Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader, had the ambitious Law on Combating Corruption and Voting aiming to push House Democrats as first of the year.
McConnell wrote a crushing opposition. in the Washington Post on Thursday . He described the law as an attempt by the Democrats to "extend the power of the federal government over the political speech and the election of the Americans".
"One should call this the Democratic Politician Protection Act." wrote.
The legislative package, known as HR 1, has three core themes: reform campaign funding, strengthening the government's ethics legislation, and extending voting rights. The goal is to get more information on how lobbyists and super-PACs spend their money, make it easier to vote, and restructure the current election campaign funding system to allow for public funding of elections.
The ideas behind the bill are extremely popular. A large majority of Americans want to gain the influence of money from politics and want Congress to legislate. Recent polls by PAC End Citizens United found that 82 percent of voters and 84 percent of independents said they support an anti-corruption reform bill.
But McConnell drew a completely different picture and coined HR development 1
"House democrats are not coming to the table and discussing the reopening of the government, but they have been working hard to gain more control over what you can say about them and how they will be re-elected," he wrote. "They are trying to frame this power grip with stereotypes about" restoring democracy "… but their proposal is simply a naked attempt to change the rules of American politics to help a party."
Read another way: McConnell could be nervous. Americans from both parties have been calling for years to withdraw money from politics. Donald Trump had a message of "draining the swamp" in 2016, and House Democrats rode to a wave of elections in 2018 for an anti-corruption message.
The Democrats wanted to pursue this victory with concrete measures to reform the elections, especially after several allegations of suppression of voters in states such as Florida, Georgia and North Dakota.
"I am not surprised that he would attack the bill and all its various parts because, in my opinion, it poses a threat to this type of system that it has built," said MP John Sarbanes (D-MD ), which leads the legislation. "The fact that McConnell would judge that confirms that we're doing the right thing."
Here's what HR 1 actually does
HR 1 has a lot, but here are some key points (For more information, see the Legislative Declaration :
- The bill would be Super PACs and "Dark It would create a voluntary option to publicly fund campaigns with small donations, and the federal government would provide a voluntary 6: 1 match for candidates, that is, $ 1 each, The Federal Government would reach this six times, the maximum small donation that could be achieved would be limited to $ 200.
- The candidates of the President and Vice President, as well as the President and Vice President, would need ten Disclose years of their tax returns.
- Registration would become more stringent with more orders ht about foreign agents.
- It would use impartial redistributive commissions to end the partisan gerrymandering and set up a new national automatic voter registration calling on voters to reject rather than opt-out.
- is a holiday for federal employees and encourages private companies to do the same.
McConnell's main approach to HR 1, as he pointed out in his speech, is:
- He contradicts the goal of the bill to make the electoral commission for the federal election held by five commissioners instead of six, stating that the Commission would become biased. Democrats say that their intention to make an odd number would be to reduce the stalemate (a complaint that has emerged from former FEC commissioners of both parties).
- McConnell writes that disclosure of who spends money on elections and a constitutional amendment Citizens United would be a blow to free speech and free association. The 2010 Supreme Court ruling on Citizens United was indeed a ruling that gave companies the same powers as citizens when it came to political issues. "Under this bill, you retain your right to free association as long as your private clubs are transferred to everyone," said McConnell.
- It is not surprising that he vehemently disagrees with the idea that the federal government is engaging in public-sector reform. "They prefer to use their money to enrich election campaigners," he writes.
- He is not a fan of reform proposals to prevent states from liberating voters from their roles. The bill would prevent the use of unsolicited e-mails to remove voters from the list. McConnell characterizes this as "more difficult for states to correct erroneous data in their electoral roll."
"From the First Amendment to your ballot box, Democrats want to rewrite the rules to give preference to themselves and their friends," McConnell concluded. "Chewing the FEC, squeezing taxpayers, attacking privacy, and jeopardizing our choices is a price they will happily pay for this partisan takeover."
The Senate leader had already announced that he did not want to pick up plans like the Democrats. Bill in the Senate. However, this article describes conservative thinking about the reforms the Democrats are proposing.
"I think what spoke to me was that he thought he had to go through the whole menu," Sarbanes said. "The fact that he attacks the entire package, and every piece of it shows that he has absolutely no interest in any kind of reform. This is not the type you are interested in on the pages of a newspaper about the importance of democracy in America.
The Democrats took a big step by making HR 1 their first bill of the year; They prioritize and want to succeed if they succeed in regaining the Senate or the White House in 2020.
But the Democrats also interpret McConnell so openly and emphatically against HR 1 that they are using this as a sign of winning the public debate.
"I think he and others assume that if we say goodbye to this in Parliament and make that strong statement to the public … it starts to generate momentum and pressure on him," Sarbanes said.