WASHINGTON, DC  Congressman Rouzer released the statement below following House consideration of H.R. 1:

“The new Democratic majority has made clear its top priority is putting in place measures to allow the federal government to interfere in our country’s election system forcing taxpayers to fund campaigns they may not support.  A ‘one size fits all’ federally mandated approach, at the expense of hard-earned taxpayer dollars, is not in the best interest of our citizens or nation, which is why I strongly oppose this measure.”

Background information on H.R. 1:

  • H.R. 1 takes hard-earned taxpayer dollars and puts them into the campaigns of politicians.   The bill creates a 6:1 government match for all small donor contributions of $200 of less – meaning that for every $200, the federal government will match $1,200.  This program would cost billions of taxpayer dollars per year.
    • Taxpayer dollars will be going to support entrenched politicians and political consultants who the American people may not necessarily agree with or want to support.
    • Creates a new voucher pilot program that provides eligible voters a $25 voucher of taxpayer dollars for individuals to donate to any campaign of their choosing.
    • Authorizes an inappropriate use of taxpayer dollars by granting federal employees six days of paid vacation to serve as poll watchers.
  • H.R. 1 increases the election system’s vulnerability for fraud by creating a “one size fits all” federally mandated approach to voter registration and voting practices.  This will force states to adopt election practices with no safeguards.
    • In place of government issued ID’s, this measure would accept sworn statements of identification which will lower the integrity of the voter registration and voting system.
    • This bill would make it mandatory to accept provisional ballots at any location – even if someone votes at the wrong polling precinct.  These votes could sway local elections not applicable to the voter.
    • Same-day registration would become mandatory opening the possibility for fraud with little to no verification measures.
  • H.R. 1 places limits on free speech by imposing vague standards that disadvantage all groups who wish to advocate on any legislative issue.
    • This measure restricts speech by requiring groups speaking about federal candidates and elected officials to file more reports with the Federal Elections Commission (FEC).
    • Would require groups speaking about legislative and policy issues to file FEC reports even if the speech has no impact on any election campaign or wasn’t said in an election year.