Dysfunction in Congress: Issue One ReFormers Caucus Co-chairs Rep. Zach Wamp (R-TN) and Amb. Tim Roemer (D-IN) were just on CNN Newsroom to talk about the two parties' obsession with fundraising over working across the aisle.
Posted by Issue One on Tuesday, August 8, 2017
We have some pretty exciting news to share — Issue One ReFormers Caucus Co-Chairs, former Amb. Tim Roemer (D-IN) and former Rep. Zach Wamp (R-TN) were just on CNN’s “Newsroom” discussing our efforts in Washington to urge both parties to work together to return government to the American people.
Today’s politicians spend way too much of their time raising money — about 40 to 50 percent of their day. This means less time doing their jobs, building relationships with fellow lawmakers and less reason to work together. That’s why the 2016 election came with a $6.5 billion price-tag. “Drain the swamp” — or emptying the cesspool — has become an empty promise.
The American people are losing faith in their elected leaders — and to quote Rep. Wamp, “Neither party has an exclusive on integrity, or ideas.”
Issue One is working to change that. Our ReFormers Caucus is committed to bipartisan solutions on Capitol Hill. One action that must happen: overhauling the Federal Election Commission. There’s a bill in Congress that would do just that, co-sponsored by Reps. Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Jim Renacci (R-OH), called the Restoring Integrity in America’s Elections Act. Congress should support this bipartisan legislation to begin restoring American’s faith in democracy.