Author Archive for: eottenfeld

For the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, it’s important to focus on the work ahead

100 years ago this week, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, granting women the right to vote in our nation. Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee released the following statement:  “This is an important milestone in the ongoing effort to become a more perfect union. But, let’s be clear: almost as soon as the 19th Amendment was enacted,

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President Trump must cease his attacks on the post office and our election process

Today, President Trump explicitly stated that cuts to the United States Postal Service (USPS) were an effort to curb mail-in voting. In response, Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee released the following statement: “President Trump must end his war on the United States Postal Service and our democratic institutions. A vibrant and fully operational postal service is critical to our

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Issue One applauds the introduction of the bipartisan Lobbying Disclosure Reform Act of 2020 to increase transparency

Today, Reps. Ben Cline (R-VA) and Dean Phillips (D-MN) introduced H.R. 8022, the Lobbying Disclosure Reform Act of 2020 (LDA). This is the first substantive update of the LDA in over a decade, and helps reflect what lobbying looks like in 2020. Significantly, it was crafted and introduced in a bipartisan manner.  Since 2007, there has been a marked overall

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Stop playing politics and fund safe and secure elections

As coronavirus stimulus negotiations appear to have reached an impasse in Congress, Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee released the following statement:  “House Republicans have called for additional federal funding for safe and secure elections. Senate Rules Committee Chairman Roy Blunt has called for additional emergency federal funding. Election officials across the country have called for additional federal funding. It’s

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Issue One calls on Congress to protect elections, restore the Voting Rights Act

The Voting Rights Act (VRA), one of the most significant and successful pieces of civil rights legislation ever passed in the United States, was signed into law 55 years ago today. In response, Issue One ReFormers Caucus Co-chairs Amb. Tim Roemer (D-IN) and Rep. Zach Wamp (R-TN), who both served for many years with the late Rep. John Lewis (D-GA),

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President Trump’s call to delay the election is irresponsible and ignores the Constitution

In response to President Donald Trump’s tweet today suggesting the November election should be delayed, Issue One ReFormers Caucus Co-chairs Amb. Tim Roemer (D-IN) and Rep. Zach Wamp (R-TN) released the following statement:  “The president’s claim, months out from the November election, that it is rigged and somehow ‘corrupt’ is reckless and preposterous, and the suggestion to delay it is

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Statement on the House Appropriations Committee including Issue One recommendations on congressional capacity in its FY21 funding bill

Last week, the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations passed the FY21 Legislative Branch funding bill, which included a number of recommendations made by the bipartisan Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress and supported by Issue One in its testimony before the subcommittee. In response, Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee released the following statement: “As partisan standoffs continue to

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Issue One statement on the House Democratic Caucus publicly releasing its rules

In response to the news that the House Democratic Caucus finally made their rules public after public interest groups, including Issue One, pushed for more than a year for their release, Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee released the following statement:  “The House Democratic Caucus made an important commitment this week to accountability by agreeing to this reasonable request, joining

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Issue One warns Congress of inaction on election funding, calls for passage of new legislation before August recess 

As the general election approaches and the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Issue One is making the case to Congress that states need resources now to avoid disaster in November.  “Issue One strongly urges you to support legislation to provide additional emergency funding to states and localities to ensure safe, secure, and credible elections in 2020 and to ensure that legislation is

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