Reforms in how campaigns are financed, political boundaries are drawn, and voters make their choices passed the U.S. House of Representatives Friday, with those with Wisconsin ties split along party lines. Under the bill known as House Resolution No. 1, voters would be automatically registered and given more opportunities to participate while limiting the impact large donors could have on campaigns. The bill also addresses redistricting reform, something Common Cause Wisconsin Executive Director Jay Heck has been championing the state to do for several years. Heck could not believe the bill did not have more bipartisan support.
The bill is likely to go nowhere after Friday’s vote after Senator Mitch McConnell said he would not bring it to the Senate floor. Wisconsin 8th District Rep. Mike Gallagher voted against HR. 1, echoing the sentiments of many Republicans saying it expands the federal government’s role in elections and restricts free speech. You can hear his thoughts on the bill online with this story.