Democrats' Want The Opposite of Free And Fair Elections

July 14, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) delivered floor remarks regarding the Democrats' continued push for their 'For the People Act'.


To watch Senator Blackburn’s speech, click below or here.



You can read the transcript below or in the Congressional Record.


Mr. President, before I begin my remarks, I do want

to respond to my colleague and his comments about the For the People

Act, which the Democratic Party is continuing to push.

Now, I will say that I am pleased to learn that many of my Democratic

colleagues are standing up against the Jim Crow-era policies that their

party put in place, the work that their party did with the KKK and

other entities to block and obstruct access to the voting booth. And I

will remind him also that the 1965 Voting Rights Act was a very solidly

bipartisan effort that took place here in this Chamber.

And in regard to their S. 1, H.R. 1, For The People Act, it is

anything but the For the People Act. What this would do is make it

easier to cheat and harder to vote. We should be working to make it

easier to vote and harder to cheat. That is what election integrity is

all about, and that is what the American people would like to see.

What this bill would do, their S. 1, H.R. 1, would federalize

elections. Now, many in this Chamber may have served on an election

commission or been the secretary of state in their State, and they

fully appreciate and understand it is the constitutional duty--the

constitutional duty--of the States to set the time, place, and manner

of elections, and that the voter rolls are maintained there in your

local county by citizens who serve on the election commission and who

work those polls. But this bill that the Democrats are wanting to pass

would, in essence, do away with voter ID.

Do you know what? Recent polling of various and different groups,

numerous groups, have shown 80 percent of the American people really

support showing a voter ID, showing an ID in order to cast that ballot.

Prove that you are who you are. Their legislation would also

institutionalize ballot harvesting, something that really offended so

many thousands of citizens this year because with mail-out ballots,

which they want to institutionalize, some people got three, four, five

ballots. You can go online on social media, see pictures or videos of

people holding up multiple ballots. That is not election integrity.

That is not something that will ensure trust in the system. That would

cause more doubt.

We should agree--we should agree, as Members of this Chamber, that we

will work together to ensure that our local and State officials can

carry forward with their elections.