Washington, D.C. (Mar. 8, 2019)— Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, issued the following statement commending the passage of H.R. 1, The “For the People” Act:
“I applaud the passage of H.R. 1, The ‘For the People’ Act. This legislation gives the American people the power to more freely exercise their constitutional right to vote, and it strengthens accountability for Executive Branch officials—including the President. The passage of this landmark legislation is a bold step toward restoring our democracy so that we have a government that works ‘For the People’.”
Cummings championed H.R. 1, holding one of the first Committee hearings of the 116th Congress on the bill and previously introducing two bills of his own that were included in the final legislation.
H.R. 1 includes the Executive Branch Conflicts of Interest Act, which was introduced by Cummings to ban senior officials from accepting “golden parachute” payments from private sector employers in exchange for their government service.
H.R. 1 also includes the bicameral Transition Team Ethics Improvement Act, which was introduced by Cummings, along with Senators Elizabeth Warren and Tom Carper, to enhance the ethics requirements that govern presidential transitions.
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