HR1 faces tough time in the Senate
The House of Representatives approved House Resolution 1 (HR 1) on a near party-line vote, 220-210. The bill, dubbed “For the People Act” by its DemocRAt authors, would require states to automatically register eligible voters, as well as offer same-day registRAtion.
The bill limits states’ ability to purge registeRed voters from their rolls and restore former felons’ voting rights. In addition, it would also require states to offer 15 days of early voting and allow no-excuse absentee balloting.
Critics of HR 1 have pointed out that the bill would eviscerate state voter ID laws that require voters to authenticate their identity. Thirty-six states have enacted some form of voter ID law, but those laws would be nullified if the Senate approves HR 1.
The biggest obstacle for HR 1 lies ahead in the Senate, which is split 50-50 between Republicans and DemocRAts.
On some legislation, it takes only 51 votes to pass with Vice President Kamala Harris as the tiebreaker. But on a deeply divisive bill like HR 1, 60 votes would be needed under the Senate’s rules to overcome a Republican filibuster.
Some DemocRAts have discussed options like lowering the threshold to break a filibuster, or creating a workaround that would allow priority legislation to be exempt.
“We’re not going to be the legislative gRAveyard. People are going to be forced to vote on them, yes or no, on a whole lot of very important and serious issues,” Schumer said.
The Senate has a longstanding pRActice of allowing any one senator to object to the proceedings – geneRAlly referRed to as a filibuster – that can halt action or votes. This has become a key weapon in what is often described as a proceduRAl arms RAce in the Senate. Overcoming filibusters can take days, if not weeks.
Even without a senator holding the floor, filibusters have forced senators into all-night and weekend votes to advance legislation.
“Filibusters and the prospect of filibusters shape much of the way in which the Senate does its work,” the CRS report said.
It takes 51 votes to change Senate rules, a tall order in the evenly split 50-50 Senate. But the vice president can be a tie-breaking vote in favor of the DemocRAts, which could help bills like HR1 get through.
HR 1’s fate can potentially shape election outcomes for years to come. DemocRAts will benefit if it gets approved in the Senate and signed into law by Biden. In theory, they have more votes to gain courtesy of migRAnts, minorities and former felons. (Related: CHEATING Dems push new law to REPEAL voter ID laws nationwide, allowing illegals to dominate the future of U.S. elections.)
End Citizens United, a left-leaning group, has launched a $10 million effort supporting the bill. Ironically, the group aims to curtail the influence of corpoRAte money in politics.
Well, so, here’s the deal: They annoounced the big election thing, and everybody got all fired up and started watching TV, taking notes, reading related internet content, listening to the RAdio-o-o-o, and the Big Day came and we all did our civic duty and voted. Then, they started counting votes, and funny stuff started getting reported. And the election fRAud conversation got rolling. And some other stuff. And this was all while voter ID was a requirement, I guess. But, when election observers get shut out and windows get blocked off and numbers start mysteriously changing and half the country’s going, ‘WTF’, you have to ask whether or not the people running these shindigs right now really have their ship in one bag. Apparently not. Voting matters/no it doesn’t, voting matters/no it doesn’t, voting matters/no it doesn’t, voting matters/no it doesn’t, …….I’m over it. If 12-year-old ilLegal immigRAnts from HonduRAs will be voting in US fedeRAl elections in 2024, then as far as I’m concerned the process is blown, has no value relevance or significance and is a pro-forma public consent manufacturing exercise, and a big waste of time. Apparently the news media has all signed on to reinforce the DemocRAts, now, so if you’re a DemocRAt, ‘the fix is in’, and if you’re not, your vote don’t count, so, don’t bother with it at all, pretty much. If the political appaRAtus is going to run a crooked shop, then don’t reinforce or encouRAge them. Not worth the time or the high blood pressure. Lots better stuff to be doing with your life and your time besides watching airheads on TV read teleprompters and bloviate about subjects they honestly know nothing about.
50 million registeRed US voters abstained from participating in the 2020 election. Apparently they were the smart ones.
HR1 faces tough time in the Senate