WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) delivered floor remarks regarding how the Democrats' continue to push their election agenda.
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You can read the transcript below or in the Congressional Record.
Madam President, it has been so interesting to talk
with Tennesseans over the past couple of weeks, and it is interesting
in the vein that they are beginning to really question some of the
proposals that my Democratic colleagues are bringing forward and items
that they are pushing from the left side of the aisle.
I have to tell you that I honestly can't blame them. After all, when
they promised COVID relief, they delivered a blue State bailout, which
was something that was not popular in Tennessee. They said that they
were going to be all for some much needed infrastructure projects. In
Tennessee, we like to talk about this in terms of roads and railways
and runways and rivers. Yet what did the people from Tennessee hear?
They heard all about the Green New Deal, they heard about incentives
for electric vehicles, and they heard about alternative energy. They
looked at that infrastructure bill and said: This is fantasyland.
Then, when they promised to support families and children, what did
you get from the left side of the aisle? You got support for expanding
the welfare state.
Now Senate Democrats have promised to vote on legislation that they
claim is going to make our elections more transparent. Hmm. That is
interesting. Surprising no one, the bill the Democrats are trying to
sell to the American people will do exactly the opposite.
Of course, in typical fashion of the House, what did it do? It gave
it a friendly sounding name--the For the People Act--but in actuality,
this is a bill that would take away rights and responsibilities from
the American people.
They are saying: This is going to be about transparency. Well, when
we think of transparency, we think of things that are going to be seen,
of things that are going to be easily understood. We think of things
from which the activity within is going to be made available so that
people can see this. It should follow, then, that a bill that is
promising transparent elections would be there to help voters
understand the rules, trust the people in charge, and cast their votes
of confidence. It would not be a bill that would seize control from
local officials and place it in the hands of unelected Washington
bureaucrats, and it would not be a bill that would make it literally
impossible to stand up polling places. It certainly would not be a bill
that would erode confidence in ballot integrity, but that is what we
have. It just doesn't make sense what they are trying to do when it
comes to voting.
Even with all of this, my Democratic colleagues have spent most of
this year trying to sell the American public on a bill that would
centralize power, that would impose burdensome rules on State and local
governments, and that would take away constitutional responsibilities
and rights and all but ensure rampant voter fraud. That is correct. A
piece of legislation that would do--what?--make it easier to cheat.
So, in the interest of the transparency my Democratic colleagues have
promised, let's take a closer look at the legislation they are pushing
Like most proposals they have tried to force through this year, this
latest, brazen political power grab is built on a foundation of
unreasonable mandates--mandates from the Federal Government to the
State and local governments. Yet, rather than simplifying the process,
these new rules would throw your local elections into chaos.
If passed, the provisions in this bill would mandate the use of
ballot casting technology and voter registration systems that don't
even exist yet. That is correct. What is being mandated is not in
existence, but when it does come to exist, you can bet that it will
cost a fortune, that it will come with a steep learning curve, and that
there will be buddies of the Democratic Party that will make a bucket
The same automatic registration procedures that failed voters in
California and Illinois will fail voters in every State in this
It would force States to stand aside for activists running ballot
harvesting schemes--and, indeed, ballot harvesting is a scheme. Anyone
who has ever watched one of these campaigns in action knows that
forcing officials to tolerate them is an invitation for these activists
to engage in a little sleight of hand, if you will.
In fact, this bill truly outdoes itself when it comes to encouraging
fraud. Its hallmark provision would ban meaningful voter ID laws and
stop State and local officials from cleaning up their voter rolls. This
bill strips away every commonsense defense against voter fraud.
It would also inject fear into the process by mandating donor
disclosure and weaponizing a partisan FEC against minority political
The American people know there is only one reason you would work this
hard to remove transparency from elections: They are seeking to remove
transparency from the voter. Truth be told, many of my colleagues
across the aisle know it, too, which is why this bill has earned
I have spent the better part of 2 years coming to the floor to object
to various iterations of this bill, and I will continue to do so until
my colleagues abandon this partisan power grab.