Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), on Wednesday, March 10, accused Democrats of trying to “manipulate and steal” election results through a massive election measure known as the H.R. 1 For the People Act.

“I think H.R. 1 is a terrible policy. I would call it the universal fraud law … We came out of this last election where we saw multiple allegations of serious voter fraud. The Democrats and the media took on the talking points that voter fraud doesn’t exist. That anyone who says it exists is somehow engaged in a conspiracy theory,” Cruz told Fox News’ Hannity.

“Now with H.R. 1, the Democrats are seeking to lock in their advantage. They want mail-in ballots everywhere; they want no photo ID,” he continued.

On March 3, the House passed the H.R. 1 mostly along party lines in a 220-210 vote. Not one House Republican supported the measure, while one Democrat opposed the legislation. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said it’s a necessary step to combat voter suppression efforts, tamp down on corruption, and diminish big donors’ influence in politics.

Cruz called the bill “dangerous” and is the number one priority of Democrats to keep them in power. 

“The Democrats made an incredibly cynical decision, which is that they believe that they benefit from voter fraud, and they are trying to take this moment in time,” Cruz said. “They have the White House and both houses of Congress, and they are trying to take this moment and lock their control in permanently by changing the rules to manipulate and steal election results. H.R.1 doesn’t protect election integrity. It undermines it.”

The measure would expand absentee voting and early voting access, enact automatic voter registration, restore voting rights to felons after completing their sentences. It also imposes new campaign finance rules and enforces ethics rules for candidates.

“The number one priority of Democrats is to keep Democrats in power. That matters more to them than COVID and jobs and kids in school. They want to stay in power. This is all about stopping the voters from voting them out of office. It’s a very dangerous bill,” said Cruz.

The bill now heads to the Senate, where it faces an uphill path as the chamber is split 50-50 between Democrats and Republicans. The legislation would require 60 votes to advance and need GOP support.

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