House-passed H.R. 1 Includes Amendment, Legislation authored by Rep. Ilhan Omar

March 8, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON—Representative Ilhan Omar (DFL-MN) today voted for H.R. 1, a set of historic reforms designed to end the culture of corruption in Washington. The bill ends the dominance of big money in our politics and empowers American citizens by establishing a voluntary small-donor matching system funded by wealthy tax cheats and corporate lawbreakers, shines a light on secret money in politics through increased donor disclosure requirements, and strengthens campaign finance oversight

The bill includes the Protect Against Unlawful Lobbying (PAUL) Act, authored by Rep. Omar, which strengthens the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) and makes sure that lobbyists representing foreign countries act in good faith and operate with full transparency.

The final legislation also contained an amendment offered by Reps. Omar and Pramila Jayapal that prohibits lobbying on behalf of foreign countries identified by the Secretary of State as engaging in a consistent pattern of gross violations of internationally recognized human rights.

“Until we are able to create a fair election system and ensure everyone’s right to participate in our democracy, we will continue to face barriers to the transformative change we seek,” Rep. Omar said “With H.R. 1, House Democrats have passed a once-in-a-generation reform package to restore the promise of our democracy and repair our institutions. I am particularly proud that the final bill includes my legislation to strengthen enforcement of foreign lobbying and my amendment to crack down on lobbyists who represent human rights abusers.”

“H.R. 1 is a bold declaration to the American people that the Democratic majority gets it – we want to build a democracy that actually works for the people, because when we do, government will become more responsive to the needs of everyday Americans. If we give regular Americans a seat at the table and the tools to be heard.”