Rep. Eshoo Votes to Pass Historic Voting Rights, Anti-Corruption and Ethics Reforms Legislation

March 3, 2021
Press Release
H.R. 1 Includes Eshoo’s Provisions to Make Election Day a Federal Holiday and Mandate Release of President’s Tax Returns

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18) voted to pass H.R. 1, the For the People Act, a sweeping anti-corruption package to protect and expand voting rights, restore integrity to government, reform our campaign finance system, and put the needs and priorities of the American people first. The legislation includes two of Eshoo’s bills: the Presidential Tax Transparency Act, legislation requiring sitting presidents, vice presidents and major party candidates for both offices to publicly disclose their 10 most recent federal income tax returns, and the Election Day Holiday Act, legislation to make Election Day a federal holiday.

“Today I voted for comprehensive and commonsense reforms to end corruption in Washington and make the voting booth more accessible for every American,” said Rep. Eshoo. “I’m proud the legislation included two major provisions I authored: The Election Day Holiday Act will finally make Election Day a federal holiday as it is in many other established democracies around the world, and the Presidential Tax Transparency Act will demand transparency from our leaders and ensure that every president works in the public interest, not for their own financial gain, by requiring presidential candidates to release their tax returns. This momentous legislation is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to restore the faith and function of American democracy.”

Key provisions of H.R. 1, the For the People Act, include: 

Voting Rights

• Expanding automatic voter registration and same-day registration.

• Allowing every American to vote early or by mail.

• Combating voter intimidation and voter suppression.

• Protecting elections from foreign interference.

• Ending partisan gerrymandering.


Campaign Finance

• Promoting digital ad transparency.

• Requiring disclosure of dark money.

Providing public small dollar matching funds paid for by lawbreakers to diminish the influence of big donors.


Ethics and Transparency

• Enforcing ethics and conflict of interest rules for all government officials.

• Strengthening lobbyist disclosure requirements.


See here for more information about H.R. 1.