The current political system is broken, corrupt, and badly in need of reform. This ambitious bill restores the promise of government for and by the people by ending money’s influence in politics, re-enfranchising felons, strengthening voter protections, making it easier to vote, and more. It is especially needed now, after a historically contentious 2020 presidential election and in the wake of former President Donald Trump’s false claims of election fraud after his loss.
Some of this bill’s provisions overreach beyond the limits of what Congress is constitutionally allowed to do, as it undermines Americans' First Amendment rights to political speech and would have a chilling effect on public discourse. Additionally, Congress has more urgent issues, such as economic recovery and equitable COVID-19 vaccine distribution, to focus on during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although protecting elections is important, the midterm elections aren’t until 2022; so Congress should set this legislation aside for now to focus on helping the American people get through the current public health and economic crisis.