Why It Matters

America is facing a national governing crisis. Congress rarely tackles the most important legislative issues facing the country, focusing instead on winning political majorities in the legislative branch.


Time is limited

Today, most lawmakers do not spend the time building relationships with members of the opposing party or developing subject-matter expertise related to their committees and constituents.

Instead, members of Congress are incentivized to spend up to 30 hours a week raising money, talking to a narrow set of deep-pocketed donors or special interests, who also fund outside groups and “dark money” organizations to discourage political courage and fuel dysfunction in Washington.

7 out of 10

Americans believe democracy is at risk if we don’t act now.


Laws are outdated

Additionally, America’s political system remains riddled with loopholes and has not been updated in decades. The laws in place were passed before Americans could donate online, through a text message or with a smartphone.

Standards and institutions in the federal government are under constant threat, from the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) that oversees ethical standards in the U.S. House of Representatives to the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) which is tasked with overseeing executive branch appointees.

<15 percent

of Americans have a great deal of faith in Congress.


Making government work for the people is Issue One

It is time to get democracy humming again. We know there are solutions that work. America only thrives when everyone’s ideas are heard and people are empowered to engage in democracy, political discourse and do their civic duty.

70 percent

of Republicans, Democrats and independents outside of Washington agree that Congress should work in a bipartisan fashion to address these issues.

American democracy is in crisis. Join the nearly 200 former members of Congress—Republicans and Democrats—who have signed the Declaration to Renew the Founders’ Promise to say: “Enough.” Sign the declaration today and Fix Politics Now.