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Government Reform

While serving in Congress I pledge to reject contributions from political action committees (PACs) and lobbyists because I believe that we need to remove the influence of corporate money in politics. That is why I created the bipartisan Congressional No PAC Caucus. Many of the problems in Congress could be solved if we had politicians who were not indebted to the big corporations and special interests.

I also believe that instituting term limits for both the House and Senate is an integral step towards fixing stagnation in government. Serving in Congress is meant to be a public service, not a lifelong career, and I will work to make sure that the new ideas and energy will continue to move our country forward.


Click here to learn more about the bills that I introduced and cosponsored.

Read my op-ed in USA Today calling for bipartisan reforms in Washington.

 

More on Government Reform

November 20, 2018 In The News

Even as the final votes are being tallied in the midterm elections, it’s clear that Democrats’ majority in the House next year will be a boon for the Bay Area’s congressional delegation.

Many of the area’s lawmakers — all of whom are Democrats — are poised to run key committees or are angling to be elected to party leadership. Bay Area lawmakers are poised to play key roles on issues from immigration to the environment, voting rights to health care.

Here’s an in-depth look at what local representatives will be up to:

October 18, 2018 In The News

Often the most critical parts of major legislation are the most boring. For those of us working to bring government into the digital age, the bipartisan 21st Century Integrated Digital Experience Act, known as the 21st Century IDEA Act, is an incredibly important piece of legislation which gets the big things right. Its downside is that it’s not boring enough.

October 2, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Ro Khanna released the below statement following the House OGR committee mark up and passage of the 21st Century Integrated Digital Experience Act (IDEA). This bipartisan bill will lower federal costs and increase efficiency by digitizing government processes through establishing minimum standards for federal websites, digitizing agency forms and promoting electronic signatures. Additionally, the Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee favorably passed companion legislation introduced by Sen. Portman.

July 23, 2018 In The News

Across the country, people are increasingly anxious about election meddling. On July 13, Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, announced that special counsel Robert Mueller had indicted 12 members of Russia’s military-intelligence agency for their roles in the alleged hacking of the Democratic National Committee. While indictments are not evidence, it’s clear that the United States has much work to do in order to make its election system free, fair, and secure.

July 19, 2018 In The News

A bill meant to clear the way for public access to reports submitted to Congress is in danger of hitting a roadblock, government transparency advocates warned Thursday. 

The bipartisan Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act was approved without objection by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the Administration Committee in February and April, clearing the way for consideration on the House floor. 

July 2, 2018 In The News

A pair of bipartisan lawmakers says it is time to give federal government websites a facelift.

Reps. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) and John Ratcliffe (R-Texas), in a Wired op-ed piece, argue that the federal government needs to redesign its public-facing websites and make them more functional.

“It’s no secret that the federal government is way behind the private sector when it comes to modernization and technology,” the duo wrote. “Because of these outdated systems, many federal agencies rank staggeringly behindthe private sector when it comes to customer service.”

July 1, 2018 Ro's Op-Eds

Wired Magazine

It’s no secret that the federal government is way behind the private sector when it comes to modernization and technology. Because of these outdated systems, many federal agencies rank staggeringly behind the private sector when it comes to customer service.

June 4, 2018 In The News

Rep. Ro Khanna calls the inability of the U.S. Congress to take action on gun violence “shameful.” At a Saturday forum on community and school safety in Milpitas, Khanna said the solutions are available.

“We know what needs to be done,” Khanna, D-Fremont said to the nearly 50 residents gathered for Table Talk at the Milpitas Community Center presented by the city of Milpitas and the Milpitas Unified School District.

But his opinions didn’t completely reflect the status of gun sales in the state.

May 13, 2018 Ro's Op-Eds

Concord Monitor

Our democracy has long been ransomed by wealthy donors and powerful special interests. Wealthy donors account for a disproportionate amount of the $6.8 billion spent in the 2016 election. Cynicism about politicians working only for special interests and wealthy donors isn’t so much cynicism, but simply the truth for too many elected officials.

May 10, 2018 In The News

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers, all from the freshman class, have released a plan to impose term limits on members of Congress.

The proposal would limit senators to serving two terms and representatives to serving six terms, for a total of 12 years each. The new system, however, would be grandfathered in so that it only applies to the 115th Congress and beyond.

Shortly after the plan was introduced, Reps. Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.) and Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) shot a video together standing outside the House, which they posted to Twitter and Facebook.