BREAKING: the House just passed legislation to get big money out of our politics, expand voting rights, and hold our elected officials to a higher ethical standard. Let’s get this passed in the Senate. #ForThePeople
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) March 8, 2019
The House did its job, and now it's the Senate's turn.
We have the opportunity to come together and pass sweeping voting rights legislation to expand and protect voters' access to the ballot box.
— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) March 8, 2019
The Washington Post, paper of record in the company town where national politics is the monopoly industry, has a good explainer:
The House approved a far-reaching elections and ethics bill Friday — one that would change the way congressional elections are funded, impose new voter-access mandates on states and, in one of several provisions targeting President Trump, force disclosure of presidential candidates’ tax returns.
Democrats dubbed the bill H.R. 1, a designation meant to signal its place as a centerpiece of their congressional agenda. The measure, which has more than 500 pages, contains dozens of provisions favored by liberal advocacy groups, labor unions and other Democratic allies.
“It’s a power grab, a power grab on behalf of the people,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said at an event on the Capitol steps ahead of the planned vote.
The bill is headed for a brick wall in the Republican-controlled Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has made clear it will not get a vote. However, Democrats and their allies said the bill’s passage would build momentum for action in coming years if and when Democrats solidify control in Washington.
“If Mitch McConnell is the immovable object, H.R. 1 is the unstoppable force,” said Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.), the lead author of the bill. “We’ll keep pushing on it.”…
Read the whole thing for a full list of the bill’s (excellent!) provisions.
This is about instilling the confidence of the American people in the political process, in what happens in government, that it is the people’s interests that are being served. So yes: it’s a power grab, a power grab on behalf of the people. -NP https://t.co/1RlH7JhgB1
— Nancy Pelosi (@TeamPelosi) March 8, 2019
Ed Kilgore, at NYMag:
… Aside from its scope, what’s most remarkable about HR1 is that every single House Democrat voted for it… And every Republicans voted against it, which means the GOP is determined to use barriers to full participation in elections — along with related abuses like partisan gerrymandering and unregulated campaign spending — to maintain its competitive position, regardless of public opinion….
The vote on HR1 should also provide something of a counterargument to all the recent “Democrats in disarray” story lines stemming from intraparty debates over socialism or Israel. No, the bill won’t even get a hearing in the Senate, where Mitch McConnell has denounced it as the “Democrat Politician Protection Act.” Mitch has a point: It might well help Democrats in the long run, for the rather honorable reason that they are defending rather than resisting the full expression of the popular will.
— Matthew Chapman (@fawfulfan) March 8, 2019