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Warning Americans! H.R. 1 and S.1, the “For the People Act of 2021” Is Really “For More Federal Government Control Act”

HR1“This bill is a wolf in sheep’s clothing”

This legislation –791 pages – is a monstrous federal takeover of elections and an assault on the First Amendment. AMAC is working to block this bill from ever becoming law.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will push it hard in the House of Representatives, as was done in the last Congress. It is sponsored by the Speaker and Representatives Sarbanes (D-MD) and Lofgren (D-CA).  Its companion bill in the Senate is S.1, which was sponsored in the last Congress by New Mexico Senator Udall and 46 of his Democrat colleagues.

Leading conservative and Americans For Tax Reform Founder and President Grover Norquist characterizes the threat this legislation poses your freedom and liberty in this way:

Congressional Democrats have a plan to forever keep Republicans from winning elections and influencing policy decisions with H.R. 1 in the House, and the similar S. 1 in the Senate.  They want to empower the government to police more speech, force states to allow vote-by-mail and taxpayer funding of candidates, and silence Americans through fear by exposing their support for issue groups.”

The legislation is carefully written to appear sensible but is in fact deceptive in its effort to assert federal control over voting in our respective states and to build a government record of individual American’s exercise of our God-given and Constitutional right of free political speech.

There are numerous “egregious components” in this legislation.

First, this legislation would be in effect a federal takeover of how states conduct elections for Senators and Representatives, thereby inherently forcing voting election procedures for state and local office to conform to bill’s prescription for the election of Members of Congress.

Here is how the bill deceptively uses the Constitution and the limited prerogative it provides the Congress with respect to the election of Members of the House and Senate.  Turning to the Constitution, Article, Section 4:

The Times, Places, and Manner of holding elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such regulations, except as to the Places of choosing Senators.”

The bill grabs the phrase that “…the Congress may at any time by law make or alter such Regulations or alter such Regulations…”  and effectively preempts in excruciating detail how the States should conduct the election of Members of Congress.  The result is to put the States in the position of administratively having to conform to the provisions of H.R. 1, rather than face the added costs and confusion of having to maintain their pre-existing law and procedures.  In effect, H.R. 1 unconstitutionally constricts and overrides the sovereignty of the States for the conduct of elections.

Here are some examples of the bill’s proposed takeover of all elections when state and local elections coincide with the federal election:

  • Undermines states election oversight, like efforts to clean up old voter rolls.
  • Prohibits requiring a state voter ID to obtain a mail in ballot and permits individuals to sign a sworn statement as to their identify in lieu of an official ID.
  • Virtually eliminates any restrictions on vote-by-mail.
  • Requires states to offer online registration.
  • Requires states to allow same day registration and voting.
  • Requires “automatic’ voter registration by the state of those who would otherwise be eligible to register to vote.
  • Effectively permits “voter harvesting” – picking up and delivering bundles of votes — by making it criminal to interfere with those “assisting others to vote.”
  • Enables partisan control of the Federal Elections Commission by reducing the Commission from 6 to 5 members, thereby effectively facilitating one party oversight of federal elections and campaign finance laws.

H.R. 1 also assaults your First Amendment right to freedom of political speech.  In its effort to go after donors to conservative organizations, it would subject citizens who contribute to nonprofit organizations to political harassment and intimidation by making their personal information available in a searchable government database. In this connection, it would also force groups to publicly identify their supporters on the face of the ads themselves. (Ironically, this sounds like the FDA requirement that prescription drug advertisements must identify the hazards to your health of each drug.)

In its effort to further curtail political free speech by Americans about legislative issues, it would expand the definition of “electioneering communications” – historically limited to large-scale TV and radio campaigns targeted to the electorate in a campaign for office – to include online advertising that bears no relation to an election.  In other words, letters, websites, emails, cell texts, social media messaging, and other online commentary on legislative issues by concerned American citizens and organizations would be redefined as “electioneering communications” – subject to some type of federal oversight.

This legislation must never be enacted, because it is intended both(i) to subvert the Constitution and the essential federalism of our republic to bring one-party control of our nation, and (ii) to limit your freedoms as guaranteed by the Bill of Rights.

AMAC Action will be initiating a membership-wide call-to-action in the near future to prevent passage of this bill. We need your help to amplify the voice of opposition to H.R. 1. Please look for details regarding this call-to-action on all AMAC media very soon.

If you would like more detail on H.R. 1 and its provisions, you may simply click here.

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JUSTICE 4JUSTICE-
1 month ago

AS A NATIVE AMERICAN- I NEVER FELT I DID NOT BELONG IN THE 4TH LEGISLATIVE BRANCH OF “WE THE PEOPLE” – AS IF MY CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS ARE COMPROMISED- I WILL REMIND THEM HOW BETRAYED MY FAMILY OR “WE THE PEOPLE” OF THIS LAND- TAKEN WITHOUT ANY KIND OF CONSCIENCE WHEN WE THE PEOPLE THOUGHT WE WERE ALL IN IT FOR THE PROMISE OF AN AMERICAN DREAM? AS WE WATCHED OUR LANDS TAKEN AND WITH A GROSS ENRICHMENT- THAT WE WERE THEN INSULTED TO FIND A NEW TREATY THAT READ- HOW THIS NEW TREATY TRUMPED OLD TREATY- AS ITS THE SOLUTION- THE POWER OF GOVERNMENT. THE REST IS HISTORY- NO DUE PROCESS FOR WE THE PEOPLE- WAS ANNEXED- AS WE ALSO FAUGHT NEXT TO OUR FELLOW AMERICAN SOLDIER- FOR THE RIGHTS TO AMERICA ‘S LAND AND THE CITIZENS- – WE THE PEOPLE, WHO WELCOMED DIVERSITY, AS WE WERE DISCRIMINATED AGAINST, AND WITH PREJUDICE, AFTER THE GREAT SACRIFICE OF OUR LAND- AS “HELLO” I KNOW WE ARE SHORT- BUT NOT STUPID, SO IMAGINE THE INSULT- AND THE DEVASTATION OF INCREDIBLE LOSS- AS THE PEOPLE WE FOUGHT AGAINST WERE THE VERY PEOPLE WHO WERE PAID- BUT NOT THOSE WHO FOUGHT FOR THE HOPE OF A BETTER LIFE WE DUBBED THE AMERICAN DREAM- THIS LAND IS OUR LAND THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND- THIS LAND WAS MADE FOR YOU AND ME- AS THE EXPENSE AND DEVASTING LOSS OF OUR LAND WITHOUT COMPENSATION…SO.BACK TO THIS WASTE OF TIME? IF IT DID NOT HAPPEN FOR WE THE PEOPLE BACK WHEN WE TRUSTED THE PROMISE OF IF WE THE PEOPLE HELPED IN THIS FIGHT FOR ANNEXATION OF TEJAS- WE WOULD BE REWARDED AND PAID-.. SO WHY ALL THIS HYPE?

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Vada
2 months ago

Sounds like the ultimate push for Marxism to me. Total control of the left and nix the voice of the people.

Rita
6 months ago

All governors and state legislators must reject this because it is TOTALLY UNCONSTITUTIONAL!

Marcia
6 months ago

Elections need to follow the current rules in place of in-person or absentee ballot. No mail-ins should be allowed. Requirement of valid government issued ID has to be included in being able to vote. Only people who have valid government issued IDs should be able to apply for absentee ballots. Mail-ins are not in any fashion reliable. I still get mail at a house I haven’t lived in for 38 years, just a case in point. I also applied to be an election inspector to put my money where my mouth is.

Susan Kyer
6 months ago

Thanks for the warning I am against giving Pelosi anymore power than she already has but I like a lot of Americans feel we won’t have another fair election so what’s the point so discouraged

Stillkickin
6 months ago
Reply to  Susan Kyer

I am seriously considering moving away from this country. It peaked about 20-25 years ago and has been on the decline since then. Politicians have lost sight of acting in the best interests of the people and borrow against the security of future generations just so they can have what they want now. Even children know that writing checks after the “account balance” is in the red is a foolish move. 27 trillion in debt – our main creditor (the Chinese) is going to feel justified in exacting the repayment soon. Will they just take the land ? Will they allow the current inhabitants to live ? They’ve built a “staging island” in the South Pacific and the Democrats will again reduce our military to impotence. Do Biden, Pelosi, Harris, Schumer, Swalwell (et al) really think that the Chinese will let them help rule ? The Chinese are already laughing at the naivete of the Democratic hierarchy. If HR 127 passes you’d better be ready to watch the liberals do anything they want and we won’t have anything to prevent it – especially if they pack the court to 15 justices. How’s your Mandarin ? Better study up ! On a brighter side maybe the Iranians will perfect their nukes and it will all be over quickly so they can enjoy their 72 virgin reward.

James
6 months ago

The republican party needs to investigate all aspects of this last election. The democrat party used mail-in ballots to cheat in so many different ways, I’m not sure they’ve all been discovered?

PaulE
6 months ago
Reply to  James

Much, if not all, of the evidence has all been destroyed by now. All the envelopes that the ballots came in have been destroyed. So no date or signature verification is possible. The voting machines have all had their logging data wiped clean. So there is no real trail of evidence to examine anymore to vote manipulation. The time for a serious investigation was in the first 24 to 72 hours after all the swing states all moved in unison towards Biden by very similar numbers on morning of November 4th. Both the DOJ and the FBI sat on their hands and did nothing, because the administrative state in D.C. wanted Biden to “win” by any means necessary.

It’s like people still looking for an investigation into Hillary’s illegal server years after the server and all associated cell phones she and her staff used have been reduced to ash. Literally the server and the cell phones have been burned to nothing. There is NOTHING left to examine.

If all you want is for the Republican party to go through the motions of a dog and pony investigation, where no new facts or evidence will be found but a LOT of money will be spent on a useless show, then great. But understand the window of opportunity to do a serious investigation of the 2020 election is long closed.

James
6 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

They have over 100 sworn affidavits. Not dog and pony show. They can learn a lot form those witnesses.

PaulE
6 months ago
Reply to  James

We have already heard from many of those witnesses and unfortunately for us, the justice department has ZERO interest in pursuing the truth. Neither does the Supreme Court, that has been cowed into submission out of fear of reprisals from ANTIFA and BLM mobs. Short of hardcopy printouts from the voting machines, which have all been thoroughly erased, to show the manipulations of physical votes, there isn’t anything that would force either the DOJ, FBI or Supreme Court to do their job. The portion of the American public that still relies on the msm for news is functionally brain dead. So they wouldn’t be able to functionaly process any of the testimony they might hear.

Having the same list of witnesses all testify before Congress, wouldn’t do anything because Congress has no ability to arrest or prosecute anyone. That is what I meant by it being a waste of time. Remember, the Democrats control both houses of Congress. So they are NOT gooing to authorize hearings for what we want. The republicans in Congress currently control NOTHING! They can complain all they want, but they have no power to do anything. Elections, even stolen ones, have consequences.

Congressional hearings are essentially dog and pony shows for the public. When was the last time a Congressional hearing resulted in someone high up being arrested and convicted? They are photo ops for politicians to use during re-election campaigns and I think the American people want real results. Not useless theater.

Pop
6 months ago

Liberals are already jacking up the theft machine to steal another election. May not have a “crisis” to hang another mail in vote on so lets change enough to keep the eye off the pea under the shell. Dad always told me if you have to cheat to win you didn’t really win anyway. Good saying but the left got the pirate in the drivers seat for a while anyway and he’s being as destructive as possible .Patriots have to stop this one or the Socialist take over for good.

TV Anderson
6 months ago

Of course, conservatives are against any legislature that would stop them from suppressing the vote. Democracy is poison To the Republicans, who don’t have majority support.

Big Mac
6 months ago
Reply to  TV Anderson

Nothing you have written supports the conservative’s views of AMAC …..

James
6 months ago
Reply to  Big Mac

The “T” in TV stands for Troll!

Becky S Elston
6 months ago

This is like the Civil War all over again. In the last civil war, state rights lost out, I hope that doesn’t happen again.

su jones
6 months ago

This is unconstitutional according to the 10th amendment. This is something that I taught in my government classes as we studied the Constitution. If passed, it could take years to go thru the courts.

NeverBiden
6 months ago

In the past few days, the Republican Party has lost its two greatest assets: 1. The Trump
presidency 2. Rush Limbaugh. The sad thing ( other than these two monumental losses) is that
many republicans don’t even realize it. Most DC republicans are plotting to ” get along ”
with the dims instead of torturing the dims which they should be doing. At least 5 Biden impeachment bills should have already been presented. Other than Trump, Cruz and Hawley, the
Repugnant Party has no fighters. Only docile , lets-just-be-friends, groupies.

TV Anderson
6 months ago
Reply to  NeverBiden

It’s sad but not unexpected that all you have is “owning the libs” for an ideology. I guess that when you’re part of a hate group, you have nothing but hate.

Big Mac
6 months ago
Reply to  TV Anderson

There it is ….. You are a Democratic Socialist

Jack Thomas
7 months ago

This odious bill is a product of an already 1-party government — the Democratic Party and the radical leftists who now control it. This is the result of the ignorance of half the American electorate
which was deluded enough to believe that Trump’s departure and Biden’s entrance would improve and preserve our American values and our republic.

Clearly, H.R. 1 will do the exact opposite. It imperils our republic. It puts our democratic process of self-governance in dire jeopardy through a bill that essentially gives the advantage to a single political party. Like so many legislative initiatives being planned by the left in the back rooms of Congress, this bill would strip constitutional protections from the States as well as from individual citizens.The right to vote in person must be restored in every State. Universal mail-in voting, “vote harvesting,” online voting, and granting the federal government total control of elections must be resolutely resisted by any American who values his or her freedom.

Contact your elected officials NOW. Make your voices against this un-American proposal heard loud and clear.The danger isn’t simply a power grab at the federal level, but also in “Blue” States where Democrat governors would relish the opportunity to stack the deck in favor of their party’s down-ballot candidates as well as President/ Vice-President in 2024.

TV Anderson
6 months ago
Reply to  Jack Thomas

The dems won. Nobody likes a sore loser.

Gay Sipes
7 months ago

We must be ever vigilent. Clearly there are secret combinations to overthrow this government as we know it and as the founders established it.

TV Anderson
6 months ago
Reply to  Gay Sipes

I think the side that successfully (though temporarily) overthrew Congress is the one trying to overthrow our constitutional government.

PTY
7 months ago

Makes one wonder just how the families of veterans feel at this point having paid the ultimate price,and those who came home disabled fighting for freedoms elsewhere only to see those very freedoms being eroded by an admin driven by power and greed. Perhaps every “so called rep” of this country should drive through the local veteran cemetery to fully understand the price paid for freedom.

TV Anderson
6 months ago
Reply to  PTY

I think that many would be happy that this wonderful legislation which protects our right to vote has been proposed.

Freedom is my Name
6 months ago
Reply to  TV Anderson

You have no shame.

R R Skenandore
7 months ago

How communistic of the Democratic crime enterprise?

kathleen lawless
7 months ago

How do we stop this? Everyday there is a new way to murder America. What is wrong with these people?Tell me what I can do besides donate to keep this horrible bill from passing

TV Anderson
6 months ago

You are being grifted. Keep your money, don’t listen to the lies these people are writing. They want to steal the people’s votes so they can continue to pillage the country.

Frank Wyrick
7 months ago

I am appalled at the big government takeover of our freedoms to speak openly about anything we want. I have always been against the 17th amendment which effectively took away a lot of the representation of the individual states at the federal level and I surely don’t want the federal government to take even more power from the states and in turn the people. These bills must be defeated and while we are at it the 17th amendment must be repealed!

Dr Scott
7 months ago

Please let us know when we’re needed to get ???? and ???? ???? ????

Dr Scott
7 months ago
Reply to  Dr Scott

Sorry for???
Call, write, and send emails, texts, etc about these hr1, sr1, hr127,etc

TV Anderson
6 months ago
Reply to  Dr Scott

And make sure that you say you support these bills, since they are bills that promote the protection of our democracy

jfl
7 months ago

I don’t know how much it will help, but I’m sharing this article with all of my friends. Thanks AMAC for bringing this to light – keep up the good work.

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