Several conservative groups are redoubling their efforts against the sweeping elections bill Democrats are trying to force through Congress – particularly focusing on states with Democratic senators who may be reluctant to end the legislative filibuster – including through one nearly $2 million ad campaign launched Tuesday.
“Yesterday’s markup in the Senate Rules gave the American people an inflection point in this debate around election integrity laws,” Jessica Anderson, the executive director of the conservative Heritage Action, said in a virtual press conference on Wednesday.
“You saw the progressive left jamming very unpopular bills and provisions that are out of touch with the American people,” she continued. “And then you contrast that with Republicans on the committee, everyone from Sen. Blunt to Cruz, McConnell, all talking about ways to make it easier to vote and harder to cheat.”
The bill, given the number S. 1 in the Senate, would vastly expand the federal government’s role in elections nationwide. This includes by requiring states to offer drop boxes for 45 days before an election, banning states from requiring photo ID to vote, raising barriers for states to clear voter rolls and restructuring the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) from a six-member body to a five-member body.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks at a Senate Rules Committee markup to argue against the For the People Act, which would expand access to voting and other voting reforms, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, May 11, 2021. Heritage Action Executive Director Jessica Anderson praised McConnell and other Republican senators for their work during the markup. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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Democrats say the bill aims to ensure all Americans have equal access to the polls in light of the 2020 election and new state election security laws. Republicans point out Democrats have been pushing this bill for years and praise the new election laws being put in place by many states.
“Republicans across the country know they’re failing to connect with and deliver for the American people, so they’ve decided their winning playbook centers on making it harder for voters to make their voices heard,” Democratic National Committee Chair Jaime Harrison told Fox News. “Voting is our most sacred right, but Republicans are telling Americans their voices don’t matter with new restrictions rooted in their desire to impose Jim Crow 2.0 in states across the country. Every day, passage of the For the People Act becomes more critical.”
“The hysterical attacks that the political left has thrown at a new election law in Georgia, for example, have been thoroughly debunked by fact-checkers,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said at Tuesday’s markup. “For multiple years now, Democrats have called this sweeping bill their top priority… The substance of the legislation has hardly changed. But the supposed rationales for it have changed constantly.”
Heritage Action announced earlier this year that it would spend at least $10 million on efforts to tighten election security laws in eight swing states, Fox News first reported.
Anderson said the group will refocus that effort to television ads to run through the summer in swing states including West Virginia, Arizona, Montana and New Hampshire.
Those states are strategically important in the fight over Democrats’ election bill, titled the For the People Act, because no Republicans have indicated that they support it. Therefore, Democrats would need to get rid of the Senate filibuster
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