House Democrats' 1st bill targets big donors, voting access

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are unveiling their first bill for the new Congress, a good-government package to limit big money in politics, make it easier for citizens to vote and require presidents to disclose their tax returns.

The legislation, called H.R. 1, sets the tone for Democrats as they take the majority in January.

The bill would create national voter registration and expand access to early, online voting. It would increase federal support for state voter systems, including paper ballots to prevent fraud.

Political groups would need to disclose donors, and members of Congress would be barred from serving on corporate boards.

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A rainbow forms over the U.S. Capitol as evening sets on midterm Election Day in Washington, U.S. November 6, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Democratic Texas U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Beto O'Rourke is accompanied by his wife Amy as he concedes to Senator Ted Cruz at his midterm election night party in El Paso, Texas, U.S., November 6, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Segar TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Supporters for Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis celebrate during his midterm election night party in Orlando, Florida, U.S. November 6, 2018. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Georgia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams speaks to supporters during a midterm election night party in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., November 7, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
California Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom hugs his wife Jennifer as he celebrates being elected governor of the state during an election night party in Los Angeles, California, U.S. November 6, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Blake TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Democratic congressional candidate Ilhan Omar is greeted by her husband’s mother after appearing at her midterm election night party in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. November 6, 2018. REUTERS/Eric Miller TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Democratic U.S. Senator Bob Menendez reacts after appearing at his midterm election night party in Hoboken, New Jersey, U.S., November 6, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rick Scott holds the hand of grandson Auguste Guimard as he waves to supporters at his midterm election night party in Naples, Florida, U.S. November 6, 2018. REUTERS/Joe Skipper TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer reacts with her daughters, Sydney (L) and Sherry after declaring victory at her midterm election night party in Detroit, Michigan, U.S. November 6, 2018. REUTERS/Jeff Kowalsky TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A supporter of Trump and Republican senate candidate Mike Braun attends the election night party in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S. November 6, 2018. REUTERS/Chris Bergin TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Deidre Brown Collins holds her daughter, Vitalia Collins, as they watch returns during a midterm election night party for Georgia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., November 6, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Supporters of Republican U.S. Senator Ted Cruz hold signs at his midterm election night party in Houston, Texas, U.S., November 6, 2018. REUTERS/Cathal Mcnaughton TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Supporters of Democratic Florida gubernatorial nominee and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum react as they listen to him concede the race to U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis at Gillum's midterm election night rally in Tallahassee, Florida, U.S. November 6, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Lawrence Malloy, a supporter of Georgia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams, shows off socks adorned with an image of Abrams outside the site of a midterm election night party in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., November 6, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Supporters await the arrival of U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi at a Democratic U.S. midterm election night party in Washington, U.S. November 6, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi reads results of the U.S. midterm elections as she talks to an aide backstage at a Democratic election night rally and party in Washington, U.S. November 6, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Bobby Mines waves an American flag outside a polling place in Chapmanville, West Virginia, U.S. November 6, 2018. REUTERS/Lexi Browning TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Voters cast their midterm election ballots at the Santa Ana Methodist Church in Santa Ana, California, U.S. November 6, 2018. REUTERS/Kyle Grillot TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
U.S. Democratic Congressional candidate Deb Haaland, who is trying to become the first Native American woman in the U.S. House of Representatives, hugs Dottie Tiger at a Native Vote Celebration on midterm elections night in Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S., November 6, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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In a nod to President Donald Trump's resistance to releasing his tax returns, the bill would require presidents to do so. It also would create a Supreme Court ethics code.

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