By Breitbart. House Democrats passed H.R. 1, the so-called “For the People Act,” on Wednesday. The bill would radically change American democracy, nationalizing elections and making permanent changes to voting rules that would virtually ensure Democrats never lose another election.
The bill is 791 pages long — a massive piece of legislation, adopted with little examination or debate. Some provisions — like expanding access for voters with disabilities, improving election security, and ensuring that all voting machines use in U.S. elections are also manufactured in the U.S. — are uncontroversial. Others are potentially explosive. . .
Federal control over congressional elections: The bill begins by declaring that “Congress finds that it has broad authority to regulate the time, place, and manner of congressional elections under the Elections Clause of the Constitution.” The Constitution actually gives primary authority to the States, but allows Congress to “make or alter such Regulations.” The House Democrats interpret this provision as dramatically as possible to override the states.
Declaring that “States and localities have eroded access to the right to vote”: The bill declares that photo ID, “burdensome” voter registration procedures, purges of ineligible voters, restrictions on vote-by-mail, rules against felons voting, and other measures that states and municipalities have taken to guarantee the integrity of elections are, in fact, “restrictions on the right to vote.” It also suggests these are forms of “racial discrimination” and “systemic racism.”
Restricting challenges to H.R. 1 to the federal court system in D.C.: The bill declares that the only courts with jurisdiction to hear challenges to its constitutionality, or to the validity of regulations promulgated under the law, are courts within Washington, D.C. — a notoriously Democrat-friendly jurisdiction. That minimizes the chances that any challenges could be brought to more conservatives courts, or to judges appointed by past Republican presidents. (Read more from “Things to Know About H.R. 1, ‘For the People Act’” HERE)
Steve Scalise: ‘Every Single American Should Be Outraged’ by H.R. 1 Passage
By Breitbart. “Every single American should be outraged” by the Democrat-led House passing H.R. 1, or the “For the People Act,” Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) said Wednesday evening.
“Democrats just voted to ban voter ID nationwide and force every state to permanently expand mail-in voting,” he explained following the bill’s passage, which was praised by congressional Democrats:
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
The House passed the bill Wednesday evening on party lines, prompting praise from Vice President Kamala Harris, who said she looks forward to “working with Congress to strengthen our democracy and protect the voting rights of all Americans.”:
Last night, the House voted to pass H.R. 1. @POTUS and I look forward to working with Congress to strengthen our democracy and protect the voting rights of all Americans.
— Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) March 4, 2021
(Read more from “Steve Scalise: ‘Every Single American Should Be Outraged’ by H.R. 1 Passage” HERE)
Pence Slams Democratic Voting Reform Bill HR 1 as an ‘Unconstitutional Power Grab’
By Business Insider. Former Vice President Mike Pence came out swinging on Wednesday, writing an op-ed that criticized House Democrats’ sweeping election reform bill as “unconstitutional power grab.” . . .
In his article for The Daily Signal, Pence argues that the bill would take away responsibilities that should be left to the states.
“Election reform is a national imperative, but under our Constitution, election reform must be undertaken at the state level,” he wrote. “Our Founders limited Congress’ role in conducting our elections for good reason: They wanted elections to be administered closest to the people, free from undue influence of the national government.”
He added: “While legislators in many states have begun work on election reform to restore public confidence in state elections, unfortunately, congressional Democrats have chosen to sweep those valid concerns and reforms aside and to push forward a brazen attempt to nationalize elections in blatant disregard of the US Constitution.” (Read more from “Pence Slams Democratic Voting Reform Bill HR 1 as an ‘Unconstitutional Power Grab'” HERE)