House Speaker Nancy Pelosi praised the House passing the H.R. 1 election bill by a near party-line 220-210 vote.
Per Newsmax, among the many provisions are to require states to automatically register eligible voters and restoring voting rights to those who have been convicted of felonies and have completed their sentences.
In addition the bill requires states to allow voters who do not show ID to instead submit a signed statement under penalty of perjury attesting to their identity and eligibility to vote.
Pelosi said the legislation will “protect the right to vote” by removing “obstacles of participation.”
Pelosi said “H.R. 1, For the People, the first 300 pages were written by John Lewis to remove voter suppression tactics from our political system. Some of the rest of it was written to protect the integrity of our electoral system, the physical infrastructure of our elections.”
“What’s exciting about it is it restores confidence that people have that their vote and their voice is as important as anyone’s,” she continued “That yes. We can address the climate crisis if big, dark special interest money is not suffocating the airwaves with misinformation about how to protect the planet. We yes can have background checks passed in the whole Congress of the United States to protect our children if big, dark special interest gun lobbying money is not suffocating the airwaves. And yes, we can have lower cost of prescription drugs.”
“The list goes on and on. We can ‘Build Back Better’ for the people in every zip code as we said in our caucus yesterday,” she added.
The bill still faces a steep climb in the Senate.
House Democrats just passed their massive voting rights bill HR 1. It still faces a steep climb in the Senate. https://t.co/32OkQ8xp3g
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