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The Scorecard provides data on every current member of Congress based on their sponsorship or cosponsorship of key democracy reform bills that Common Cause and our 1.2 million members support.

Bills in this Scorecard would strengthen our money-in-politics, voting, ethics, and media and democracy laws, as well as ensure that all residents are counted in the census. Bills in the Scorecard would enhance transparency requirements for political contributions and spending, break the power of big money in our elections by incentivizing small-dollar contributions, and crack down on foreign influence in our election. Other money-in-politics bills in the package would overturn the Supreme Court’s disastrous Citizens United decision and tighten the prohibition on political spending by foreign entities.

The Scorecard also includes bills to strengthen our voting laws by updating and strengthening provisions of the Voting Rights Act gutted by the Shelby v. Holder Supreme Court ruling, securing and enhancing voting systems, providing automatic registration so that voters are added to voter rolls when they do business with state agencies, and creating independent citizens’ commissions to draw new districts after each census so that politicians cannot cherry-pick their voters.


House

Bills with Votes

HJ Res 46

A joint resolution that would terminate the national emergency related to the U.S.-Mexico border, declared by the President on February 15, 2019.

HR 1 – For the People Act

A comprehensive and transformative anti-corruption and pro-voting reform bill that would help amplify the voices of everyday Americans.

HR 1644 – Save the Internet Act

Would restore the open internet order of the Federal Communications Commission that was passed on February 26, 2015 and revoke the FCC rule from December 14, 2017.

HR 2722 – Securing America’s Federal Elections (SAFE) Act

Would incentivize states to replace outdated and vulnerable voting equipment, mandate paper ballot voting systems, risk-limiting post-election audits, and strict cybersecurity requirements for election technology vendors and voting systems.

H Res 660

A resolution formalizing the impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

HR 4617 – Stopping Harmful Interference in Elections for a Lasting Democracy (SHIELD) Act

Would protect our elections from foreign interference and disinformation campaigns.

HR 4 – Voting Rights Advancement Act

A bill to modernize and strengthen the Voting Rights Act to prohibit discriminatory voter suppression tactics and ensure that all eligible voters can have their voices heard and votes counted.

H.Res. 755 – vote on first article of impeachment

H.Res. 755 – vote on second article of impeachment

HR 51 – Washington, DC Admission Act

Would provide statehood and full representation for the more than 700,000 residents of the District of Columbia.

Bills to Cosponsor

HR 2977 – DISCLOSE Act

Would require all corporations, unions, other outside groups, and Super PACs to report to the FEC within 24 hours of making a $10,000 campaign expenditure or financial transfer to other groups which can then be used for campaign-related activity; would require leaders of entities engaging in political spending >$10,000 to “stand by their ads”.

HJ RES 2 – Democracy for All Amendment

Would overturn the Citizens United decision and authorize Congress and the states to set reasonable limits on the raising and spending of money by candidates and others to influence elections.

HR 645 – Automatic Voter Registration Act

Would ensure that eligible individuals interacting with certain government agencies would automatically be registered to vote.

HR 3572, Redistricting Reform Act or John Tanner Fairness and Independence in Redistricting Act (HR 124 or HR 130)

Would create independent redistricting commissions and outline criteria for states to create independent redistricting commissions to help eliminate partisan gerrymandering.

HR 732 – 2020 Census IDEA Act

Would prohibit future censuses from adding any question that has not been researched, studied, and tested for at least three years before the date on which the applicable census occurs; or including on the questionnaire for the census any subject, type of information, or question that was not submitted to Congress.

Senate

Comprehensive

S.949 – For the People Act of 2019

A comprehensive and transformative anti-corruption and pro-voting reform bill that would help amplify the voices of everyday Americans.

Money in Politics

S.1147 – DISCLOSE Act

Would require all corporations, unions, other outside groups, and Super PACs to report to the FEC within 24 hours of making a $10,000 campaign expenditure or financial transfer to other groups which can then be used for campaign-related activity; would require leaders of entities engaging in political spending >$10,000 to “stand by their ads”

S 2257 – Fair Elections Now Act

Would create a small donor, citizen-funded election system for congressional elections to amplify the voices of everyday Americans and help get big money out of politics.

S 2269 – Stopping Harmful Interference in Elections for a Lasting Democracy (SHIELD) Act

Would protect our elections from foreign interference and disinformation campaigns.

SJ Res 51, Democracy for All Amendment

Would overturn the Citizens United decision and authorize Congress and the states to set reasonable limits on the raising and spending of money by candidates and others to influence elections.

Voting and Elections

S 4263 – John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act

A bill to modernize and strengthen the Voting Rights Act to prohibit discriminatory voter suppression tactics and ensure that all eligible voters can have their voices heard and votes counted.

S 631 or S 549 – Washington, D.C. Admission Act/Voter Empowerment Act

S 631, Washington, D.C. Admission Act: would provide statehood and full representation for the more than 700,000 residents of the District of Columbia OR S 549, the Voter Empowerment Act: would provide comprehensive voter protections, modernize voter registration processes, and incentivize risk-limiting audits.

S 624 – Same-Day Registration Act

Would require states with a voter registration requirement to make same-day voter registration available at the polling place on any day voting is permitted.

S 1540 – Election Security Act

Would require backup paper ballots, provide $1 billion in election security grants to states for cybersecurity improvements and audits, strengthen federal response to election security interference, and establish accountability measures for election technology vendors.

S 1068 – Democracy Restoration Act:

Would restore voting rights for previously incarcerated individuals who have served their time.

S 2238 – Securing America’s Federal Elections (SAFE) Act

Would incentivize states to replace outdated and vulnerable voting equipment, mandate paper ballot voting systems, risk-limiting post-election audits, and strict cybersecurity requirements for election technology vendors and voting systems.

S 3529 or S 3725 – Natural Disaster and Emergency Ballot Act/VoteSafe Act

S 3529, Natural Disaster and Emergency Ballot Act: would ensure that voters have 20 days to vote through early in-person voting or by mail; provide self-sealing return envelopes with prepaid postage for voter registration applications, absentee-ballot applications, and blank absentee ballots; allow voters to cure certain signature discrepancies; and accept voter registration applications at least 21 days before the date of the election OR S 3725, VoteSafe Act: would bill expand vote-by-mail and early in-person voting during the 2020 elections and directs polling places to follow certain guidance related to COVID-19.

Ethics, Conflicts Of Interest, and Abuse Of Power

Vote on allowing additional evidence/witnesses

To allow additional evidence and witnesses in the impeachment trial of President Trump.

Vote on first article of impeachment

Vote on second article of impeachment

S 882 – Presidential Conflicts of Interest Act

Would require the President and Vice President to submit to Congress and the Office of Government Ethics a disclosure of financial interests and a disclosure of tax returns by the incumbent President and presidential nominees of a major political party for the three most recent taxable years.

S 393 – Supreme Court Ethics Act

Would require the Supreme Court to establish a judicial code of conduct for justices to comply with, similar to all other federal judges.

Media and Democracy

S 682 – Save the Internet Act:

Would restore the open internet order of the Federal Communications Commission that was passed on February 26, 2015 and revoke the FCC rule from December 14, 2017.

Redistricting and Census

S 2226 or S 1972 – Redistricting Reform Act/Fair Maps Act

S 2226, Redistricting Reform Act: would create independent redistricting commissions and outline criteria for states to create independent redistricting commissions to help eliminate partisan gerrymandering OR S 1972, Fair Maps Act: would prohibit partisan gerrymandering and ensure that any redistricting of congressional district boundaries.

S 201 or S 358 – Every Person Counts Act/Census IDEA Act

Would require the census to tabulate the total number of persons in each state and prohibits the Census Bureau from including any question or otherwise eliciting any information regarding U.S. citizenship or immigration status; OR S 358, Census IDEA Act: would prohibit future censuses from adding any question that has not been researched, studied, and tested for at least three years before the date on which the applicable census occurs; or including on the questionnaire for the census any subject, type of information, or question that was not submitted to Congress OR S 4048, Fair and Accurate Census Act: would extend the deadline for the U.S. Census Bureau to complete the 2020 Census and provide $400 million to address the impacts of COVID-19.