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A freshman House member delivered the Democrats’ weekly address to the nation, to pressure the Republican Senate to consider the major political-reform package just approved by the House.
Rep. Andy Kim, of New Jersey, delivered remarks touting the importance of the bill known as H.R. 1, the For The People Act, which passed the House March 8 on a vote of 234-193.
The legislation, which would provide federal ethics reform, make it easier for Americans to vote, and reduce the influence of dark money in government, has been a top priority for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Although it passed the House, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) is opposed to the bill and has said he will not bring it to a vote on the Senate floor.
Kim’s address apparently is aimed at putting grassroots pressure on Senate Republicans to push McConnell to change course.
“H.R. 1 reminds us that our democracy doesn’t just exist here in Washington. It exists with each and every one of us,” Kim said. “H.R 1 reminds us that our democracy can never be taken for granted, that working together we can guide it and create a more perfect representative union. … The time is now to act. I call on the Senate to take up this bill and deliver what the American people deserve.”