Ernst on the Democrats’ election bill: “This is not about democracy. It’s about changing the rules and tilting the scales in favor of the Democrats in Washington. – Press Releases
WASHINGTON — US Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), former Election Commissioner for Montgomery County, Iowa, spoke today in the Senate to castigate Democrats’ sweeping proposal that would force taxpayers to pay for campaigns politicians’ policies, eliminate voter identification at the ballot box, and give Washington, DC bureaucrats responsibility for America’s state and local electoral systems.
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Senator Ernst’s full remarks are below:
“With each new Congress, Bill number ‘S. 1 ‘is assigned to the priority legislation of the Majority.
It says a lot about the new Democratic majority that the bill they chose to design as S. 1 is putting themselves first… themselves.
“This bill creates a federal campaign fund to finance the expenses of candidates for Congress.
“Instead of tackling the important issues that preoccupy my compatriots in Iowa, such as the rising prices of gasoline, bread, milk and all kinds of household items, this bill literally removes money from American workers’ paychecks and put it in the campaign coffers, yes, politicians in Washington.
“Rather than helping Americans return to work, the Democrats’ top priority is to create a federal employment program for political consultants and pollsters.
“Taxpayer-subsidized robocalls interrupting your family dinner, junk mail cluttering your mailbox and attack ads that yell, yes, on your TV.
“And folks, you can’t – can’t unsubscribe either, because there’s no opting out.
“Think about the politician you dislike the most… now imagine your tax dollars funding their ads and flyers, campaign parties and rallies… that’s what this bill does.
“That’s right, the bill subsidizes politicians’ campaigns… your tax dollars help elect politicians who oppose your values.
“This idea is so unpopular that a New York poll found the majority leader’s own voters oppose public campaign funding by a 3 to 1 margin.
“While Democrats call the bill the ‘For the People Act’, a more appropriate title would be ‘Fund the Politicians Act’.
“These are the politicians in Washington – the same ones who just brought in credits to pay for their pet pig projects with their tax dollars – putting themselves first.
“The bill not only subsidizes the campaigns of politicians, it nationalizes elections.
“Washington would tell the rest of the country how you can select your representatives.
“It does this by creating a federal workaround for state voter identification laws by effectively eliminating the application of state identification requirements to polling stations.
“Think about what you need to do to show ID… drive a car, get on a plane, buy a beer, the list goes on.
“But Democrats think it’s better that we don’t need ID to vote.
“The majority of Americans disagree with the Democrats in Washington. 77 percent of voters support voter identification.
“And a little-known fact: that includes the support of 63% of Democrats and a vast majority of black and Hispanic voters.
“It’s all part of the Democrats’ larger plan and their total takeover to tip our political system in their favor: first, eliminate filibuster, then rig the election by eliminating integrity laws.” elections, like verifying voter identities, then adding new states, like the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, that will elect Democratic senators, and let’s not forget the plan to wrap the court.
“There are only 50 Democratic senators, but 60 votes are needed to end debate on legislation in the Senate.
“Therefore, Democrats must remove filibuster in order to pass S. 1. — their priority legislation.”
“It’s true, changing the rules in order to fundamentally change the country.
“And I would remind people: My friends across the way are looking to do away with the same tool – filibuster – that they used 327 times last year just when they were in the minority.
“If they chose to change the rules, they would destroy the long and proud history of this chamber as the world’s greatest deliberative body.
“The current Senate Deputy Majority Leader made it clear in 2018 in no uncertain terms that the end of filibuster” would be the end of the Senate as it was originally conceived and created going back to our founding fathers “.
“Because the election takeover is just as drastic and largely unconstitutional, the Democrats’ judicial tampering plan is another key element in the consecration of S. 1.
“People, we can all see this for what it is, a transparent room for permanent political power.
“It’s not about democracy. It’s about changing the rules and tilting the scales in favor of the Democrats in Washington.
“As a former local election commissioner, I believe that elections are always better held at state and local level, and I will continue to push back against attempts by my colleagues to federalize our elections.”