On Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing entitled, "Protecting a Precious, Almost Sacred Right: The John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act" (a.k.a. H.R. 4 / S.4). Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Kristen Clarke testified before the Committee in attempt to defend the proposed partisan power grab and federal takeover of our elections.Read more
After the failed S. 1 effort, the Democrats' latest effort at a federal takeover of our elections, the incorrectly named “Freedom to Vote Act, was described by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell thusly:
No amount of repackaging or relabeling will let Democrats sneak through big pieces of the sweeping, partisan, federal takeover of our nation’s elections that they have wanted to pass since they took power.
Seemingly every few weeks, Democrats take another run at this. This week’s latest ‘compromise’ is just a compromise between the left and the far left. It’s the product of Washington Democrats negotiating with each other about how much power they should grab. It contains many of the same fatal flaws as their previous attempted takeovers that have already fallen flat. . . .
We will not be letting Washington Democrats abuse their razor-thin majorities in both chambers to overrule state and local governments and appoint themselves a national Board of Elections on steroids.Read more
After passing the House last week with no Republican support, H.R. 4's next stop is the U.S. Senate. Democrats in the Senate need all the support they can get to pass H.R. 4, and at the center of this effort is the vote of Democrat Senator Joe Manchin. And as it stands now, Joe Manchin has no choice but to vote "no" on H.R. 4 based on his prior statements.Read more
On Tuesday, House Democrats introduced Nancy Pelosi's next elections power grab, H.R. 4.
With Congresswoman @RepTerriSewell and Judiciary Committee Chairman @RepJerryNadler’s leadership, Democrats are fighting back against an anti-democratic tide and protecting access to the ballot box for every American. Read my full statement here: https://t.co/BK6RFpBv6J— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) August 17, 2021
While the public is rightly focused on the Biden administration's disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan, House Democrats chose again to focus on their own reelections. Today, it was a hearing on H.R. 4, the so-called John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. The only problem: the bill contains no text for the committee members to even review:
The House Judiciary Com. meeting now about a bill that has no text & of which we have no idea what text it is going to contain. We agree John Lewis was a hero, but a bill in his name is not helpful to Voting Rights if it does not truly deal with Voting rights in 21st Century— RNLA ⚖️ (@TheRepLawyer) August 16, 2021
.@Jim_Jordan points out this is last time to talk about legislation that we don't even have the bill on! It is outrageous that Democrats are having hearings and a VOTE on a bill that members of Congress have not seen!— RNLA ⚖️ (@TheRepLawyer) August 16, 2021
The Senate Democrats are at it again. After a marathon session of voting on amendments to the infrastructure package, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer attempted to force a vote on a series of bills that would facilitate a federal takeover of elections including the Corrupt Politicians Act. But as The Houston Chronicle reported, Senator Ted Cruz repeatedly objected to the motions:
In a back-and-forth with Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on the Senate floor around 3:30 a.m., the Texas Republican objected repeatedly as the New York Democrat sought consent for the Senate to consider a series of voting bills. Cruz denounced the legislation as “a federal government takeover of elections” and a “massive power grab by Democrats.”Read more
Earlier today, Senate Rules Democrats took their "phony hysteria" about state election laws "on the road" and held a field hearing in Atlanta, Georgia. The hearing was Democrats' latest stunt in their quest to enact a federal takeover of elections. As Republican Leader Mitch McConnell pointed out:
“Democrats’ fake outrage may have driven jobs and opportunities out of the state of Georgia, but I’m sure Georgians will appreciate that Democrats are bringing their own partisan circus to town instead.Read more
On Tuesday evening, the Senate rejected the Corrupt Politicians Act when it failed to receive the necessary votes to invoke cloture. Democrats are already claiming that the Republicans rejected a common sense compromise, but the reality is that the Manchin "compromise" was not a compromise — it had no bipartisan support. More importantly, the "compromise" was not actually being voted on today. As many Republican Senators, including Leader McConnell and Rules Ranking Member Roy Blunt, pointed out, the bill voted on today was essentially the same as the original.Read more
Last week, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that the Department of Justice would be expanding its voting rights staff to directly oppose GOP efforts seeking to enact state voting laws that promote fair and honest elections. As a piece by RedState put it:
[Garland] made it clear that the work of DOJ would be to advance the causes and interests of the Democrat Party for the purpose of improving its chances at the ballot box. . .Read more