The House of Representatives passed a piece of legislation called H.R. 1, also known as the “For the People Act,” on Wednesday of last week. The bill would do away with voter ID requirements, legalize ballot harvesting, override state laws that do not allow voting by mail, and lower the voting age from 18 to 16. The bill will now face the Senate, where Democrats and Republicans hold a 50/50 tie, and will need a 60-person vote in order to become law. It is unlikely to pass through the Senate as things currently stand.
The Left is in favor of H.R. 1. “We believe that H.R. 1 needs to pass because the Republican state legislators, concerned about their losses, either in their own states or in the country, are again upping their efforts to make it more difficult for people to vote,” stated House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer. Rep. Nikema Williams (D-GA) argued that the bill “will put a stop at the voter suppression.”
“For [Republicans], this isn’t about protecting our democracy or protecting our elections. This is about pure partisan political gain.”Tiffany Muller, the president of End Citizens United
President Biden expressed his favor for the bill, saying “This landmark legislation is urgently needed to protect that right [to vote], to safeguard the integrity of our elections, and to repair and strengthen our democracy.”
HR1 would:— Nina Turner (@ninaturner) March 5, 2021
-Enact automatic voter registration
-Set up public financing of elections
-Expand early voting
-Prevent voter purges
-Expose dark money
-Counter Citizens United
This bill is enormously important.
We need to end the filibuster.
The Right is opposed to H.R. 1 and believes it is “blatantly unconstitutional.” Twenty Republican state Attorneys General penned a letter to leaders of both the House and the Senate opposing the bill. Former Vice President Mike Pence criticized the Democrats’ bill as an “unconstitutional power grab.” He agreed that voter reform is needed, but stated, “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.” National Review news writer Zachary Evans stated that the bill will “roll back a number of election integrity measures.”
“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.”Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), United States House of Representatives minority whip
Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) recently headed a letter to the National Conference of State Legislatures reading, “Conservatives in Texas and across the country have to take action now to fix our elections the right way: by making them more secure through state legislatures and holding the line against overreaching leftists in Washington.”