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14-H0020 on Feb 5, 2014

Bill Sponsorship: Government By the People Act
Source: H.R.20
Congressional summary:
  • A refundable tax credit of 50% of congressional House campaign contributions, to be known as "My Voice Federal" contributions.
  • Establishes the Government by the People Oversight Commission, which will launch a pilot program and select 3 eligible states to operate a voucher pilot program.
  • Provide each qualified individual during the election cycle, upon his or her request, with a "My Voice Voucher" worth $50 (in either paper or electronic form).
  • Authorizes the individual to submit the My Voice Voucher to qualified federal election candidates, allocating a portion of its value in $5 increments.
  • Prohibits a certified participating candidate from establishing or controlling a leadership PAC (political action committee).

Proponent's argument in favor (by Reps. Nancy Pelosi & John Sarbanes): Citizens United shook the foundation of our democracy: the principle that it is the voices of the people, not the bank accounts of the privileged few, that determine the outcome of our elections and the policies of our government. Most members of Congress would leap at the chance to fund their campaigns without having to turn to a familiar cast of big donors and entrenched interests. Today, that's virtually impossible. But we can and must break the grip of special interests on our politics: rally around H.R. 20.

Opponent's argument against (The Examiner): The proposed legislation seeks to undo the Citizens United v. FEC ruling which has been a thorn in the side of progressives ever since the Supreme Court ruled in 2010 that political spending was "a form of protected speech under the First Amendment." Although the "Government by the People Act" innocently claims to want to get big money out of politics, the real goal is to smash the Tea Party. The fear that conservative groups would have access to funds typically granted to progressive groups and unions was too much to bear.


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 16. Question 16: Make voter registration easier Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Government Reform
  • Headline: Establish "My Voice Voucher" small campaign contributions (Score: 2)
  • Headline 2: Sponsored establishing "My Voice Voucher" small campaign contributions (Score: 2)

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Democrats participating in 14-H0020

Ron Barber s1oArizona DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Joyce Beatty s1oOhio DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Ami Bera s1oCalifornia DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Timothy Bishop s1oNew York DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Earl Blumenauer s1oOregon DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Suzanne Bonamici s1oOregon DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Robert Brady s1oPennsylvania DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Bruce Braley s1oIA Democratic ChallengerFeb 5, 2014
Julia Brownley s1oCalifornia DemocratFeb 5, 2014
John Carney s1oDelaware DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Matt Cartwright s1oPennsylvania DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Kathy Castor s1oFlorida DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Joaquin Castro s1oTexas DemocratFeb 5, 2014
David Cicilline s1oRhode Island DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Katherine Clark s1oMassachusetts DemocratFeb 11, 2014
Yvette Clarke s1oNew York DemocratFeb 5, 2014
William Lacy Clay s1oMissouri DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Emmanuel Cleaver s1oMissouri DemocratFeb 5, 2014
James Clyburn s1oSouth Carolina DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Steve Cohen s1oTennessee DemocratFeb 5, 2014
John Conyers s1oMichigan DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Jim Cooper s1oTennessee DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Joe Courtney s1oConnecticut DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Joseph Crowley s1oNew York DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Elijah Cummings s1oMaryland DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Danny Davis s1oIllinois DemocratFeb 11, 2014
Susan Davis s1oCalifornia DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Peter Defazio s1oOregon DemocratFeb 5, 2014
John Delaney s1oMaryland DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Rosa DeLauro s1oConnecticut DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Suzan DelBene s1oWashington DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Ted Deutch s1oFlorida DemocratFeb 5, 2014
John Dingell s1oMichigan Democrat (retiring 2014)Feb 5, 2014
Lloyd Doggett s1oTexas DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Donna Edwards s1oMaryland Democrat (retiring 2016)Feb 5, 2014
Keith Ellison s1oMinnesota DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Eliot Engel s1oNew York Democrat/LiberalFeb 5, 2014
Anna Eshoo s1oCalifornia DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Elizabeth Esty s1oConnecticut DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Sam Farr s1oCalifornia DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Lois Frankel s1oFlorida DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Marcia Fudge s1oOhio DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Tulsi Gabbard s1oHawaii DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Joe Garcia s1oFlorida DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Alan Grayson s1oFL Democratic Senate candidateFeb 5, 2014
Al Green s1oTexas DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Gene Green s1oTexas DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Raul Grijalva s1oArizona DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Luis Gutierrez s1oIllinois DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Alcee Hastings s1oFlorida DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Jim Himes s1oConnecticut DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Rush Holt s1oNew Jersey Democrat (retiring 2014)Feb 5, 2014
Mike Honda s1oCalifornia DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Steven Horsford s1oNevada DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Steny Hoyer s1oMaryland DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Jared Huffman s1oCalifornia DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Steve Israel s1oNew York DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Sheila Jackson Lee s1oTexas DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Hakeem Jeffries s1oNew York DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Eddie Bernice Johnson s1oTexas DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Hank Johnson s1oGeorgia DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Marcy Kaptur s1oOhio DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Robin Kelly s1oIllinois DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Derek Kilmer s1oWashington DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Ron Kind s1oWI Former Democratic challenger (2012)Feb 5, 2014
Ann Kirkpatrick s1oArizona Democrat (retiring 2016)Feb 5, 2014
Annie Kuster s1oNew Hampshire DemocratFeb 5, 2014
James Langevin s1oRhode Island DemocratFeb 5, 2014
John Larson s1oConnecticut DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Barbara Lee s1oCalifornia DemocratFeb 5, 2014
John Lewis s1oGeorgia DemocratFeb 5, 2014
David Loebsack s1oIowa DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Zoe Lofgren s1oCalifornia DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Alan Lowenthal s1oCalifornia DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Nita Lowey s1oNew York DemocratFeb 10, 2014
Ben Ray Lujan s1oNew Mexico DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Michelle Lujan-Grisham s1oNew Mexico DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Steve Lynch s1oMassachusetts Democrat (Senate run 2013)Feb 10, 2014
Dan Maffei s1oNew York DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Carolyn Maloney s1oNew York Democrat/LiberalFeb 5, 2014
Sean Maloney s1oNew York DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Doris Matsui s1oCalifornia DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Betty McCollum s1oMinnesota DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Jim McDermott s1oWashington DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Jim McGovern s1oMassachusetts DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Gregory Meeks s1oNew York Dem./Working-FamiliesFeb 10, 2014
Grace Meng s1oNew York DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Michael Michaud s1oMaine Democratic Governor ChallengerFeb 5, 2014
George Miller s1oCalifornia Democrat (retiring 2014)Feb 5, 2014
Gwen Moore s1oWisconsin DemocratFeb 5, 2014
James Moran s1oVirginia Democrat (retiring 2014)Feb 5, 2014
Patrick Murphy s1oFL Democratic Senate candidateFeb 5, 2014
Jerrold Nadler s1oNew York Dem./Lib./Working-FamiliesFeb 5, 2014
Rick Nolan s1oMinnesota DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Eleanor Holmes Norton s1oDistrict of Columbia DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Beto O`Rourke s1oTexas DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Frank Pallone s1oNew Jersey DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Bill Pascrell s1oNew Jersey DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Donald Payne s1oNew Jersey Former Democrat(Deceased 2012)Feb 5, 2014
Nancy Pelosi s1oCalifornia DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Ed Perlmutter s1oColorado DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Gary Peters s1oMI Democratic ChallengerFeb 5, 2014
Scott Peters s1oCalifornia DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Chellie Pingree s1oMaine DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Mark Pocan s1oWisconsin DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Jared Polis s1oColorado DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Mike Quigley s1oIllinois DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Charles Rangel s1oNew York Dem./Lib. (retiring 2016)Feb 5, 2014
Bobby Rush s1oIllinois DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Linda Sanchez s1oCalifornia DemocratFeb 5, 2014
John Sarbanes s2pMaryland DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Jan Schakowsky s1oIllinois DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Allyson Schwartz s1oPA Democratic ChallengerFeb 5, 2014
Bobby Scott s1oVirginia DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Jose Serrano s1oNew York Democrat/LiberalFeb 5, 2014
Carol Shea-Porter s1oNew Hampshire DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Brad Sherman s1oCalifornia DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Albio Sires s1oNew Jersey DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Louise Slaughter s1oNew York DemocratFeb 5, 2014
David Adam Smith s1oWashington DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Jackie Speier s1oCalifornia DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Eric Swalwell s1oCalifornia DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Mark Takano s1oCalifornia DemocratFeb 5, 2014
John Tierney s1oMassachusetts DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Paul Tonko s1oNew York DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Chris Van Hollen s1oMaryland Democrat (retiring 2016)Feb 5, 2014
Juan Vargas s1oCalifornia DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Nydia Velazquez s1oNew York Democrat/Working-FamiliesFeb 5, 2014
Tim Walz s1oMinnesota DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Debbie Wasserman Schultz s1oFlorida DemocratFeb 5, 2014
Henry Waxman s1oCalifornia Democrat (retiring 2014)Feb 5, 2014
Peter Welch s1oVermont DemocratFeb 5, 2014
John Yarmuth s1oKentucky DemocratFeb 5, 2014



Republicans participating in 14-H0020

Walter Beaman Jones s1oNorth Carolina RepublicanFeb 5, 2014



Independents participating in 14-H0020



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 133
Republicans: 1
Independents: 0


















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