With the conspicuous perversion of the political system on daily display, congressional Democrats are eager to brand themselves the party of reform. They took another step in this direction on Friday, when the House voted 234-to-193 — along straight party lines — to pass the For the People Act, a sweeping package of proposals aimed at rooting out political corruption and shoring up the integrity of the electoral system.
The bill is the Democrats’ chief policy priority and covers close to 700 pages. H.R. 1, as it is officially known, seeks, among other reforms, to strengthen ethics laws for lawmakers and lobbyists, increase voting access, improve voting security, tighten campaign finance laws and create an alternative campaign-finance system geared toward small donors.
To advance the bill, Democratic leaders had to work through more than 70 proposed amendments. Some were embraced, including several aimed at spotlighting questionable behavior in the Trump administration. One, for instance, bars federal money from being spent at businesses owned or controlled by the president or other top administration officials. Others were rejected, including a plan to lower the voting age to 16.
As a sign of Democrats’ commitment to a cause that helped power its takeover of the House, the bill’s passage was an important achievement. As a practical legislative matter, it’s a bit of a hollow victory. As fired up as Democrats are to shake up the system, Republicans are perhaps even more fired up to stop them.
The Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, has been openly hostile to the anticorruption package since its inception. This week he made clear that he would refuse even to bring it up for a vote.
Think of H.R. 1 as the Merrick Garland of reform legislation.
Mr. McConnell called the bill the “Democrat Politician Protection Act” (and a “turkey”) and predicted that lawmakers who back it will suffer come re-election time. As political logic, this is questionable. If the Republican leader really thought the package was a loser, he would absolutely bring it to the floor to force Democratic lawmakers to own it — which is, notably, the path he has pledged to pursue with the Green New Deal, which is supported by many Democrats. The Green New Deal, an assortment of ideas for fighting climate change and remaking the economy, is even more sprawling and amorphous than the For the People Act. Mr. McConnell is panting to have members vote on it.
Asked this week why the two measures were being handled so differently, the Republican leader didn’t bother making up excuses. He said simply, “Because I get to decide what we vote on.”
This grade-school taunt masks a deep current of fear and loathing. Loathing, because Mr. McConnell is a longtime enemy of campaign finance reform. Killing such efforts can seem like his singular legislative passion.
The fear is less targeted, but even more existential. Ever the shrewd political animal, Mr. McConnell is well aware that a majority of Americans favor overhauling a system they see as broken and unfair. In a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll from September, 77 percent of respondents said reducing corruption and the influence of special interests was either the most important or a very important issue facing the nation. Having his members blamed for derailing a major reform package could prove politically risky. Thus Mr. McConnell turns to his go-to move: stonewalling.
At the same time, he and prominent House Republicans have been loudly assailing H.R. 1, cranking the fear-mongering demagogy to the max. Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy went so far as to star in an overwrought attack video. Mr. McCarthy asserts that the provision restoring voting rights to felons is not only “dangerous, it’s unconstitutional;” he goes on to say that under the optional matching-fund system, in which political donations up to 0 would be matched 6-to-1 with public funds, the Democrats would send your tax dollars to pay for campaigns; and he warns that the bill would facilitate voter fraud by providing for automatic voter registration, which would make it more difficult to strike ineligible voters from the rolls. “So future voters might be underage, dead or illegal immigrants, or maybe even registered one, two or three times!”
No, no and no. There is nothing unconstitutional or inherently dangerous about re-enfranchising former prisoners. The new matching-funds system would be financed through fines levied on companies caught violating federal law. And the Brennan Center for Justice has found that automatic voter registration, already working swimmingly in several states, increases registration rates and improves the accuracy of voting rolls.
H.R. 1 would put an end to at least some of the vile voter suppression practices that Republicans have embraced in recent years. Which goes to the heart of the party’s opposition.
Well before President Trump erupted on the scene, Republicans made the calculation that, with demographics trending against them, their best strategy was to make voting harder rather than easier, particularly for certain nonwhite segments of the electorate. Across the nation, they have pursued voter restriction tactics with vigor. Any effort to expand access to the ballot box sets off alarm bells within the party.
This leaves Republicans in the peculiar position of arguing that weeding out corruption, reducing the influence of special interests and protecting voting rights are inherently Democratic values.
The For the People Act is far from perfect. For Democrats, it is arguably a grand values statement more than a practical legislative blueprint. Not even its most fervent supporters expect it to go anywhere without considerable adjustment. But McConnell and Co. aren’t interested in debating or improving the package. They want it dead.
There should be nothing partisan about a push to make the American political system more accessible and accountable to the American people. The public is increasingly hungry for reform, thanks in part to the continuing outrages of President Trump. Mr. McConnell may turn out to be right that the issue will cause lawmakers pain in the coming elections — just not in the way he expects.
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109期玄机跑狗图NO.1 【艺】【绣】【阁】，【林】【冉】【巡】【查】【完】【毕】，【准】【备】【出】【门】，【却】【被】【一】【个】【面】【容】【略】【黑】【的】【男】【人】【拦】【住】。【他】【背】【上】【背】【了】【好】【大】【一】【把】【黑】【刀】，【显】【得】【阴】【气】【森】【森】，【旁】【边】【却】【立】【着】【一】【位】【头】【戴】【斗】【笠】【的】【女】【子】，【看】【不】【清】【面】【容】，【只】【觉】【得】【娇】【小】【利】【落】，【倒】【是】【更】【显】【得】【精】【神】。 “【你】【们】【找】【谁】？”【林】【冉】【一】【看】【两】【人】【来】【头】【不】【小】，【谨】【慎】【问】【道】。 “【劳】【驾】【通】【报】【尉】【迟】【大】【公】【子】。”【女】【子】【将】【一】【块】【翠】
【他】【带】【她】【来】【的】，【是】【另】【一】【处】【院】【子】，【院】【子】【不】【算】【大】，【也】【不】【算】【小】，【天】【太】【黑】，【也】【看】【不】【清】，【只】【知】【道】【这】【个】【院】【子】【里】【有】【三】【四】【个】【人】，【应】【该】【是】【一】【家】【人】，【看】【到】【苏】【岩】，【还】【叫】【着】【老】【爷】。 【老】【爷】，【一】【听】【这】【个】【称】【呼】，【苏】【静】【差】【点】【喷】【笑】，【不】【过】，【这】【也】【正】【常】，【他】【可】【不】【就】【是】【老】【爷】【么】。 【苏】【静】【以】【为】，【他】【带】【她】【来】【这】【里】，【会】【有】【什】【么】【重】【要】【的】【事】，【谁】【知】，【就】【是】【为】【了】【看】【她】【睡】【觉】，【好】
【周】【徐】【纺】【想】【想】【后】，【点】【了】【头】。 【林】【秋】【楠】【眼】【角】【的】【皱】【纹】【里】【都】【是】【笑】，【又】【问】【周】【清】【让】：“【清】【让】，【你】【呢】？” 【陆】【声】【抢】【着】【回】【答】：“【他】【也】【在】【这】【住】。” 【姚】【碧】【玺】【笑】【骂】【她】【不】【知】【羞】。 【饭】【桌】【上】【的】【氛】【围】【很】【好】，【吃】【着】【家】【常】【菜】，【话】【着】【家】【常】。 【饭】【后】，【姚】【碧】【玺】【要】【去】【准】【备】【房】【间】【和】【换】【洗】【的】【衣】【物】，【犹】【犹】【豫】【豫】【地】【问】【了】【江】【织】【一】【句】：“【你】【和】【徐】【纺】【住】【一】【间】【还】【是】【两】【间】？109期玄机跑狗图【安】【若】【初】【所】【需】【要】【做】【的】【最】【后】【一】【件】【事】【也】【结】【束】【了】。 【陆】【淮】【之】【彻】【底】【陷】【入】【了】【昏】【迷】【状】【态】。 【之】【后】【的】【日】【子】，【安】【若】【初】【每】【天】【都】【会】【来】【医】【院】【看】【陆】【淮】【之】，【可】【男】【人】【依】【然】【没】【有】【过】【清】【醒】【的】【迹】【象】。 【直】【到】【这】【天】【早】【上】，【季】【凌】【轻】【笑】【着】【告】【诉】【她】：“【陆】【淮】【之】……【醒】【了】。” 【安】【若】【初】【身】【体】【一】【顿】，【随】【后】【淡】【然】【的】【眸】【子】【又】【恢】【复】【了】【平】【静】。 【她】【没】【有】【回】【答】【季】【凌】，【只】【是】【继】【续】【忙】
【像】【是】【等】【待】【了】【很】【久】【很】【久】，【这】【沉】【重】【的】【禁】【地】【大】【门】【才】【被】【缓】【缓】【打】【开】，【一】【眼】【看】【去】，【里】【面】【也】【是】【没】【有】【一】【丝】【灰】【尘】，【有】【的】【只】【有】【能】【透】【进】【骨】【髓】【的】【冷】【意】，【静】【静】【听】，【似】【乎】【有】【风】【在】【轻】【轻】【地】【呼】【呼】【吹】【着】。 【这】【禁】【地】？【难】【道】【是】【极】【寒】【之】【地】？ 【禁】【地】【大】【门】【明】【明】【已】【经】【被】【打】【开】，【却】【没】【有】【一】【个】【人】【好】【奇】【地】【靠】【近】【想】【进】【去】【看】【看】，【包】【括】【蓝】【茜】，【在】【门】【打】【开】【的】【同】【时】【已】【经】【后】【退】【了】【好】【几】【步】。
【感】【觉】【着】【身】【后】【两】【个】【尾】【巴】，【江】【雨】【有】【些】【哭】【笑】【不】【得】，【他】【想】【要】【转】【身】【换】【个】【方】【向】【而】【去】，【但】【是】【以】【他】【现】【在】【的】【身】【份】【地】【位】，【又】【哪】【里】【会】【做】【出】【这】【种】【被】【人】【影】【响】【之】【事】。 【跟】【着】【就】【跟】【着】【吧】，【江】【雨】【腹】【诽】【着】【在】【大】【雪】【之】【中】【行】【走】，【没】【用】【多】【久】【时】【间】【就】【遇】【到】【了】【巡】【逻】【的】【兵】【丁】。 【这】【是】【在】【司】【令】【部】【外】【围】【巡】【逻】【的】【兵】【丁】，【府】【内】【还】【有】【内】【围】【巡】【逻】【的】【小】【兵】，【这】【些】【人】【无】【疑】【都】【认】【得】【江】【雨】，【领】【头】