Sen. Mike Lee on H.R. 1 ‘This is a Bill As If Written in Hell by the Devil Himself’

By Craig Bannister | March 10, 2021 | 1:22pm EST
Sen. Mike Lee

“Everything about this bill is rotten to the core,” Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) says, declaring that the Democrats’ H.R. 1 bill looks like it was “written in hell by the devil himself.”

H.R. 1, dubbed “The For the People Act” and scheduled for a House vote this week, mandates automatic voter registration nationwide, loosens voter identification requirements, restores the voting rights of convicted felons, and expands mail-in voting. It also promotes granting statehood to Washington, D.C. – a move that would grant Democrats two additional senators.

Appearing on Fox & Friends on Wednesday, Sen. Lee expressed opposition to “every single word” in the bill, which he says is “wildly unconstitutional,” would rob states of their authority to regulate elections, and ensure that Democrats would remain in power for decades:

"I think I disagree with every single word in HR1, including the words ‘but,’ ‘and,’ and ‘the.’ Everything about this bill is rotten to the core. This is a bill as if written in hell by the devil himself.

“This takes all sorts of decisions that the federal government really has no business making. It takes them away from the states, makes them right here in Washington D.C. by Congress, apparently in an effort to ensure an institutionally, revolutionary-Democratic party, of sorts - one that can remain in power for many decades to come.

“It does this by taking away these decisions. Elections in America have always been conducted at the state and local levels. They are completely flipping that principle on its head so that all these things can be micromanaged from Washington. That’s wrong. That’s really wrong; it’s bad policy. As much as anything else, it’s wildly unconstitutional.”

Sen. Lee says the bill’s name, “The For the People Act,” is “Orwellian” in its misleading, dishonest description:

“It’s got this Orwellian name – a thing about ‘the people’ – but, it’s really about Washington, D.C. saying, ‘We’re in charge. You don’t get a say any more,’ if you’re at the state and local level.”

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