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GOP Senator: For the People Act Is 'Quite Scary'

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Posted: Mar 25, 2021 10:00 AM
GOP Senator: For the People Act Is 'Quite Scary'

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American voters don't ask for much. They want elections that are fair and free from fraud, Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) noted on Wednesday.

But, like many conservative lawmakers, Barrasso is afraid that Democrats' For the People Act, or H.R. 1, does nothing to live up to its name.

"When I see what the Democrats are proposing that's come over from the House, to me that is radical, extreme, dangerous, and I find it quite scary," Barrasso said.

"The Democrats say you don't have to register to vote," he explained. Instead, automatic registration is triggered when people sign up for health care, unemployment, etc.

In addition, the Democrats "want to send out ballots all over the place to people who may not be registered."

Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, Barrasso said, are essentially saying "they are smarter than you" and that it should be up to the federal government, not the states, how to run elections.

Oh, and the "For the People Act" is taxpayer-funded.

By contrast, Barrasso said the Republican-introduced Save Democracy Act includes voter registration and other essential provisions to help protect election integrity. The bill was introduced by Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) and co-sponsored by Barrasso, Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), and Sen. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY).

"The Save Democracy Act establishes common sense, nation-wide standards and requirements for voter ID, mail-in ballots and vote counting," Sen. Scott said. "To restore confidence in our elections, we need consistency and the ability to ensure accurate and timely election results. I look forward to my colleagues joining in this effort to help our country move forward, restore public trust and protect the democracy our nation cherishes."