U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, recently blocked an attempt to pass a bill overhauling federal elections in the dead of night.
The “For the People Act” has been deemed H.R. 1, since it represents the first priority of congressional Democrats.
According to The Daily Wire, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., recently proposed passage of the act by unanimous consent at around 3:30 a.m. Had no senator objected, the bill would have been passed by the chamber.
“This bill would constitute a federal government takeover of elections. It would constitute a massive power grab by the Democrats. It would disenfranchise millions of Americans, and it would do precisely the opposite of its nominal title, ‘For the People.’ It is instead for the politicians because it entrenches politicians and ensures that the people cannot vote them out of office,” Sen. Cruz said.
“It would strike down virtually every reasonable voter integrity law in the country, including voter ID laws, supported by the overwhelming majority of this country, including prohibitions on ballot harvesting, again widely supported by people in this country. It would mandate that felons be allowed to vote, and it would automatically register millions of illegal aliens to vote,” the senator added.
“It would profoundly undermine democracy in this country, and for that reason I object,” Sen. Cruz concluded.
FOR THE PEOPLE ACT: In the dead of night, Sen. @tedcruz successfully blocked Democrats' For the People Act from passing in the Senate. pic.twitter.com/XeWRux2YXf
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As The Daily Citizen previously summarized, according to analysis from The Heritage Foundation, the bill would:
- Force states to implement early voting, automatic voter registration, same-day voter registration, online voter registration and no-fault absentee voting.
- Automatically register all individuals as voters when they become eligible.
- Require states to count ballots cast by voters outside of their voting precinct.
- Prevent election officials from verifying the eligibility of voters.
- Stop states from removing voters from voter rolls due to repeated failures to vote.
- Allow individuals to vote by signing a statement verifying their identity rather than requiring proof of identification (Voter ID).
- Require states to restore the ability of felons to vote as soon as they are released from prison.
- Use taxpayer funds to create a six-to-one match on political contributions up to $200, thereby requiring Americans to fund political candidates they disagree with.
- Allow candidates to take a salary from their campaigns on-top-of their Congressional salary.
- Require political nonprofits to disclose their donors.
Outside of the unanimous consent process, the bill would need 60 votes in the Senate to pass.
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