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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

February 9, 2018 Press Release

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.

January 29, 2018 Ro's Op-Eds

The Sacramento Bee

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.

November 13, 2017 In The News

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.

November 2, 2017 Ro's Op-Eds

The Hill

Numerous false narratives have been advanced to sow division in the American electorate, with few more pernicious than the myth of voter fraud. Created as a tactic to justify discriminatory voter suppression practices, this mythos threatens our most fundamental constitutional right and undermines the core democratic values of republican government.

July 13, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17) announced the formation of a new congressional caucus dedicated to limiting the influence of money in politics. The “NO PAC Caucus,” of which Rep. Khanna chairs, also seeks to prohibit contributions to members of Congress from Political Action Committees, or PACs. Other members of The NO PAC Caucus are Reps. Beto O’Rourke (TX-16) and Jared Polis (CO-2).

July 7, 2017 In The News

As Democrats work to figure out their message going into next year's midterm elections, it's going to take more than just anti-Trump fervor to win, argues Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif.

"I think we need to stand up. The things Donald Trump are doing are outrageous and unconstitutional. There needs to be checks on the executive branch," Khanna told CBS News Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett and CBS News Political Director Steve Chaggaris on this week's episode of "The Takeout" podcast.

July 5, 2017 In The News

If you want good job security, get elected to Congress. In 2016, the U.S. House had a 97 percent re-election rate, despite the latest Gallup poll placing the House’s approval rating at 21 percent.

June 8, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC -- Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17) issued the below statement following the conclusion of today’s testimony to the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee by former FBI Director James Comey.

June 1, 2017 In The News

You’d be hard-pressed to find two congressmen more dissimilar than us. We come from different parties, and we represent very different districts. One of us taught economics in the technology hub of Silicon Valley; the other is a Marine veteran from the dairy farming capital of the country. One of us campaigned against the Iraq War; the other served in it. Though we may not agree on everything, we do agree wholeheartedly on a key takeaway from our first few months as members of the U.S.