(CNS News) -- When asked whether a person should be required to show an ID in order to vote, as is often required to purchase alcohol, House Rep. Jack Bergman (R-Mich.) said that among the many things he had to do in his life, such as join the military or travel on a plane, he had to show an ID.
At the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, CNS News asked Bergman, “Should a person have an ID to purchase alcohol?”
Bergman said, “I think there are many things that the person needs ID for – yes.”
CNS News then asked, “All right, and how about to vote?”
The congressman replied, “I think so. But the point is I’m Jack Bergman, retired Marine lieutenant general, third term in Congress, but I was also an airline pilot. And of all the things I’ve done in my life, whether it be travel on an aircraft or be part of the military, you had to be able to identify who you were.”
Through their sweeping electoral change legislation, the For the People Act, which was filibustered in the Senate last week, Democrats sought to expand federal power over elections and undercut state voter ID laws. Although the legislation is going nowhere now, Democrats are pushing alternative bills.
On June 25, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said, “[I]n the first five months of this year alone, nearly 400 voter restriction bills have been introduced across 48 states [by Republicans]. This voter suppression campaign, deepened by vicious gerrymandering and a torrent of secret special interest money, cannot go unanswered.” https://pelosi.house.gov/news/press-releases/pelosi-statement-on-eight-years-since-the-shelby-county-v-holder-decision
“Congress will continue the fight to pass H.R. 1, which would secure the ballot for voters now,” said Pelosi. “As we do, we must also secure the ballot for the future, and so we will continue to advance H.R. 4, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.”
The Republican National Committee has denounced the Democrats’ efforts, saying, “Democrats are currently attempting a partisan power grab with their radical H.R. 1/S. 1 ‘For The Politicians Act.’” This bill, filibustered for the time-being, “is a federal takeover of state elections that would eviscerate commonsense state voter ID laws currently in place in many states, force states to allow ballot harvesting, and make taxpayers fund the campaigns of career politicians.” https://www.gop.com/republicans-are-protecting-election-integrity-nationwide-rsr/