House Passes New Legislation To Change Election Rules; Zero Republicans Vote For It

The Democrat-controlled House on Wednesday night passed H.R. 1, a massive elections reform bill that is about a partisan as it gets.

The vote was 220-210, with every single House Republican voting against the bill.

This bill is so bad that even the Associated Press referred to it as “the largest overhaul of the U.S. election law in at least a generation.”

The AP also states that if the bill passes in the Senate, it has the “potential to shape election outcomes for years to come.”

House Democrats previously introduced the “For the People Act of 2021” which will ensure Democrats can count ballots for days and days after an election.

The AP reported:

House Resolution 1, which touches on virtually every aspect of the electoral process, was approved Wednesday night on a near party-line 220-210 vote.

It would restrict partisan gerrymandering of congressional districts, strike down hurdles to voting, and bring transparency to a murky campaign finance system that allows wealthy donors to anonymously bankroll political causes.

Republicans are already sounding the alarm, warning that it would give license to unwanted federal interference in states’ authority to conduct their own elections — ultimately benefiting Democrats through higher turnout, most notably among minorities.

“Democrats want to use their razor-thin majority not to pass bills to earn voters’ trust, but to ensure they don’t lose more seats in the next election,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said from the House floor Tuesday.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi knows this bill would be huge for Democrats.

“This is something that is enormously popular among the American people. The American people want to reduce the role of big, dark, special interest money in politics, which is preventing so many good things from happening. The people want to see an end to voter suppression,” Pelosi said.

However, things could get tricky going forward.

H.R. 1 will head to the Senate, where Democrats have a slim 50-50 majority with Kamala Harris as the tiebreaker.

Progressives keep pushing to abolish the filibuster since the bill needs 60 votes to advance in the Senate.

Democrats want to end the filibuster, but they can’t because they can’t afford any defections in their own ranks.

Democrats need all 50 votes — plus 1 from Harris to break the tie — to end the filibuster, which requires 60 votes to pass legislation in the Senate.

But Democrat Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Lea Sinema of Arizona have publicly announced they will not support ending the filibuster.

As long as Democrats can’t end the filibuster, radical bills like H.R. 1 will not be able to pass in Congress.

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