Sen. McConnell: It’s Democrats’ H.R. 1, Not Georgia’s Law, that Creates a ‘Stunning, One-Party Takeover’ of Elections

By Craig Bannister | April 22, 2021 | 1:23pm EDT
Sen. Mitch McConnell

While Democrats falsely vilify Georgia’s new election integrity law, they’re trying to pass a law that gives their party absolute control over the entire nation’s election system, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Thursday.

Democrats don’t want Americans to read the text of Georgia’s election law, because “the facts deflate the narrative” their party is pushing, McConnell said in a Senate speech opposing H.R. 1, Democrats’ so-called “For the People” bill:

“Earlier this week, the Democratic leadership of the Judiciary Committee convened a hearing with the embarrassing title of ‘Jim Crow 2021.’ It was the latest effort to use shocking rhetoric to distract from the specific details of actual voting laws in states like Georgia.

“Amazingly, one of our Democratic colleagues testified before the Committee that people actually shouldn’t bother combing through the specifics of that law. He suggested that, quote, ‘narrow analysis only obscures the larger, unmistakable picture.’ Put another way, the facts deflate the narrative.

“Misrepresentations of Georgia’s election law have been debunked by fact-checkers. The real ‘unmistakable picture’ is that the bill would expand early voting and make no changes to current Election Day hours. None. Ironically, Democrats’ own star witness at this week’s hearing once sponsored and supported an earlier effort that would have cut early voting days in Georgia in half. 

“The facts puncture the left’s big lie.”

The truth is that Democrats are actually the ones trying to legislate a takeover of voter laws and elections – nationally, and in every one of the 50 states, Sen. McConnell said:

“Much of this overheated rhetoric seems like simple projection. Because there is indeed a piece of legislation that would create a stunning one-party takeover of voting laws and elections in our country. 

“That would be Washington Democrats’ darling, H.R. 1.

“This is the bill that was first introduced in 2019, with many Democrats still in denial that a Republican had won the White House in 2016. It was marketed at that time as a wholesale transformation designed to salvage a broken democracy. But now that Democrats got an election outcome they liked better in 2020, what is essentially a Xerox copy of that same overhaul is now being marketed as a modest step to maintain the status quo.

“The first sales pitch was actually more honest. This 800-plus-page takeover would give Washington Democrats unprecedented control over 50 states’ election laws... over a newly-partisan Federal Election Commission over policing Americans’ political speech. That’s what it would do.”

But, in order to turn America into a one-party system by passing H.R. 1 and adding additional justices to the Supreme Court, Democrats need to change the rules of the Senate, Sen. McConnell said:

“Now, Democrats know that the same Senate rules they happily used for the last six years will not make it easy to launch this awful proposal.

“So this is another important piece in their plan: They’re aiming the same wild rhetoric at the Senate’s own rules.

“The legislative filibuster, which senior Democrats have loudly and proudly defended, which Democrats used repeatedly in recent years, all of a sudden has now become an offensive and outdated relic overnight.

“Isn’t it amazing how this new awakening only happened when Democrats felt they had a chance to retake the majority?”

Democrats are “rewriting the rule of American politics to exclusively benefit one side: their side,” McConnell concluded:

“The American people can see right through this. Nobody’s fooled.

“Nobody’s fooled by their desperation to rewrite 50 states’ election laws... or the campaign to pack the Supreme Court... or the attempt to pack the Senate with new blue states.

“Rewriting the rules of American politics to exclusively benefit one side: their side.

“That was Democrats’ false charge in Georgia. But it’s exactly what they’re trying to do in this Capitol on a national scale.”

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) calls H.R. 1 the "single most dangerous piece of legislation before Congress."

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