Democratic lawmakers have made no secret of their effort to exploit a slim legislative majority to push through a series of clearly partisan proposals.
Part of that agenda is a bill that would impose federal standards on state and local elections — but Republicans reportedly used the filibuster rule to their advantage in essentially blocking the controversial legislation.
“Transparently partisan plan”
According to the Daily Wire, GOP opponents have described the so-called “For the People Act” as a way to rig elections in favor of Democrats.
Therefore, when the matter came up for a vote in the evenly divided Senate, it only received the support of Democrats and failed to reach the 60 votes that would clear the filibuster threshold and advance the bill beyond Congress.
In a recent Senate floor speech, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) laid out in detail why he and others in his party were so unified in their opposition to the bill.
He asserted that the vote represented the Democratic Party’s “transparently partisan plan to tilt every election in America permanently in their favor,” adding that “the rotten inner workings of this power grab” was exposed in the process.
“We know that it would shatter a decades-old understanding that campaign law should have a bipartisan referee, and turn the Federal Election Commission into a partisan-majority cudgel for Democrats to wield against their political opponents,” McConnell added.
“Stop this partisan power grab”
The Kentucky Republican complained that the bill “would let Washington bureaucrats direct federal dollars into politicians’ campaign accounts — government money for yard signs and attack ads” as well as allowing “Democrats take a red pen to election laws in each of the 50 states, neutering popular precautions like voter ID while legalizing shady practices like ballot harvesting across the board.”
McConnel further expressed concerns that the legislation would result in political intimidation by mandating the public disclosure of private citizen donors to non-profit and political organizations.
While he acknowledged that nothing included in the proposal represented a new concept, the Senate leader said that a number of prior efforts had been rebranded with a new and deceptive name.
“Today, the Senate is going to fulfill our founding purpose, stop this partisan power grab, and reject S.1,” he accurately predicted.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) similarly touted his party’s unified front against the legislation, declaring after the vote: “This is a huge win for the citizens of the United States. This is a huge win for democracy, and it’s a huge win for the integrity of elections.”