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The nation needs approval of the House Democrats’ signature political reform bill to prevent state officials–such as former secretary of state Kris Kobach in her home state–who work to prevent many citizens from casting ballots, says freshman Rep. Sharice Davids (D-Kan.).
“So, you know, I think that HR-1 gets to the heart of what a lot of folks feel is a problem with our government and elected officials which is that we have a lack of trust between our government and the way it’s being operated and the people who depend on our government to make sure that we all have access to opportunity, and when we think about what is the core of that,” Davids says.
“A lot of it has to do with huge amounts of money that are in politics and we need to increase the transparency of that. But it also has to do very acutely and as somebody from Kansas, you know, Kris Kobach was our secretary of state and was notoriously made it hard for people who are eligible to vote. He made it so much harder for folks to get to the ballot box. …
“This bill, particularly the piece of H.R.-1 and the part that I’m putting up has a lot to do with making sure that there’s accountability and that every vote counts,” Davids adds. “So if you have someone who is blocking your ability to vote that can you go straight to the Department of Justice and, you know, you have some recourse there to make sure that you’re not being left out of the democratic process. It’s really the foundation of our democracy.”
The bill, designated H.R. 1, the For The People Act, is an overall political reform package, which is a high priority for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
The Democratic House is expected to approve the bill easily.
Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been opposed to the bill from the beginning, however.
“I certainly don’t plan to even bring it to the floor here in the Senate,” McConnell said from the Senate floor.
Asked why he wasn’t giving it a vote, he sniped, “Because I get to decide what we vote on.”