Congress needs to reform itself in wake of coronavirus, write 110 members of Issue One’s ReFormers Caucus in USA Today

Today, in an open letter to Congress published in USA Today, a bipartisan group of 110 former members of Congress, governors, and Cabinet secretaries who are all part of Issue One’s ReFormers Caucus urged current lawmakers to embrace institutional reforms in the wake of the public health and economic crises spurred by the coronavirus pandemic. “We hope that leaders in

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Crosspartisan groups to Congress: Draft an emergency preparedness plan now to continue to govern during crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges for leaders around the world. Yet, the U.S. Congress currently lacks a clear emergency preparedness plan for maintaining its operations during this crisis.  Yesterday, groups from across the political spectrum, including the Bipartisan Policy Center, College to Congress, Demand Progress, Democracy Fund Voice, Issue One, R Street Institute, POPVOX CEO Marci Harris, and

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In new Senate testimony, Issue One urges senators to boost congressional capacity

Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee submitted written testimony on Thursday in support of boosting congressional capacity to the Senate Appropriations Committee’s legislative branch subcommittee.  McGehee recommended measures to improve staff retention and diversity — highlighting how competent, experienced staff are key to a strong Congress that can fulfill its constitutional duties to the American people and stand up to

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The COVID-19 crisis illustrates the need for a stable democracy and secure, free, and fair elections 

Issue One to Senate: include resources for states for early voting and vote by mail In the wake of unprecedented worldwide disruption caused by the coronavirus, and the impact it has on U.S. elections and public confidence in our government, Issue One Founder and CEO Nick Penniman released the following statement:  “Coronavirus has ground many aspects of Americans’ lives to

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Issue One Testimony in Support of Modernizing Congress & FY21 Budget

Testimony from: Meredith McGehee, Executive Director, Issue One Before the Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch of the House Committee on Appropriations March 4, 2020 (Download.) Chairman Ryan, Ranking Member Herrera Beutler, and Subcommittee members—thank you for inviting me to testify today. I appreciate the opportunity to address the capacity of the legislative branch. My name is Meredith McGehee, and I have

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Issue One statement on the House voting to extend the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress

Today the House voted to extend the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress through the end of the 116th Congress. Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee released the following statement: “Issue One applauds the House for taking an important step forward today by extending the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress for another year. And we commend Speaker

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Senate Majority Leader McConnell (R-KY) supports increased election security funding

Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee issued the following statement:  This morning, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) walked back his staunch opposition to further securing our elections and said he is now willing to support additional grant money to the states.  This move follows pressure from a growing number of groups from across the political spectrum that have been

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New documents affirm Issue One reports about the price of power in Congress

Recently leaked internal Democratic Party documents confirm a disturbing trend that Issue One has been calling attention to for years: Both the Democratic and Republican parties lean on members of Congress to raise astronomical amounts of money and expect House members serving on influential committees to pay for their positions. Both parties appear to follow the mantra that the more

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Election security at risk: 5 loopholes that allow foreign interference in our elections

Issue One’s latest report, “5 Loopholes That Allow Foreign Interference in Our Elections,” reveals how our broken political system allows China, Iran, Russia, and other foreign adversaries to interfere in U.S. elections.  From hacking our election systems to spreading disinformation campaigns online to using unregistered lobbyists, foreign actors are using more subversive tactics to attack our elections than ever before. “The

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Congress needs to act immediately to provide states with the emergency federal funding they need to run safe, secure and credible elections in November. The previous federal funding was an important down payment, but reports from state and local election officials indicate substantially more federal emergency assistance is needed as soon as possible. Issue One and many others are working to convince Senators to vote in July for more funding so that our November elections are safe, secure, and fair.