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Titles (2)

Short Titles

Short Titles - House of Representatives

Short Titles as Introduced

Government By the People Act of 2017

Official Titles

Official Titles - House of Representatives

Official Title as Introduced

To reform the financing of congressional elections by broadening participation by small dollar donors, and for other purposes.


Actions Overview (1)

Date Actions Overview
01/24/2017Introduced in House

All Actions (5)

Date All Actions
01/24/2017Referred to the Committee on House Administration, and in addition to the Committees on Energy and Commerce, and Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
Action By: House of Representatives
01/24/2017Referred to the Committee on House Administration, and in addition to the Committees on Energy and Commerce, and Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
Action By: House of Representatives
01/24/2017Referred to the Committee on House Administration, and in addition to the Committees on Energy and Commerce, and Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
Action By: House of Representatives
01/24/2017Referred to the Committee on House Administration, and in addition to the Committees on Energy and Commerce, and Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
Action By: House of Representatives
01/24/2017Introduced in House
Action By: House of Representatives

Cosponsors (163)

* = Original cosponsor
CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Rep. Pelosi, Nancy [D-CA-12]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Hoyer, Steny H. [D-MD-5]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Clyburn, James E. [D-SC-6]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Crowley, Joseph [D-NY-14]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Sanchez, Linda T. [D-CA-38]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Aguilar, Pete [D-CA-31]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Beatty, Joyce [D-OH-3]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Bera, Ami [D-CA-7]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Beyer, Donald S., Jr. [D-VA-8]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Blumenauer, Earl [D-OR-3]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Bonamici, Suzanne [D-OR-1]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Boyle, Brendan F. [D-PA-13]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Brown, Anthony G. [D-MD-4]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Butterfield, G. K. [D-NC-1]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Capuano, Michael E. [D-MA-7]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Cardenas, Tony [D-CA-29]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Cartwright, Matt [D-PA-17]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Castor, Kathy [D-FL-14]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Castro, Joaquin [D-TX-20]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Chu, Judy [D-CA-27]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Cicilline, David N. [D-RI-1]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Clark, Katherine M. [D-MA-5]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Clarke, Yvette D. [D-NY-9]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Cleaver, Emanuel [D-MO-5]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Cohen, Steve [D-TN-9]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Connolly, Gerald E. [D-VA-11]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Conyers, John, Jr. [D-MI-13]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Cooper, Jim [D-TN-5]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Courtney, Joe [D-CT-2]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Cummings, Elijah E. [D-MD-7]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Davis, Susan A. [D-CA-53]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Davis, Danny K. [D-IL-7]* 01/24/2017
Rep. DeFazio, Peter A. [D-OR-4]* 01/24/2017
Rep. DeGette, Diana [D-CO-1]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Delaney, John K. [D-MD-6]* 01/24/2017
Rep. DeLauro, Rosa L. [D-CT-3]* 01/24/2017
Rep. DelBene, Suzan K. [D-WA-1]* 01/24/2017
Rep. DeSaulnier, Mark [D-CA-11]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Deutch, Theodore E. [D-FL-22]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Dingell, Debbie [D-MI-12]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Doggett, Lloyd [D-TX-35]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Doyle, Michael F. [D-PA-14]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Ellison, Keith [D-MN-5]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Engel, Eliot L. [D-NY-16]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Espaillat, Adriano [D-NY-13]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Esty, Elizabeth H. [D-CT-5]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Frankel, Lois [D-FL-21]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Gabbard, Tulsi [D-HI-2]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Gallego, Ruben [D-AZ-7]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Green, Al [D-TX-9]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Green, Gene [D-TX-29]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Grijalva, Raul M. [D-AZ-3]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Gutierrez, Luis V. [D-IL-4]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Hastings, Alcee L. [D-FL-20]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Heck, Denny [D-WA-10]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Himes, James A. [D-CT-4]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Norton, Eleanor Holmes [D-DC-At Large]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Huffman, Jared [D-CA-2]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Jackson Lee, Sheila [D-TX-18]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Jayapal, Pramila [D-WA-7]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Jeffries, Hakeem S. [D-NY-8]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Johnson, Eddie Bernice [D-TX-30]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Kaptur, Marcy [D-OH-9]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Keating, William R. [D-MA-9]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Kelly, Robin L. [D-IL-2]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Kennedy, Joseph P., III [D-MA-4]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Khanna, Ro [D-CA-17]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Kihuen, Ruben J. [D-NV-4]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Kildee, Daniel T. [D-MI-5]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Kilmer, Derek [D-WA-6]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Kind, Ron [D-WI-3]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Krishnamoorthi, Raja [D-IL-8]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Clay, Wm. Lacy [D-MO-1]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Langevin, James R. [D-RI-2]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Larsen, Rick [D-WA-2]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Larson, John B. [D-CT-1]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Lawrence, Brenda L. [D-MI-14]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Lee, Barbara [D-CA-13]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Lewis, John [D-GA-5]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Lieu, Ted [D-CA-33]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Loebsack, David [D-IA-2]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Lofgren, Zoe [D-CA-19]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Lowenthal, Alan S. [D-CA-47]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Lowey, Nita M. [D-NY-17]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Lujan, Ben Ray [D-NM-3]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Lujan Grisham, Michelle [D-NM-1]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Lynch, Stephen F. [D-MA-8]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Maloney, Sean Patrick [D-NY-18]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Maloney, Carolyn B. [D-NY-12]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Matsui, Doris O. [D-CA-6]* 01/24/2017
Rep. McCollum, Betty [D-MN-4]* 01/24/2017
Rep. McGovern, James P. [D-MA-2]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Kuster, Ann M. [D-NH-2]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Meeks, Gregory W. [D-NY-5]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Meng, Grace [D-NY-6]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Moore, Gwen [D-WI-4]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Moulton, Seth [D-MA-6]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Murphy, Stephanie N. [D-FL-7]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Nadler, Jerrold [D-NY-10]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Napolitano, Grace F. [D-CA-32]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Nolan, Richard M. [D-MN-8]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Norcross, Donald [D-NJ-1]* 01/24/2017
Rep. O'Halleran, Tom [D-AZ-1]* 01/24/2017
Rep. O'Rourke, Beto [D-TX-16]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Pallone, Frank, Jr. [D-NJ-6]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Pascrell, Bill, Jr. [D-NJ-9]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Payne, Donald M., Jr. [D-NJ-10]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Perlmutter, Ed [D-CO-7]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Peters, Scott H. [D-CA-52]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Pingree, Chellie [D-ME-1]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Pocan, Mark [D-WI-2]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Polis, Jared [D-CO-2]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Quigley, Mike [D-IL-5]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Raskin, Jamie [D-MD-8]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Rice, Kathleen M. [D-NY-4]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Roybal-Allard, Lucille [D-CA-40]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Ruppersberger, C. A. Dutch [D-MD-2]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Ryan, Tim [D-OH-13]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Schakowsky, Janice D. [D-IL-9]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Schneider, Bradley Scott [D-IL-10]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Scott, Robert C. "Bobby" [D-VA-3]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Serrano, Jose E. [D-NY-15]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Sewell, Terri A. [D-AL-7]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Shea-Porter, Carol [D-NH-1]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Sires, Albio [D-NJ-8]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Slaughter, Louise McIntosh [D-NY-25]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Smith, Adam [D-WA-9]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Soto, Darren [D-FL-9]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Speier, Jackie [D-CA-14]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Swalwell, Eric [D-CA-15]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Takano, Mark [D-CA-41]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Thompson, Mike [D-CA-5]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Tonko, Paul [D-NY-20]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Tsongas, Niki [D-MA-3]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Vargas, Juan [D-CA-51]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Veasey, Marc A. [D-TX-33]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Velazquez, Nydia M. [D-NY-7]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Walz, Timothy J. [D-MN-1]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Wasserman Schultz, Debbie [D-FL-23]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Watson Coleman, Bonnie [D-NJ-12]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Welch, Peter [D-VT-At Large]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Yarmuth, John A. [D-KY-3]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Carson, Andre [D-IN-7]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Fudge, Marcia L. [D-OH-11]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Jones, Walter B., Jr. [R-NC-3]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Sherman, Brad [D-CA-30]* 01/24/2017
Rep. McNerney, Jerry [D-CA-9]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Bass, Karen [D-CA-37]* 01/24/2017
Rep. Carbajal, Salud O. [D-CA-24] 02/16/2017
Rep. Bustos, Cheri [D-IL-17] 02/27/2017
Rep. Brownley, Julia [D-CA-26] 02/27/2017
Rep. Brady, Robert A. [D-PA-1] 02/27/2017
Rep. Foster, Bill [D-IL-11] 03/02/2017
Rep. Richmond, Cedric L. [D-LA-2] 03/02/2017
Rep. Eshoo, Anna G. [D-CA-18] 03/23/2017
Rep. Barragan, Nanette Diaz [D-CA-44] 04/25/2017
Rep. Blunt Rochester, Lisa [D-DE-At Large] 09/25/2017
Rep. Hanabusa, Colleen [D-HI-1] 01/17/2018
Rep. Suozzi, Thomas R. [D-NY-3] 01/29/2018
Rep. Adams, Alma S. [D-NC-12] 05/16/2018
Rep. Wilson, Frederica S. [D-FL-24] 06/15/2018
Rep. Lamb, Conor [D-PA-18] 07/10/2018
Rep. Morelle, Joseph D. [D-NY-25] 12/19/2018

Committees (3)

Committees, subcommittees and links to reports associated with this bill are listed here, as well as the nature and date of committee activity and Congressional report number.

Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
Committee on House Administration01/24/2017 Referred to
House Energy and Commerce01/24/2017 Referred to
House Ways and Means01/24/2017 Referred to

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Introduced in House (01/03/2017)

Government By the People Act of 2017

This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code and the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 (FECA) to establish a program for small individual donations to campaigns for public office and make other changes to campaign finance law.

The bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to allow: (1) individual taxpayers a refundable tax credit of 50% of qualified congressional House campaign contributions (i.e., cash contributions by an individual to a candidate for the House of Representatives or a political committee established and maintained by a national political party, to be known as "My Voice Federal" contributions); and (2) individual taxpayers to designate a portion of any overpayment of tax as a contribution to the Freedom From Influence Fund.

The Government by the People Oversight Commission, established by this bill, shall establish a voucher pilot program to provide voters with a $50 "My Voice Voucher" for making campaign contributions.

The bill amends the FECA to establish a 6-1 matching program for small dollar contributions (up to $150) to a candidate for public office and sets forth eligibility, certification, and expenditure requirements for candidates.

The bill permits unlimited coordinated party expenditures from small donor sources on behalf of publicly financed House candidates.

The bill requires disclosure by all bundlers of bundled contributions (i.e., the practice of combining several small campaign contributions into one large contribution to avoid exceeding the limit on contributions), not just registered lobbyists.

The bill amends the Communications Act of 1934 to expand the access of candidates for public office to broadcasting.