Does Congress Pay a “Committee Tax”?

Issue One reveals the hidden dues system that political parties impose on lawmakers who want to lead the most powerful committees in the House of Representatives

Read our new report: “The Price of Power”

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We Can Return Government to the People

The 2016 election proved Americans want change in Washington and are hungry for solutions that will make government more responsive and accountable.
Issue One has a plan to get Washington back to work for the people.

Since the start of the 115th Congress, our elected leaders have spent

hours fundraising, instead of doing their jobs.

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Our elected officials are trapped in a never-ending cycle of fundraising, spending as many as 20 hours a week “dialing for dollars.” We can get Congress back to working for the people by enacting common-sense changes that ensure everyone’s voice is heard.

We’re Leading a Bipartisan Movement

Made up of over 180 former members of Congress and governors from both parties, our ReFormers Caucus is reaching across the aisle and advocating bipartisan solutions to fix our democracy.

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Issue One is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to political reform and government ethics in order to strengthen democracy and return government to the American people. Join us.

Forging The Path To Solutions

Our Blueprints for Democracy project meets the challenge of fixing our democracy with concrete proof that it can be done. We’ve collected the best solutions from cities and states all over the country that we can enact right now to get government working for the people again.

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