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Davis explains opposition to Dems’ Federal Election debacle



WASHINGTON DC – What exactly do Republicans oppose in the federal election legislation that passed earlier this week? 

Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis esplained his views on H.R. 1 – what he refers to as "the largest expansion of the federal government's role in our elections." As Committee on House Administration Ranking Member, Davis delivered this opening statement at a recent hearing on elections.

Davis' remarks focused on the federal election mandates, public funding of campaigns, and attacks on the First Amendment within H.R. 1, which passed the US House this week with only Democrats supporting.

Davis invited a witness that has experience running elections to testify in committee about the real-life impact H.R. 1 would have on states and localities working to administer elections. The written testimony for Ricky Hatch, who is the County Clerk/Auditor for Weber County, Utah, can be found HERE.


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  1. HR 1 is unconstitutional!! The “For the People Act” (HR 1) is unconstitutional as outside the scope of the legislative powers granted to Congress by the Constitution. It is also contrary to Art. I, Sec. 2, cl. 1, U.S. Constitution, which shows that prescribing qualifications and registration of voters is a pre-existing power expressly reserved by the States.
    Congress is granted by Art. I, Sec. 4, cl. 1, a very limited power over the “holding” of “Elections”: This is the so-called “elections clause” which the federal government is using to gobble up Art. I, Sec. 2, cl.1. But the federal government acts unlawfully because the “elections clause” is expressly restricted to “The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections” it does not extend to prescribing qualifications & registration of voters. That power was retained by the states