For the People Act HR1: Democrat Power Grab

 

H.R.1—Check out how your Congressmen voted on the “For the People Act.” From overturning state voter ID laws to giving taxpayer dollars to politicians’ campaigns, this bill intends to radically increase the federal government’s intrusion and control of elections. The fight is not over. Look for the policies in H.R. 1 to be the bedrock of many Democrats’ campaigns in 2020. Conservatives must remain vigilant in educating their communities and pushing back against the policies in H.R. 1.

HR1 Toolkit  https://heritageaction.com/toolkit/election-integrity-toolkit?utm_source=heritageaction&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=cat_03_06_2019&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiWm1RNFpqTTJNakk0TTJZMiIsInQiOiJIUHlobmJWT3lUU3lpTUlSUVlWVmpIZTY1dnJkZUczNjRxNmEzTWFHRURDeHVXMkZxUVBGbWlibFNYbzFzclBablA4K3J6QjJOeEZya0t5VUMzUEl6dz09In0%3D

 

HR1:  Call Notes https://ashevilleteaparty.org/sentinel-weekly-call-notes/

 

H.R. 1 passed 234-193. NO GOP members voted yes. 

 

6 Dems voted YES on the Motion to Recommit which expressed the sense that illegal immigrants should not be allowed to vote in elections.  

In terms of policy, obviously it’s good policy that illegal immigrants should not vote in elections.

 

Feel a bit better knowing there is actually a strategy afoot to divide and conquer.

 

Even the far left leaning ACLU is in opposition to H.R. 1...that's how bad this bill is. And yet-- EVERY Dem has signed on. Very alarming that none of them have pause. This is only the beginning of the fight-- let's let them know we're not messing around. The ACLU's letter can be read below.  The letter can be viewed at the following link:
https://www.aclu.org/letter/aclu-letter-house-rules-committee-hr-1

In terms of the procedure - prior to the vote on passage in the House for most bills is the vote on a motion to recommit (MTR). The best way to think of the MTR is it is the last opportunity to amend a bill before passage. Technically, it's a motion to return the bill to committee usually with instructions for the committee to report the bill back to the House with a particular amendment.

Now on the politics. First, to back up a bit. The motion to recommit on the Yemen bill a few weeks ago was particularly a significant vote. The House voted 424-0 on a motion to recommit condemning anti-semitism. (For that bill, the MTR simply reported the resolution back to the House floor with the added language rejecting anti-Semitism.)

It’s good to condemn anti-semitism especially as it concerns Rep. Ilhan Omar. BUT, it is VERY significant that all Democrats voted for an MTR. That means they voted on the substance of the amendment. This means that they now have to answer for the actual substance of every MTR. That means the GOP has an opportunity to pick a real amendment vote on every bill the House passes going forward. This is a big deal, a breakthrough and was a big win for GOP leadership. This is the kind of procedural hard ball we want them to play. Turning process into policy... especially while in the minority

 

This opens the door to asking every Democrat about their bad votes on past and future MTRs. From a 30,000 foot view, this is laying the foundation to continue breaking the Democrat majority and dividing their coalitionwhich is a big goal of ours for the year. (This Politico piece illustrates some of the fracturing.)

So far there have been two MTR that have passed - the other was an amendment that would require U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement be notified when an undocumented immigrant fails a background check when attempting to purchase a firearm. The vote was 220-209. (Article for background).

A LOT here. The big thing on H.R.1 was we had no GOP defections. This was HAFA’s main goal for this bill.

This email is already way too long, but some additional history on the MTR Garrett shared that I thought was interesting -- the MTR has always been available under the rules; however, when the Democrats were in the majority for four decades, they had begun to disallow MTRs on particular bills by using the rule for that bill to eliminate the MTR. Part of the promise of the Contract with America was to bring ten bills to the floor with "each to be given a full and open debate, each to be given a clear and fair vote..." The fulfillment of those two promises was to write into the base rules of the House that the Rules Committee could not report a rule for a bill that disallowed an MTR. While there is still a way to turn it off, by tradition, the Rules Committee does not do it.