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  • Today is a day of days, thanks to the leadership of House Speaker Pelosi, representatives Sarbanes and Lofgren and all of my colleagues behind me today we legislate for the people.

  • This is a watershed moment in American history, and it is one that is deeply personal to me, unlike many of the people were used to seeing in our politics.

  • I don't come from money or from a political family.

  • I was raised by a young single mom who worked multiple jobs just to provide for us.

  • And we still needed Section eight housing and food stamps to get by.

  • When I think back to the struggles of my family, they can be traced to one common cause, and that is our broken democracy.

  • The reason healthcare, higher education and housing are out of reach for so many millions of Americans is due to the fact that our democracy was not set up to reflect the will of everyday people.

  • Independent redistricting commissions will help change that.

  • When I ran for the United States Congress, political insiders came to me and they did not ask me what I would be campaigning on.

  • They asked me how much money could I raise.

  • That is a shameful distortion of our democracy, and it must end.

  • Public campaign financing will help change that.

  • Many people were surprised when I defeated a billionaire who tried to purchase this congressional seat.

  • My election should not be an exception to the rule.

  • Rather, it should be the norm.

  • When we pass HR one, it will be.

  • Thank you.

  • I'm hair right, Commander.

  • Thank you and thank all of my colleagues, and I want to thank this amazing caucus of standing behind us.

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  • R one is a collection of over 60 pieces of legislation introduced over a period of many, many years assembled into an overarching package that can make a difference for the American people.

  • The choice here is clear.

  • You've heard it.

  • You can win on the basis of your ideas and the programs that you put forward, which is what we choose to do.

  • Or you can try to win by suppressing the vote, drawing unfair districts across the country and using big money to spread disinformation.

  • We choose to open up the ballot box.

  • We choose fair districts that respect voters.

  • We choose to fight for the public interest, not the special interests.

  • And all of those things are not.

  • None of those things are controversial.

  • Everything I just mentioned is for the benefit not exclusively of Democrat, but for the benefit of Democrats, independent and Republicans.

  • That's what this is about.

  • So we're excited today.

  • We're excited about making progress.

  • We're excited about HR one and we are ready to restore a government that is truly of by and for the people.

  • Thank you all today for coming.

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Today is a day of days, thanks to the leadership of House Speaker Pelosi, representatives Sarbanes and Lofgren and all of my colleagues behind me today we legislate for the people.

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