The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed legislation on democratic voting and campaign finance reform aimed at expanding access to polling stations, fighting guerrilla generation and creating new public funding for congressional elections.
The People Act 2021, known as HR 1, was passed by a vote of 221 to 207. Three Republicans joined the Democrats in approving the extensive reform of suffrage that is now heading for the Senate.
Parliament Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, said legislation was needed to combat efforts to suppress voters in countries, crack down on corruption and reduce the influence of major donors in politics.
“It’s called the People Bill,”
DEMOCRATS HOUSE HR 1 WILL CREATE NEW PUBLIC FUNDING FOR CONGRESS CAMPAIGNS
A key pillar of the legislation is the creation of a new system of public funding for congressional and presidential elections to stimulate small dollar donations. The legislation will establish a 6: 1 match for each contribution to a candidate up to $ 200.
For example, a $ 200 donation to a house candidate will win a $ 1,200 match in public funds for a total contribution of $ 1,400.
The public match program will be funded by a new 4.75% surcharge on criminal and civil sanctions and settlements that corporations pay to the US government. The non-partisan budget service of Congress estimated this week that the new revenue stream would generate about $ 3.2 billion in 10 years.
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Republicans have called for public funding as a way to sort out members of Congress.
“This bill is not for the people, but for the politicians,” said spokesman Rodney Davis, R-Ill.
Voting reform legislation, numbered HR 1, which means that this is the most important priority of the House of Democrats, will also introduce automatic voter registration, restore the right to vote to criminals after they have served their sentences, and will expand access to early voting and absentee voting.
It also bans the purge of voters and guerrilla manipulation in congressional districts, imposes new rules on campaign finance, and requires presidential nominees to release 10-year tax returns.
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HR 1 will also target donors with large dollars and dark money in politics, requiring additional disclosure of campaign donors and a waiver of political advertising.
Republicans, however, said voters wanted more integrity and trust in the electoral system, and that required tougher reforms as an electorate.
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“This bill makes the election less credible, no more,” said spokesman Dan Crenshaw, of Texas. “Trust is everything.”
Legislation is now moving to the Senate, where there is a difficult road to cross as the chamber is divided 50-50 between Democrats and Republicans. The legislation will require 60 votes in advance and needs the support of the GOP.