Home on Tuesday debated a Democratic-led electoral reform bill, with several Republicans seeking to overturn the 2020 election results by the federal government in key states, claiming the bill would infringe state rights, and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) Even stating it misidentifies where the “real voter suppression” takes place.
Greene argued in a ground speech that voter suppression “is happening right here in Congress”, highlighting restrictions on coronaviruses and metal detectors – installation in the aftermath of the January 6 attack – which create lines for members of the House to vote.
Greene complained that lawmakers are “treated very disrespectfully” when voting on legislation, adding that “queuing to vote is not removing voters, it is just part of the voting process,” just like people line up to buy groceries. “
HR 1, or Law for the people, which passed in 2019 but was blocked from the GOP-controlled Senate prosecution, would counter some state restrictions on voting, create new limits on political spending and gerrymandering, and institute new ethics rules for federal officials.
Rep. Jody Hice (R-Ga.), Who supported legal action ask the Supreme Court to overturn the election results of four states and attempted calling on Congress to invalidate Georgian voters, said the bill would “nationalize” the elections and warned against “restricting the right of states to hold their own elections”.
Other Republicans who supported the cancellation of the election made similar arguments: Rep. Gary Palmer (R-Ala.) Called the bill a “federal election takeover”, Rep. Debbie Lesko (R -Arizona) said it “violates the rights of states”, and Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.) Said that “goes against our governors, our secretaries of state, our local election officials “.
“It may be a new idea, but I strongly oppose any federal government excess in the constitutional responsibilities of state and local governments,” said Loudermilk, who voted to have Congress revoke the certification of results in Arizona and Pennsylvania.
Palmer, Lesko and Loudermilk were also among the 126 House Republicans who signed an amicus brief in support of a trial brought by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to have the Supreme Court overturn election results in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Georgia.
Several Senate Republicans who voted for the Electoral College’s objections have proposed his own bill severely restrict voting, including bypassing some state reforms. Senators Rick Scott (R-Fla.), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) And Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) Want to limit early voting periods, demand states stop automatically sending ballots postal voting and force local election officials to count the votes continuously until the election count is complete.
What to watch out for
RH 1 faces an uphill battle in the Senate, even though Democrats now control the chamber. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has sworn to make it a priority, but Republican opposition to the bill is unified, and achieving the 10 Republican Senate votes needed to avoid obstruction is a daunting task.