Norcross Joins House Democrats in Passing Historic Legislature
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01) joined House Democrats in passing H.R. 1, the For the People Act, a sweeping anti-corruption package to clean up Washington, protect and expand voting rights, restore integrity to government and put the needs and priorities of the American people ahead of special interests.
“I’ve always supported making voting easier, not harder, and today, I proudly voted to pass the most transformational and comprehensive suite of pro-democracy reforms in a generation,” said Congressman Norcross. “This bill gives us the opportunity to finally give more Americans the ability to have their voices heard, to implement campaign finance reform and to restore trust in our public institutions. Voting rights aren’t a partisan issue, and today is a day that our forefathers would be proud of.”
Norcross added: “H.R. 1 will protect the right to vote, ensure the integrity of our elections, crack down on lobbyists and Washington insiders, hold elected officials accountable and end the era of big, secret, special-interest money in our politics. This historic reform effort will put an end to decades of dysfunction in Washington, return power back to the American people and put us on an inspired path toward a more equitable, just and prosperous future.”
An amendment authored by Norcross that aims to make voting easier was included in the final passage of the bill. Specifically, Norcross’ amendment would encourage voter registration by directing the Postal Service to remind movers to update their registration on its hard-copy change of address form.
In addition, Norcross co-sponsored the Alice Paul Voter Protection Act, which is included in H.R. 1. The Alice Paul Voter Protection Act protects voter registration efforts by making it unlawful for any person to hinder or prevent another person from registering or aiding another person in registering to vote. The legislation also encourages the establishment of best practices to ensure that states protect these critical rights.
“New Jersey families want Washington working for the people, but too many self-serving politicians are prioritizing big money donors and corporate interests and giving them the power to stand in the way of fixing problems,” said Tiffany Muller, President of End Citizens United // Let America Vote Action Fund. “Rep. Norcross understands now is the moment we need to restore our democracy. We thank him for supporting this bill that will reduce the influence of money in politics, crackdown on political corruption, ensure accurate elections, and protect voting rights.”
Other key provisions of H.R. 1, the For the People Act, include:
- Expanding automatic voter registration and same day registration.
- Strengthening vote by mail, early voting and ballot access.
- Combating voter intimidation and voter suppression.
- Protecting elections from foreign interference.
- Fixing partisan gerrymandering.
- Promoting digital ad transparency.
- Forcing disclosure of dark money.
- Reining in lobbyist influence.
- Enforcing ethics and conflict of interest rules for all government officials.
- Empowering small donors with matching funds paid for by lawbreakers, not taxpayers.
For a fact sheet on H.R. 1, click here.