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house Bill H.R. 1

For the People Act: Reforming Campaign Finance, Gov't Ethics, and Voter Protection Laws

Argument in favor

The current political system is broken, corrupt, and badly in need of reform. This ambitious bill restores the promise of government for and by the people by ending money’s influence in politics, re-enfranchising felons, strengthening voter protections, making it easier to vote, and more. It is especially needed now, after a historically contentious 2020 presidential election and in the wake of former President Donald Trump’s false claims of election fraud after his loss.

jimK's Opinion
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03/03/2021
The biggest factor damaging our country is the big money interests that dominate our political processes. Citizens United must be done away with because this has become the primary vehicle that encourages political corruption. The PAC system allows commercial interests to buy political favor because there is a greater return on their big money investments by buying political favor than there is for capitalistic investments to provide better products and services than competitors. The PACs are supposed to be completely separate from the politicians that they support, and this has been widely ignored. The Trump has a PAC that supports him. The trump’s campaign PAC was managed by his campaign manager’s wife! The PAC system has been grossly abused as a direct funnel from big money to political parties - and no one seems to care! Republicans will rant that electing Democrats will result in socialism like that of Venezuela. OK, based on what specifically? Why specifically? It sure scares people but there are absolutely no facts that supports that conclusion. Just fear. … … … The big money allows political parties to regiment their membership to toe the party line instead of voting their conscience and losing their seat, their donors, their ‘soft-money’ gifts, insider trading information and all of the protections afforded congresspeople. It is why there is such interest in gerrymandering districts and suppressing opposition party voters. Big money corrupts and that corruption results in graft, emolument violations, self-serving actions and illicit quid pro quo relations such as the trumpublican party had with the trump. The trump let McConnell make the judicial nominations that McConnell wanted and rolled back most of the regulations that added to the costs of commercial interests despite the damage done to the populace in return for the trumpublican’s refusal to hold the trump’s increasing egregious abuses in check. … … … The RNC has a gerrymandering committee that is funded by $10 million donations from large banks such as Citi Bank. The Republican’s have used gerrymandering and the electoral college as a well developed art-form to ensure that the party that represents the minority of the electorate can still dominate our politics. Big money helps in that effort. It is easier to win elections with disinformation, politics of fear without fact and voter suppression than it is to actually provide better ideas and to legislate for the benefit of the people and the country. … … … I really like this legislation and can pretty much guarantee that the Republican Senate will filibuster it to death if they are able. If it can get passed in tact, most of the Republican Dinosaurs will eventually leave politics because it will no longer be personally profitable to be a Congressperson without all of the other extracurricular perks. … … … This bill is good for our governable because our legislature would not have to dedicate time to their fund raising, palm-greasing, ass-kissing activities and should result in a governance by principled people who are more interested in governing than just winning elections. Corporate interests will get back to a purer form of capitalism instead of the current pay-to-play cronie capitalism. … … … I am all in for this legislation. It protects our country and our future.
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Joan's Opinion
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03/03/2021
Pass this now! Republicans across this nation are attacking voter rights as we speak. Shameless voter suppression is the way republicans win and states are trying to get these suppressive rules in place in time for next year’s elections. Stop the trumplican suppression now, please.
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larubia's Opinion
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03/03/2021
Rep. John Sarbanes!! 👏👏👏 Everything I have been asking for...for years...is in this legislation & more! Thank you!!!! YES!!!!
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Argument opposed

Some of this bill’s provisions overreach beyond the limits of what Congress is constitutionally allowed to do, as it undermines Americans' First Amendment rights to political speech and would have a chilling effect on public discourse. Additionally, Congress has more urgent issues, such as economic recovery and equitable COVID-19 vaccine distribution, to focus on during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although protecting elections is important, the midterm elections aren’t until 2022; so Congress should set this legislation aside for now to focus on helping the American people get through the current public health and economic crisis.

ncfalcon's Opinion
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03/03/2021
This is nothing more than the Democrats attempt to enable future election fraud and future Democrat victories. Ballot harvesting provides no protection of the ballots or from fraud. Ballot drop boxes provide no protection of the ballots or from fraud. Motor voter laws automatically register people who are ineligible to vote and create more fraud. This bill is being masked as ensuring the ability of people to vote. It only makes it easier to commit fraud. What we need is a national voter ID. If countries like Mexico can accomplish this, why can’t the US? We also need to create a national voter role where states, cities and towns are required to update voter rolls whenever someone moves and registers in a new place. The register should also be updated prior to a death certificate being issued. Out of state college students should not be allowed to vote in local and state elections where they are attending college. The proper method for them to vote is by absentee ballot from their home state. If they are paying out of state tuition then they are not residents of the state where they are attending school. When I go vote, I go to my polling place, show my ID, fill out a paper ballot and place my ballot in a ballot box under the watch of poll workers and usually a police officer. This is how all voting should be done unless someone has a valid need for an absentee ballot. Universal mail out ballots create opportunities for fraud. I know of places that received ballots for people who didn’t even live there and had moved away several years before. There were places where people registered and received ballots at UPS mail box locations. This is wrong and people should register to vote with actual addresses. Any attempt to make Washington DC a state should be stopped. DC was never intended to be an independent state. It was founded as a neutral non-partisan territory to house the nations capital. The founders never intended for DC to be a state. If the legislators want the people of DC to more representation , then give the territory back to Virginia and Maryland.
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Stephen's Opinion
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03/04/2021
I am all for allowing every eligible vote cast their ballot. I do not understand why requiring a voter ID is that big of a deal. I am asked for my ID when I open a checking account and get on a plane and one of our most important responsibilities is to vote and everything should be done to ensure 100 percent integrity in our elections. This bill does not do that.
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Donald's Opinion
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03/04/2021
Again, the House is going in the wrong direction regarding voting. Presenting a valid ID is paramount for ANY form of voting. Without that requirement, voting fraud will continue to plague US voting!
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    The biggest factor damaging our country is the big money interests that dominate our political processes. Citizens United must be done away with because this has become the primary vehicle that encourages political corruption. The PAC system allows commercial interests to buy political favor because there is a greater return on their big money investments by buying political favor than there is for capitalistic investments to provide better products and services than competitors. The PACs are supposed to be completely separate from the politicians that they support, and this has been widely ignored. The Trump has a PAC that supports him. The trump’s campaign PAC was managed by his campaign manager’s wife! The PAC system has been grossly abused as a direct funnel from big money to political parties - and no one seems to care! Republicans will rant that electing Democrats will result in socialism like that of Venezuela. OK, based on what specifically? Why specifically? It sure scares people but there are absolutely no facts that supports that conclusion. Just fear. … … … The big money allows political parties to regiment their membership to toe the party line instead of voting their conscience and losing their seat, their donors, their ‘soft-money’ gifts, insider trading information and all of the protections afforded congresspeople. It is why there is such interest in gerrymandering districts and suppressing opposition party voters. Big money corrupts and that corruption results in graft, emolument violations, self-serving actions and illicit quid pro quo relations such as the trumpublican party had with the trump. The trump let McConnell make the judicial nominations that McConnell wanted and rolled back most of the regulations that added to the costs of commercial interests despite the damage done to the populace in return for the trumpublican’s refusal to hold the trump’s increasing egregious abuses in check. … … … The RNC has a gerrymandering committee that is funded by $10 million donations from large banks such as Citi Bank. The Republican’s have used gerrymandering and the electoral college as a well developed art-form to ensure that the party that represents the minority of the electorate can still dominate our politics. Big money helps in that effort. It is easier to win elections with disinformation, politics of fear without fact and voter suppression than it is to actually provide better ideas and to legislate for the benefit of the people and the country. … … … I really like this legislation and can pretty much guarantee that the Republican Senate will filibuster it to death if they are able. If it can get passed in tact, most of the Republican Dinosaurs will eventually leave politics because it will no longer be personally profitable to be a Congressperson without all of the other extracurricular perks. … … … This bill is good for our governable because our legislature would not have to dedicate time to their fund raising, palm-greasing, ass-kissing activities and should result in a governance by principled people who are more interested in governing than just winning elections. Corporate interests will get back to a purer form of capitalism instead of the current pay-to-play cronie capitalism. … … … I am all in for this legislation. It protects our country and our future.
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    This is nothing more than the Democrats attempt to enable future election fraud and future Democrat victories. Ballot harvesting provides no protection of the ballots or from fraud. Ballot drop boxes provide no protection of the ballots or from fraud. Motor voter laws automatically register people who are ineligible to vote and create more fraud. This bill is being masked as ensuring the ability of people to vote. It only makes it easier to commit fraud. What we need is a national voter ID. If countries like Mexico can accomplish this, why can’t the US? We also need to create a national voter role where states, cities and towns are required to update voter rolls whenever someone moves and registers in a new place. The register should also be updated prior to a death certificate being issued. Out of state college students should not be allowed to vote in local and state elections where they are attending college. The proper method for them to vote is by absentee ballot from their home state. If they are paying out of state tuition then they are not residents of the state where they are attending school. When I go vote, I go to my polling place, show my ID, fill out a paper ballot and place my ballot in a ballot box under the watch of poll workers and usually a police officer. This is how all voting should be done unless someone has a valid need for an absentee ballot. Universal mail out ballots create opportunities for fraud. I know of places that received ballots for people who didn’t even live there and had moved away several years before. There were places where people registered and received ballots at UPS mail box locations. This is wrong and people should register to vote with actual addresses. Any attempt to make Washington DC a state should be stopped. DC was never intended to be an independent state. It was founded as a neutral non-partisan territory to house the nations capital. The founders never intended for DC to be a state. If the legislators want the people of DC to more representation , then give the territory back to Virginia and Maryland.
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    Pass this now! Republicans across this nation are attacking voter rights as we speak. Shameless voter suppression is the way republicans win and states are trying to get these suppressive rules in place in time for next year’s elections. Stop the trumplican suppression now, please.
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    Rep. John Sarbanes!! 👏👏👏 Everything I have been asking for...for years...is in this legislation & more! Thank you!!!! YES!!!!
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    Attention all idiots. Mass Voter fraud is not real and it is snot an actually occurring thing. Just reading the first 4 bill let points alone makes me support this bill, even though I do support it’s entirety. This bill seeks to drastically expand voting rights which is the most important thing in a democracy! The only reasons this bill is not supported by the GOP is because of the fake election and mass voter fraud allegations, and because they want as few people to vote as possibly. All of their ideas of policy are disliked by the majority of Americans so the only way they are able to win is by suppressing voter turnout. This is supported by data.
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    Needed to counter voter suppression & dark money .
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    We need this badly.
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    Protecting our democracy should be issue #1 for both houses of Congress. Please sign this bill now and protect the right of all American citizens to vote freely and fairly, with no restrictions. There is no evidence of widespread fraud, and nobody who says there is should be in Congress. The Supreme Court has gutted parts of the Voting Rights Act and may erode it even further this year, and Republicans have admitted that they can only win by restricting voting rights of minorities. This is a very critical situation that could turn back 60 years of progress in turning out the vote. We must restore the right of all citizens to vote.
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    I am all for allowing every eligible vote cast their ballot. I do not understand why requiring a voter ID is that big of a deal. I am asked for my ID when I open a checking account and get on a plane and one of our most important responsibilities is to vote and everything should be done to ensure 100 percent integrity in our elections. This bill does not do that.
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    Again, the House is going in the wrong direction regarding voting. Presenting a valid ID is paramount for ANY form of voting. Without that requirement, voting fraud will continue to plague US voting!
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    The naked voter suppression efforts by gop goons makes a mockery of this country and everything it ‘stands’ for. Ironic visuals - if you look @ the communist chinese - russian - north korean and now cpac party plenum they all depict red with dear leaders statue or portraits on prominent display! Remember CCCP / CPC sound same as CPAC Gop should rename as the TTGOP totalitarian trump gop? Bow to the leader! Bend the knee!
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    This bill will help democracy!!! We need this!!!
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    I agree big money controls our complete government system. Members of Congress bring Bills up like this many times and the all fail. Why? Because Congress and Presidential offices would loose campaign funds. So it will never pass. This is not new by a long shot. Money talks louder than voting constituents. Another reason minimum wage, internet, paid television, social security, union busting, medical costs, pharmaceuticals, air transportation, vehicles all stay expensive to the consumer. Money talks. It does not matter which party they all are tied to it.
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    This bill speaks to the core values of this nation. It is a must pass piece of legislation. Unfortunately, the values upon which is based flies in the face of the corporate and fascist focus of the Republicans,
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    The only election fraud that has ever been is by Republicans from disenfranchising blacks and brown people, trying to changing the election results, intimidation at the polls, steeling vote ballots, intimidate candidates, to limit access to voting, require three pieces of ID, making long lines in certain district and this is all done by Republican conservatives voters. Just like the attempt to over though the government Jan 6, 2020! Democratic try to get people to the polls and register, a little different!
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    Heck..... No Way..... Never In A Month Of Sunday's Pass The Bill This bill — the For the People Act — would seek to reduce money’s influence in politics, restore ethics and integrity to government, and strengthen voting laws. The bill is divided into three divisions focused on Election Access, Campaign Finance, and Ethics. Some of this bill’s provisions overreach beyond the limits of what Congress is constitutionally allowed to do, as it undermines Americans' First Amendment rights to political speech and would have a chilling effect on public discourse. Additionally, Congress has more urgent issues, such as economic recovery and equitable COVID-19 vaccine distribution, to focus on during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although protecting elections is essential, the midterm elections aren’t until 2022, so Congress should set this legislation aside, for now, to focus on helping the American people get through the current public health and economic crisis. This bill is nothing more than a Pelosi House death wish for killing fair elections in the coming election. SneakyPete. 👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻HR-1👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻 3. 2. 21
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    To my representative: Dude please. Demonstrate to your constituents that Republicans are not fascist and do actually care about democracy. To my Senators: continue to work to expand voting rights in all ways.
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    Taking away states rights takes away what makes it nation beautiful. 50 unique united States! Let the states decide if they want to allow same day voter registration and let them clean their registries of the deceased! Send like common sense to me. Vote no on HR 1
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    FIRST STEP TO FIXING OUR GOVERNMENT TO WORK FOR THE PEOPLE
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    We need this bill to be passed!!! Republicans are doing everything in their power to suppress voters of color in key districts because they know that their chances of winning future elections are slim when the majority of Americans vote. This bill would not only protect individual voting rights, but it would also help fix the overall system by preventing Republicans and Democrats from gerrymandering and allowing everyday people to have their voices be heard.
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