This bill represents a fundamental transformation of our election system. If passed the Republican Party may never win a national election. The people of West Virginia must contact Senator Joe Manchin to make sure that he keeps his promise to not end the filibuster. Otherwise this radical legislation will pass the Senate, and be sent to President Biden to sign into law.
Federalizing election fraud. Game over.
This week, the House will vote on Speaker Pelosi’s so-called “For the People’s Act”
IN FACT – this partisan bill would undermine the American people, by imposing a sweeping federal rewrite of our election system to strip states of their power and consolidate it in Washington ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/AmLJgv50kg
— Rep. Elise Stefanik (@RepStefanik) March 3, 2021
Democrats designed #HR1 to force American taxpayers to fund the campaigns of radical Democrats like AOC, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib. We must end the madness and oppose this bill. This bill is #ForThePoliticians not #ForThePeople. https://t.co/4k7J5h0TOT
— Rep. Doug Lamborn (@RepDLamborn) March 3, 2021
House Democrats pass extensive voting and campaign finance reform bill, H.R. 1
By Fox News, March 4, 2021
The House of Representatives Wednesday passed Democrats‘ signature voting and campaign finance reform legislation that aims to expand access to the polls, fight partisan gerrymandering and set up new public funding for congressional races.
The For the People Act of 2021, known as H.R. 1, passed by a vote of 220 to 210. No Republicans joined with Democrats in approving the sweeping voter rights reform that now heads to the Senate.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, said the legislation is needed to combat voter suppression efforts in states, to crackdown on corruption and to diminish the influence of big donors in politics.
“This is called the For The People bill,” Pelosi said Wednesday at an H.R. 1 event prior to its passage. “And in doing so, we combat big, dark, special-interest money in politics and amplify the voice of the American people.”
A major pillar of the legislation is setting up a new public financing system for congressional and presidential elections to incentivize small-dollar donations. The legislation would establish a 6:1 match for each grassroots contribution to a candidate up to $200.
For example, a $200 donation to a House candidate would garner a $1,200 match in public funds for a total contribution of $1,400.
The public match program would be funded by a new 4.75% surcharge on criminal and civil penalties and settlements that corporations pay to the U.S. government. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated this week the new revenue stream would generate about $3.2 billion over 10 years.
Republicans blasted the public financing provision as a way to line the campaign coffers of members of Congress.
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