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4 Takeaways From Nancy Pelosi’s WaPo Op-Ed on ‘H.R. 1’

The House minority leader and likely next speaker laid out her agenda for the new Democratic majority in 2019.

By NTK Staff | 11.26.2018 @12:00pm
4 Takeaways From Nancy Pelosi’s WaPo Op-Ed on ‘H.R. 1’

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), the likely next speaker of the House, and Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD) co-wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post on Sunday that laid out the Democratic House’s top priorities in 2019.

Here are NTK Network’s four takeaways from that op-ed.


If anyone thought the new Democratic House would join hands with Republicans and work together on everything, think again. Pelosi and Sarbanes open their op-ed by claiming they won due to voters’ frustration with “Republicans’ assault on Americans’ health care and wages.”

The election not only was a resounding verdict against Republicans’ assault on Americans’ health care and wages, but it also was a vote to rescue our broken democracy.

H.R. 1

Pelosi has previewed her likely first bill in 2019 several times, but Pelosi and Sarbanes made it official in this op-ed: H.R. 1 will address campaign finance, corruption, and voting.

The new Democratic House is ready to deliver with H.R. 1: a bold reform package to restore the promise of our democracy — a government of, by and for the people.


More important than the news of H.R. 1 was what will be in it. Pelosi and Sarbanes explained the three planks of the bill in their op-ed:

  • “…requiring all political organizations to disclose their donors and by shutting down the shell game of big-money donations to super PACs”
  • “expand conflict-of-interest laws, ban members of Congress from serving on for-profit boards, revamp the oversight authority of the Office of Government Ethics and prohibit public servants from receiving bonus payments from their former employers to enter government”
  • “promote national automatic voter registration, bolster our critical election infrastructure against foreign attackers, and put an end to partisan gerrymandering once and for all by establishing federal guidelines to outlaw the practice”


Of course, H.R. 1 is just one of likely hundreds of bills that will be filed in 2019 and 2020. What does Pelosi want to tackle after introducing her package of democratic reforms?

In order: health care, infrastructure, gun violence, discrimination, and immigration reform.

We will lower health-care costs and out-of-control prices for prescription drugs. We will rebuild the United States’ infrastructure, raise the minimum wage and put leverage back in the hands of workers and consumers. We will finally advance common-sense, bipartisan solutions to prevent gun violence. We will confront discrimination with the Equality Act , pass the Dream Act to protect the patriotic young undocumented immigrants who came here as children, and take the first step toward comprehensive immigration reform.

Will H.R. 1 pass the Senate? Will President Trump sign it? And will any of the above priorities pass a Republican Senate and White House? Those steps are a lot harder than announcing the bill, but Pelosi has played her first piece in this Washington chess game. Stay tuned.

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