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“As they have already done in the past, it is now the Senate’s responsibility to again guarantee equal access to the ballot box,” says Issue One Founder and CEO Nick Penniman following the introduction of the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act

In response to yesterday’s introduction of the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act in the Senate, Issue One’s Founder and CEO Nick Penniman released the following statement: “We applaud the introduction of the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act in the Senate, where the Voting Rights Act has been reauthorized on five separate occasions by overwhelming majorities of

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“Inaction at this consequential time in our history would be harmful and detrimental to the country,” says National Council On Election Integrity regarding the Freedom to Vote Act

Last week, Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Angus King (I-ME), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Alex Padilla (D-CA), Jon Tester (D-MT), and Raphael Warnock (D-GA) introduced the Freedom to Vote Act — historic legislation that includes concrete reforms to improve our broken political system and protect our elections. In response, the National Council on

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Issue One, joined by former members and leading organizations, calls on Congress to address vulnerabilities and ensure continuity of all three branches

Issue One today sent a letter to congressional leadership calling on Congress to address the urgent and dangerous vulnerabilities to the continuity of all three branches of government. Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks twenty years ago, the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and the Brookings Institution came together to form a Continuity of Government Commission, which found that none of the

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“We cannot afford to squander this opportunity to replenish our system,” Issue One applauds introduction of the Freedom to Vote Act that will reform and strengthen our democracy

Issue One has long fought to fix our broken political system and build a more inclusive democracy by bringing Republicans, Democrats, and independents together to enact sweeping bipartisan reforms.  Since 2002, Congress has failed to pass bipartisan legislation that strengthens our democracy and reforms our nation’s campaign finance system. In the years since, our nation’s leaders have allowed our institutions

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“Our responsibility to build a more inclusive and representative democracy begins with the sacred freedom to vote,” says Issue One Founder and CEO Nick Penniman following the introduction of the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act

In response to today’s introduction of H.R. 4, the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, Issue One’s Founder and CEO Nick Penniman released the following statement: “Our responsibility to build a more inclusive and representative democracy begins with the sacred freedom to vote. It is a noble cause that John Lewis dedicated his life to, and one we must

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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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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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