"For the People Act of 2019" (restrictions on free speech)
On Passage
03/08/2019
House Roll Call No. 118
116th Congress, 1st Session

Passed: 233-193 (see complete tally)
The so-called "For the People Act of 2019" is intended to make it as difficult as possible for corporations (including nonprofit, issue-oriented corporations such as NRLC) to spend money to communicate with the public about the actions of federal officeholders, by applying an array of restrictions on ads, as well as requirements that violate the privacy rights of donors.  NRLC expressed its strong opposition to the bill in aletter sent to members of the House of Representatives on March 6, 2019.  NRLC said that the overriding purpose of the legislation is "to discourage, as much as possible, disfavored groups (such as NRLC) from communicating about officeholders, by exposing citizens who support such efforts to harassment and intimidation, and by smothering organizations in layer on layer of record keeping and reporting requirements, all backed by the threat of civil and criminal sanctions.  On this roll call, 234 Democrats voted for the bill, while 190 Republicans opposed it (NRLC position). The bill then went to the U.S. Senate, which is not expected to take up the legislation.  


Vote Map: House Roll Call No. 118
Votes For : 233
Votes Against : 193
Not Voting : 5

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