- Senator Lindsey Graham continued Sunday to reject the principle of the For the People Act.
- Graham said he would also oppose Senator Joe Manchin’s compromise proposal.
- âWe had the highest turnout in history in the United States, and states are responsible for voting in America,â he said.
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GOP Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina on Sunday lambasted the radical Democrats’ voting rights bill, saying even a compromise crafted by Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia would not pass the rally.
The “For the People Act”, also known as HR1 or S.1., end partisan gerrymandering, expand advance and postal voting, and establish national standards for voter registration, among other measures.
During an appearance On “Fox News Sunday,” Graham called the legislation a “bad idea” and rejected Manchin’s efforts to garner Republican support by reducing some of the bill’s provisions.
âIn my opinion, SR 1 is the biggest takeover in the history of the country,â he said. “It requires the collection of ballots, not voter identification. It prevents states from being able to redistribute when you have population changes. It’s just a bad idea, and it’s a problem that most Republicans aren’t going to sign – they’re trying to solve an issue that most Republicans have a different take on. “
Manchin, who opposes S.1. in its current form, last week introduced a compromise bill.
While he supports automatic voter registration and makes Election Day a public holiday, his bill would allow voter identification provisions that Democrats have not included in legislation.
Leading Democrats including National Party Chairman Jaime Harrison of South Carolina, former Georgia State Minority Leader Stacey Abrams and former Representative Beto O’Rourke of Texas all approved Manchin’s proposal.
“Congress action on federal voting rights legislation must be the result of Democrats and Republicans coming together to find a way forward, otherwise we risk dividing and further destroying the republic we have sworn to. protect and defend as elected officials, âManchin wrote last week.
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Graham continued to reject Manchin’s proposal, despite his positive working relationship with the Democratic senator.
âWell one, I like Joe Manchin a lot, but we had the biggest turnout in US history, and states are responsible for voting in America, so I don’t like the idea of take the power to recut away from state lawmakers, âhe said.
He added: “You are moving people from the blue states to the red states. Under this proposal, you would have some sort of commission that would redesign the new districts, and I don’t like that. I want states where people move to have control over how to allocate new seats in Congress. â
While several Democratic-leaning states, including Illinois and Pennsylvania, are on the verge of losing congressional ridings due to population displacement, some Republican-dominated states are also losing seats. Ohio and West Virginia, which have trended “red” in recent election cycles, each lose a congressional district.
Last week, GOP Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky also rejected the compromise proposal.
âI would make that observation about the revised version.â¦ All Republicans, I think, would also oppose it if that was what surfaced,â he said.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has scheduled a vote on Tuesday that would start debate on the bill, despite the likelihood of a GOP-led obstruction.
The voting rights bill would have to cross the 60 vote threshold to resist legislative obstruction and proceed to a vote where it could be passed by simple majority.
“Our goal remains crystal clear: to protect the right to vote, strengthen our democracy and end the wave of voter repression that is sweeping our country,” the New York Democrat said last week.