GOP sends red flares over Dems’ HR1 bill: ‘Will be easier for illegal votes to cancel voice of legal voters’

Republican lawmakers slammed an elections and ethics reform overhaul being pushed by Democrats as a “monstrosity of a bill” filled with “countless deficiencies.”

House Democrats are set to vote on a sweeping campaign finance, elections and ethics bill, dubbed HR 1, on Friday, which seeks to impose new requirements on states for early voting and online and same-day voter registration, funding of congressional campaigns and reshaping of the Federal Election Commission, among a grab-bag of items on the left’s agenda, The Washington Post reported.

Arizona GOP Rep. Andy Biggs condemned the more than 600-page bill on the House floor Wednesday, calling out Democrats for rushing it to the floor in order to hide its countless flaws.

Republicans criticized a provision in the bill that would funnel taxpayer money to political candidates by establishing public financing for congressional elections.

The six-to-one matching program for small donations in congressional elections was slammed by GOP lawmakers like Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise.

The House Minority Whip unloaded on Twitter, detailing the problems with what Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell slammed as the “Democrat Politician Protection Act.”

Scalise called out his Democratic colleagues who did not consult Republicans on the bill which affects the “future and integrity” of the election process.

Scalise criticized HR 1 as “an attempt to rewrite the rules in favor of the Democratic Party by instituting greater regulations on Americans’ First Amendment rights.” He called out a provision which would take away power from the states in weakening laws that currently require voters to present photo identification.

According to The Post:

The bill also aims to end partisan gerrymandering of congressional district by requiring independent state commissions instead of legislatures to draw lines. It would also create an automatic voter registration system, bar states from disenfranchising felons who have completed their sentences, create stricter rules surrounding voter-roll purges and weaken state laws requiring voters to present photo identification.

Other provisions include a requirement that presidential and vice-presidential candidates disclose 10 years of past tax returns, a mandatory new ethical code for the Supreme Court, an end to most first-class travel for federal officeholders and a provision making Election Day a national holiday.

 

“There should be nothing partisan or political about empowering the American people and making sure that government works for them,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday in a speech on the House floor.

“We are ending the dominance of big, dark special interest money in politics,” the California Democrat said during debate on the bill which would require “dark money” groups to reveal their donors.

McConnell warned that Democrats who vote in favor of the measure could endanger their re-election chances and pledged to give the bill no time in the Senate where it is not expected to get a vote.

“I believe we can actually win elections against people who vote for this turkey,” McConnell said, calling the bill a “parade of horrible” and a “terrible proposal,” according to Roll Call.

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