Mitch McConnell does not want every American citizen to vote. He is single-handedly refusing to even allow the Senate to vote on H.R.1 AKA the For the People Act of 2019. When confronted with this blatant attempt to subvert the power of the American people, McConnell simply grinned, saying the equivalent of “I do what I want”:
‘Because I get to decide what we vote on.’
The GOP is calling attempts to ensure every American citizen is able to exercise their Constitutional right to vote “a thinly disguised power grab,”, while McConnell claims there is no problem:
‘What is the problem we’re trying to solve here? People are flooding to the polls.’
This, despite the fact that fewer than 50% of eligible voters actually cast votes, even in elections with record breaking voter turnout.
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer had a pointed question for McConnell:
‘McConnell called these ideas a power grab, labeling the bill the “Democratic Protection Act,” Leader McConnell, we’re proud we want more people to vote. Why are you ashamed of it? Why do you run away from it?’
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was even more direct, tweeting:
‘because he is beholden to special interests and out of touch with the American people.’
The bill in question, H.R.1 AKA the For the People Act of 2019, which is set to be passed in the Senate this week, contains voting reforms liberals have been advocating for years. Among these measures is automatic voter registration, which the GOP opposes because apparently, citizens should have to jump through more hoops to exercise their right to vote than their right to buy a weapon of mass murder. Also included are requirements for House redistricting be overseen by independent commissions and for “dark money” groups to disclose donors.
In addition, H.R.1 includes the expansion of early voting and endorsement of D.C. statehood, long a civil rights issue, when citizens who live in our nation’s capital have less representation than others.
What it boils down to is that Congressional Democrats want “We, the People” to have the final say in our government, while the GOP prefers to reserve the right to vote for “the right kind” of citizens, especially those with money and legal ways to hide where it comes from.
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