News Release (s)
Office of Representative Tom Cole (R-OK-04)
Office of Representative Markwayne Mullin (R-OK-2)
Congressman Tom Cole (R-OK-04) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives voted on H.R. 1. Introduced by House Democrats as “For the People Act,” Cole opposed the legislation, calling it “For the Politicians Act” or the “Welfare for Politicians Act.”
“In a misguided attempt to preserve and expand the power of their own party, House Democrats have thoughtlessly rushed through legislation to federalize elections and in the process undermine the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution,” said Cole. “It is a shameful Democratic power grab, which would essentially create a welfare program for politicians and candidates on the taxpayer dime.
“Even more concerning, the Democrats’ H.R. 1 would disrupt and infringe upon the role states play in conducting their own elections. While some states are clearly more successful than others, it is alarming that Democrats want to force the 50 separate and unique states to operate under the same guidelines. There would be terrible consequences in Oklahoma if Democrats ever got their way with H.R. 1.
“In fact, I’ve already heard from Paul Ziriax, Secretary of Oklahoma’s State Election Board, describing in detail how the mandates proposed in H.R. 1 would negatively impact Oklahoma’s highly successful and widely recognized election system. The proposed mandates would increase the cost of elections for the entire state as well as every county in the state. By pushing this legislation, Democrats are demonstrating their desire to stuff their campaign coffers with cash while leaving every Oklahoma and U.S. taxpayer with the tab.”
Earlier last week, Cole made opposing remarks on the House floor during debate on the rule for H.R. 1. His closing remarks can be viewed here.
Congressman Markwayne Mullin (R-OK-2) released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 1, the Democrat Politician Protection Act:
“By bringing H.R 1 to a vote, Washington Democrats have defined their big plans to keep the swamp swampy,” said Mullin. “Apparently their idea of ‘free and fair elections’ doles out taxpayer money to fund political campaigns, creates security vulnerabilities in the voter registration process, limits voters free speech, and allows the federal government to meddle in the states’ election process. This is a gross overreach of power by Democrats and an incredible show of constitutional overreach. I strongly reject the bill and its principles.”
H.R. 1, the “For the People” Act:
- Creates a 6:1 government match to any small donor contributions of $200 or less in a congressional or presidential campaign, meaning for every $200, the federal government will match $1,200.
- Creates a new voucher pilot program that grants eligible voters a $25 voucher of hard-earned taxpayer dollars to donate to any campaign of their choosing. This voucher will then be matched 6:1 with taxpayer money.
- Weaponizes the Federal Election Commission by altering the current bipartisan makeup of a six-member commission to a partisan five-member commission which will limit free speech and make partisan decisions about election communications.
- Disregards state voter identification laws by allowing sworn statements to be used in place of identification and allowing for signature verification, which can be submitted through a photo if the voter registers online.
Information about the bill can be found here.