Sarbanes Reintroduces Government By the People Act (H.R. 20)
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes today, along with 148 original co-sponsors, reintroduced the Government By the People Act (H.R. 20), a bipartisan bill to reduce the influence of big money in politics and put people’s interests ahead of wealthy special interests.
“Wealthy donors and well-connected D.C. insiders are blocking progress on nearly every issue that the American people care about,” said Congressman Sarbanes. “We need to break Congress’ reliance on big-money donors so we can return to a government of, by and for the people. That’s the idea behind the Government By the People Act, which would provide Americans – and the candidates they support – with enough resources to run a competitive campaign without having to rely on PACs and wealthy donors. Liberated from the endless chase for big-dollar donations and special-interest contributions, Congress would better channel the will of the American people.”
The Government By the People Act has three main components:
- Empower citizens with a $25 tax credit to make a campaign contribution.
- Amplify the voice of individuals by matching each small-donor contribution.
- Protect the voice of the people from being drowned out by Super PACs and shadowy outside groups.
To learn more about the Government By the People Act, visit: https://sarbanes.house.gov/bythepeople.