H.R. 1 was the Democratic response to common Republican complaints about the fairness and integrity of the 2020 election, as well as Republican states making it more difficult to cheat.
H.R. 1 is a bill that would federalize elections, make it easier to cheat, and slant the playing field in favor of Democrats in general.
In the House, no Republican voted for the bill, and no Republican would vote for it in the Senate. The rules committee is officially deadlocked at 9-9. The bill was on the verge of being killed in the Senate after Democrats were unable to secure 60 votes. However, it is unlikely to get that far because Democratic Senator Joe Manchin has vowed to kill it in favor of a new “voting rights” bill.
I believe Democrats and Republicans feel very strongly about protecting the ballot boxes allowing people to protect the right to vote making it accessible making it fair and making it secure and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, if we apply that to all 50 states and territories, it’s something that can be done — it should be done. It could be done bipartisan to start getting confidence back in our system.
The John Lewis Voting Rights Act is still impossible to pass the Senate, so Manchin’s announcement that he would support it was possibly a bit of a ruse.
Manchin, on the other hand, deserves some praise for finally putting the teeth behind the notion of bipartisan legislation. In the long run, our country will not be able to prosper in a world where Democrats are attempting to rewrite the laws in order to seize power. It’s also worth remembering that a country with a promising future is not one where any legislative victory comes at the detriment of people on the other side.
If people decide that there are no benefits to cooperating with the other side, only suffering, then inevitably this nation is going to split apart. No one person or even a handful of people can stop it from happening, but if a few people like Joe Manchin can buy us some more time, maybe we’ll be able to keep the country together over the long run perhaps.