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GOP lawmakers take aim at HR1, accuse Dems of federal power grab

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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 the same day as Biggs’ op-ed, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Features” that the bill would cause Americans to “lose our freedom.”

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.

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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Ranking GOP Member Exposes Pelosi’s Obstruction to Jan 6 Security Records

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As the one year anniversary of the January 6th riots on the U.S. Capitol approach, more information comes to light, particularly with regard to Democrats’ desperate attempts to prove something sinister was planned.

However, Ranking Member for the House Administration Committee Rodney Davis (R-IL) has unveiled new evidence that Pelosi is obstructing access to records relating to the security preparedness of the Capitol on that infamous day.

Davis wrote a letter to speaker Pelosi on January 3, 2022 laying out the timeline as proof for his accusations against Pelosi’s obstruction:

“In the immediate aftermath of January 6th, Republicans began an examination of the Capitol’s security vulnerabilities. On January 13, 2021, as the Ranking Republican Member of the House Administration Committee, I sent letters to the Acting House Sergeant-at-Arms, the House Chief Administrative Officer, and the Acting Chief of the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) asking them to preserve all records relating to January 6th” the letter states.

“Although the USCP immediately complied with my request to preserve and produce relevant documents, the House Sergeant-at-Arms and Chief Administrative Officer—the two House officers who report directly to you—responded jointly that they were ‘unable to comply with the request at this time.’ Now, nearly a year after this request, the House Sergeant-at-Arms and Chief Administrative Officer have yet to comply with my request.”

“Mr. Irving’s attorneys informed the Senate that ‘the relevant records are the property of the U.S. House of Representatives, and we have therefore referred the Senators’ request for records to the House Office of General Counsel for transmission to the appropriate House officials.’”

“I subsequently wrote to Douglas Letter, the House General Counsel appointed by and responsible to you, to request that he produce Mr. Irving’s communications. However, like the other two House officers who report directly to you, Mr. Letter has not complied—or even responded—to my request for Mr. Irving’s records.”

“Republicans again sought relevant records from House Sergeant-at-Arms and the House Chief Administrative Officer in March 2021 and, once again, the House officers who report to you ignored our requests. At that time, as various federal entities began to produce January 6 material to several House committees, Republicans made requests—including to the House Sergeant-at- Arms and the House Chief Administrative Officer—that all such material be shared equally with Democrats and Republicans. Both the Sergeant-at-Arms and the Chief Administrative Officer failed to produce any documents to Republicans pursuant to our requests, suggesting that these House officers may be providing documents only to Democrats on a partisan basis.”

“As Speaker of the House, you are the most senior elected official in the House of Representatives and therefore ultimately responsible for all House operations, not just those of your party. You appoint all House officers, who serve at your pleasure. You yield enormous institutional power over how Congress operates, including the security posture of the Capitol complex.”

“There is irony in the fact that at the same time House Democrats are holding witnesses in criminal contempt of Congress for raising genuine questions of legal privilege, you continue to obstruct Republican access to House records relating to the security preparedness of the Capitol complex on January 6th, 2021. This double standard only adds to the evidence that Democrats are weaponizing events of January 6th against their political adversaries.”

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