Nearly two dozen Senate Republicans are demanding the White House release long-withheld documents related to President Joe Biden’s executive interference in U.S. elections.
In their Nov. 28 letter addressed to Biden, the 23 GOP senators highlighted the White House’s failure to abide by a May 23 request that the administration forfeit information regarding Executive Order 14019. Signed by Biden in March 2021, this order directed hundreds of federal departments to interfere in the electoral process by using U.S. taxpayer money to boost voter registration and get-out-the-vote activities.
The head of each department was furthermore instructed to create “a strategic plan” describing how his or her agency intends to comply with Biden’s directive.
“This policy directive merits congressional oversight both as a general matter and under the Antideficiency Act,” the senators wrote. “Accordingly, we write to reiterate our request for information regarding the implementation of this executive order, including copies of the plans submitted to the White House.”
The Biden administration routinely stonewalled attempts by Senate Republicans and good government groups to acquire these “strategic plans” by slow-walking its response to federal court orders and heavily redacting any related documents it released.
Biden’s order additionally required departments to collaborate with supposedly “nonpartisan” third-party organizations “to provide voter registration services on agency premises.” As The Daily Signal’s Fred Lucas reported, many of these groups are extremely left-wing. Among those coordinating with the Indian Health Service, for instance, are the ACLU, Demos, and the National Congress of American Indians.
Given these revelations and the partisan nature that often accompanies voter registration, it’s unsurprising that congressional Democrats have gone to extreme lengths to assist the Biden administration with its concealment of agencies’ strategic plans.
In October, Senate Democrats killed an amendment proposed by Sen. Ted Budd, R-N.C., that sought to effectively prohibit federal agencies from using taxpayer dollars to carry out Biden’s order. Democrats have similarly opposed the American Confidence in Elections Act, or ACE Act, a bill sponsored by House Republicans that, among other objectives, sought to repeal Executive Order 14019 and require federal departments to turn over their strategic plans to Congress.
Senate Republicans concluded their Nov. 28 letter once again demanding that Biden provide copies of federal agencies’ strategic plans to Congress, as well as a “list of which agencies have not yet submitted a strategic plan” and a “full accounting of all federal funds” used to implement the order.