Phillips Leads on Government Reform as H.R.1 Passes House, Authoring Five Provisions in the Landmark Package

March 3, 2021
Press Release
Rep. Phillips’s contributions to the For the People Act would combat disinformation, strengthen campaign finance enforcement, secure our elections, and restore faith in government

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House voted to pass H.R. 1, the For the People Act, a historic voting rights, campaign finance, and ethics reform bill that included five provisions authored by Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03).

“In the face of reprehensible attempts to suppress voters and insidious foreign interference campaigns, the health of our Democracy is as urgent today as it was when I first ran for office in 2018,” said Rep. Phillips. “H.R. 1 is a critical step in the right direction, and I am proud to have contributed to this landmark legislation that ends politics as usual and returns power to the people—a key priority for Democrats and Republicans alike. This is a great day for America, and while much work remains to be done, I remain optimistic about the strength of our institutions and the trajectory of our democracy.”

H.R. 1 was the first bill Rep. Phillips co-sponsored after he was elected to Congress in 2018. Phillips’s contributions to the historic reform package include:

  • The Voter NOTICE Act, adopted as an amendment to H.R. 1 earlier this week, would counteract disinformation and increase participation by ensuring that voters are made aware of emergency changes to election rules.
  • The FIREWALL Act, authored by Phillips in his first term and adopted in the text of H.R. 1 in the 117th Congress, which would prevent foreign meddling in American elections by strengthening safeguards around online advertising.
  • Three additional amendments authored by Phillips in his first term and adopted in the text of H.R. 1 in the 117th Congress which would bolster the independence, bipartisanship, and diversity of the Federal Election Commission – the nation’s election watchdog – and reinforce ethics standards for Executive Branch officials by closing a loophole that allows them to run a lobbying shop as soon as they leave government service.