Honoring Our Democracy: House set to pass a broad anti-corruption and voting rights bill

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In an article in USA Today, Ledyard King, reports on a new Bill being presented in the House that is expected to pass.  But will it pass in the Senate?:

Create automatic voter registration. Force presidents to make their tax returns public. Turn over congressional redistricting to independent commissions. Bar federal lawmakers from settling discrimination cases with public money.

The House is expected to pass a sweeping anti-corruption and government ethics package Friday that would fundamentally reshape how campaigns are run, how elections are conducted and how officeholders conduct themselves.

The measure, known as the For The People Act or H.R. 1, is a collection of what Democrats consider good government proposals, some of which have been years in the crafting.

“This is about honoring our Democracy,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., told reporters Thursday.

The bill is expected to pass the House on a largely party-line vote but not go any further because Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said it’s a “terrible bill” that won’t get any floor time.

GOP critics say the measure is an unconstitutional maneuver that would enable voter fraud, saddle taxpayers with unnecessary costs and tilt elections in favor of Democrats.

“This bill is a democrat push to elect more Democrats and to put more money into the pockets of members of Congress and anyone running for election…under the guise of the campaign finance reform,” said Rodney Davis, R-Ill, the top Republican on the Committee of House Administration, which handled the bill.

  • 03/08/2019
  • Ledyard King