House Democrats Passed H.R.1 (For The People Act), Voting Rights Bill
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On March 5, 2021, House Democrats passed a landmark bill, the For The People Act, something that Democrats have been pushing for since the death of George Floyd which sparked nationwide protests in 2020, that would expand voting rights for millions of Americans and another key piece of legislation on police reform through George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. Lisa Desjardins joins July Woodruff to discuss, in the video published on March 4, 2021, “House Democrats pass sweeping elections bill and major legislation on overhauling police“, below:
Please also refer to the excerpt on For the People Act from wikipedia, in italics, below:
The For the People Act (also known as H.R 1) is a bill in the United States Congress to expand voting rights, change campaign finance laws to reduce the influence of money in politics, limit partisan gerrymandering, and create new ethics rules for federal officeholders.
The act was originally introduced by John Sarbanes on January 3, 2019, on behalf of the newly elected Democratic majority in the United States House of Representatives as the first official legislation of the 116th United States Congress. The House passed the bill on March 8, 2019, by a party-line vote of 234–193. The bill is viewed as a “signature piece of legislation” from the Democratic House majority. After the House passed the bill in 2019, it was blocked from receiving a vote by the Republican-controlled Senate, under Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
In 2021, in the 117th Congress, congressional Democrats reintroduced the act as H.R. 1 and S. 1. On March 5, 2021, the bill passed the House of Representatives on a near party-line vote of 220-210, advancing to the Senate, which is split 50–50 between Democrats and Republicans, with Democratic Vice President Kamala Harris holding the tie-breaking vote. But Republicans can block the bill from proceeding to a vote with a filibuster.
In the video published on March 4, 2021, “US House Passes landmark voting right bill, Democrats US Reforms bill, Latest English News, WION“, below:
In the video published on March 4, 2021, “House Passes Sweeping Voting Rights Bill Despite GOP Resistance“, below:
Republicans, on the other hand, say it gives the federal government too much power. in state-run elections and could lead to widespread fraud. Ed O’Keefe has the story in the video published on March 4, 2021, “House passes most extensive voting reforms in generation, setting up battle in Senate“, below:
H.R. 1 – The For The People Act
House Democrats have introduced H.R. 1, the For the People Act in the 117th Congress!
H.R. 1 is a sweeping package of pro-democracy and anticorruption reforms to put power back in the hands of the American people by ending the dominance of big money in politics; making it easier, not harder, to vote; and ensuring that politicians actually serve the public interest.
- H.R. 1 offers the most transformational and comprehensive democracy reforms in more than four decades, following through on Democrats’ election promise to clean up the chaos and corruption in Washington.
- Oversight of federal elections is one of the chief tasks of the Committee on House Administration. Historically, the committee has had a hand in shaping legislation that touches on any and all aspects of federal elections. Issues concerning corrupt practices, contested congressional elections, campaign finance disclosures, and credentials and qualifications of House Members also fall under its purview.
H.R. 1 makes critical reforms across three key areas:
- Improve Access – H.R. 1 expands access to the ballot box by taking aim at key institutional barriers to voting, such as burdensome registration systems, limited voting hours and many other roadblocks. H.R. 1 creates automatic voter registration across the country, ensures that individuals who have completed felony sentences have their full rights restored, expands voting by mail and early voting and modernizes the U.S. voting system.
- Promote Integrity – H.R. 1 fights back against Republicans’ assault on voting rights by committing Congress to restore the Voting Rights Act; prohibiting voter roll purges like those seen in Ohio, Georgia and elsewhere; and ensuring that discriminatory voter ID laws do not prevent Americans citizens from exercising their rights. H.R. 1 also ends partisan gerrymandering to prevent politicians from picking their voters and lets American voters instead choose their elected officials.
- Ensure Security – H.R. 1 promises that American elections to be decided by American voters without interference from foreign entities. The bill enhances federal support for voting system security, particularly paper ballots, and increases oversight over election vendors.
- Guarantee Disclosure – H.R. 1 shines a light on dark money in politics by requiring any organization involved in political activity to disclose its large donors, which will break the nesting-doll system that allows big-money contributors and special interests to hide their spending in networks of socalled “social welfare” organizations.
- Empower Citizens – H.R. 1 levels the political playing field for everyday Americans, empowering individuals with a multiple matching system for small donations and allowing the American people to exercise their due influence in a post-Citizens United world, while reaffirming that Congress should have the authority to regulate money in politics. The new system of citizen-owned elections will break special interests’ stranglehold on politics and enable Congress to advance an agenda that serves the American people.
Ethics and Accountability
- Fortify Ethics Law – H.R. 1 breaks the influence economy in Washington and increases accountability by expanding conflict of interest law and divestment requirements, slowing the revolving door, preventing Members of Congress from serving on corporate boards and requiring presidential candidates to disclose their tax returns.
- Impose Greater Ethics Enforcement – H.R. 1 gives teeth to federal ethics oversight by overhauling the Office of Government Ethics, closing registration loopholes for lobbyists and foreign agents, ensuring watchdogs have sufficient resources to enforce the law and creating a code of ethics for the Supreme Court.
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