Blue Dog Democratic Reps. Jim Cooper (Tenn.) and Heath Shuler (N.C.) on Wednesday filed a bill aimed at reforming the redistricting process in the states. The Democrats, who file similar legislation every Congress, said they want to stop political gerrymandering as every district is redrawn this year.
The measure, the Redistricting Transparency Act, would require states to hold open hearings and use a website to increase public participation in the process.
“Democrats and Republicans have been in cahoots about this for decades,” Cooper said in a statement. “Both want to minimize the number of competitive districts. ... This abuse of the one-person, one-vote principle enables politicians to draw districts so bizarre that you need a GPS device to locate them.”
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.