Despite echoed requests by The Epoch Times, none of the 14 agreed to discuss what Republican critics claim is expected to be the most important offer to come before the 117th Congress.
Given that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has such a slim majority, 221-211, a shift of only six Democrats to contradict H.R.1 would remove it. That’s why these 14 Red District Democrats are already the center of extreme pressure from H.R.1 contestants.
Five of the Red District Democrats represent districts Trump won in both 2016 and 2020, most by solid margins, while he defeated the districts of the other nine in 2016 and only lost to President Joe Biden in 2020 in most by small margins.
The five include Representatives Ron Kind of Wisconsin, Andy Kim of New Jersey, Elissa Slotkin of Michigan, Cheri Bustos of Illinois, and Cindy Axne of Iowa.
The nine include Representatives Lauren Underwood of Illinois, Sean Patrick Maloney of New York, Abigail Spanberger of Virginia, Mikie Sherrill of New Jersey, Carolyn Boudreaux of Georgia, Tom O’Halleran of Arizona, Antonio Delgaudio of New York, Chris Pappas of New Hampshire, and Haley Stevens of Michigan.
All 14 are co-sponsors of H.R.1 in 2021, as they were in 2019 when it passed the House but fell in the Republican-controlled Senate.
Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) mark the endeavor as their top legislative priority in 2021. Biden has pledged to sign it when it reaches his desk.
The proposal brings together in one draft an utter Democratic wish-list of alterations in essentially every perspective of campaigning and voting in federal elections for president and members of Congress.
The enactment of HR1 would regulate on a national basis dubious registration and voting systems that were quickly enacted in six states in 2020 principally in response to the CCP virus pandemic and that subsequently provoked multiple charges of voter fraud in the presidential election.
The most striking outlines include nationwide online voter registration, with minimal affirmation conditions; same-day registration; automatic voter registration unless an individual specifically requests not to be registered; legalization of ballot harvesting, and making it illegal to disclose how an individual responded when asked if they are a U.S. citizen when registering to vote.
It also covers nationwide registration of 16- and 17-year-olds; availability of mail-in ballots with minimal screening qualifications; and recovery of felon voting rights after release from prison.
But those are only the provisions that affect voter registration and election procedures. Other parts of the bill put the redistricting process under the direction of congressionally mandated independent commissions; restructure the Federal Election Commission (FEC) from its current bipartisan voting requirement to majority-party control.