How Democrats signal their plans H.R. 1 proposes to mandate a federal takeover of the electoral system, making rigging easier
As every new Congress convenes, the majority party signals its priority with the introduction of House Resolution One. H.R. 1 is the bill the leadership intends to push hard and early to let the public know just what the new Congress wants and is all about.
Past House majorities, Republican and Democrat alike, have used their first bill to emphasize a substantive policy issue like the budget, educational reform, government action to stimulate the economy following the 2008 recession, tax cuts, or measures to counter terrorism.
This year, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Democrats are focused not would set up registration and voting booths on college and university campuses. Felons would be granted the right to vote and any voter who votes wants to vote somewhere other than his or her home precinct will be allowed to cast a provisional ballot anywhere else.
Past House speakers of both parties used earmarks and the like to channel funds to vulnerable incumbents of their own party while often denying opponents the ability to help the folks back home. Politicians, being human, did this to maximize their party’s prospects in the next election.
Such shenanigans didn’t always work, however, so today’s Democrats have decided to simply change the rules of the game. They may high-mindedly believe they are doing so to save the republic from evil Republicans and their deplorable supporters as they propose to remake the American electoral system for their own benefit while cloaking their cynical attempt to jigger the rules in the rhetoric of fairness, openness and democracy.
This effort is an outgrowth of the Democratic narrative that any Republican who wins an election is a cheater, a racist, or suppressed the vote. When a Republican wins, he or she is condemned as illegitimate, and that includes everyone from Republican Presidents like George W. Bush and Donald Trump to Republican governors and local officials.
Stacey Abrams, the Georgia Democratic gubernatorial loser chosen to deliver the Democratic response to the State of the Union, refused to concede defeat because she claimed Republicans cheated her out of a victory and can be expected to highlight H.R. 1 in her remarks.
Hearings on H.R. 1 began last week and Speaker Pelosi wants it passed as soon as possible. It will pass the House, but Senate. Republican leader Mitch McConnell has already pledged to kill it. That won’t be the end, however, as Democrats can be expected break the bill up and work to begin pass it piecemeal as Democrats believe changing the rules will keep them in power for a generation. By making H.R. 1 their top priority they are admitting that is their first and perhaps only priority.