The H.R.1 bill was introduced to the 117th Congress on Jan. 4, by Democrat sponsor John Sarbanes, Representative for Maryland’s 3rd congressional district, and addresses voting and voter registration among other related issues. The bill has 222 co-sponsors, including Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Steny Hoyer (D-MD), James Clyburn (D-SC), and Adam Schiff (D-CA). It passed the House on Mar. 3 by a vote of 220-210; if passed in the Senate, the President will have the option to sign it into law.
The bill is called the ‘For the People Act of 2021,’ but Texas Senator Ted Cruz remarked that “… a more appropriate name would be the Corrupt Politicians Act because it’s designed by the politicians, of the politicians, and for the politicians.” The vote among representatives in the House came down strongly partisan, with Mississippi’s Bennie Thompson being the sole Democrat vote in opposition, while all Republicans voted against it.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 17, 2021
A sponsor-written summary of the bill reads: “To expand Americans’ access to the ballot box, reduce the influence of big money in politics, strengthen ethics rules for public servants, and implement other anti-corruption measures for the purpose of fortifying our democracy, and for other purposes,” but Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida said he believes “H.R.1 isn’t about elections. It’s about power.”
H.R. 1 isn’t about elections…it’s about Democrats grasping for power. pic.twitter.com/LiZ7Wi7Ii5
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) March 25,