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Bennie Thompson breaks with Nancy Pelosi on election overhaul: 'In the interest of my constituents'

Added 03-04-21 04:22:06pm EST - “A senior Democratic congressman broke ranks on Wednesday to oppose House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's signature legislation to overhaul how America votes, saying the bill wasn't good for constituents in his majority African American district.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Senior Democrat breaks with Pelosi on election overhaul: ‘In the interest of my constituents’”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A senior Democratic congressman broke ranks on Wednesday to oppose House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s signature legislation to overhaul how America votes, saying the bill wasn’t good for constituents in his majority African American district.

Rep. Bennie Thompson, who represents Mississippi’s 2nd congressional district centering around Jackson, was the sole dissenting voice when Mrs. Pelosi’s caucus late Wednesday passed the 791-page bill known as H.R 1. The bill reworks campaign finance laws, expands mail-in voting and sets myriad rules for conducting elections.

“My constituents opposed the redistricting portion of the bill as well as the section on public finances,” Mr. Thompson said in a statement to The Washington Times. “I always listen and vote in the interest of my constituents.”

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Mr. Thompson, the chair of the Homeland Security Committee, backed an earlier version of the legislation in 2019. He co-sponsored the new H.R. 1 but said he was unable to vote for it.

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