U.S. Rep. Fred Upton speaks against the House's "For The People Act"
Republican U.S. Representative Fred Upton spoke out against the first bill proposed in the House this year, called HR 1 or the "For The People Act," while speaking on the house floor on Wednesday.
The "For the People Act" aims "to expand Americans’ access to the ballot box, reduce the influence of big money in politics, and strengthen ethics rules for public servants," according to the current text of the bill.
More specifically, HR 1 would remove the power from state legislatures to draw congressional districts, appointing independent commissions to do the job instead.
The bill would also streamline the voter registration process, increase transparency in campaign funding, and outline a code of ethics for all presidents to follow, including elements such as mandatory disclosure of tax returns.
U.S. Representative Upton said he is against HR 1 because it is not bipartisan legislation, with the majority of Republicans in the House and the Senate against the bill, and because of the taxpayer finance campaign element.
"We are going to have thousands of candidates running for Congress. They are all going to be eligible for this match from the Treasury for any contribution under $200 with a six-to-one ratio. So we are going to have more money in politics and we are not going to have the transparency that I think all of us want," said Upton during his speech on Wednesday.