GOP lawmakers take aim at HR1, accuse Dems of federal power grab
Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs (R) on Sunday blasted H.R. 1 for what he called the “nationalization of American elections.”
H.R. 1, also known as the For the People Act of 2021, is a wide-sweeping election reform bill put forward by House Democrats, and signed on by all of them, suggesting—among many things—a range of proposals to “improve access to the ballot box,” statehood for Washington, D.C., enhancing federal support for voting system security, and getting “big money” out of politics.
In an op-ed published Sunday by Fox News, Biggs accused Democrats of hoping to “make America a one-party nation” and called on people to oppose the legislation.
“What would you say about the always efficient, always honest, always transparent, always fair, Washington, D.C., establishment taking over your state and local elections, as well as the federal elections?” Biggs asked. “How about a law that prohibits voter identification laws, or gives taxpayer money to politicians?”
“Democrats in D.C. think that these are swell ideas,” he charged.
“They hope to make America a one-party nation. They want to squelch opposition and dissent. They want to make elections irrelevant. They prefer that all power and control reside in the Democrat party and in Washington, D.C.,” the Arizona Republican added.
“The Leftists, who are authoritarians with a DNA that leans toward tyranny, believe that loading up the nation with unskilled workers from underdeveloped nations will provide Democrats with voters,” Biggs wrote regarding immigration.
“Besides giving the uni-party in the swamp power, funding politicians with taxpayer dollars, and preventing the use of voter identification laws, Democrats will permit ballot harvesting and mandate nationwide mail-in balloting,” he continued. “Democrats are so enamored of power that they want to legalize cheating in elections.”
“If that isn’t enough for you, they want 16-year-olds to be able to register to vote, as well as felons in prison (don’t worry, they want to let all of them out of prison), and illegal aliens,” Biggs wrote. “What could possibly go wrong?”
On Thursday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) attacked Democrats for trying to “recycle failed legislation” with their new effort to pass the For the People Act, calling it a “federal takeover.” McConnell also said the legislation would allow Democrats to “grab unprecedented power over how America conducts its elections and how American citizens can engage in political speech.”
Early last week, former Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli announced he was launching the the Election Transparency Initiative to “act quickly to defeat the efforts of Democrats in Washington to federalize election laws through H.R.1, while simultaneously going on offense at the state level to rally the grass roots around meaningful reforms.”
And last week, GOP Rep. Byron Donalds (Fla.) wrote an op-ed for Fox News going after H.R. 1, called the bill “unconstitutional” and claim that it is “the Democrats’ latest attempt to disregard the Constitution in their ruthless power grab in the form of ‘election reform.'”
The bill is expected to be considered on the House floor this week.
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