Post Archive by Month: July,2021

Issue One joins leading groups in thanking the Modernization Committee for key reforms that are strengthening Congress

This week, Issue One joined 21 organizations and congressional experts in thanking the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress for the recent modernization reforms that have advanced through the House appropriations process.  Since its inception, the Select Committee worked in a bipartisan manner to ensure that Congress has the resources, capabilities, and support systems necessary to serve the American

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Issue One applauds new congressional modernization recommendations, “Americans deserve a responsive legislative branch that is able to meet the challenges of our modern democracy”

Since its inception in January 2019, the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress has remained one of Congress’ least told examples of productive bipartisanship. Today, the twelve members of the Select Committee came together, once again, to issue 20 new recommendations designed to attract and retain capable staff, support interns and fellows on Capitol Hill, and ensure equal access

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ReFormers Caucus Co-chairs issue statement on first hearing of House select committee investigating January 6 attack

Ahead of the first hearing of the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, Issue One ReFormers Caucus Co-chairs Amb. Tim Roemer (D-IN) and Zach Wamp (R-TN) issued the following statement: “The law enforcement officers who protected the U.S. Capitol on January 6th are heroes. We are hopeful that the testimony presented by officers today

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Issue One responds to Jan. 6 select committee member developments, reiterates call for independent commission

Following Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s refusal to seat Reps. Jim Banks and Jim Jordan on the January 6 select committee and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s subsequent move to pull all five of his GOP picks from the committee, Issue One’s Founder and CEO Nick Penniman and Executive Director Meredith McGehee released the following statement: “Today’s developments reinforce the case for why

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5 key numbers to know from the latest House and Senate campaign finance filings

Just halfway through 2021, fundraising efforts for the 2022 congressional elections are already in full swing.  All House and Senate candidates filed new campaign finance reports last week detailing their fundraising and expenditures between April 1 and June 30, 2021. Here are some key numbers to know, based on an Issue One review of these new filings. $1.2 million The

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Issue One thanks former OCE chairman David Skaggs for his years of leadership as a vital and independent voice holding members of Congress accountable

Following the resignation of Chairman David Skaggs from the board of the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE), Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee released the following statement:  “When the U.S. House of Representatives established the OCE in 2008, its purpose was to restore public confidence in a congressional ethics process that was in shambles. There was a desperate need for

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Congress can honor the legacy of John Lewis with voting rights protections

By former congressmen and ReFormers Caucus co-chairs Zach Wamp (R-TN) and Tim Roemer (D-IN) Originally appeared in The Hill. This weekend, on the anniversary of the passing of Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), we remember an exceptional civil rights leader whose legacy is etched in our nation’s storied history of becoming a more perfect union. Lewis was a father, husband, congressman

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“Americans are witnessing surgical strikes on our democracy,” says Issue One Founder and CEO Nick Penniman following President Biden’s address on voting rights

Following today’s remarks by President Biden on voting rights, Issue One Founder and CEO Nick Penniman issued the following statement:  “Americans are witnessing surgical strikes on our democracy in state capitals across the country. They aim to make it harder for certain people to vote in certain places, just enough to tip the scales of future elections.  “After a safe and

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Issue One responds to troubling Supreme Court decisions that undermine campaign finance laws and further weaken the Voting Rights Act

Today, the Supreme Court issued two troubling decisions. One makes it harder to stop discriminatory voting laws and the other could set the stage to undermine basic tenets of long-standing campaign finance laws. By a 6-3 vote along ideological lines, the Court held that California’s law requiring all tax-exempt groups to disclose to the state (but not publicly) the names

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