– U.S. Senator Pat Toomey released the following statement after voting in
opposition to the so-called For the People Act:
highly flawed, partisan bill is not about ‘voting rights,’ or fighting
disenfranchisement - it is about Democrats’ longstanding efforts to usurp
states’ rights in order to tip the scales of future elections in their favor.
Among its most egregious provisions, the so-called ‘For the People Act’ would
effectively nullify state voter ID laws, mandate public funding of political campaigns,
and transform the Federal Election Commission into a partisan body empowered to
limit free speech.”
For the People Act has a number of problematic provisions,
including, but not limited to:
public financing to political campaigns to the tune of 6:1 matching funds for
certain small dollar donations
finance provisions that even the left-leaning ACLU has said would “chill” free
the FEC into a partisan agency that could limit the free speech of its
nullifying state voter ID laws
the groundwork for D.C. statehood
the idea that this legislation is in response to misguided claims about the
2020 election, or recently enacted state laws does not hold water, as the U.S.
House of Representatives passed a nearly identical bill in March of 2019.