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.”
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.