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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

June 30, 2021 In The News

A new bipartisan cybersecurity measure, headed for the House floor, would allow experts to rotate through different federal agencies in order to create a consistent attack response across government, Rep. Ro Khanna told CNBC on Wednesday.

It’s supposed to attract “the best talent” into the federal government, the California Democrat said on “Squawk Box,” appearing with fellow co-author of the bill Republican South Carolina Rep. Nancy Mace.

June 29, 2021 In The News

The Oversight Committee sent a bill that would create a federal rotational program for private sector cybersecurity experts to the House floor Tuesday.

An identical version of the Federal Rotational Cyber Workforce Program Act is working its way through the Senate, after being reintroduced there and in the House in April and May respectively.

If created, the rotational program would allow senior tech industry workers to ply their trade for the U.S. government for a set period, before returning to their original or a similar role in the private sector.

May 30, 2021 In The News

Sex workers have gained the backing of a small group of Democratic lawmakers after largely being shut out of the policymaking process.

The turning point was the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA), also referred to as SESTA after the original Senate bill, which was framed as a way to punish online platforms facilitating trafficking and abuse but was broadly opposed by the very industry it was meant to help.

Despite the best efforts of sex workers to dissuade lawmakers, the bill passed through both chambers easily and was signed by then-President Trump in 2018.

May 28, 2021 In The News

Reps. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) and Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) on Friday introduced legislation to strengthen the federal workforce in the wake of a year of escalating cyber threats and attacks. 

The Federal Rotational Cyber Workforce Program Act aims to build up the federal government’s cybersecurity by establishing a program to allow cybersecurity professionals to rotate through multiple federal agencies and enhance their expertise. 

May 28, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Representatives Ro Khanna (D-CA), Progressive Caucus Deputy Whip and Member of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Nancy Mace (R-SC), introduced the bipartisan Federal Rotational Cyber Workforce Program Act to bolster America’s cybersecurity capabilities to match the heightened threats in the digital age.

May 26, 2021 Press Release

San Jose, CA – May 26, 2021 – Today, Representative Ro Khanna (D-CA), San Jose Congressman and Member of the House Committee on Oversight, released this statement following the deadly rampage at the Valley Transit Authority (VTA) facility on Younger Ave.

May 25, 2021 In The News

Rep. Ro Khanna met Tuesday with a group of Sunnyvale mobile home owners who say changes made by park ownership have made their homes unsellable and threaten their ability to stay in one of Silicon Valley’s last affordable housing refuges.

“I was very outraged,” Khanna said after the meeting. The congressman has already introduced a bill that would  regulate rents and selling rights at mobile home parks, but on Tuesday he urged the Sunnyvale City Council to pass its own legislation to protect mobile home residents, potentially including rent controls.

May 18, 2021 In The News

A group of congressional Democrats is asking President Joe Biden on Tuesday to fulfill a campaign promise and use his executive authority to mandate the inclusion of a gender-neutral “X” marker on federal IDs. 

“We believe that a gender-neutral marker (“X”) should be available on all federal IDs, and that accurate gender markers should be accessible using a self attestation standard,” a letter to Biden first reviewed by The 19th states. 

April 21, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Representative Ro Khanna (D-CA), Progressive Caucus Deputy Whip and House Armed Services Member, joined Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senator Todd Young (R-IN), and Representative Mike Gallagher (R-WI) in reintroducing the bipartisan Endless Frontier Act. The bill is a bold initiative to advance and solidify the United States’ leadership in scientific and technological innovation through increased investments in the discovery, creation, and manufacturing of technology critical to U.S. national security and economic competitiveness.

April 9, 2021 Press Release

Santa Clara, CA – Today, Rep. Ro Khanna, Progressive Caucus Deputy Whip and Member of the House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement regarding President Biden’s $1.5T 2022 budget.