House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused Republicans on Sunday of undermining democracy by pushing state voting reform laws as the congresswoman pushes her own party’s federal voting rights bill.
Pelosi shared the comments during CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday with Margaret Brennan.
“There is nothing more important for us to do than protect our constitution and our democracy,” Pelosi said.
“What the Republicans are doing across the country is really a legislative continuation of what they did on January 6, which is to undermine our democracy, to undermine the integrity of our elections, to undermine the voting power, which is the essence of a democracy.
“So we have to do that bill. There is no more important bill that enables us to support and defend the constitution of the United States,” she added.
As she blames Republicans for wanting to rig elections and Democrats claim state voter reform is another “Jim Crow” law, the left is pushing a Voting Rights bill that would federalize many current state voting rights. In other words, instead of letting each state decide how to best manage election rules, the federal government would take over and make the rules.
And how will those rules be made? Since Democrats currently hold the power in the House and Senate, it’s pretty clear the left would be in charge of making the rules for all 50 states. That’s much different than letting each state decide what works best.
In fact, it’s the opposite of Pelosi’s claim. She has accused GOP state lawmakers of trying to change election laws in their party’s favor. Instead, her party’s bill would do that exact thing, but for Democrats.
It’s a bold move, and one our nation has never seen passed. Lawmakers have long known that the danger in letting the federal government having more control of voting laws leads to whatever party is in charge at the federal level controlling how elections are run. That’s not good for either party, but Democrats are resorting to extreme legislation as state-level efforts are failing and time is running out to do something about it before the next elections this November.
But the question is will it pass? Right now, the voting rights bill would easily pass the House that is under Pelosi’s control. They simply have the numbers to do it with or without the support of a single Republican. In the Senate, it’s a different story. If Republicans stick together on this issue, they only need one sane Democrat to join them.
West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin and Arizona Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema have so far signaled they are unlikely to support changing voting laws to help their party. Unless something changes their minds, we’ll hopefully keep voting laws in the hands of state leaders, one step closer to the people. After all, it’s government of the people, by the people and for the people in America. Time to make sure it stays that way.