Jaime Herrera Beutler Opposes House Democrats’ Bill that Puts More Money in Politics
Washington, D.C., March 7, 2019
Who on Earth thinks we don’t have enough money in politics? Nobody, yet House Democrats are pushing H.R. 1, a bill that would explode the amount of money spent on campaigns. And worse yet, they’d do so with public dollars.
U.S. Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler released the following statement today regarding House Democrats’ campaign overhaul bill, H.R. 1, which is scheduled for a vote in the U.S. House tomorrow.
“Who on Earth thinks we don’t have enough money in politics? Nobody, yet House Democrats are pushing H.R. 1, a bill that would explode the amount of money spent on campaigns. And worse yet, they’d do so with public dollars.
“When I ask people about how government should best spend the public’s money, some say they want more to go to schools. Some say our military. Some say research for curing diseases. Never once, in my entire life, have I had someone say to me ‘I’d like the government to send money to political consultants to pay for more TV campaign ads.’ But that’s exactly what this bill does.
“Under this bill, every time someone writes a campaign a $100 check, the federal government follows it up with another $600 contribution to go toward that candidate. Maybe you would personally never support Bernie Sanders, or Donald Trump, or me. But you don’t have a choice under this bill. That’s un-American.
“And we have enough questions surrounding election security in America, yet we’re considering a bill that would weaken the integrity of the voter rolls in many cases by severely limiting the ability of officials to remove ineligible voters from the rolls and making it much more difficult to verify the accuracy of voter information. Why would we make it harder to prevent ballots from deceased individuals, or illegal immigrants, or people illegally registered multiple times from being cast in our elections? And the federal commission in charge of regulating elections would be restructured in a way that would make it all too easy to turn it into a partisan tool, rather than a neutral watchdog.
“Even the American Civil Liberties Union doesn’t support this bill due to its infringement