Just ahead of President Joe Biden’s incendiary Atlanta speech on Tuesday in support of a sweeping election overhaul, GOP leaders issued strong words of caution about the dangers such legislation would pose, particularly in the areas of voter identification and registration rules, as Breitbart reports.
In a teleconference with journalists, Republican National Committee (RNC) chair Ronna McDaniel was joined by Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL), National Republican Senatorial Committee chair, and the pair offered detailed criticisms of the Freedom to Vote Act, one of the Democrat-backed election reform measures touted by the president later that day.
McDaniel referred to the bill as the “Freedom to Cheat Act,” and contended that “it eviscerates state voter ID laws, which 36 states have passed,” adding that “this bill eliminates states’ more secure voter ID requirements, replacing them with a process that is rife with fraud.”
The RNC chair further argued that the measure would “force 29 states to adopt same-day voter registration” and compel restoration of the voting rights of felons and declared, “the list goes on and on about how bad, how truly bad this bill is.”
In Scott’s estimation, “Democrats don’t want free and fair elections. They want elections only Democrats can win,” adding, “we’ve watched this last year, they’ve had a difficult time, the Democrats, passing their radical agenda so they want to change the rules,” referring to Biden’s call for a change in the Senate’s filibuster rules necessary for the election overhaul measures to have any chance of success.
While the House of Representatives passed the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act on Thursday by a 220-203 party-line vote, as The Hill noted, the package is likely already doomed before it even reaches the upper chamber.
Though Sen. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) pledged to put the legislation to a vote in the immediate future, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) – long a thorn in the side of her party’s leadership – reiterated her support Thursday for the filibuster along with her unwillingness to support the change in the rules Biden and others are seeking, essentially putting the final nail in the coffin of the Democrats’ plans.
“There’s no need for me to restate my longstanding support for the 60-vote threshold to pass legislation. There’s no need for me to restate its role in protecting our country from wild reversals of federal policy,” said Sinema, adding, “This week’s harried discussions about Senate rules are but a poor substitute for what I believe could have and should have been a thoughtful public debate at any time over the past year.”
Despite Biden’s renewed – and egregiously hyperbolic – rhetoric on what he characterizes as the moral imperative of passing his party’s election overhaul, it appears that the threats against which McDaniel, Scott, and countless others have warned will indeed be averted, and that is something every American voter should celebrate.