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Democrats Hold Key Hearings on H.R. 1—The “For the People” Act

Feb 5, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. (Feb. 5, 2019)—This week, the House Committees on Oversight and Reform and Ways and Means will hold hearings on H.R. 1, the For the People Act.

On January 3, 2019, Rep. John Sarbanes introduced this landmark legislation to clean up corruption, fight big money in politics, and make it easier for American citizens to vote.  The bill has more than 200 cosponsors and is endorsed by more than 65 organizations.  

“The American people voted for accountability and transparency from this Administration, and Democrats have introduced this legislation to deliver on that promise,” said Chairman Cummings.  “I look forward to hearing from the expert witnesses on the critical reforms in H.R. 1 to ensure the government is working effectively and efficiently for all people.”

“Transparency is a hallmark of good government,” said Chairman Lewis. “The Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee is holding this important hearing so that Members and the public will learn about existing law, precedents and tradition, and legislative proposals to improve the integrity of our democracy.  I look forward to hearing from our witnesses.”

Committee on Oversight and Reform

The Oversight and Reform hearing will examine the proposals in H.R. 1 in the Committee’s jurisdiction, including ethics reforms for the Executive Branch.  The hearing can be streamed live here.

WHAT:           Hearing on H.R. 1:  Strengthening Ethics Rules for the Executive Branch

WHERE:        2154 Rayburn House Office Building

WHEN:           Wednesday, February 6, 2019

TIME:             10:00 a.m.

WITNESSES:

  • Mr. Scott Amey, Project on Government Oversight

  • Ms. Karen Hobert Flynn, Common Cause

  • Mr. Rudy Mehrbani, Brennan Center for Justice

  • Mr. Walter Shaub Jr., Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington

  • Mr. Bradley Smith, Institute for Free Speech

Committee on Ways and Means

The Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee hearing will examine provisions in H.R. 1 that require presidential and vice-presidential candidates to release their tax returns to the public upon becoming their party’s nominees. The hearing can be streamed live here.

WHAT:            Hearing on Legislative Proposals and Tax Law Related to Presidential and Vice-Presidential Tax Returns

WHERE:         1100 Longworth House Office Building

WHEN:            Thursday, February 7, 2019

TIME:              2:00 p.m.

WITNESSES:

  • Dr. Joseph J. Thorndike, Director of the Tax History Project, Tax Analysts

  • George K. Yin, Edwin S. Cohen Distinguished Professor of Law and Taxation, University of Virginia School of Law

  • Noah Bookbinder, Executive Director, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington 

  • Steven M. Rosenthal, Senior Fellow, Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center

  • Ken Kies, Managing Director, Federal Policy Group

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