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The Democrat-controlled House on Friday approved legislation with the stated goal of reducing the role of big money in politics, ensuring fair elections and strengthening ethics standards. But it stands little chance in the Republican-run Senate, where the GOP leader has pledged it will not come up for a vote, and the White House issued a veto threat.

Under the legislation, Election Day would become a holiday for federal workers, and a public financing system for congressional campaigns would be set up. The legislation approved 234-193 would bar voter roll purges and restore voting rights for ex-prisoners. It was a straight party-line vote, with all Democrats voting “yes” and all Republicans voting “no.”

Republicans called the bill a Democratic power grab that amounts to a federal takeover of elections. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the proposal was dead on arrival in that chamber.

The White House said in a statement that the Democrats’ plan would “micromanage” elections that now are run largely by states and would establish “costly and unnecessary program to finance political campaigns.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., claimed the bill “restores the people’s faith that government works for the public interest, the people’s interest, not the special interests.” “Yes it is a power grab — a power grab on behalf of the people,” Pelosi said.

House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy of California said the legislation would undermine the integrity of elections by allowing convicted felons to vote, and would apply a one-size-fits-all standard to elections now run by states and local governments.

Democrats called that a mischaracterization. To Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., the bill “grabs power away from the elites and the power brokers and gives it to the people.”

She and other Democrats disputed the claim that taxpayers will pay for campaigns, noting that money for political campaigns would come from a surcharge on federal settlements made with banks and corporations that run afoul of the law.

This bill would allow “everyday Americans to become power brokers” with small contributions of $50 or $75 that would be matched at a 6-to-1 rate by the government, said Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Md., the bill’s main author.

Still, Republicans warned that the price tag could run into the billions.

“Regardless of what they disguise it as, make no mistake that the position of Democrats is to fund politicians’ campaigns using taxpayer funds,” said Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill.

The bill also “weakens safeguards to voting and registration practices that open the door to fraud” and attempts to limit free speech, said Davis, citing disclosure requirements for political donations.

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35 Comments

  1. Bob Nance

    March 9, 2019 at 7:36 am

    Par for the course. If it’s bad for the country, Democrats are in favor of it.

  2. Lee Sullivan

    March 9, 2019 at 7:38 am

    Democrats are pure EVIL. This is a move toward total power. Another reason Democrats want open borders – illegal votes!

    • Robert

      March 9, 2019 at 10:34 am

      You are exactly right!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Jerald Nesloney

      March 9, 2019 at 10:35 am

      Our forefathers were not stupid–they saw this in Europe–so the Constitution protects Americans from this happening in America. Demos want to destroy America.

    • Ed

      March 9, 2019 at 7:29 pm

      Lee, exactly right! They’ve been working on the hidden ‘Step 1’ wherein the southern border wall’s efforts are ground to a standstill, as that was severely hampering the required ‘donde votar’ vote grab.

  3. J Alan

    March 9, 2019 at 7:40 am

    What a load of crap. The crooked Commie Dems are trying to manipulate ther election system to corrupt and take away our vote! The worst enemy we have in our borders is the Democrat Party! Do NOT believe a single word they say! They are evil!

    • Ken Mazikowski

      March 9, 2019 at 1:05 pm

      Pelosi admits that “Yes, it’s a power grab but it’s for the People.” My question is “which people? The more populated States such as the East and West Coasts, Or the less populated States in the Midwest and West non-coastal states. The democrats want to get rid of the Electoral College which gives all States an equal vote in every General Election. Senators and Mr. President DO NOT LET THIS LEGISLATION PASS. THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE MUST BE PRESERVED IN FAIRNESS TO ALL STATES.

  4. bill

    March 9, 2019 at 7:56 am

    Here again is more proof that the demons WILL do anything to destroy any type of competition against whatever evil they wish to ram down the throats of the AMERICAN PEOPLE. I can only hope that the republicans will stand against all of this nonsense and put this power grab to a grave. WAKE THE HELL UP AMERICA.

  5. Shari Early

    March 9, 2019 at 8:08 am

    Just say no to the Democratic party. They just want bigger government and we have to pay for it!

  6. Wallace Swetland

    March 9, 2019 at 8:32 am

    “THE DESTRUCTION OF AMERICA”
    This is the Primary Goal of today’s DNC!

  7. Bob Macfarlane

    March 9, 2019 at 8:40 am

    Nonviolent convicted felons that have served their sentence and parole should be allowed to vote. They should be able to go, just like everyone else, show their government issued voter id and vote.

    • Mac

      March 9, 2019 at 8:59 am

      While I’m not against Non-Violent Felons having their voting rights restored, I believe that should be managed through the Courts where that reinstatement is granted through the legal process… Their Voting Rights were removed through this process & should be restored via the same avenue. If there are remedies & benchmarks for Non-Violent Feons to achieve first, this then that’s part of the process towards demonstrably practicing Good Citizenship just as their previous actions forfeited same… Mac

      • Don Fischer

        March 9, 2019 at 10:16 am

        Criminals finishing up their sentence including parole time should have all their right’s re-instated. If they are not worthy of them then they should not be released in the first place.

    • KeepItReal

      March 9, 2019 at 11:54 am

      I wish everyone had to show a government-issued voter ID before they voted. But that’s not happening.

      • Ed

        March 9, 2019 at 7:34 pm

        We absolutely need this to happen! The asinine California (and other states now) system is, I believe, still in place whereby just presenting a utility bill with your name on it gets you a driver’s license. Then you can present the license at the polls and VOTE.

        What a slap in the face to all Americans!

  8. Gary Gayon

    March 9, 2019 at 8:50 am

    They’ve got a lot of nerve! Protect us from the ‘Special Interests’?! They ARE the ‘Special Interests”! That entire ‘Party’ has embraced treachery against the citizens and culture that once made this Country ‘Great’! Now, they’re tearing us apart, turning us into a third-world Socialist/Democrat totalitarianism form of Government, that wish to control every aspect of living in the U.S. I weep for the United States, the Constitution, and those that have endeavored to honor the history (and it certainly has not been without faults) that created the Greatest Country of human liberties the World has ever known. I loathe the ignorance and the evil doctrine that the dems have adopted as their plan for an (impossible) utopia. The dems have sunk into a substance lower than whale crap. It’s all about power for them. A pox on their house (and also on those rat Republicans that are assisting them in ruining the U.S.) God help us, and especially the President and CEO of America, Donald Trump.

  9. P

    March 9, 2019 at 9:01 am

    God help us!

  10. Mike Graybeal

    March 9, 2019 at 9:02 am

    Hell yes the DemoRats want Felons to vote want illegals to vote want anybody who can’t speak the language to vote.. Like I said none millions of occasions an illegal alien is a potential DemoRat Vote and we need to get in front of this stuff and get it stopped…
    This is the real deal people we need to start doing something to slow down these no good American Hating Flag Stomping DemoRats.

  11. Rob

    March 9, 2019 at 9:21 am

    RESIST RESIST RESIST.. Anything and everything the Dem controlled house passes. Do exactly to them what they have spent the last two years doing to the GOP. Anything they put forth is no good for the Country, it is clear they are not for the Republic of the United States, they are all for the United Communist States of America.

  12. RIC CARTER

    March 9, 2019 at 10:14 am

    Politicians need to put all the bribes they get into a general fund, and all of them feed from the same trough. No one gets a cent above their pay while in office.

  13. BWH

    March 9, 2019 at 10:20 am

    This bill should be titled “Vote Gerrymandering 2019”. As usual, gerrymandering of any kind is only a problem if Republicans are doing it.

  14. Milissa

    March 9, 2019 at 10:32 am

    By all means, let Pelosi “fix” the electoral system. Lord knows she did so well with fixing the healthcare system.

  15. Linda

    March 9, 2019 at 10:58 am

    “But it stands little chance in the Republican-run Senate, where the GOP leader has pledged it will not come up for a vote, and the White House issued a veto threat”. That should read…”stands NO chance” in the Republican-run Senate. Republicans had better get this right.

  16. Frank Campo

    March 9, 2019 at 11:07 am

    It’s so simple. GET RID OF DEMOCRATS! Our daughters won’t have to worry about transvestites in the bathroom. If you have a penis your a man, a vagina a girl, period. No illegals, picture ID to vote. No special treatment for minorities. Track down illegals and toss them over the fence, the electoral college stays.

  17. Randie

    March 9, 2019 at 11:54 am

    Not For the People at all! Wake up America to the Big Lies of this Evil Party

  18. Love our country

    March 9, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    It will be a wonderful day for America when these terrorists drop dead.

  19. Michigander

    March 9, 2019 at 12:31 pm

    They’re all standing with their little flags in their hands….bunch of hypocrites! It won’t pass the Senate.

  20. Ahzz

    March 9, 2019 at 12:43 pm

    DemonCraps & Sec. of State/Nasty Pee-Lousy CAN’T even control their OWN house…
    which means, they have “NO CHANCE IN HELL” to control Our Nation in 2020!!!
    Trump~Pense 2020!

  21. Ginny

    March 9, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    Call your Senators to vote against this. The Neo-Nazi
    Democrats must be stopped! This is pure attempt at Election & Voter Fraud!!
    Neo-Nazi Democrats are trying to steal our elections!!

  22. L

    March 9, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    This is so far beyond the intent of the constitution. It reveals the true agenda of the far left. The will and security of the people would be overrun roughshod and for what? Total control that would benefit only the corrupt.

  23. Michael

    March 9, 2019 at 6:45 pm

    Of course the Democrats want to change things. They’re shitting a brick because they see how Trump’s approval rating is soaring among minorities, and they know they’re losing that support, so now they want to allow criminals and illegals to vote because they know they can’t win fairly. They are 100% absolutely the party of Satan.

  24. Ed

    March 9, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    Democrats called that a mischaracterization. To Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., the bill “grabs power away from the elites and the power brokers and gives it to the people.”

    Great! So, now, no more issues like the sudden multi-million dollar windfall “out of the blue” to “Beto’s” campaign last year that helped him generate a paid campaign worker force of OVER 800 people? I believe Cruz’s campaign worker force was less than two dozen!

    Apparently, the Dems have a different definition of “elites and the power brokers” than the rest of America. What continued hypocrisy!

  25. Deb

    March 9, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    Nothing will change if we can not get Republicans out to vote. Dems are doing every underhanded thing they can to take over our country.they don’t care about the American People. All they care about are votes and winning. Some may not like our President but he has done some good things for our country. I guess we need to ask ourselves , do we want to go back to no jobs and a lot of people on welfare? I sure don’t.

  26. Kevin

    March 11, 2019 at 1:23 am

    Oh sure publicize donors names so Democrats can incite Violence Against them and The Companies!!
    We have already seen Democrats doing this in 2018 &
    2019. It’s their attempt to silence anyone that doesn’t share their views!!
    Now Democrats want to Forcefully Steal Our Money To Fund Their
    Campaigns!! This is called Delusional Mental Illness!!!

  27. abolishliberals

    March 11, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    why not just let people in other countries vote as well? maybe theyd do a better job than we do? lol…

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