This week, the House of Representatives will vote on an election reform bill that, as Breitbart reports, would be “the biggest overhaul of U.S. elections law in a generation.”
The bill is H.R. 1, which is also known as the “For the People Act of 2021.”
Given that the bill is nearly 800 pages long, we couldn’t possibly cover all of its provisions in this article. But, Fox News, in a recent article, highlighted some of its more striking provisions.
According to the outlet, H.R. 1 would create “automatic voter registration,” would “expand early voting,” and it would “enhance absentee voting by simplifying voting by mail.”
In other words, the Democrats through H.R. 1 are looking to make the changes that we saw in some of the more liberal parts of the country in the 2020 election national and permanent. But, the bill is actually much worse than that.
In addition, the bill looks to establish the District of Columbia as a state, which would give Democrats additional seats in Congress. It would ensure that the voting rights of convicted felons who have served their time are restored. And, taking aim at former President Donald Trump, it would make it necessary for future U.S. presidents to disclose their tax returns.
The Democrats claim that the purpose of the bill is to secure American elections and to protect and expand the voting rights of those living in the United States. Republicans, though, have a different take.
It’s a power grab
Sunday, in an appearance on the Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) exposed H.R. 1 for what it really is: a power grab by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and the Democrats.
“This is most important for Nancy Pelosi to hold on to her power,” McCarthy said. McCarthy went on to argue that the government does need to restore Americans’ confidence in our elections, but that this bill will not do that.
Rather, Republicans argue that this bill is merely an attempt by Democrats to use their current control over Congress and the presidency to pass election laws that will make it easier for them to win future elections.
Last week, House Democrats unanimously signed on to H.R. 1, which means that it is a virtual certainty that the bill will make it through the House. Whether the bill will make it through the Senate, though, where the Democrats only hold a 51 to 50 majority is a different matter.
A House vote is expected as early as Wednesday.