The Washington Post reports:
The House on Friday approved a far-reaching elections and ethics bill — one that would change the way congressional elections are funded, impose new voter-access mandates on states, require “dark money” groups to publicize their donors and force disclosure of presidential candidates’ tax returns.
Democrats dubbed the bill H.R. 1, a designation meant to signal its place as a centerpiece of their congressional agenda. The measure, which has more than 500 pages, contains dozens of provisions favored by liberal advocacy groups, labor unions and other Democratic allies.
The bill is headed for a brick wall in the Republican-controlled Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has dismissed it as the “Democrat Politician Protection Act” and made clear it will not get a vote.
Today, @HouseDemocrats voted to:
-Protect our right to vote
-Crack down on corruption
-Support campaign finance reform
— Stand Up America (@StandUpAmerica) March 8, 2019
As GOP stands unified against a bill to strengthen our democracy & increase transparency in our elections, it’s important to remember that the #NC09 seat is vacant because a GOP candidate tried to steal an election & only failed because local journalists uncovered the truth. #HR1
— Rep. Joe Kennedy III (@RepJoeKennedy) March 8, 2019
If Mitch McConnell is so eager to hold a vote on the Green New Deal — a proposal that he strongly opposes — why is he refusing to hold a vote on #HR1?
Could it be that he thinks Republicans will have a hard time voting against pro-democracy reforms? https://t.co/i4mqH3pxHv
— Public Citizen (@Public_Citizen) March 8, 2019