Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) co-introduced the Democracy for All Amendment with U.S. Reps. Ted Deutch (FL-21), Donna Edwards (MD-4), and Jim McGovern (MA-2). H. J. Res. 119 is the House companion to S. J. Res. 19, the constitutional amendment slated for a historic vote in the U.S. Senate this year. The Democracy for All Amendment will reverse highly controversial Supreme Court decisions like Citizens United v. FEC and McCutcheon v. FEC, which have given corporations and the wealthiest donors the right to buy unlimited influence in our elections.
"Supreme Court decisions like Citizens United and McCutcheon have cast a dark shadow over our democracy by bringing us dangerously closer to an electoral system where the voices of everyday Americans are easily drowned out by corporations, shadowy groups, and a handful of billionaires," said Rep. Payne, Jr. "At a time when Americans of every political persuasion want big money out of our elections, the Democracy for All Amendment will restore Congressional authority to pass laws protecting the integrity of our electoral process. By reversing Citizens United and related cases, this amendment will advance the basic principle of one voice, one vote that is the foundation of our democracy."