H. RES. 283
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
April 26, 2017
Mr. Lowenthal (for himself and Mr. Fitzpatrick) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary
Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that congressional redistricting should be reformed to remove political gerrymandering.
Whereas political gerrymandering occurs when politicians draw their own congressional district lines to protect their self-interest at the expense of creating districts that reflect communities of interest;
Whereas political gerrymandering can result in decreased electoral competition between congressional candidates, and in turn decreased responsiveness by Members of Congress to their voters’ interests;
Whereas political gerrymandering can be used to split or pack certain demographic and political groups into congressional districts in order to disproportionately diminish their representation in Congress;
Whereas political gerrymandering can be used to protect the majority party and punish the minority party;
Whereas political gerrymandering can decrease Americans’ faith and trust in congressional elections;
Whereas political gerrymandering is generally harmful to our democracy;
Whereas many States have taken great strides to ameliorate political gerrymandering, ranging from Hawaii and California to Arizona and Ohio;
Whereas the United States Constitution provides the authority for Congress to regulate elections and redistricting; and
Whereas the Supreme Court has affirmed Congress’ authority provided in the United States Constitution to regulate elections and redistricting: Now, therefore, be it
That it is the sense of the House of Representatives that congressional redistricting should be reformed to remove political gerrymandering.