UPDATED 6:08 AM PT – Friday, June 18, 2021
Republicans are bashing Democrats for their attempt at influencing future election outcomes with what they are calling the Corrupt Politician’s Act. This comes after GOP senators slammed the Democrat sponsored elections and voting Bill S.1
During a press conference Thursday, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) called the piece of legislation a solution in search of a problem. He then pointed out Democrats have wanted to control elections at the federal level for several years.
“After the 2016 election, the same bill was introduced in the House and as soon as they got the majority, they passed it,” McConnell explained. “And the rationale at that point was we needed to clean the system up. Then they liked the outcome of the 2020 election and so the rationale became we need to prevent states from somehow making it more difficult for people to vote.”
The Kentucky Republican added, every new state law passed is legitimate and there is no rationale basis for the federal government to seize elections powers.
Democrats can change the packaging, but their plan for a power-grab of America’s electoral system is still rotten to the core. My full statement: https://t.co/HLRuDSZ3lS
— Leader McConnell (@LeaderMcConnell) June 17, 2021
Meanwhile, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) also attacked the legislation by calling it a “Democrat power grab.”
“It is an attempt by Democrats to federalize elections and to ensure that Democrats cannot lose for the next 100 years,” asserted the Texas lawmaker. “It is not about protecting the right to vote, it is about taking away the right to vote from the citizens and giving it instead to the corrupt politicians in Washington.”
Cruz also said the bill would invite more fraud, not less, while pointing out it throws away many forms of election protections.
“This is an abuse of power from the Democrats.”
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Watch @SenTedCruz go off about the abuses of the #CorruptPoliticiansAct at the @SenateGOP Press Conference for S.1 today. pic.twitter.com/pEjVlTAtr0
— Heritage Action (@Heritage_Action) June 17, 2021
If passed in the Senate, S.1 would create automatic and same-day voter registration, expand vote-by-mail and also limit the ability of states to remove voters from voter rolls and prevent non-eligible people from voting. With the Senate evenly split 50-50, it would be up to Kamala Harris to cast a vote if there is a tie.