The solid unity of the Republican Senators stopped the progress of the controversial electoral reform on which the Democrats are working intensively, against the wishes of the majority of Americans.
All 50 Republican senators voted against the bill dubbed “For The People Act” [S. 1], making the Democrats’ 50 votes insufficient, given the 60-vote requirement to pass it, noted Business Insider of June 22.
The bill seeks to federalize elections, legalize ballot collection, would force states to let violent felons vote before serving time, would impose mandatory early and mail-in voting, and would make voter ID laws flexible, among other changes.
These radical changes in the electoral procedures currently applied in the country, which are basically in charge of each state, raised much rejection and criticism from different sectors.
For his part, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said: “The rotten inner workings of Democrats’ S.1 power grab have been thoroughly exposed to the light. Whichever label Democrats slap on their bill, the substance remains the same,” in a tweet.
Also, a poll conducted by the Rasmussen firm in March noted that 75 percent of respondents would support a law requiring voter ID through a personal document.
S. 1, however, “would force states to allow anyone to vote who simply signs a form saying that they are who they claim they are,” which would pose a serious risk to electoral integrity.
In this context, former White House Secretary Kayleigh McEnany condemned House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for pushing the controversial bill, stating that it flouts “the will of the people.”
She added: “What Nancy Pelosi is doing is flouting the will of the people, throwing it away. What she wants is to be the person who is out there saying ‘I run the elections, I federalize the elections’.”
Separately, an open letter signed by more than 120 retired flag [or senior] officers warned that the nation is under “tremendous assault” by those who believe in socialism and Marxism and that the Nation is in “grave danger,” according to Breitbart.
“Our Nation is in deep peril. We are in a fight for our survival as a Constitutional Republic like no other time since our founding in 1776. The conflict is between supporters of Socialism and Marxism vs. supporters of Constitutional freedom and liberty,” the letter reads.
It adds, “Finally, H.R.1 & S.1, (if passed), would destroy election fairness and allow Democrats to forever remain in power violating our Constitution and ending our Representative Republic.”
After the frustrating results of the vote for the Democrats, they are left deeply divided as to what they will do next.
Dmitri Mehlhorn, a key confidant of Democratic financier Reid Hoffman, commented that all the attrition involved in developing S. 1 was setting the party up for failure and “dragging me and my country off a cliff,” according to a Politico report.
Progressives are also demanding that Senate Democrats get rid of the legislative filibuster to ram through sweeping election reforms, the D.C. statehood bill, gun control and police reform bills without any GOP support.
But Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin and Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema oppose eliminating the filibuster, which means any fundamental changes will require the participation of Republican senators.