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Eviscerating the Office of Congressional Ethics would be a blow to voters and lawmakers both.

Issue One Chief of Policy, Programs and Strategy Meredith McGehee released the following statement this morning: Today, Congress will vote on a new rules package that includes a proposal – inserted in secret last night – to gut the independent watchdog that oversees congressional ethics. “Acting in the literal dark of night while Congress was not in session, Speaker Ryan

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Rep. Don Manzullo (R-IL) joins the ReFormers Caucus

Issue One is pleased to welcome former Illinois Republican Congressman Don Manzullo to the ReFormers Caucus, comprised of more than 160 former members of Congress and governors from both sides of the aisle who are dedicated to returning government to the people. Manzullo represented Illinois’ 16th district for 20 years, from 1993 to 2013. Throughout his tenure, Manzullo advocated for

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Washington are you listening? Bipartisan reform framework aims to end business-as-usual in Congress

Today, Issue One and the ReFormers Caucus launched an ambitious policy framework that aims to kickstart a bipartisan conversation in Washington about how to “drain the swamp,” get Congress back to working for the American people and make government more accountable and transparent. Our framework, titled “Returning Government to the American People,” is the result of months of deliberation with

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Statement of Nick Penniman: “We must return government to the people”

I’ve worked in Washington for more than a decade — as magazine publisher and editor and now executive director of Issue One. I’ve seen more brilliant ideas than you can imagine in this town collect dust on shelves or disappear entirely because the political parties are too busy chasing donors rather than solving problems. There are whole issues of policy

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Issue One announces “Returning Government to the American People” framework for reform

On Wednesday, December 14, at 9:00 a.m. at the National Press Club, Issue One and our ReFormers Caucus will publicly roll out a new bipartisan framework titled “Returning Government to the American People.” (See event details below.) The framework lays out specific proposals for returning our government to the representative path the founders envisioned, and is intended to serve as

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Rep. Todd Platts (R-PA) joins the ReFormers Caucus

Issue One welcomes former Republican Representative Todd Platts to the ReFormers Caucus. He joins more than 160 former members of Congress and governors fighting to return our government to the people. Platts served Pennsylvania’s 19th District for 12 years, from 2001 to 2013, during which time he refused to accept contributions from any special interests or political action committees. While

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Rep. Bob Walker (R-PA) joins the ReFormers Caucus

Issue One welcomes former Congressman Bob Walker to the largest bipartisan group of former lawmakers ever assembled to reduce the influence of money in politics: Issue One’s ReFormers Caucus. Rep. Walker represented Pennsylvania’s 16th District for 20 years, from 1977 to 1997.  He won and held the seat with at least 65 percent of the vote in every election but

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Rep. Robin Hayes (R-NC) joins the ReFormers Caucus

Issue One welcomes former North Carolina Republican Representative Robin Hayes to the ReFormers Caucus. During his time in Congress representing North Carolina’s 8th District for five terms, from 1999 to 2009, Rep. Hayes served on the Agriculture, Armed Services and Transportation committees. He also chaired the Livestock Subcommittee, the Philanthropy Caucus and the Special Forces Caucus. Along with being a

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