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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

October 2, 2019 In The News

California Rep. Ro Khanna said Wednesday he would be surprised if the impeachment inquiry didn't end with a vote on articles, opening the door for a formal vote to impeach President Donald Trump.

Khanna told ABC News' "Powerhouse Politics" podcast that while he, along with other House Democrats, believe the impeachment inquiry could be finished as early as Thanksgiving, the ideal goal is to have it wrapped before the Iowa caucuses in February.

September 12, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) and Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN) reintroduced the No PAC Act. The bill would amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to prohibit members of Congress and those running for a U.S. House or Senate seat from accepting contributions from a political action committee, other than that of the given candidate. It would also prohibit the establishment of leadership PACs.

September 4, 2019 Press Release

Washington D.C. – Reps. Ro Khanna (D-CA) and John Ratcliffe (R-TX) will introduce legislation this week to advance and codify the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Continuous Diagnostics Mitigation (CDM) program.

August 29, 2019 In The News

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A leading progressive voice in the U.S. House of Representatives called on Thursday for intensifying the probe into President Donald Trump's behavior in office with the goal of determining whether to impeach him by year's end.

Democratic Representative Ro Khanna, vice chair of the 98-member Congressional Progressive Caucus, told reporters he thought former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's multiple findings of obstruction by Trump formed the strongest basis for impeaching the Republican president.

August 23, 2019 In The News

For more than a decade, the giants of Silicon Valley have been pumping out products and services that millions of people and companies now use every day: social networks, search engines, two-day shipping on toilet paper. Only recently, however, have Americans become aware of just how much of their privacy they surrendered—sometimes knowingly, sometimes not—by joining this ecosystem of app-centric convenience.

August 13, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Khanna introduced the Identifying Barriers and Best Practices Study Act with Reps. Luria and Aumua Amata. This simple and bipartisan bill would require the Comptroller General of the United States to conduct a three-year study of disability and pension benefits that were provided to veteran members who served in special missions, such as pilots and divers, and who served on reserve components of the Armed Forces while on active duty.

August 12, 2019 In The News

Stephon Clark lived and died in Sacramento. When the 22-year-old father of two was shot and killed by local cops after a foot chase in the spring of 2018, it provoked the largest national uproar over a police killing of an unarmed black man since the groundswell of protests that began with the death of Michael Brown and the Ferguson uprising five years ago this week. The Sacramento officers who took Clark’s life were not charged with any crime.

August 6, 2019 In The News

A migrant died earlier the same day Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Fremont) arrived at the El Paso Del Norte Processing Center, a migrant detention facility at the Southern border. The Silicon Valley  congressman says he found out about the fatality through a supervising border agent who confided the tragic detail last week to Khanna and other members of a congressional delegation to the U.S.-Mexico divide.

The migrant’s cause of death was unknown, but Khanna says it was most likely due to the strain of the treacherous journey that brought him there.

June 4, 2019 In The News

House Democrats are eyeing a move to censure President Trump as a possible alternative to impeaching a president they have accused of gross wrongdoing while in office.

A censure resolution — essentially a public reprimand — lacks the teeth of impeachment’s intrinsic threat to remove a sitting president. But supporters say it would send a clear and immediate message to voters that Democrats are taking seriously their constitutional responsibility to be a check on executive misconduct.

May 5, 2019 In The News

Attorney General William Barr made “a huge strategic mistake” summarizing the Mueller report, House Oversight Committee member Ro Khanna, D-Calif., said Thursday, adding, “the country wants to hear from Bob Mueller.”

He urged the special counsel to testify.

“I really think that’s what going to help bring closure to this,” Khanna said on “America’s Newsroom.”  "The Justice Department has said he can testify, we want him to testify. I think, frankly, he has more credibility than any of us in Congress, anyone in the media.”