Rep. Omar Statement on H.R. 1—the For the People Act

March 3, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON—Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) released the following statement on 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

“As we all saw on January 6th, our democracy is under attack,” Rep. Omar said. “As someone who survived civil conflict, I know personally that political violence does not go away on its own. We need dramatic reform to end corruption and restore our democracy. H.R. 1 is a critical step along that path. I am particularly proud that the bill once again includes the PAUL Act—my bill to strengthen enforcement of foreign lobbying. I hope the Senate and President will take up H.R. 1 as soon as possible. The fate of our republic depends on it.”

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.