Time Transparency Act (Rep. O'Rourke, no cosponsors)
  • HR 3916, No Taxpayer Money for Corporate Campaigns Act (Rep. Tsongas, 3 cosponsors)
  • HR 4177, Stop Foreign Donations Affecting Our Elections Act (Rep. Gosar, 82 cosponsors)
  • HR 4179, Fair and Clear Campaign Transparency Act (Rep. Lujan, 12 cosponsors)
  • HR 4286, Campaign Transparency Act (Rep. Kind, no cosponsors)
  • HR 4443, Stop Act (Rep. Jolly, 9 cosponsors)
  • HR 4734, a bill to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to permit candidates for election for Federal office to designate an individual who will be authorized to disburse funds of the authorized campaign committees of the candidate in the event of the death of the candidate (Rep. Bob Brady, no cosponsors)
  • HR 5439, Federal Election Administration Act (Rep. Price, no cosponsors)
  • HR 5494, a bill to reform our government, reduce the grip of special interests, and return our democracy to the American people through increased transparency and oversight of our elections and government (Rep. Price, 1 cosponsor)
  • HR 5515, a bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to require certain tax exempt organizations to certify that foreign funds will not be used to make any contribution or expenditure in connection with any election in the United States (Rep. Kilmer, 2 cosponsors)
  • HR 5884, a bill to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to prohibit a candidate for election for Federal office from using amounts contributed to the candidate's campaign to make payments to vendors owned or controlled by the candidate (Rep. Ruiz, no cosponsors)
  • HR 6338, OPEN Act (Rep. Cartwright, 4 cosponsors)
  • HR 6409, SuperPAC Elimination Act (Rep. Meadows, no cosponsors)
  • H.J. Res. 22, Democracy for All Amendment (Rep. Deutch, 162 cosponsors)
  • H.J. Res. 23, an amendment to the Constitution to clarify the authority of Congress and the States to regulate corporations, limited liability companies or other corporate entities established by the laws of any State, the United States, or any foreign state (Rep. McGovern, 22 cosponsors)
  • H.J. Res. 24, an amendment to the Constitution relating to the authority of Congress and the States to regulate political campaign contributions and expenditures, including independent expenditures (Rep. Carney, no cosponsors)
  • H.J. Res. 31, an amendment to the Constitution regarding the permissible sources of funding for elections for public office and State ballot measures (Rep. McNerney, no cosponsors)
  • H.J. Res. 36, an amendment to the Constitution to clarify the authority of Congress and the States to regulate the expenditure of funds for political activity by corporations (Rep. Edwards, 15 cosponsors)
  • H.J. Res. 46, an amendment to the Constitution giving Congress the authority to regulate campaign contributions for federal elections (Rep. Schrader, no cosponsors)
  • H.J. Res. 48, an amendment to the Constitution of the United States providing that the rights extended by the Constitution are the rights of natural persons only (Rep. Nolan, 22 cosponsors)
  • H.J. Res. 58, an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to the authority of Congress and the States to regulate contributions and expenditures in political campaigns and to enact public financing systems for such campaigns (Rep. Schiff, 16 cosponsors)
  • H.Res. 298, Restore Democracy Resolution (Rep. Nolan, no cosponsors)
  • H.Res. 326, a resolution expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the need to reduce the influence of money in politics (Rep. Nolan, no cosponsors)
  • H.Res. 336, a resolution expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the need to create a small donor and public finance system for Congressional elections (Rep. Nolan, no cosponsors)
  • S 6, We the People Act (Sen. Udall, 31 cosponsors)
  • S 214, Shareholder Protection Act (Sen. Menendez, 13 cosponsors)
  • S 229, DISCLOSE Act (Sen. Whitehouse, 42 cosponsors)
  • S 366, Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act (Sen. Tester, 48 cosponsors)
  • S. 367, Sunlight for Unaccountable Non-profits (SUN) Act (Sen. Tester, 3 cosponsors)
  • S. 1176, EMPOWER Act (Sen. Udall, 6 cosponsors)
  • S. 1260, a bill to direct the Federal Communications Commission to revise and update its sponsorship identification rules applicable to commercial and political advertising (Sen. Nelson, 7 cosponsors)
  • S. 1480, Lobbying and Campaign Finance Reform Act of 2015 (Sen. Bennet, no cosponsors)
  • S. 1538, Fair Elections Now Act (Sen. Durbin, 27 cosponsors)
  • S. 1838, Stop Super PAC-Candidate Coordination Act (Sen. Leahy, 3 cosponsors)
  • S. 2212, Real Time Transparency Act (Sen. King, 2 cosponsors)
  • S. 2611, Federal Election Administration Act (Sen. Udall, 3 cosponsors)
  • S. 3488, SuperPAC Elimination Act (Sen. Cruz, no cosponsors)
  • S.J. Res. 4, an amendment to the Constitution to restore the rights of the Americans that were taken away by the Supreme Court's decision in the Citizens United case and related decisions, to protect the integrity of our elections, and to limit the corrosive influence of money in our democratic process (Sen. Sanders, no cosponsors)
  • S.J. Res. 5, an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to contributions and expenditures intended to affect elections (Sen. Udall, 42 cosponsors)

Voting Rights Legislation/Constitutional Amendments in 114th Congress

  • HR 12, Voter Empowerment Act (Rep. Lewis, 187 cosponsors)
  • HR 126, Students VOTE Act (Rep. Green, 2 cosponsors)
  • HR 195, Election Assistance Commission Termination Act (Rep. Harper, no cosponsors)
  • HR 411, SIMPLE Voting Act (Rep. Cohen, 30 cosponsors)
  • HR 871, Formerly Incarcerated Voter Registration Act (Rep. Jeffries, 2 cosponsors)
  • HR 885, a bill to amend the Voting Rights Act (Rep. Sensenbrenner, 110 cosponsors)
  • HR 951, a bill to amend the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 to permit a State to require an applicant for voter registration in the State who uses the Federal mail voter registration application form developed by the Election Assistance Commission under such Act to provide documentary evidence of citizenship as a condition of the State's acceptance of the form. (Rep. Salmon, 4 cosponsors)
  • HR 1459, Democracy Restoration Act (Rep. Conyers, 56 cosponsors)
  • HR 1617, Federal Election Integrity Act (Rep. Susan Davis, no cosponsors)
  • HR 1618, Universal Right to Vote by Mail Act (Rep. Susan Davis, 15 cosponsors)
  • HR 2392, Restoring Important Voter Eligibility Requirements to States Act (Rep. Culberson, 1 cosponsor)
  • HR 2655, Open Our Democracy Act of 2015 (Rep. Delaney, 4 cosponsors)
  • HR 2694, Automatic Voter Registration Act (Rep. Cicilline, 107 cosponsors)
  • HR 2867, Voting Rights Advancement Act (Rep. Sewell, 178 cosponsors); discharge petition introduced on June 15 has 181 signers.
  • HR 2887, Time Off to Vote Act (Rep. Cartwright, 35 cosponsors)
  • HR 3276, Same Day Registration Act (Rep. Ellison, 1 cosponsor)
  • HR 3277, Voter Access Protection Act (Rep. Ellison, 1 cosponsor)
  • HR 3364, America Votes Act (Rep. Larsen, 68 cosponsors)
  • HR 3522, PROVE Act (Rep. Beyer, 31 cosponsors)
  • HR 3910, Weekend Voting Act (Rep. Israel, 6 cosponsors)
  • HR 4679, a bill to eliminate straight-party voting from any voting system used for federal elections (Rep. Dent, 1 cosponsor)
  • HR 5131, Verifying Optimal Tools for Elections (VOTE) Act (Rep. Hank Johnson, 12 cosponsors)
  • HR 5488, Voting Access Act (Rep. Grijalva, 48 cosponsors)
  • HR 5557, Poll Tax Prohibition Act (Rep. Veasey, 26 cosponsors)
  • HR 5779, Automatic Voter Registration Act (Rep. Bob Brady, 8 cosponsors)
  • HR 5793, a bill to require the chief election officials of every state to provide voter registration forms at certain naturalization proceedings (Rep. Boyle, no cosponsors)
  • HR 5819, Vote by Mail Act (Rep. Blumenauer, 2 cosponsors) 
  • HR 6072, Election Integrity Act (Rep. Hank Johnson, 29 cosponsors)
  • HR 6194, All Ballots Count Act (Rep. Veasey, 5 cosponsors)
  • H.J. Res. 25, Right to Vote Amendment (Rep. Pocan, 40 cosponsors)
  • H.J. Res. 102, Every Vote Counts Amendment (Rep. Gene Green, 15 cosponsors)
  • H.J. Res. 103, an amendment to the Constitution to abolish the electoral college and to provide for the direct popular election of the President and Vice President of the United States (Rep. Rangel, no cosponsors)
  • H.J. Res. 104, an amendment to the Constitution to abolish the electoral college and to provide for the direct election of the President and Vice President of the United States (Rep. Cohen, no cosponsors)
  • S 68, Voter Integrity Protection Act (Sen. Vitter, no cosponsors)
  • S 212, LINE Act (Sen. Boxer, 3 cosponsors)
  • S. 457, Civil Rights Voting Restoration Act (Sen. Paul, 1 cosponsor)
  • S. 772, Democracy Restoration Act (Senator Cardin, 17 cosponsors)
  • S. 1088, bill to amend the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 to provide for voter registration through the Internet (Sen. Gillibrand, 11 cosponsors)
  • S. 1139, a bill to amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to require States to provide for same day registration (Sen. Klobuchar, 7 cosponsors)
  • S. 1659, Voting Rights Advancement Act (Sen. Leahy, 45 cosponsors)
  • S. 1688, a bill to provide for the admission of the State of New Columbia into the Union (Sen. Carper, 20 cosponsors)
  • S. 1912, Native American Voting Rights Act (Sen. Tester, 4 cosponsors)
  • S. 1950, a bill to amend the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 to provide for online voter registration (Sen. Schumer, no cosponsors)
  • S. 1951, a bill to amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to require the availability of early voting or no-excuse absentee voting (Sen. Schumer, 1 cosponsor)
  • S. 1952, A bill to amend the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 to modify the procedures for change of address (Sen. Schumer, no cosponsors)
  • S. 1969, Democracy Day Act (Sen. Sanders, no cosponsors)
  • S. 1970, REGISTER Act (Sen. Sanders, 2 cosponsors)
  • S. 3252, a bill to require states to automatically register eligible voters to vote in elections for federal office (Sen. Leahy, 3 cosponsors)
  • S.J. Res. 41, an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to abolish the electoral college and to provide for the direct popular election of the President and Vice President of the United States (Sen. Boxer, 3 cosponsors)
Redistricting Reform Legislation in the 114th Congress
  • HR 75, Coretta Scott King Mid-Decade Redistricting Prohibition Act (Rep. Jackson Lee, no cosponsors)
  • HR 219, John Tanner Fairness and Independence in Redistricting Act (Rep. Cohen, 1 cosponsor)
  • HR 934, a bill to require any State which, after enacting a Congressional redistricting plan after a decennial census and apportionment of Representatives, enacts a subsequent Congressional redistricting plan prior to the next decennial census and apportionment of Representatives, to obtain a declaratory judgment or preclearance in the manner provided under section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 in order for the subsequent plan to take effect. (Rep. Al Green, 2 cosponsors)
  • HR 1346, Redistricting Transparency Act (Rep. Cooper, 22 cosponsors)
  • HR 1347, John Tanner Fairness and Independence in Redistricting Act (Rep. Cooper, 25 cosponsors)
  • HR 2173, Redistricting Reform Act (Rep. Lofgren, 65 cosponsors)
  • HR 2501, Citizens' Districts Preservation Act (Rep. Rohrabacher, 16 cosponsors)
  • H.J. Res. 80, Fair Districts Amendment (Rep. Grayson, no cosponsors)
  • S. 2483, Fairness and Independence in Redistricting (FAIR) Act (Sen. Udall, 9 cosponsors)

Lobbying, Ethics, and Other Reform Legislation in 114th Congress

  • HR 94, Cameras in the Courtroom Act (Rep. Connolly, 8 cosponsors)
  • HR 261, No More Ghost Money Act (Rep. Barbara Lee, no cosponsors)
  • HR 317, New Columbia Admission Act (Rep. Holmes Norton, 133 cosponsors)
  • HR 318, Stop the Revolving Door in Washington Act (Rep. Posey, 1 cosponsor)
  • HR 319, End the Congressional Revolving Door Act (Rep. Posey, no cosponsors)
  • HR 567, a bill to provide that a former Member of Congress receiving compensation as a highly-paid lobbyist shall be ineligible to receive certain Federal retirement benefits (Rep. Israel, no cosponsors)
  • HR 653, FOIA Oversight and Improvement Act (Rep. Issa, 55 cosponsors; passed the House by voice vote on January 11, 2016)
  • HR 929, a bill to prevent former Members of Congress from engaging in lobbying contacts (Rep. Cicilline, 2 cosponsors)
  • HR 1037, Ensuring Trust and Honorability in Congressional Standards (ETHICS) Act (Rep. Cicilline, 44 cosponsors)
  • HR 1054, TRUST Act (Rep. Yoho, 33 cosponsors)
  • HR 1069, Presidential Library Donation Reform Act (Rep. Duncan, 2 cosponsors; passed the House by voice vote on January 11, 2016)
  • HR 1097, Ban Insider Trading Act (Rep. Lynch, no cosponsors)
  • HR 1173, Ban Insider Trading Act (Rep. Lynch, 4 cosponsors)
  • HR 1339, a bill to prohibit the use of official funds for airline accommodations for Members of Congress which are not coach-class accommodations or for long-term vehicle leases for Members of Congress (Rep. Graham, 5 cosponsors)
  • HR 1740, No Golden Parachutes for Public Service Act (Rep. Blum, 1 cosponsor)
  • HR 1873, Ending Special Mail Privileges for Congress Act (Rep. Woodall, 5 cosponsors)
  • HR 1943, Supreme Court Ethics Act (Rep. Slaughter, 129 cosponsors)
  • HR 2210, Coach-Only Airfare for Capitol Hill Act (Rep. Gosar, 23 cosponsors)
  • HR 2336, Sunshine in Litigation Act (Rep. Nadler, 1 cosponsor)
  • HR 2807, Sunshine on Government Act (Rep. Crawford, no cosponsors)
  • HR 3065, Financial Services Conflict of Interest Act (Rep. Cummings, 17 cosponsors)
  • HR 3723, Eyes on the Courts Act (Rep. Nadler, 7 cosponsors)
  • HR 4195, A bill to repeal the authorizations for office space, office expenses, franking and printing privileges, and staff for former Speakers of the House of Representatives (Rep. Jones, 2 cosponsors)
  • HR 4328, Read the Bill Act (Rep. Bridenstine, 1 cosponsor)
  • HR 4335, One Subject at a Time Act (Rep. Love, 17 cosponsors)
  • HR 4809, Political Intelligence Transparency Act (Rep. Slaughter, 4 cosponsors)
  • HR 4990, Strengthening Charities Through Transparency Act (Rep. Titus, no cosponsors)
  • HR 5051, Open Government Data Act (Rep. Kilmer, 15 cosponsors)
  • HR 5386, Presidential Tax Transparency Act (Rep. Eshoo, 33 cosponsors)
  • HR 5875, a bill to establish requirements for committees of the Senate and the Senate to consider and hold votes on nominations of individuals for appointments by the President (Rep. Peters, 7 cosponsors)
  • HR 5876, a bill to require the Director of the Government Publishing Office to establish and maintain a website accessible to the public that allows the public to obtain electronic copies of all congressionally mandated reports in one place, and for other purposes (Rep. Quigley, 8 cosponsors)
  • HR 5885, a bill to require the Clerk of the House of Representatives and the Secretary of the Senate to establish a process by which registered voters may sign national discharge petitions with respect to bills and joint resolutions introduced in or referred to the House and Senate, to require the House or Senate to hold a vote on the passage of any bill or joint resolution if a certain number of registered voters sign the national discharge petition for the bill or joint resolution (Rep. Ruiz, no cosponsors)
  • HR 6026, a bill to amend the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 to require each candidate for President or Vice President to include in required financial disclosure reports whether or not the Secretary of the Treasury is in the process of auditing any of the candidate's individual Federal income tax returns (Rep. Huffman, 41 cosponsors)
  • HR 6324, No Lobbyists on Presidential Transition Teams Act (Rep. Sarbanes, no cosponsors)
  • HR 6340, Presidential Accountability Act (Rep. Clark, no cosponsors)
  • HR 6426, a bill to create a 2-year prohibition on employment in a career civil service position for any former political appointee (Rep. Buck, no cosponsors)
  • H Res 93, Strengthen House Floor Integrity Resolution (Rep. Kuster, 10 cosponsors)
  • S 49, a bill to include a question to ascertain United States citizenship and immigration status in each questionnaire used for a decennial census of population (Sen. Vitter, no cosponsors)
  • S 309, a bill to prohibit earmarks (Sen. Toomey, 10 cosponsors)
  • S 558, Presidential Library Donation Reform Act (Sen. Carper, 3 cosponsors)
  • S 702, a bill to strengthen the prohibitions on insider trading (Sen. Reed, 1 cosponsor)
  • S 780, Cameras in the Courtroom Act (Sen. Durbin, 5 cosponsors)
  • S. 783, Sunshine in the Courtroom Act (Sen. Grassley, 9 cosponsors)
  • S. 1072, Supreme Court Ethics Act (Sen. Murphy, 7 cosponsors)
  • S. 1572, One Subject at a Time Act (Sen. Paul, no cosponsors)
  • S. 1779, Financial Services Conflict of Interest Act (Sen. Baldwin, 5 cosponsors)
  • S. 1959, Close the Revolving Door Act (Sen. Bennet, 1 cosponsor)
  • S. 2738, Political Intelligence Transparency Act (Sen. Grassley, 1 cosponsor)
  • S. 2979, Presidential Tax Transparency Act (Sen. Wyden, 9 cosponsors)

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