Nineteen House lawmakers launch first-of-its-kind bipartisan congressional caucus focused on ethics and political reform

Today, 19 bipartisan lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives launched the Congressional Reformers Caucus, the first organization of its kind on Capitol Hill to focus exclusively on discussing political reform ideas and legislation. Co-chaired by Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY) and Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO), the Caucus aims to address ethics and accountability issues in Congress, as well as the roots of dysfunction in the current political system.

“The Congressional Reformers Caucus is a clear example of bipartisan leadership the country needs at a time when Americans are more skeptical than ever about the effectiveness of our political system,” said Issue One CEO Nick Penniman. “We need to be doubling down on American democracy as foreign actors continue to try to destabilize and discredit it. In this standoff between democracy and authoritarianism around the world, Congress should use every tool at its disposal to strengthen the former.”

“The creation of the Congressional ReFormer Caucus is an important first step in Washington which finally recognizes that the American people want real action on draining the swamp and genuine accountability in their government. Only through this bipartisan effort can we change the contaminated political culture of dialing for dollars and special interest domination. We must rekindle the original founders intention of an open, just and equitable democracy,” said Issue One ReFormers Caucus Co-chair and former congressman Amb. Tim Roemer (D-IN).

“As a co-chair of Issue One’s ReFormers Caucus, I am pleased to see that there are current Members who recognize the urgency in addressing our broken political system and, like the ReFormers believe in working across the aisle to focus on solutions,” said Issue One ReFormers Caucus Co-Chair and former Rep. Connie Morella (R-MD). “I am hopeful that the Congressional Reformers Caucus will kickstart a bipartisan conversation about improving government ethics and accountability that leads to meaningful legislative fixes, something the American people have been clamoring for.”

“Americans across the country have been losing faith that integrity and transparency exists in the federal government, but these 19 lawmakers are evidence that real leadership can still be summoned from our elected officials to bring meaningful reforms, instead of just attending fundraisers and scoring cheap political shots,” said Issue One Reformers Caucus Co-chair and former Rep. Zach Wamp (R-TN).’’

The original members of the Congressional Reformers Caucus include:

Republicans Democrats
Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO), Co-chair Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY), Co-chair
Rep. Jack Bergman (R-MI) Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL)
Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA)
Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI)
Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA)
Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL)
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) Rep. Donald Norcross (D-NJ)
Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) Rep. Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ)
Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC) Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA)
  Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD)

 

Members of Congress who are part of the Congressional Reformers Caucus have already shown their leadership on these issues by supporting bipartisan legislation to address the dysfunctional Federal Election Commission, national security concerns around paid political advertising and the potential of foreign money being spent in U.S. elections.