Rouzer on H.R. 1

March 2, 2021

Tomorrow, the House is expected to vote on the Democrats’ H.R. 1, legislation that imposes a host of unconstitutional Washington mandates on the way North Carolina and other states run their elections.

Here are just some of the most outrageous provisions included in the legislation:

  • Funds congressional and presidential campaigns with taxpayer dollars.
    • Creates a 6:1 funding match to any small donor contributions of $200 or less in a congressional or presidential campaign – meaning for every $200, the federal government will match $1,200. Partisan attack ads would be funded by your taxpayer dollars.  If you are a liberal, do you want your tax dollars going to fund the Trump campaign should he run for a second term?  After all, he is the most prolific small dollar fundraiser of all time.  Nor do I want my taxpayer dollars going to fund Bernie Sanders or AOC. 

  • Nationalizes elections and centralizes its administration in Washington, D.C.
    • Oversteps the bounds established by the Constitution by impeding the states’ ability to determine their registration and voting practices, as protected under Article 1, Section 4 of the Constitution, and by mandating ethics standards for the Supreme Court, violating the separation of powers.

  • Makes “pandemic-style” election changes permanent.
    • in 2020, states rushed to make changes in the name of COVID-19, like expanding mail-in voting without safeguards to protect ballot integrity, which created chaos, increased irregularities, and undermined public trust in our election process.  H.R. 1 makes many of these changes permanent.

  • Imposes liberal California voting methods on every state.
    • H.R. 1 would force states to permanently expand mail-in voting, legalize ballot harvesting, and rescind voter ID laws.

  • Weaponizes the Federal Election Commission (FEC).
    • Alters the current bipartisan makeup of the current six member commission equally divided between Republicans and Democrats to a partisan five-member commission and establishes a “Speech Czar”, limiting free speech.
  • Destroys the First Amendment.
    • H.R. 1 would drastically limit free speech and impose vague standards that disadvantage all groups who wish to advocate on behalf of any legislative issue, specifically requiring them to disclose the names of donors who donate above a certain threshold.  (Why do they want this?  So they can bully donors.)

  • Disregards state voter identification laws and provisional ballot rules.
    • Forces states to allow sworn statements to be used in place of identification and signature verification.  Forces states to count provisional ballots cast outside of the voter’s correct precinct.

  • Removes states’ ability to decide how their districts are drawn.
    • Mandates the use of independent redistricting commissions for creating congressional districts, removing states’ flexibility to choose the best systems for the needs of their citizens.  (There is no such thing as an “independent” redistricting commission.  They almost always have a liberal bias — nor are they accountable to the public as the state legislature is.) 

Rest assured, I’ll be voting “no” on this unconstitutional legislation tomorrow.