FreedomWorks Statement in Response to the House’s Passage of H.R. 1

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In response to the House’s passage of the “For the People” Act, H.R. 1, this evening with bipartisan opposition, Adam Brandon, FreedomWorks President, commented:

“The bipartisan vote against H.R. 1 reflects what we know to be true — This bill is NOT ‘For the People.’ The American people do not want it, and evidently, the full House Democratic conference doesn’t even want it either. Certainly, it’s beyond clear that the left’s continual calls for ‘unity’ are a sham.

“This bill seeks to entirely upend the electoral system as it currently exists by stripping states of their constitutional authority to dictate their own election laws and giving that power to the federal government. Furthermore, with its overhaul of campaign finance laws, H.R. 1 poses a chilling threat to political activists and their ability to petition the government. At its core, H.R. 1 is nothing more than a thinly veiled power grab that is highly dangerous, blatantly unconstitutional, and overt in its goal of giving Democrats disproportionate influence over elections.

“We commend those Members of Congress who voted against this bill and urge Republicans and Democrats alike in the Senate to vote against it when the time comes. They also must keep their eyes peeled for inevitable efforts to pass this bill piecemeal. After the tumultuous 2020 election, the last thing Americans need are policies that would cripple election integrity and further weaken Americans’ faith in our elections. The ramifications of writing these policies into law are far too great to be ignored, let alone justify a ‘yes’ vote.”

As of today, our activists have driven more than 30,000 calls to Congress on H.R. 1, spending over 523.9 hours on the phone with congressional offices telling them to oppose this bill. They also sent over 200,000 messages to those same offices and drove more than 50,000 petition signatures.