To reform the financing of congressional elections by broadening participation by small dollar donors, and for other purposes.
The bill’s titles are written by its sponsor.
Sponsor and status
Sponsor. Representative for Maryland's 3rd congressional district. Democrat.
Last Updated: Jan 24, 2017
Length: 76 pages
115th Congress (2017–2019)
This bill was introduced on January 24, 2017, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.
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163 Cosponsors (162 Democrats, 1 Republican)
What legislators are saying
“Sarbanes, House Democrats Force Vote on the Government By the People Act”
— Rep. John Sarbanes [D-MD3] (Sponsor) on May 22, 2018
“PHOTOS: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Joins Lawmakers, Voting Rights Advocates in Calling for Weekend Voting to Increase Turnout”
— Rep. Tulsi Gabbard [D-HI2, 2013-2020] (Co-sponsor) on Nov 7, 2017
“Shunning Corporate Cash: Smoke Signal or Just Smoke?”
— Rep. John Sarbanes [D-MD3] (Sponsor) on Mar 5, 2018
Feb 5, 2014
Earlier Version — Introduced
This activity took place on a related bill, H.R. 20 (113th).
Jan 21, 2015
Earlier Version — Introduced
This activity took place on a related bill, H.R. 20 (114th).
Jan 24, 2017
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