The Democratic Congress was just handed a major defeat by the ranks of a united Republican party. GOP senators shot down an attempt by Democrats on Tuesday to pass an election bill that they called “For the People Act.” But this legislation has been widely criticized as partisan.
“All 50 Democrats voted for the procedural measure, but it drew no GOP support. That means it was short of the 60 votes needed to overcome a Republican filibuster,” The Wall Street Journal reported. Even center voting Susan Collins stayed true to her party.
The Journal also noted, “Democratic centrists, most prominently Mr. Manchin and Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, have rejected ending the filibuster, though some have suggested ways to weaken it.”
A steak dinner to any reporter on TV or writing about the election bill who mentions even a single one of the dealbreaker provisions – the primary reasons R’s rejected it:
✅ Taxpayer funded campaigns
✅ Gutting voter ID
✅ Mandating ballot harvesting
✅ Politicizing FEC
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) June 22, 2021
Democrats have consistently tried to cast the filibuster as racist in an attempt to pressure senators to abolish it so they can push through President Joe Biden’s leftist agenda. Ironically, Democrats repeatedly used the filibuster to keep Republicans from advancing legislation under former President Donald Trump. Republicans had to hold time absorbing roll call votes to break a filibuster and end debate on nominees a total of 314 times under Trump. This compared to a total of 244 times under all previous presidents combined, according to Politico.
Fox News reported, “Republicans took issue with imposing federal standards on state elections that they said would weaken state ID requirements.” Fox continued, “They also oppose starting a new public financing system for congressional elections and politicizing the Federal Elections Commission that enforces campaign finance laws.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) weighed into the fray saying that S-1, the election bill Democrats have been pushing for months, was “Democrats’ transparently partisan plan to tilt every election in America permanently in their favor.”
“We know that it would shatter a decades-old understanding that campaign law should have a bipartisan referee, and turn the Federal Election Commission into a partisan-majority cudgel for Democrats to wield against their political opponents,” McConnell said.
Senator McConnell went on to describe how this legislation would have let Washington bureaucrats direct federal dollars into politicians’ campaign accounts. That means it would be government money used for yard signs and attack ads. He also warned that it would let Democrats take a red pen to election laws in all of the 50 states and that it would neuter popular precautions like voter I.D. and legalize practices like ballot harvesting nationwide.
The GOP not only kept Collins vote on this issue but even garnered Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). She is a centrist who often votes against her own party, but she could not support the extreme bill, calling it a “partisan federal takeover of the election system.”
Matt Whitlock, a top Republican strategist said that some of the top issues that Republicans had with the bill were that it provided taxpayer-funded campaigns, gutted voter ID, mandated ballot harvesting, and politicized the FEC.
He then posted this challenge on social media: A steak dinner to any reporter on TV or writing about the election bill who mentions even a single one of the dealbreaker provisions – the primary reasons R’s rejected it: Taxpayer-funded campaigns; gutting voter ID; mandating ballot harvesting; and politicizing FEC.
There was a new poll that released the results of a survey showing that overwhelming majority of Americans — including 91% of Republicans, 87% of Independents, and 62% of Democrats — support requiring voter ID in elections.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer claimed without evidence that Republicans supported “voter suppression” because they opposed a takeover of elections.
It remains to be seen just how the Democrats will respond after such a devastating loss in Congress. Could this be a foreshadowing of a major overhaul in the coming mid-term elections?