House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was instrumental in pushing through the progressive “For the People Act,” which recently passed in the Democratic-controlled House and seeks to overhaul the nation’s electoral system.
As the U.S. Senate considers similar legislation, however, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is speaking out against what he dubbed a “shameless power grab” by elected Democrats.
“Designed to corrupt the election process”
The House bill, officially titled H.R. 1, would place certain aspects of federal elections under the dictates of Congress.
In a hearing on Wednesday, the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration discussed details of the Senate proposal, prompting Cruz to shred the bill as a highly partisan bid to bolster Democrats’ political power.
“This bill is designed to corrupt the election process permanently,” the Texas Republican said, according to the Washington Examiner. “And it is a brazen and shameless power grab by Democrats.”
He went on to lament the fact that “the No. 1 priority of Democrats is not COVID, it’s not immunizations, it’s not getting people back to work, it’s not getting kids back in school — it’s keeping Democrats in power for 100 years.”
Cruz speculated that they would “do this by instituting a bill that will promote widespread fraud and illegal voting,” as the Examiner noted.
“Finding ways to rebuild trust”
Citing specific concerns about the Senate bill, Cruz said that it would “automatically register” anyone who obtains a driver’s license, attends a public university, or falls into a number of other groups.
He also claimed that “everyone knows” there are “millions of illegal aliens” who have been able to meet such requirements and, if the bill becomes law, they would be registered to vote.
The senator’s remarks on Capitol Hill echoed an op-ed he wrote regarding the perceived dangers posed by H.R. 1, which he said should be renamed the “Corrupt Politicians Act.”
In addition to providing for expanded voting rights and policies like allowing partisan operatives to collect absentee ballots on behalf of voters, Democrats are also attempting to eliminate state-level measures favored by Republicans, such as voter identification laws and signature-matching requirements.
Cruz is not alone in denouncing the Senate’s version of the House bill, of course. According to USA Today, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said this week: “We can’t afford to go further down this road. We should be finding ways to rebuild trust, not destroy it further. But that’s exactly what a partisan power grab would guarantee.”