In what Republicans warn is a sweeping federal power grab sure to usher in massive amounts of voter fraud, the Democrat-led U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed the “For the People Act” by a margin of 220-210, as the Washington Examiner reported.
Democrats have touted the legislation as a means to eliminate barriers to voting, end partisan gerrymandering of congressional districts, and establish public campaign financing by instituting a 6-to-1 match of small-dollar donations, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) claiming:
What we are doing in this fight that we’re engaged in is to empower the people. This is called the For the People Bill.
And in doing so, we combat big, dark, special-interest money in politics and amplify the voice of the American people.
Republican opponents of the bill, however, point to its requirements that all states offer mail-in voting, institute same-day voter registration, permit felons who have served their sentences to vote, and implement no less than 15 days of early voting in each congressional election, as evidence of its nakedly partisan motivations, as the New York Post noted.
Other controversial provisions include designating colleges as automatic agencies for the facilitation of voter registration, permitting ballot harvesting, prohibiting voter ID requirements, and mandating no-excuse absentee voting.
In remarks Tuesday on the House floor, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) stated that Democrats were not interested in passing these measures as a way to earn the trust of voters and restore the integrity of the voting process, but “to ensure they don’t lose more seats in the next election.”
In an op-ed penned by Republican Reps. Chip Roy (TX), Ted Budd (NC), and Jody Hice (GA), the legislation was characterized as Democrats “fundamentally rewriting the rules of American politics and campaign finance laws” to guarantee that they “control Congress and the White House for years to come, if not forever.”
Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY) authored an opinion piece of her own for The Hill in which she blasted Democrats for “leveraging legitimate concerns about election integrity to rush this dangerous bill through Congress,” adding:
It won’t make our elections safer, instead it will give House Democrats an advantage in future elections by eliminating nearly every guardrail that preserves the sanctity of the ballot box today.
Pelosi is opening the floodgates for almost anyone to submit a ballot, or even multiple ballots, regardless of eligibility.
It is a new partisan low, even for Washington standards.
A nearly identical version of the current legislation was passed in the House this time last year, but its further progress was thwarted by then-Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). Now that the upper chamber is comprised of 50 members from each party, the bill stands little chance of attracting the support necessary to overcome a GOP filibuster that would increase the passage threshold to 60 votes.
Among those willing to take the incendiary step of eliminating the long-standing filibuster procedure in order to save what she calls a “critical election bill” is Sen. Amy Klobuchar, chair of the Senate Rules Committee. Whether there is sufficient additional support among her colleagues for such a move remains to be seen.