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Issue One endorses bipartisan legislation to protect IG integrity and independence

Issue One is proud to endorse the Securing Inspector General Independence Act of 2021 (S. 587), introduced by Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Gary Peters (D-MI). The bill ensures that the president or certain agency heads may not remove an inspector general (IG) without “substantive rationale, including detailed and case-specific reasons.” It also would require the president to give Congress

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Issue One applauds introduction of bipartisan bill to fix the Federal Election Commission

This week, Reps. Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) reintroduced bipartisan legislation to overhaul the dysfunctional Federal Election Commission (FEC) and to ensure it can effectively enforce the nation’s election laws. The Restoring Integrity to America’s Elections Act is designed to restructure the FEC, restore faith in the election system, and allow the agency to meet the needs of

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Select Committee on Modernization releases final report with 97 bipartisan recommendations to help fix Congress

Americans looking for signs that their elected representatives can actually represent them and be responsive to their needs should be pleased to learn about the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress’ final report, which was issued last week and contained 97 bipartisan recommendations that were adopted unanimously.  This report is the culmination of two years of work by the

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Senator Rubio’s ‘safe harbor’ election bill merits bipartisan support and action

Last week, a group of 40 experts on elections and democracy released a letter imploring Congress to support a bill that would give states more time to tally election results. The letter noted that delays due to close races, legal disputes, and the unprecedented number of mail-in ballots expected during the COVID-19 pandemic could prevent states from being able to

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Issue One praises new bipartisan proposal to bring transparency to foreign-backed social media content

Today, Reps. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) and John Katko (R-NY) introduced H.R. 8464, the bipartisan Foreign Agent Disclaimer Enhancement (FADE) Act. The bill would require political social media content to include disclaimers if it’s produced or transmitted by foreign adversaries or their agents. In response, Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee issued the following statement: “Year after year, national security experts

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Modernization committee approves bold, bipartisan recommendations to improve Congress

Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee issued the following statement in the wake of the news that the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress unanimously approved 40 new recommendations today to improve Congress for the American people: “With this strong package of recommendations, the modernization committee has built upon its earlier momentum to dig deep into innovative solutions to

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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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Committee on modernization unanimously approves bipartisan recommendations to fix Congress

Today, the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress unanimously approved 12 key recommendations to improve continuity of government and congressional operations. Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee issued the following statement:  “Even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the modernization committee continues to churn out much-needed recommendations to improve the operations of Congress. This set of  bipartisan reforms

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Senate Intelligence Committee makes the case for the Honest Ads Act

This week’s bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee report on Russian foreign interference in the 2016 election is the latest and most definitive case for new legislation that would help improve transparency for online political ads as a way to bolster election security. “The Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 requires political advertisements on television, radio, and satellite to disclose the sponsor

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