Congress is not helpless. We could swiftly move to pass Rep. Zoe Lofgren’s Redistricting Reform Act of 2017, requiring states to have independent redistricting commissions to draw their congressional district maps after each decennial census.
To start battling dirty money, we can strip Citizens United down to the studs by passing Rep. David Cicilline’s newly updated DISCLOSE Act, to fully expose the depth and breadth of the special-interest money swamping our system.
We should move toward a public-financed campaign system. Rep. John Sarbanes’ ’ Government By the People Act would use tax credits and federal matching funds to amplify the power of small contributions to balance super PACs’ outsized influence.
Each of these bills already have scores of co-sponsors and each would be a great start. But even if all of them are enacted, we should still amend the U.S. Constitution to overturn Citizens United entirely and turn off the spigot that spews big money into our elections.
Only an energized, engaged, loud public will help Congress find the political will to act. And only such action will break the partisan-paved, money-cemented gridlock that keeps Congress from acting in areas where vast majorities of Americans agree, such as climate change, letting Dreamers remain in America and requiring background checks for all gun purchases.
– Rep Eric Swalwell (CA-15), July 4, 2018 (Mercury News)