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House Democrats continued pushing their far-reaching voting reform bill during an Oversight and Reform Committee hearing Wednesday while Republican committee members said the legislation would only perpetuate the Washington, D.C., swamp.
The nearly 600-page “For The People Act,” also known as House Resolution 1, contains numerous proposals including restoring voting rights to convicted felons who have completed their prison sentences, same-day voter registration and a public matching system for small-donor campaign contributions.
“One question that I would be asking as we look into all this is why are we so divided as a nation? I would suggest to you in significant part it is because we try to govern from Washington 320 to 330 million people with solutions here from the swamp, in direct contradiction to the very republic our founders gave us,” Republican Texas Rep. Chip Roy said during the hearing Wednesday.
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HR1 was introduced on Jan. 3, and two committees have held hearings on it already, with another hearing by a House Ways and Means subcommittee set for Thursday. It’s not expected to pass the House until February is over.
HR1 likely won’t get much further than that. The Senate is not expected to look at the bill at all because Republicans consider it a “power grab,” in the words of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, reported Roll Call.
HR1 was introduced by Democratic...
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