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Republicans' Stance On HR 1 Confirms They Prefer A Rigged System

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"Leader McConnell, we're proud we want more people to vote. Why are you ashamed of it? Why do you run away from it?"

Without calling out Sen McConnell by name, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) responded:

"One senator said this is a power grab. Yes it is. It's a power grab for the American people."

Jennifer Epps-Addison, network president and co-executive director for the Center for Popular Democracy, said in a statement:

"In the years since the Supreme Court struck down critical protections in the Voting Rights Act, voters of color have faced intimidation, voter suppression and an outright theft of our electoral power. HR 1, the For the People Act, is a step forward in ensuring that all of us, no matter who we vote for, what we look like, or what we believe, can have our voices heard in our democracy. It improves access to the ballot, strengthens election security, ends partisan gerrymandering, and bolsters oversight and accountability of elected officials. Democracy is best when all of us can participate in it."

On a Washington Post opinion column just after the November mid-term election, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md), HR 1's sponsor, announced:

"During the campaign, Democrats declared unequivocally that we would clean up corruption to make Washington work for the people. We pledged to reduce the role of money in politics, to restore ethics and integrity to government, and to strengthen voting laws. We now have our marching orders. The new Democratic House is ready to deliver with H.R. 1: a bold reform package to restore the promise of our democracy a government of, by and for the people."

Republicans are not interested in reducing the role of money in politics, restoring ethics and integrity to government, or strengthening voting laws.

Their dissent is proof.

This from the party of "patriots."

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