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.
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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.
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.
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.
Washington, DC – Reps. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) and John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) introduced legislation today to improve citizens’ interaction with the federal government online, while reducing the cost of assistance from federal agencies.
Rep. Ro Khanna, a Democrat who represents Silicon Valley, wants AT&T’s CEO, Randall Stephenson, to appear before Congress and explain why his company retained the services of Essential Consultants–the law firm of Donald Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen–in early 2017 as Trump was preparing to take office.
“I plan to speak to my colleagues on the Energy & Commerce committee to see how we can get the CEO to explain himself to the American people,” Khanna tells Fast Company Wednesday evening.
Freshman lawmakers have revived the push for congressional term limits, hoping to spark action on a long-stalled idea on Capitol Hill.
A bipartisan group of young members, led by rising GOP star and freshman Rep. Mike Gallagher (Wis.), took the cause directly to the president during a White House meeting last week, where they received President Trump’s full-throated endorsement.
Advocates for tougher campaign finance regulations say comments from Mick Mulvaney seeming to describe a pay-to-play style of politics on Capitol Hill will boost their long-term effort to overhaul the rules and could benefit like-minded candidates in the midterm elections.
Washington, DC – Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17) and Rep. Ralph Norman (SC-05) have introduced the Stop Congressional Retirees’ Accessing Perks (SCRAP) Act, H.R. 4981, a bill that would eliminate several unnecessary and costly perks for former members of Congress. Members of Congress receive a variety of benefits during their time in office. Many of these same privileges are still permanently available and in effect after they leave Congressional office. These include access to the House and Senate floors and gyms, healthcare benefits, and free parking on Capitol grounds.
As the president cuts taxes for billionaires and hobnobs at Davos, Americans should be turning inward to consider the state of our democracy. There can be no denying the overwhelming power of the rich in current American politics. As political scientists have repeatedly shown, Congress is systematically unresponsive to the opinions of ordinary Americans, reacting only to the views of the richest 10 percent.
While all eyes in the political world are on the Supreme Court as it considers a Wisconsin case that tests the role of partisan politics in drawing congressional district lines, there’s a flurry of action on the issue unfolding just across the street at the U.S. Capitol.