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Thomas Gallatin / Jun. 18, 2021

Dems’ HR 1 Gambit Dead-Ends at GOP Roadblock

Joe Manchin’s proposed compromise on the election-rigging push was rejected by Republicans.

Senate Democrats’ last-ditch effort to garner some Republican support for a blatant power grab failed on Thursday. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell unequivocally rejected Senator Joe Manchin’s proposed compromise on S 1/HR 1 — the dubiously titled “For the People Act.”

In announcing the GOP rejection, McConnell stated:

Senate Democrats seem to have reached a so-called ‘compromise’ election takeover among themselves. In reality, the plan endorsed by Stacey Abrams is no compromise. It still subverts the First Amendment to supercharge cancel culture and the Left’s name-and-shame campaign model. It takes redistricting away from state legislatures and hands it over to computers. And it still retains S. 1’s rotten core: an assault on the fundamental idea that states, not the federal government, should decide how to run their own elections.

Senate Democrats need the support of at least 10 Republicans in order to advance the bill past the filibuster for a floor vote. Manchin, who has rejected pressure from his fellow Democrats to vote to eliminate the filibuster, also opposed the original HR 1/S 1. He was aiming to come up with a compromise he hoped would successfully avoid the filibuster issue entirely.

However, Manchin’s proposed “compromises” amounted to little other than nibbling at the edges of what remains a profoundly partisan and anti-federalist piece of legislation. “I would make this observation about the revised version,” McConnell said. “It still turns the federal election commission from a judge into a prosecutor.”

Unsurprisingly, Schumer blasted Republicans over their refusal to get behind “critical voting rights.” Translation: He means the institutionalization of election fraud to perpetuate Democrats’ nationwide control. Furthermore, exactly whose voting rights would supposedly be “critically” affected should this legislation fail to pass? The answer is simple: Nobody’s. That is, no one who’s legally allowed to vote.

The Democrats are sure to keep pressing this “voting rights” gambit as they promulgate a disinformation campaign that they hope to turn into a midterm election issue. Republicans must continue to shine the bright light of truth on this deceitful attempted power grab.

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