ReFormers Caucus

Issue One Remembers the Life of Amory “Amo” Houghton Jr.

Issue One offers our most sincere condolences to the family and friends of former Congressman Amo Houghton as we remember his remarkable life. Congressman Houghton was a vital and active member of our ReFormers Caucus, a bipartisan coalition composed of 200 former members of Congress, governors, and Cabinet officials advocating for solutions to fix our broken political system. He passed

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More than 50 former members of Congress urge the FEC to close personal use loophole for leadership PACs

Today a bipartisan group of 58 members of Issue One’s ReFormers Caucus signed on to comments submitted to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) calling on the agency to open a rulemaking to close the personal use loophole for leadership PACs. “We have a unique perspective on America’s campaign finance system and the need for regulations that are both effective and

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Issue One’s ReFormers Caucus expands to all 50 states

The bipartisan ReFormers Caucus is proud to announce that it now includes members from all 50 states! Since its inception just three years ago, this group — former members of Congress, Cabinet officials and governors from both parties — has recruited 196 champions of reform who bring centuries of combined political experience to fix dysfunction in Washington. The ReFormers’ nationwide

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Nine new ReFormers join Issue One to fix the broken political system

Issue One is pleased to announce the addition of nine former members of Congress to the ReFormers Caucus: Jason Altmire (D-PA), Gresham Barrett (R-SC), Ben Chandler (D-KY), Sam Coppersmith (D-AZ), Jerry Costello (D-IL), Charles Djou (R-HI), Dan Maffei (D-NY), Jeff Miller (R-FL) and Jon Porter (R-NV). They join the largest bipartisan coalition—now 194 members strong—of former members of Congress, governors

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Rep. John McHugh (R-NY) joins the ReFormers Caucus

Issue One welcomes former New York Republican Representative and former United States Secretary of the Army John McHugh to the ReFormers Caucus. During his time in Congress representing New York’s 23rd and 24th districts from 1993 to 2009, Secretary McHugh served as a senior member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. He voted in favor of the landmark

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Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI), Rep. Heath Shuler (D-NC) and Jo Bonner (R-AL) join the ReFormers Caucus

Issue One is pleased to announce the addition of three former members of Congress to our ReFormers Caucus, including our first ReFormer from Alabama. Representatives Bart Stupak (D-MI), Heath Shuler (D-NC) and Jo Bonner (R-AL) have joined the largest ever bipartisan coalition assembled to advocate for solutions to fix our democracy and improve Congressional capacity. The ReFormers Caucus is now

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Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) and Rep. Ed Case (D-HI) join the ReFormer’s Caucus

Issue One welcomes former Arkansas Senator Blanche Lincoln and Hawaii Representative Ed Case to the ReFormers Caucus, the largest group of its kind ever assembled to advocate for solutions to fix our democracy. Sen. Lincoln served two terms in the U.S. House representing Arkansas’s 1st congressional district from 1993-1997 followed by two terms in the U.S. Senate from 1999-2011. During

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ReFormers Caucus connects the dots between national security and Washington dysfunction

Members of Issue One’s ReFormers Caucus — the largest bipartisan coalition of its kind ever assembled to advocate for political reform — today joined national security experts, including former National Security Adviser Gen. Jim Jones, at a press conference to discuss how a stronger democracy will improve our national security. The event was held in Washington, D.C., at the Center

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Democracy = National Security, an Issue One event

Even as the United States faces threats from North Korea and terrorist groups abroad, while foreign powers such as China continue to grow in influence, the greatest threat to America’s national security is from within: the overwhelming dysfunction crippling our government. Deep divisions between the nation’s political parties, the outsized power of money and special interests in the policymaking process, a

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Behind the Price of Power: Q&A with former Rep. Christopher Shays (R-CT)

To help inform Issue One’s landmark report, “The Price of Power,” we interviewed several members of our bipartisan ReFormers Caucus at-length about their experiences with fundraising and concerns with the “committee tax” imposed on lawmakers. Every Tuesday and Thursday over the next few weeks, we will release edited excerpts of those conversations with these former lawmakers to supplement and expand

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