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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 18, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – November 18 – Reps. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., and Peter Meijer, R-Mi., introduced bipartisan legislation today to protect Americans against warrantless searches of the data generated and stored in their cars and trucks.

October 20, 2021 In The News

What happened: She pioneered the modern reality TV show, but Paris Hilton broke sober new ground Wednesday. The celeb implored Congress to do more to address what she described as systemic physical, sexual and emotional abuse at residential children’s treatment centers around the country. Hilton said, during her time in these centers, she endured strangulation, male staff watching her shower, no access to the outdoors and forced medication, among other abuse.

October 20, 2021 In The News

A group of congressional Democrats said Wednesday that they plan to work with Paris Hilton to create new regulations to prevent the abuse of children in facilities for troubled teens. 

Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., said he is drafting legislation that would give children in youth facilities the right to call their parents, be free from restraints, and have access to clean drinking water and nutritional meals — none of which is currently ensured for thousands of children in these facilities nationwide.

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.