S.1 Democrats' Power Grab: "For the Politicians" not the People

Thursday, June 24, 2021

S.1 Democrats' Power Grab: "For the Politicians" not the People

  • June 22, 2021, the Senate voted on S. 1 (the Senate’s version of H.R. 1), which would have granted politicians in the D.C. swamp even more control over their own elections.
    • This legislation is nothing more than a Democrat power grab – it’s not “for the people,” it’s “for the politicians.”
    • S. 1 would have federalized elections, weaponized the Federal Election Commission as a partisan tool of the White House, and made our elections less secure.
  • This far-left election takeover bill would have implemented unconstitutional federal standards mandating “national rules” the left has long desired, which would have forced states to:
  • Taxpayer dollars would have been used to fund the campaigns of career politicians.
    • Under the bill, the federal government would pay politicians’ campaigns up to a 600 percent match for political donations under $200.
    • Taxpayers would be forced to bankroll campaigns they don’t agree with – mostly in states they don’t even live in.
    • The decision to make a political donation should be personal – not mandated by the federal government. 
    • Republicans shouldn’t be forced to fund Democrats, and Democrats shouldn’t be forced to fund Republicans.
  • The majority of Americans oppose a federal takeover of elections. 
    • By a 33 point margin, American voters say S.1 is a bad solution in search of a problem.
    • 68%  of voters believe that State legislatures should decide the voting rules and regulations for their state, not the federal government.
    • 69% of Black voters and 75% overall support voter ID laws.
  • S. 1 takes away state legislatures’ ability to draw congressional districts, forcing states to hand over power to unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats.
  • Election integrity is one of the most critical issues we face as a Party and as a country. We must ensure all Americans have confidence in our elections.
  • We are thankful for our Republican leadership for blocking this far-left power grab and progressive wishlist from further advancing in the Senate.