ICYMI—Hagerty Delivers Opening Statement on Democrats’ “For the Politicians Act” at Senate Rules Committee

May 11, 2021

WASHINGTON – United States Senator Bill Hagerty (R-TN) today delivered opening remarks at the Senate Rules Committee’s business meeting on the Democrats’ “For the Politicians Act.”

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Hagerty’s remarks below:

Thank you, Madam Chair and Ranking Member Blunt. Thank you for your comments, Senator Ossoff, because I don’t think this is a solution in search of a problem. I think this is a power grab in search of a crisis. And what’s happening here right now is we’re manufacturing a crisis to resurrect components of a Democrat wish list for federalizing elections in the United States. This should not be called the “For the People Act”, this should be called the “For the Politicians Act.” What this is, is an effort to rewrite election laws in all 50 states of the nation, and Democrats are using a 50-50 Senate and the House of Representatives that has the thinnest majority to come in and rewrite our election laws in ways that will forever damage our constitutional system. Let me tell you what this does. This calls for ballot harvesting by paid poll workers, no voter ID required. This increases the chances for fraud. It increases the chances for a lack of competence in the system that we’re suffering right now. It weaponizes the FEC. Would turn it into a Democrat controlled entity that can be used to harass the opposition forever. And this also takes federal funding, tax payers dollars, and utilizes those funds to pay for elections of politicians—politicians can even pay themselves a salary from taxpayer funds. Indeed, this is not for the people. This is for the politicians. It’s an abject power grab, and I think that we should reject this in its entirety. Thank you.”