(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. (IN-08) released the following statement after voting against House Democrats’ For the Politicians Act (H.R. 1), which is a federal takeover of the election system in order maintain Democrats’ power in Washington:
“H.R. 1 is aimed at keeping Democrats in power for as long as possible by changing the nation’s election system in ways that benefit Democrat politicians. For instance, this bill proposes the public financing of elections by laundering corporate dollars through the Treasury to be used to subsidize political campaigns on a 6 to 1 funding match to small dollar donations. This would result in public funding of $1,200 to a politician’s campaign for a $200 individual donation. Furthermore, H.R. 1 will open the door to voting irregularities through new federal mandates on voter registration and voting practices that will be forced on states. It essentially makes permanent the rushed changes that certain states made to their election laws in 2020 in the name of COVID-19 and tries to make election laws across the country look like California. So, if you liked the chaos of the 2020 election or the months it takes California to determine who has won an election, you’ll love what’s in H.R. 1. This legislation will also have a chilling effect on the First Amendment rights of Americans by once again allowing the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to investigate and consider the political views of a group before granting tax-exempt status, and by requiring the names of donors to groups who advocate on behalf of public policy issues. These provisions will allow the power of the federal government and cancel culture mobs to be weaponized to target and harass groups and individuals simply based on their political and policy views.
“It is important to remember that voting happens at the state level and the laws governing the administration of elections are the right and responsibility of state and local governments under Article I, Section 4 of the Constitution. Democracy is a participatory sport, and I am in full support of increased voter registration and participation in our election process. Unfortunately, this legislation goes far beyond increasing voter participation and instead is an unconstitutional and misguided attempt to rig our nation’s electoral systems for the exclusive benefit of the Democrat party.”