On Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed the Democrats’ signature vote and legislation on campaign funding reform aimed at expanding access to the ballots, fighting biased gerrymandering and establishing new public funding for congressional races.
For the People People Act of 2021, known as HR 1, was passed by a vote of 221 to 207. Three Republicans joined the Democrats in approving the sweeping suffrage reform now leading to the Senate.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Said legislation is needed to combat voter oppression in states, to fight corruption and reduce the influence of major donors in politics.
“This is called the bill for the people,”
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An important pillar of the legislation is the creation of a new public funding system for congressional and presidential elections to encourage donations of small dollars. The legislation would establish a 6: 1 match for each grassroots contribution to a candidate up to $ 200.
For example, a $ 200 donation to a house candidate will raise a $ 1,200 match in public funds for a total contribution of $ 1,400.
The public struggle program would be funded by a new 4.75% surcharge on criminal and civil sanctions and settlements that companies pay to the U.S. government. The non-Paris Congressional Budget Office estimated this week that the new revenue stream would generate about $ 3.2 billion over 10 years.
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Republicans blew up the public funding provision as a way of aligning the campaign boxes for members of Congress.
“This bill is not for the people, it is for the politicians,” the rep said. Rodney Davis, R-Ill.
Voting reform legislation, numbered HR 1 to denote that it is the House Democrats’ highest priority, would also adopt automatic voter registration, restore voting rights for criminals after they have completed their sentences, and extend early voting and absenteeism.
It also bans purge of voters and biased creation of congressional districts, introduces new campaign funding rules, and requires presidential candidates to release a 10-year tax return.
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HR 1 would also target donors with big dollars and dark money in politics by demanding further disclosure of campaign donors and disclaimers for political advertising.
Republicans, however, said voters want more integrity and confidence in the electoral system, and that requires stricter reforms such as voter ID.
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“This bill makes the election less credible, no more,” the rep said. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas. “Trust is everything.”
The legislation now leads to the Senate, where it has a hard road to passage, as the chamber is split 50-50 between Democrats and Republicans. The legislation would require 60 votes to move forward and need GOP support.