Democrats are scrambling to find support for their 800-page election overhaul bill that would eliminate the opportunity for states to protect themselves against modifications that were weaponized in the 2020 election, such as expanded vote-by-mail options and lax voter ID laws.
Misleadingly named the “For The People Act of 2021,” the bill is clearly a partisan one. Not only did it pass the House of Representatives without any support from the GOP, but new reports suggest that leftist sponsors such as the Sixteen Thirty Fund have funneled at least $2 million into passing H.R. 1 and other leftist legislation to further Democrat agendas.
Republicans have not been shy about their opposition to the bill. In March, GOP representatives and senators slammed the legislation as a “power grab” orchestrated by Democrats hellbent on “giving the uni-party in the swamp power, funding politicians with taxpayer dollars, and preventing the use of voter identification laws.” Republicans say that “one-party takeover of our political system,” as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell called it, is unnecessary and downright unfair as it extends special voting privileges to illegal migrants and people whose ballots do not arrive by election day.
Some Democrats have expressed unease with the broad legislation as well. Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who will not be present at the Democrat meeting about H.R. 1 on Thursday due to a trip with First Lady Jill Biden in West Virginia, said he will not vote yes on the legislation in its current state.
“I’m not supporting that the way it is. I think it’s too darn broad and we have no bipartisan support. The country is more divided today than it’s ever been,” Manchin said.
A poll from February shows that voters in Manchin’s home state of West Virginia largely oppose the election power grab and hope it does not pass. These numbers could influence whether Manchin decides to go against his constituents to serve Democrat interests.
Manchin also opposes removing the filibuster, an option floated by some progressive organizations and legislators in order to pass the overhaul bill.