A common trope Democratic leadership likes to tout is that the federal government should be the end all be all to solve our problems. When questions surfaced regarding the validity of the 2020 election, they chose to sweep concerns under the rug instead of holding states accountable for not following their own election laws.
Now to ‘fix’ this problem progressives have decided to cement into law the very actions that led the 74 million people that voted for President Trump to question the results.
Leftists are aiming for the federal government to have more power over election regulation than ever before with the introduction of H.R. 1.
It is no secret that those on the other side of the aisle spent four years claiming that the 2016 election was a direct result of foreign election interference. Now in 2021 when threats from China, Russia and other malign foreign actors grow increasingly by the day—H.R. 1 aims to decrease the level of election security for the United States.
By giving D.C. central control over our federal elections, bad actors only need to target one location. Giving election certification control to individual states, where it belongs, means enemies of our democracy must find fifty different ways to tamper with results. States having autonomy over their elections is something I will always fight for.
With that said, states must be held accountable if they do not follow their own election laws.
One of the reasons far-left Democrats want this legislation passed, is to codify the very practices and procedures that left the American people without faith in the election system during 2020.
The widespread use of mail-in-ballots last year left many questioning the validity of the results. These claims deserved an investigation and research into whether mail-in-ballot voting left room for fraud. Democrats winning the White House, Senate, and House ensured a pathway to make this voting practice, that clearly benefitted them, a law that will leave our election integrity vulnerable for years to come.
The proposed legislation does nothing to fix the problem at hand.
The rules are being rewritten to favor the progressive party. The score and outcome of the election will remain the same so long as the rules are changed.
If a stack of 50 counterfeit $1 bills and 50 real $1 bills are counted and recounted repeatedly the outcome will always be $100. The outcome will only change when the counterfeit bills are separated from the real bills.
Votes in Arizona and Pennsylvania faced the same problem in 2020. There was no real determination that the votes, even after the recount, were not fraudulent.
Rules were changed at the eleventh hour by state government officials to favor the outcome of one party over another.
Therefore, many members of Congress voted against the certification of Arizona and Pennsylvania’s electoral college votes and demanded an investigation into why their state laws were not followed.
The policies in this bill go much further than the typically proposed government overreach by the left.
One component of this bill aims to have the government six-times match federal campaign donations under $200. It is not the government’s job to fund a political campaign.
This is socialistic and takes away the freedom of speech. Donations to a campaign are an individual choice by a voter to amplify the message of a candidate they want to see in an elected office.
Individual and corporate tax dollars are being wasted at an astronomical rate under H.R. 1 to potentially fund political candidates they do not support.
If H.R. 1 becomes law, voting criteria as the American people know it will change dramatically.
Fraud will become unchecked and run rampant under this legislation because there will be no voter ID requirement. In order to get on a plane, buy a gun or purchase alcohol you are required to show your ID.
It is absurd that you would not need a form of government-issued identification to participate in a local, state or federal election.
This legislation is flawed beyond measure. It is an election system overhaul that will do nothing more than make the federal government bigger and take away more power from U.S. citizens.
Allowing left-wing lawmakers to change the rules to win elections for years to come is the last thing Tennessee’s Fourth Congressional District wants.
I opposed this bill, and once again, Speaker Pelosi chose to use partisan tactics to pass legislation in the House designed purely to benefit their electoral political agenda. It is now on every American who believes that election security is pinnacle to our democracy to call on their U.S. Senators to oppose this legislation.
If this bill giving Speaker Pelosi and Leader Schumer even more power heads to President Biden's desk, it will surely be signed.
Congressman Scott DesJarlais represents Tennessee's 4th District in the United States House of Representatives.
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