We’ve seen in the first weeks of the Biden Administration that – despite his rhetoric – the focus of the White House and House Democrats is more on catering to their base than getting things done for the American people.
That was apparent in the bill voted on last week where only 9% of it actually focused on COVID health spending while the rest of it was layered up with political pet projects, whether that was the jobs-destroying minimum wage hike, funding for a subway tunnel outside Speaker Pelosi’s district, providing for taxpayer-funded abortions, and more.
This week, the Dems are following that up with a radical liberal “election reform” bill. HR-1 empowers bureaucrats and robs state and local governments of power that should belong to them.
HR-1 provides for public funding of campaigns, weaponizes the FEC, attacks the First Amendment, gives new authority to IRS, and throws out state voter ID laws.
For the top ten most egregious provisions of this partisan overreach, please see the below one-pager courtesy of House Administration Committee Republicans:
In addition to these points, The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board published a piece this morning outlining the problems with H.R. 1. This piece comes weeks after a previous editorial explained that Speaker Pelosi’s true motivation behind passing this legislation was to “use the narrow Democratic majority to consolidate a permanent one.”
- The Wall Street Journal (Editorial): “Making Every Election Like 2020”
- Start with permanent pandemic rules. H.R.1 would create a federal right to a mail ballot, no excuse necessary. Registered voters couldn’t be made to submit “any form of identification as a condition of obtaining an absentee ballot,” except a signature or “affirmation.” State laws requiring mail votes to be notarized or signed by witnesses would be trumped. Late-arriving ballots, if postmarked on time, would be valid nationwide for 10 days after Election Day….
- H.R.1 would overrule state laws against ballot harvesting, letting Americans nationwide “designate any person” to return a vote, provided the carrier “does not receive any form of compensation based on the number of ballots.” Also, states “may not put any limit on how many voted and sealed absentee ballots any designated person can return.” Yes, paid partisan operatives could go door to door, amassing thousands of votes, as long as they billed by the hour.
- Under H.R.1, same-day voter registration and 15 days of early voting would both be mandatory. State bureaucracies would be enlisted to register people who appeared in government records. Is this really a good role for the “agency primarily responsible for maintaining identifying information for students enrolled at public secondary schools,” which the bill would loop into the task? At the same time, H.R.1 would make it harder to delete faulty records from voter lists.
- H.R.1 says felons couldn’t be denied the ballot, with the exception of those imprisoned. But Congress’s power isn’t unlimited, so that provision says it applies only to federal races. Under H.R.1 some felons apparently would be eligible to vote in federal, but not state, elections. Would county officials have to keep two sets of voter lists and two sets of ballots?
- Other sleeper provisions: H.R.1 would create a scheme of public funds to match small political donations at a 6-to-1 rate. Give your guy $200, and he might get $1,200 from the government. The money would come from a 4.75% surcharge on fines and penalties paid by businesses or corporate officers.
- H.R.1 would require the judiciary to create a code of conduct for Supreme Court Justices. It looks like a way for Democrats to reach the High Court with their tactic of ginning up ethics complaints and phony calls for jurists to recuse. This is an 800-page bill, so we could go on.