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The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed H.R. 1, otherwise known as the “For the People Act,” which Republicans warn will compromise election integrity and ultimately lead to the federalization of U.S. elections.
The Democrat-led House passed the legislation on party lines, 220 to 210. A summary of the bill notes that it “expands voter registration (e.g., automatic and same-day registration) and voting access (e.g., vote-by-mail and early voting)” and imposes limits on removing voters from voter rolls.
Republicans have warned that the Democrat legislation would vastly reduce the power of the states to control and operate elections at the local level.
“If this bill passes, it puts in all these terrible provisions,” Hans von Spakovsky, manager of the Heritage Foundation’s Election Law Reform Initiative and a senior legal fellow of the Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, said during a January appearance on Breitbart News Daily.
“It’s a federal micromanagement of the election process, and everything that folks on the left want to reduce the integrity [and] the security of the election process is in there,” he continued.
Every single American should be OUTRAGED by this:
Democrats just voted to ban voter ID nationwide and force every state to permanently expand mail-in voting.
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) March 4, 2021
H.R. 1, the “For the Politicians Act,” would allow public funds to be used to finance politicians’ reelection campaigns. There are far better and more urgent needs for public funds – Democrats are again putting their interests above the needs of the American people. pic.twitter.com/Nd7vtoivw1
— Rep. Chris Jacobs (@RepJacobs) March 4, 2021
Tonight, I voted against H.R. 1, an extremely partisan and unconstitutional bill. Protecting state rights is a priority of mine, and this legislation is the “Californication” of our election laws.
Read my full statement: https://t.co/sYp95biBuv
— Rep. Don Bacon (@RepDonBacon) March 4, 2021
FULL STATEMENT on my vote against H.R. 1. ⬇️https://t.co/oImuvugR5u
— John Rose (@RepJohnRose) March 4, 2021
Tonight I voted against H.R. 1.
Protecting the integrity of our elections should be of utmost importance to Congress, but this legislation attempts to politicize our institutions, federalize our elections, and fund politicians’ campaigns.https://t.co/sHk1DfYbTR
— Rep. Vicky Hartzler (@RepHartzler) March 4, 2021
At a time when we should be focused on how to get our economy open & running again, the last thing we should be doing is finding a way to send taxpayer dollars into politicians’ campaign coffers.
My complete statement in opposition to H.R.1 ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/dHVkuX9WPe
— U.S. Rep. Bob Latta (@boblatta) March 4, 2021
Today I voted against H.R. 1, the “For The Politicians Act,” which amounts to a federal takeover of elections.
This power grab would undermine ballot integrity and restrict the voice of each individual citizen in our election process. pic.twitter.com/EJhL7S92WH
— Rep. Alex Mooney (@RepAlexMooney) March 4, 2021
This bill will only put more power in the hands of the Federal government and discourage Americans from participating in political debate and advocacy in the public square. @SpeakerPelosi’s “For the People Act” is really “For the Politicians”—I voted NO. /6
— Rep. Mark Green (@RepMarkGreen) March 4, 2021
Elections belong to the people. The so-called “For the People Act” would concentrate power among entrenched Democrat politicians instead. pic.twitter.com/L7rR0M6RMD
— Rep. Michelle Fischbach (@RepFischbach) March 4, 2021
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