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15_H020 on Jan 21, 2015

Bill Sponsorship: H.R.20 & S.366
Source: Government By the People Act
Congressional Summary:<
  • Allow a refundable tax credit of 50% of cash contributions to congressional House campaigns, to be known as "My Voice Federal" contributions.
  • Select three states to operate a voucher pilot program.
  • Provide, upon request, a "My Voice Voucher" worth $50.
  • Authorizes the individual to submit the My Voice Voucher to qualified federal election candidates, allocating a portion of its value in $5 increments.
  • Permits an individual to revoke a My Voice Voucher within two days after submitting it to a candidate.
  • Establishes the Freedom From Influence Fund in the Treasury [for 6-to-1 matching funds for the vouchers].
  • Allows taxpayers to designate overpayments of tax for contribution to the Freedom From Influence Fund.

Supporters reasons for voting YEA:Rep. Sarbanes: Big money warps Congress' priorities and erodes the public's trust in government. This bold new legislation returns voice and power back to the American people:

  1. Empower everyday citizens to fuel Congressional campaigns by providing a My Voice Tax Credit.
  2. Amplify the voices of everyday Americans through a 6-to-1 match.
  3. Prevent Super PACs from drowning out small donor-backed candidates.

Opponents reasons for voting NAY:(Bill Moyers, Feb. 19, 2015): This citizen engagement strategy, particularly when used to court small donors, is not without its critics. Small donors, at least in the current system, often tend to be political ideologues. That trend leaves many asking: won't moving to small donors just empower extremists? Sarbanes counters, if Congress changes the political fundraising rules, they will also change the calculus for "the rational small donor who right now isn't going to give $25 because they've figured out that it's not going to matter." The prospect of a 6-to-1 match might very well impact how those less ideologically extreme potential donors think about political giving. Also see equivalent Senate bill S.366 (2015) and 2014 version


    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: Public financing of federal campaigns by voter vouchers (Score: 1)
  • Headline 2: Public financing of federal campaigns by voter vouchers (Score: 2)

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Democrats participating in 15_H020

Alma Adams s1oNorth Carolina Democratic House MemberJan 21, 2015
Joyce Beatty s1oOhio DemocratJan 21, 2015
Xavier Becerra s1oCalifornia DemocratJan 21, 2015
Ami Bera s1oCalifornia DemocratJan 21, 2015
Don Beyer s1oVirginia Democratic House MemberJan 21, 2015
Earl Blumenauer s1oOregon DemocratJan 21, 2015
Suzanne Bonamici s1oOregon DemocratJan 21, 2015
Brendan Boyle s1oPennsylvania Democratic House MemberMar 19, 2015
Robert Brady s1oPennsylvania DemocratJan 21, 2015
Corrine Brown s1oFlorida DemocratJan 21, 2015
Julia Brownley s1oCalifornia DemocratJan 21, 2015
Cheri Bustos s1oIllinois DemocratJan 21, 2015
G.K. Butterfield s1oNorth Carolina DemocratJan 21, 2015
Lois Capps s1oCalifornia Democrat (retiring 2016)Jan 21, 2015
Michael Capuano s1oMA Former Democratic Primary Senate Challenger (2009)Jan 21, 2015
John Carney s1oDE Democratic candidate for GovernorJan 21, 2015
Andre Carson s1oIndiana DemocratJan 21, 2015
Matt Cartwright s1oPennsylvania DemocratJan 21, 2015
Joaquin Castro s1oTexas DemocratJan 21, 2015
Judy Chu s1oCalifornia DemocratJan 21, 2015
David Cicilline s1oRhode Island DemocratJan 21, 2015
Katherine Clark s1oMassachusetts DemocratJan 21, 2015
Yvette Clarke s1oNew York DemocratJan 21, 2015
James Clyburn s1oSouth Carolina DemocratJan 21, 2015
Steve Cohen s1oTennessee DemocratJan 21, 2015
Bonnie Watson Coleman s1oNew Jersey Democratic House MemberJan 21, 2015
Gerry Connolly s1oVirginia DemocratJan 21, 2015
John Conyers s1oMichigan DemocratJan 21, 2015
Jim Cooper s1oTennessee DemocratJan 21, 2015
Joe Courtney s1oConnecticut DemocratJan 21, 2015
Joseph Crowley s1oNew York DemocratJan 21, 2015
Elijah Cummings s1oMaryland DemocratJan 21, 2015
Danny Davis s1oIllinois DemocratJan 21, 2015
Susan Davis s1oCalifornia DemocratJan 21, 2015
Peter Defazio s1oOregon DemocratJan 21, 2015
Diana DeGette s1oColorado DemocratJan 21, 2015
John Delaney s1oMaryland DemocratJan 21, 2015
Rosa DeLauro s1oConnecticut DemocratJan 21, 2015
Suzan DelBene s1oWashington DemocratJan 21, 2015
Mark DeSaulnier s1oCalifornia Democratic House MemberJan 21, 2015
Debbie Dingell s1oMichigan Democratic House MemberJan 21, 2015
Lloyd Doggett s1oTexas DemocratFeb 13, 2015
Tammy Duckworth s1oIL Democratic Senate candidateFeb 3, 2015
Donna Edwards s1oMaryland Democrat (retiring 2016)Jan 21, 2015
Keith Ellison s1oMinnesota DemocratJan 21, 2015
Eliot Engel s1oNew York Democrat/LiberalJan 21, 2015
Elizabeth Esty s1oConnecticut DemocratJan 21, 2015
Sam Farr s1oCalifornia DemocratJan 21, 2015
Bill Foster s1oIllinois DemocratJan 21, 2015
Lois Frankel s1oFlorida DemocratJan 21, 2015
Marcia Fudge s1oOhio DemocratJan 21, 2015
Ruben Gallego s1oArizona Democratic House MemberJan 21, 2015
Alan Grayson s1oFL Democratic Senate candidateJan 21, 2015
Al Green s1oTexas DemocratJan 21, 2015
Gene Green s1oTexas DemocratJan 21, 2015
Raul Grijalva s1oArizona DemocratJan 21, 2015
Luis Gutierrez s1oIllinois DemocratJan 21, 2015
Janice Hahn s1oCalifornia Democrat (retiring 2016)Jan 21, 2015
Alcee Hastings s1oFlorida DemocratJan 21, 2015
Denny Heck s1oWashington DemocratJan 21, 2015
Jim Himes s1oConnecticut DemocratJan 21, 2015
Mike Honda s1oCalifornia DemocratJan 21, 2015
Steny Hoyer s1oMaryland DemocratJan 21, 2015
Jared Huffman s1oCalifornia DemocratJan 21, 2015
Steve Israel s1oNew York DemocratJan 21, 2015
Eddie Bernice Johnson s1oTexas DemocratJan 21, 2015
Hank Johnson s1oGeorgia DemocratJan 21, 2015
Marcy Kaptur s1oOhio DemocratJan 21, 2015
Robin Kelly s1oIllinois DemocratJan 21, 2015
Joe Kennedy III s1oMassachusetts DemocratJan 21, 2015
Derek Kilmer s1oWashington DemocratJan 21, 2015
Ron Kind s1oWI Former Democratic challenger (2012)Jan 21, 2015
Ann Kirkpatrick s1oArizona Democrat (retiring 2016)Jan 21, 2015
Annie Kuster s1oNew Hampshire DemocratJan 21, 2015
James Langevin s1oRhode Island DemocratJan 21, 2015
Rick Larsen s1oWashington DemocratJan 21, 2015
John Larson s1oConnecticut DemocratJan 21, 2015
Barbara Lee s1oCalifornia DemocratJan 21, 2015
John Lewis s1oGeorgia DemocratJan 21, 2015
Ted Lieu s1oCalifornia Democratic House MemberJan 21, 2015
David Loebsack s1oIowa DemocratJan 21, 2015
Zoe Lofgren s1oCalifornia DemocratJan 21, 2015
Alan Lowenthal s1oCalifornia DemocratJan 21, 2015
Nita Lowey s1oNew York DemocratJan 21, 2015
Ben Ray Lujan s1oNew Mexico DemocratJan 21, 2015
Michelle Lujan-Grisham s1oNew Mexico DemocratJan 21, 2015
Carolyn Maloney s1oNew York Democrat/LiberalJan 21, 2015
Sean Maloney s1oNew York DemocratJan 21, 2015
Doris Matsui s1oCalifornia DemocratJan 21, 2015
Betty McCollum s1oMinnesota DemocratJan 21, 2015
Jim McDermott s1oWashington DemocratJan 21, 2015
Jim McGovern s1oMassachusetts DemocratJan 21, 2015
Jerry McNerney s1oCalifornia DemocratJan 21, 2015
Gregory Meeks s1oNew York Dem./Working-FamiliesJan 21, 2015
Grace Meng s1oNew York DemocratJan 21, 2015
Gwen Moore s1oWisconsin DemocratJan 21, 2015
Patrick Murphy s1oFL Democratic Senate candidateJan 21, 2015
Jerrold Nadler s1oNew York Dem./Lib./Working-FamiliesJan 21, 2015
Grace Napolitano s1oCalifornia DemocratJan 21, 2015
Donald Norcross s1oNew Jersey Democratic House MemberMar 16, 2015
Eleanor Holmes Norton s1oDistrict of Columbia DemocratJan 21, 2015
Beto O`Rourke s1oTexas DemocratJan 21, 2015
Frank Pallone s1oNew Jersey DemocratJan 21, 2015
Bill Pascrell s1oNew Jersey DemocratJan 21, 2015
Nancy Pelosi s1oCalifornia DemocratJan 21, 2015
Ed Perlmutter s1oCO Democratic candidate for GovernorJan 21, 2015
Scott Peters s1oCalifornia DemocratJan 21, 2015
Chellie Pingree s1oMaine DemocratJan 21, 2015
Mark Pocan s1oWisconsin DemocratJan 21, 2015
Jared Polis s1oColorado DemocratJan 21, 2015
Mike Quigley s1oIllinois DemocratJan 21, 2015
Charles Rangel s1oNew York Dem./Lib. (retiring 2016)Jan 21, 2015
Kathleen Rice s1oNew York Democratic House MemberJan 21, 2015
Lucille Roybal-Allard s1oCalifornia DemocratJan 21, 2015
Dutch Ruppersberger s1oMaryland DemocratJan 21, 2015
Bobby Rush s1oIllinois DemocratJan 21, 2015
Tim Ryan s1oOhio DemocratMar 3, 2015
John Sarbanes s2pMaryland Democrat
Jan Schakowsky s1oIllinois DemocratJan 21, 2015
Kurt Schrader s1oOregon DemocratJan 21, 2015
Bobby Scott s1oVirginia DemocratJan 21, 2015
Jose Serrano s1oNew York Democrat/LiberalJan 21, 2015
Terri Sewell s1oAlabama DemocratJan 21, 2015
Brad Sherman s1oCalifornia DemocratJan 21, 2015
Albio Sires s1oNew Jersey DemocratJan 21, 2015
Louise Slaughter s1oNew York DemocratJan 21, 2015
David Adam Smith s1oWashington DemocratJan 21, 2015
Jackie Speier s1oCalifornia DemocratJan 21, 2015
Eric Swalwell s1oCalifornia DemocratJan 21, 2015
Mark Takai s1oHawaii Democratic House MemberJan 21, 2015
Mark Takano s1oCalifornia DemocratJan 21, 2015
Mike Thompson s1oCalifornia DemocratJan 21, 2015
Paul Tonko s1oNew York DemocratJan 21, 2015
Niki Tsongas s1oMassachusetts DemocratJan 21, 2015
Chris Van Hollen s1oMaryland Democrat (retiring 2016)Jan 21, 2015
Juan Vargas s1oCalifornia DemocratJan 21, 2015
Marc Veasey s1oTexas DemocratJan 27, 2015
Debbie Wasserman Schultz s1oFlorida DemocratJan 21, 2015
Peter Welch s1oVermont DemocratJan 21, 2015
Frederica Wilson s1oFlorida DemocratJan 21, 2015
John Yarmuth s1oKentucky DemocratJan 21, 2015



Republicans participating in 15_H020

Walter Beaman Jones s1oNorth Carolina RepublicanJan 21, 2015



Independents participating in 15_H020



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 141
Republicans: 1
Independents: 0


















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